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Jeep’s Grand Chero­kee is built for any­thing; Lambo’s Hu­racán su­per­car with e-car tricks

With our fast-ap­proach­ing win­ter sure to bring some un­de­sir­able weather it’s time to stop grum­bling about the ef­fects of cli­mate change and arm yourself with an SUV that’s ready for any­thing. The all-Amer­i­can Jeep Grand Chero­kee is up to the task…

First glance at the Jeep Grand Chero­kee and you’d be for­given for feel­ing an in­stant pang of eco guilt. Its styling is unashamedly ag­gres­sive: very big and very, well, Amer­i­can.

It’s the same story un­der the bon­net, where an all-Amer­i­can three-litre V6 Tur­boD­iesel en­gine re­sides, belt­ing out 184kW and a 0-100km/h of 8.2 sec­onds. De­spite that raw grunt, Jeep claims it still man­ages 13.3km per litre, trump­ing the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery.

This ri­valry continues else­where, with Jeep’s Selec-Ter­rain sys­tem throw­ing the mid­dle fin­ger up at Land Rover’s own DIY off-road setup, let­ting you se­lect a sur­face type – snow, mud, sand, rocky ter­rrain – then sim­ply drive with the car’s high-tech in­ter­nals do­ing the think­ing for you. It works, too, ad­just­ing wheel height, power and steer­ing in­tel­li­gently. We’re still not con­vinced by au­to­matic off-road­ers in gen­eral, but the Grand Chero­kee han­dles things well, giv­ing you enough con­trol of the four-wheel drive that you don’t feel com­pletely out of the loop.

It’s not just the off-road­ing that’s been given a smart tech up­grade, ei­ther. In­side the cabin there’s an 8.4-inch touch­screen sit­ting next to the seven-inch in­stru­ment panel. It

the chero­kee can deal with tough ter­rain – it won’t need your help

runs Jeep’s Ucon­nect in-car OS, giv­ing you ac­cess to DAB ra­dio, sat­nav di­rec­tions, mu­sic, movies and Blue­tooth phone calls, di­rect con­trol of heat­ing for the seats and wheel, plus a mir­ror dimmer that re­moves the glare of head­lights from the cars be­hind you.

That in­stru­ment panel is rather flash, too. As well as dis­play­ing your speed and revs, it will keep you abreast of tyre pres­sures and the strain on the sus­pen­sion. Hell, the seats even come with a dual-USB port for charg­ing your smart­phone or tablet.

If that long list wasn’t enough then here’s the clincher: that all comes as stan­dard. In fact, the only op­tional ex­tra we added was the Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol pack, which uses a com­bi­na­tion of radar and sen­sors to al­low the car to brake and ac­cel­er­ate on the mo­tor­way in­tel­li­gently, de­tect­ing ve­hi­cles in front and match­ing their speed un­til they move out of the way.

Jeep’s yankie SUV is the fu­ture you can buy right now. from $45,000, jeep.com.au

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