A dozen years between fashions is a very long time within the automotive world. And when a carmaker goes that lengthy earlier than renewing a nameplate, it’s mightily vital to do it in fashion.
That’s precisely the mantra father or mother firm Stellantis adopted with the brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee that lastly arrived in South Africa final month.
Not solely is the fifth-generation mannequin bigger than life – at all times useful when making an announcement whether or not we’re speaking automobiles or rugby gamers – however effectively refined and good worth too.
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One of many first issues to note with the brand new technology Jeep Grand Cherokee is the letter “L” on the finish of its official title. It signifies “lengthy wheelbase” which at 3 091 mm has seen the general size enhance by 380 mm to a really prolonged 5 208 mm.
With the extra size clearly seen across the rear of the already big automotive, the letters “BA” would even have been an correct description. Albeit not that politically appropriate outdoors the agricultural southeast of the US. Blurt out the phrases “huge ass” in your greatest hillbilly accent…
The third row don’t simply make up the numbers.
Jeep Grand Cherokee will get third row
Whereas the brand new model of the usual wheelbase Jeep Grand Cherokee is obtainable on that facet of the Atlantic, South Arica is just not getting it within the foreseeable future.
Essentially the most outstanding change that with the lengthy wheelbase is the addition of a 3rd row of seats. This implies the entry-level Restricted and mid-grade Overland at the moment are seven-seaters by advantage of seating three within the second row and two within the third row.
The highest-of-the-range Summit Reserve’s seats one much less because it seating configuration within the second row consists of two captain’s chairs as a substitute of a bench-type three-seater.
We not too long ago had the Jeep Grand Cherokee L in Overland trim stage as a week-long home visitor and was massively impressed with each the inside area and luxury on supply.
The third row is way more than a advertising ploy which is so usually the case when a car is handed off as a seven-seater. There isn’t a scarcity in leg and headroom for these seated on the again.
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The 436-litres on supply within the boot with all of the seats up is sufficient for day by day baggage, with this quantity going into 4 digits with the third row folded down. The 60/40 cut up second and 50/50 cut up third row fold down electronically through buttons within the boot.
In Overland guise, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L rides on 20-inch alloys.
Kitted to the brim
There isn’t a scarcity of creature comforts within the Jeep Grand Cherokee L Overland. What it affords as commonplace can value you an arm and a leg as non-obligatory extras in rival stables. And the great factor about it’s that the love is unfold all through the cabin by way of a McIntosh 19-speaker 950-watt audio system with subwoofer, lively noise management system, all-round Nappa leather-based seats and door trim, three-zone local weather management, heated seats within the second row, cup holders aplenty and a minimum of 12 USB ports.
Entrance row occupants have the additional benefit of eight-way electronically adjustable heated and ventilated seats with reminiscence perform and four-way headrests, plus a ten.1-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system that includes smartphone connectivity and satellite tv for pc navigation.
As well as, the motive force can depend on a ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster and heated leather-based steering wheel whereas the entrance passenger is entertained by a ten.25-inch interactive show display screen on which films will be seen by way of HDMI enter.
The inside has all of the bells and whistles.
Powering the Jeep Grand Cherokee is acquainted all-aluminium 3.6-litre V6 naturally aspirated Pentastar engine that additionally serves on the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator. It produces 210 kW of energy and 344 Nm of torque which is shipped to all 4 wheels through eight-speed computerized transmission.
Powering the Jeep Grand Cherokee
The drivetrain does a wonderful job of pulling the virtually 2.3-ton monstrosity with none hassles whereas field felt supersmooth.
There’s loads of energy and a quite feisty soundtrack too below onerous acceleration, however the Jeep Grand Cherokee is extra of a easy cruising than the rest. These wanting extra energy should patiently wait and see if the American moniker will launch an SRT and Trackhawk down the road.
The Overland trim stage slots in between the entry-level Restricted and flagship Summit Reserve.
Heaven is aware of what the gas consumption in these beasts will probably be, as this model is already rattling thirsty. Whereas we achieved 11.8-litres per 100 km on a 200 km street journey with the cruise management set on the nationwide restrict, our common quantity over 600 km was a quite bloated 14.7 L/100 km.
We didn’t take the Jeep Grand Cherokee off the tarmac, however has little question it is going to reside as much as Jeep’s legendary fame.
It options all the newest and fanciest off-road methods, with the additional benefit of Quadra-Elevate Air Suspension permitting excellent floor clearance of 277 mm.
This Jeep additionally has such a complete security and safety specification sheet, 110 to be actual, that it is just too lengthy to say right here. Simply belief us once we say it’s a very protected automotive.
General the Grand Cherokee L appears good, may be very spacious, protected, technologically superior and an absolute pleasure on the go.
At R1 479 900 the Jeep Grand Cherokee L Overland is just not in attain of your common commuter, but when there has ever been such a factor at that worth level, affords good worth for cash. If you happen to can afford to replenish the tank after all.
For extra info on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, go to the producer’s web site.