Redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee Has its Share of Advantages and Disadvantages
|   Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Jeep Grand Cherokee received a major face lift from the company in 2013 and this was not just a regular cosmetic upgrade, instead Jeep introduced an all new 3.0 liter diesel V6 engine under the hood. The new engine is more refined than its predecessor while the CO2 emission and fuel efficiency standards have been improved. A range topping V8 Hemi is also available in the Cherokee SRT although Jeep plans on introducing a low range third diesel engine in the lineup.


Jeep wants to sell its products in the European market as well and as a result the design and styling of the vehicle has been toned down by a margin. Jeep has still put up the seven slit grille up front although the pattern has been changed. LED Daytime Running Lights have been installed and 20 inch rims also do its part in enhancing the exterior of the vehicle.

The interior has been cosmetically upgraded too and this gives this age old design a modern look and feel. However, on closer inspection the Jeep still fails to impress owing to its lackluster finish and poor quality interior. This is the reason why Land Rover beats the Jeep head on in the European market.

The interior however features an eight inch screen handling the infotainment measures of the vehicle. Satellite navigation, heated seats and driver settings have been enhanced although this fails to make up for the damage caused by the poor material selection. Jeep is offering a petrol engine and two diesel engines in its range, the diesel being the most popular in the range. The diesel displaces 188 BHP and is expected to accelerate from 0 - 60 MPH within 10.2 seconds.

The range topping 3.0 liter petrol V6 engine displaces 246 BHP while the smaller version displaces 237 BHP. These vehicles can accelerate from 0 – 60 MPH within 8.2 seconds flat. All engine options are mated to an eight speed automatic transmission system while a six speed manual is also on offer. Jeep promises that the new engine lineup is more fuel efficient and environment friendly and as a result the vehicles are better for everyday use.

The chassis has been modified while the adaptive dampers and air suspension combined enhances the overall driving experience. The Jeep is however more comfortable than its predecessor and this is a positive aspect which needs to be admired. The top of the range SRT model displaces a massive 461 BHP and is capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 MPH within 5 seconds.

The Jeep is an ardent off roader and the engineers have ensured better handling without sacrificing on drive comfort. The Grand Cherokee is high on space and the boot capacity of this vehicle is 782 liters with the rear seats removed. Even with the rear seats in place the Grand Cherokee sports a massive boot. Running costs have been lowered as compared to the previous generation and affordability makes the new model high practical and hence desirable.
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