So you’ve made it in life, and you’re looking for a vehicular companion that not just stays ready for an adventure but doesn’t look out of place at parties. And if you’re looking at Jeeps, the Grand Cherokee fits the bill well. It’s the flagship SUV, but it also has enough reasons to back that. It combines the serious off-roading abilities (like in something like the Wrangler) and merges that with a plush cabin, a good-looking exterior, and a large degree of exclusivity.
There are true-blue SUVs which might not mind a splash of mud every now and again. And then there are crossovers which may not be able to handle an articulation test let alone a splash of mud. The Grand Cherokee sits in the middle. It looks butch but doesn’t forget that it can be invited to a party and won’t look out of place, even when stood next to who’s who of Bollywood. The trademark appearance of rectangular lights with a seven-slat grille is further amplified with the presence of muscular lines, squared wheel arches, and good-looking 18-inch wheels.
If you’ve come from a Wrangler, the Grand Cherokee’s cabin might seem from like a totally different period altogether. It’s rugged but with a lot of premium appeal. The cabin cocoons you unlike the Wrangler’s, and it manages to tread the fine line between mundane and opulent. It can seat five in comfort and comes with a rear-seat entertainment package (two 9-inch screens for the rear seat passengers, complete with wireless headphones and remote), a 19-speaker audio system, and a huge sunroof.
There are three engines to choose from on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The most apt choice for the Indian market is the 3-litre V6 diesel unit that makes 243 PS and 570 Nm. There’s also a 3.6-litre petrol V6 (as seen on the Jeep Wrangler); it makes 290 PS and 347 Nm of maximum torque. But if you’re looking at enjoying fun behind the wheel, then the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the one to go for. The performance-focused model is powered by a 6.4-litre V8 engine that makes 468 PS and 624 Nm. All three engines come with an 8-speed automatic gearbox although the type of AWD unit varies depending on the engine chosen.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee range starts at Rs 75.15 lakh for the petrol-powered ‘Summit’ trim whereas the Grand Cherokee Diesel is priced at Rs 78.82 lakh onwards. The Grand Cherokee SRT, which brings a lot of extras to the table including the humongous engine is priced at Rs 1.14 crore.
In terms of rivals, there are quite a lot of choices, from the likes of BMW X5, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, Land Rover Discovery, Jaguar F-Pace, Range Rover Velar, Mercedes-Benz GLE, etc. competing against the regular Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee SRT is one of its kind and in comparison to other powerful super SUVs, it looks like an outright bargain at the price point.
Jeep appeal The Grand Cherokee SRT is God-like
Lacks the brand appeal of other premium brands The SRT is a keen drinker