You could pay more for a Benz or BMW or even a Range Rover, but why bother - the Summit has everything you need and nothing you don’t with one of the best sound systems that we’ve laid ears on. picture.The overall result is a 10 dB reduction in noise, enhancing music clarity due to the reduced ambient engine noise inside the cabin.
The impressive H-K system fea- tures a 12-channel amplifier, three sub-woofers to surround occupants in high-definition sound.
YOU bet it does.
The experience is in a word immersive, whether it’s rock or classical music. Some of our most memorable music moments have been in cars, especially big powerful cars where it serves to accentuate the driving experience making it more involving.
Our go to test disk is Moby’s Play album, which is not just a great driving record with its pounding bass but also hits some ultra low notes – low enough to leave lesser systems flapping in the wind.
ON (OR OFF) THE ROAD
WITH an Italian VM Motori 3.0litre turbo diesel and state of the art ZF transmission, the Grand Cherokee not only looks fantastic but ticks all the boxes in terms of economy and performance.
The 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 produces 184kW of power and 570Nm at a low 2000 revs, 20Nm more than the previous model and accessible almost 30 per cent lower in the rev range.Combined with the new eight-speed transmission, fuel consumption is a claimed 7.5 litres/100km, a 10 per cent improvement on the previous model. We were getting 8.3 after more than 500km.
Performance is strong, with paddle shifts for more urgent response.The dash from 0-100km/h takes 8.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 202km/h.
In terms of offroad ability, the Grand Cherokee is not as capable as a Wrangler, but it’s got more than enough ability to satisfy all but the most demanding dirt hounds.
Selec-Terrain offers a number of off road modes, but we just left it in auto, pumped up the air suspension and held on tight – it’s that simple. The diesel by the way can also tow a 3.5 tonne load.
TOP OF THE LINE MODEL
THE Platinum model can be distinguished by its platinum coloured highlights and similarly coloured 20 inch wheels.
The cabin is ritzy, with leather trim, cooled and heated seats and even a heated steering wheel. Our test vehicle also came with DVD/ Blu-ray entertainment system in the back, a $2500 option which includes three sets of headphones.
You get all this for $78,000 plus on roads.