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