Wednesday, 5 February 2014

SMMT Test Day 2013 - Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

In the past Jeep models have always been let down by build quality and finish. In particular the Grand Cherokee promised a high level of luxury with great off-road capabilities. In reality though it missed the mark, and it was often overlooked by buyers. Well now the new one’s here, and I’ll tell you one thing; if you overlook this one it will most certainly be your loss.

The model we managed to grab for half an hour is the Summit, which means it has all the toys. Radar this, automatic that. Camera here, and adjustable suspension there. I’d love to tell you more about the technology on offer, but after half an hour in the car I honestly couldn’t. I’m hoping to grab a Summit for a week later this year, and will tell you more about the car then.

What I can tell you from my first impressions is how great the quality is. Admittedly the exterior styling is very American, but I like it a lot. It looks rugged, and big. I’m not the biggest fan of the chrome wheels, but they do add a bling factor. The interior is the biggest win for me. The materials are all very high quality indeed, and the whole thing feels reassuringly solidly put together.

The engine in this car was the 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which is fantastic. It was combined with the 8-speed automatic transmission, and offers up 247PS and 570Nm of torque. When combined with the clever 4WD system the Jeep really does have the capabilities to go anywhere. And better yet, for those who prefer a more mental option, Jeep will be bringing the 6.4-litre, V8-powered SRT version of the Grand Cherokee to the UK. I’m doing my best to get hold of one of those, too...

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