Jeep Grand Chero­kee

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The new Jeep Grand Chero­kee, which ar­rives in New Zealand Jeep deal­ers this month, com­pletely re­de­fines the pre­mium SUV, de­liv­er­ing cus­tomers an un­prece­dented com­bi­na­tion of leading pow­er­train op­tions, leg­endary ca­pa­bil­ity, el­e­gant de­sign, and a host of ad­vanced user-friendly tech­nol­ogy and safety fea­tures.

A new eight-speed trans­mis­sion now drives the en­tire Grand Chero­kee range, sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions while im­prov­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion, en­abling smoother and faster gear shift­ing, and en­hanc­ing the on and off-road driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

A new Laredo 4x2 vari­ant has been in­tro­duced to the Grand Chero­kee range – pow­ered by the 3.6-litre Pen­tas­tar V6 en­gine matched to the new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion – of­fer­ing cus­tomers a new, more ac­ces­si­ble en­try point to the flag­ship model of the Jeep range priced at $ 64,990.

A new ex­te­rior de­sign comes com­plete with new bi-xenon head­lamps with e LED day­time run­ning lights, new wheels de­signs and a host of de­tail styling changes.

In­te­rior lux­ury in­cludes Nappa leather and ex­otic open-pore wood trim, plus a new three-spoke steer­ing wheel.

New in­fo­tain­ment fea­tures in­clude the new Ucon­nect sys­tem with 8.4-inch touch­screen and the new seven-inch TFT colour cus­tomer con­fig­urable in­stru­ment clus­ter dis­play. The high-per­for­mance SRT model is avail­able with a 19-speaker, 825W Har­man Kar­don sur­round sound au­dio sys­tem.

Jeep ca­pa­bil­ity comes cour­tesy of three 4WD sys­tems – Quadra-Trac II, Quadra-Drive II and the SRT- exclusive Quadra-Trac, as well as Quadra-Lift air sus­pen­sion and the SelecTer­rain and Selec-Track trac­tion man­age­ment sys­tems.

Ad­vanced safety fea­tures in­clude up­dated For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing with Crash Mit­i­ga­tion and all-new Selec-Speed Con­trol.

The Jeep Grand Chero­kee is of­fered in New Zealand with a choice of four en­gines, open­ing with the 3.6-litre 210kW/ 347Nm V6 en­gine, and a three-litre 184kW/ 570Nm V6 turbo diesel which, with the lat­est Mul­ti­jet II tech­nol­ogy, pro­vides the abil­ity to dash to 100 km/h in 8.2 sec­onds and an open road fuel con­sump­tion of 6.5 litres/100 km. With a torque fig­ure of 570 Nm, the diesel pow­ered Grand Chero­kee makes an ideal tow car.

The range also in­cludes two bench­mark V8 en­gines, the 5.7-litre 259kW/ 520Nm V8 and the 6.4-litre 344kW/ 624Nm Hemi.

The Jeep Grand Chero­kee SRT thun­ders to 100 km/h in 5 sec­onds and can max out at 257 km/h. But fuel sav­ing fea­tures mean the V8 gets an open road 9.2 litres/100 km and 13 litres/100 km on the com­bined cy­cle, while the SRT, de­spite its prodi­gious per­for­mance, sips fuel at a rate of 10.1 litres/100 km on the open road and 14 litres/100 km on the com­bined test.

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