After procrastinating the launch of its products for a couple of years, Jeep finally made its debut in the Indian market at the 2016 Auto Expo. Jeep arrived at the Auto Expo with a lineup of three SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Grand Cherokee and the high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Sales of the brand’s products in India will start in mid-2016, a year that also marks the brand’s 75th anniversary.
The Jeep brand is on a high , having registered record sales of 1.2 million units worldwide, the highest in its 75 year histroy and expansion into markets outside North America. Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Grand Cherokee will be sold with diesel and petrol engines through a network of dealers located in key metro cities.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Grand Cherokee will be offered in two variants; Grand Cherokee Limited and Grand Cherokee Summit. Both will have a similar exterior appearance with some minor differences. Both the variants come equipped with Bi-Xenon headlamps with distinctive Jeep daytime running headlamps. The Summit variant will be fitted with 20-inch alloys whereas the Limited variant will have 18-inch alloys.
The high performance Cherokee gets a widee footprint and “blacked out” front. The front grille and lower ‘mouth’ area have a gloss black treatment and sport distinctive headlights. The Grand Cherokee SRT is longer and wider as compared to the Grand Cherokee but in terms of height it is shorter to give a sporty feel to the car. The SRT also gets a lowered ride height, stiffer spring rates, robust anti-roll bars and cambered front and rear wheels. The Grand Cherokee SRT comes with20-inch “Goliath” polished aluminium wheels. At the rear, a rear spoiler has been given to provide downforce for improved handling.
Both the Grand Cherokee Limited and Summit are powered with a 3.0L CRD Turbo V6 Diesel engine with 240 HP and 570 NM of torque. The Grand Cherokee Limited is equipped with Quadra Trac II and the Grand Cherokee Summit gets the Quadra Drive II traction control.
The Grand Cherokee SRT has a 6.4L 470-hp HEMI V8 engine that feeds a Quadra-Trac Active On-Demand 4WD system. Transmission is through an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The top speed of this monster is a crazy 258 kmph.
The Grand Cherokee Limited will feature dual pane sunroof, premium leather seats, Selec-terrain traction control, 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, memory seat for the driver and 8 way power adjustable front seats. Additionally, customizable premium instrument cluster is also being offered. Along with the features offered in the Limited variant, Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit will additionally get ventilated front seats and 8.4-inch touch-screen navigation and infotainment system along with rear DVD entertainment system.
The interiors of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT are race-inspired with exclusive Laguna leather upholstery. The car will also feature a Harman Kardon 19-Speaker sound system and will get active Noise cancellation.
In terms of safety, the Grand Cherokee comes standard with advanced, multistage driver and front-passenger airbags and supplemental side-curtain airbags. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) coordinates Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM). All-Speed Traction Control and Trailer Sway Control (TSC) is activated when the system detects loss of traction..
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited incorporates classic Jeep vehicle design elements and is known for its off-road prowess. Removable tops and doors help turn it into the only open-air 4×4 vehicle in the market. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited features 17-inchwheels with high profile tyres for capable off-road driving.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has washable interiors and a lockable storage space in the interiors. The Wrangler Unlimited is fitted with an Alpine Premium Audio system. The car also comes with the Command-Trac Shift-On-The-Fly 4WD system to help the vehicle manoeuvre over rugged paths.
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited comes with a 2.8L CRD Turbo Diesel DOHC I-4 engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The Wrangler Unlimited will be ‘Trail-rated’. The Trail Rated badge on Jeep 4x4s represents a series of gruelling tests that prove its off-road capability on some of the toughest trails on the planet. The fuel tank features a 2.5-mm skid plate designed for safer and more secure off-roading. Like the Cherokee, the Wrangler also comes fitted with a whole array of safety features.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will also support the production of a new Jeep vehicle and is expected to begin production in 2017. Jeep vehicles will arrive to the market in the second half of 2016.
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