Ex­pect a Grand en­trance

The new Grand Chero­kee is mak­ing a big im­pres­sion in the US and will be here soon, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE most im­por­tant new Jeep in a gen­er­a­tion has been un­veiled in the US and is com­ing to Aus­tralia early next year. The new Grand Chero­kee sets the tone for Chrysler un­der its new Fiat own­er­ship.

Chrysler has de­lib­er­ately cho­sen its flag­ship ve­hi­cle — and the best­seller for the brand in Aus­tralia — to do the job.

And there are sur­prises, such as the Mercedes-Benz ML me­chan­i­cal pack­age un­der the Jeep body­work and the prom­ise of bet­ter qual­ity and re­fine­ment.

Chrysler Jeep Aus­tralia spokesman Jerry Sta­moulis says the new Jeep has an ex­cit­ing fu­ture.

‘‘It is, with­out a doubt, the most im­por­tant launch since the new own­er­ship. It’s prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant since the Jeep Wran­gler in 2007,’’ he says.

‘‘This ve­hi­cle will show peo­ple ex­actly where the Jeep brand is headed. And it’s also about the fu­ture of our prod­uct in­te­ri­ors and pow­er­train technology.’’

Jeep has shown its com­mit­ment to the car with a $31,000 start­ing price in the US, where it is us­ing a rear-drive model as a price leader.

It comes with an all-new Pen­tas­tar V6 en­gine with fuel econ­omy of 10.2 litres/100km, and 216kW from 3.6 litres. The cruis­ing range for the petrol V6 is a claimed 805km.

The cabin has 17 per cent more cargo vol­ume as well as im­proved pas­sen­ger space.

On the safety front, it has six airbags as stan­dard, ac­tive head re­straints, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol and anti-skid brakes.

Off-road abil­ity is a given for the Grand Chero­kee, even though the brand has been led into a more ur­ban fo­cus in re­cent years.

Aus­tralian prices will not be de­cided for sev­eral months.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.