Jeep has finally set foot in India with two of its models – the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. The latter is the brand’s flagship model, and here are some fun-facts about the SUV.
It’s the same as the Mercedes GLE underneath
Remember the Mercedes ML-Class (now called the GLE)? That SUV shares its foundations with the Grand Cherokee. However, the frame has been customised to give the Jeep’s tremendous off-roading prowess.
Two powerful engines, and some impressive hardware
The regular models will be powered by a Fiat-sourced 243hp, 3.0-litre V6 diesel motor. It develops 570Nm of torque which will be transmitted to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. However, if it’s horsepower you’re after, the full-blown SRT variant should tick all the right boxes for you. That’s because under the hood, it packs a massive 6.4-litre engine which cranks out an equally massive 475.8hp and 630Nm. That power allows this SUV to shoot from 0-100kph in as little as five seconds.
It can go anywhere
Although the Grand Cherokee is a luxury SUV in every sense of the world, it doesn’t skimp out on traditional Jeep pedigree one bit. It comes with all the hardware – a low-range transfer case, five driving modes (Mud, Rock, Sand, Snow and Auto), and intelligent electronics to optimise traction – all of which give the SUV a lot of off-roading credentials.
One crore rupee question
Jeep is bringing in both the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee to India as full imports from USA, and so, the SUVs won’t be the most affordable in their competition. The Grand Cherokee is priced at Rs 1.03 crore, while the more powerful SRT costs a whopping Rs 1.12 crore.