Jeep is a division of Chrysler Group LLC, a brand of American automobiles; it seems to have engineered it well this time and nailed it well. They have offered and engineered a world-class off-roader that is capable of taking everything on its integration; Jeep has updated its older version of SUV and has come out with something better and grander with Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Features which are exceptional:
The Grand Cherokee is Jeep’s premium midsize SUV that is all-new for 2011 with unibody construction and independent rear suspension. The flagship of the Jeep brand, the Grand Cherokee is aimed at the upscale sport-utility buyer and the 2011 adds additional luxury and amenities without sacrificing off-road capability.
The Grand Cherokee was introduced in 1992, and in 1993 became the first vehicle in its class to offer a V8 engine. In 1999, the Grand Cherokee was redesigned for the first time in its history and the third-generation Grand Cherokee followed for the 2005 model year.
The ‘Grand’ in the name offers a hint of luxury all on its own, but it also denotes the fact that this Cherokee is better than its predecessors, but there still is no capacity for three rows of seating. However, in markets around the world, it gives a tough competition to the two-row SUVs like the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5, with a notable three-row mention being the Land Rover Discovery 4. It is integrated with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel that generates 237bhp and 549Nm and feeds power to all four wheels.
The only other engine option is a 470bhp, 6.4-litre petrol V8. The suspension is tuned for comfort rather than handling. It helps that it has electronic control over the suspension, differentials and stability control that is programmed for one-touch suitability to different surfaces like Land Rover’s Terrain Response System.
Our particular 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, painted in True Blue Pearl over two-tone Vesuvio Indigo Blue and Jeep Brown interior upholstery, started with a base price of $45,995. Few would blame the owners who add absolutely no options, as the Overland in standard configuration is equipped with a very high level of equipment that includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power-operated eight-way driver and front passenger seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Chrysler’s Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, 506-watt audio package, heated steering wheel, power liftgate, bi-xenon headlamps and more.
Even so, our tester was upgraded with the Customer Preferred 23P package ($1,695), which included adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, advanced brake assist, blind spot and rear cross path detection. The bottom line on our SUV’s window sticker, including the mandatory $995 destination charge, was $48,685.
The exterior refresh is attractive, as it maintains the Jeep’s obligatory aggressive and capable appearance while losing some of the shiny chrome in the process. Headlights are now sleeker and more detailed, and the lower fascia receives the same attention.
The alterations to the back of the vehicle are less obvious, but Jeep has repositioned some of the flashy trim and cleaned up its overall appearance. It excels on the road as well as off-road. It appears that Jeep has finally delivered one of the best overall vehicles in the midsize SUV segment.
In base form, the $31,000 Laredo version competes exceptionally well against the Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer – we’d likely choose it over all four if a third row of seating weren’t required, and especially if off-road excursions were on our extended menu. This SUV 2014 is one that is a wise decision to buy; the Grand Cherokee has emerged as America’s new midsize SUV standard of excellence.