Jeep pits brute force against pricy Range Rover

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

SO we thought gas guz­zlers were his­tory? Jeep’s re­cently in­tro­duced Grand Chero­kee will be joined by the SRT8 in six months.

This is an “in yer face” brute, with a 6.4 litre V8 giv­ing 470bhp and 464 lb ft. It is the most pow­er­ful Jeep to date. Af­ter con­sum­ing the 0-62mph sprint in 4.8 sec­onds it can carry on to “over 155mph”. Its brak­ing power is up to the job: its zero to 100mph and stop time is less than 17 sec­onds. UK de­liv­er­ies be­gin around Fe­bru­ary, in one fully spec­i­fied model with nav­i­ga­tion, large sun­roof, adap­tive cruise con­trol, 20-inch forged al­loys and vented high per­for­mance Brembo brakes, car­bon fi­bre trim de­tails in the cabin and leather-suede seats.

There is ac­tive damp­ing, a 13 per cent re­duc­tion in fuel con­sump­tion on the mo­tor­way helped by a lower ride height plus of course, a full suite of off-road trac­tion sys­tems.

To spe­cial or­der only, with a price es­ti­mate of £50,000 to £55,000. This might look good value against the home­grown Range Rover Sport, which with a 503bhp/461 lb ft su­per­charged 5-litre V8 costs from £66,445 and records 0-62mph in 5.9 sec­onds and looks, dare I say, just a lit­tle bit flash-cash in the wrong colours with the wrong wheels.

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