We take the (almost) all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee for a test drive to see how it has travelled the rocky road of recession-hit car manufacturing.
Jeep has been through a lot these past three years, and we’re not just talking about the kind of terrain that would make a yak think twice. With Chapter 11 bankruptcy in America and the subsequent takeover by Fiat, consumer confidence has been dented to such an extent that sales in Europe were a paltry 15,000 in 2010.
It’s just as well, then, that there’s a new or refreshed four-model range on the way to the UK, headed by this, the Grand Cherokee.
What is it?
It’s Jeep’s answer to the Range Rover Sport, BMW X5 or VW Touareg, and the good news is that the Grand Cherokee is now in far better shape to try to nick a few buyers from those luminaries.
It has an excellent new 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel – the only engine to be offered here – from the Italian company VM, but with cylinder heads from Fiat Powertrain; a new look that’s still unmistakably Jeep, and an interior that now befits a car costing the thick end of £40,000.
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