Jeep’s first seven-passenger Grand Cherokee wants to challenge the prestige euro large SUV. Here are five things he should know about the treetop L Summit Reserve.
you do a double take on the price
Jeep asks for a whopping $125,000 to get rid of this flagship. Well-established brands such as the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Defender/Discovery Money. The Grand Cherokee L can be purchased on the street starting at around $90,000, but this range he topper isn’t called the Summit Reserve. It’s a luxury leather-clad Jeep of All Trade.With 7 seats and serious off-road capability, his 5.2m Brute has a presence both outdoors and indoors.
Oligarch-level luxury and space
The aggressive exterior gives way to palatial luxury cabins. A significant step up in class over the previous Grand Cherokee, softening the price drop. Breathable, powerful and massaging, the quilted leather seats are perfect for long trips. I wholeheartedly recommend the ‘Rock Climbing’ massage. Elsewhere you’ll find perforated walnut wood trim, a knurled metal rotary dial, a crisp digital driver display, and 19-speaker Macintosh audio. After a week of family testing, we named it the American Range Rover. The kids loved the power folding of the second and her third row seats, but they didn’t like the built-in cameras that monitor their movements. At this price, it’s cheeky for a Jeep to ask for a heads-up display and cell phone charging.
Change for better or worse
The Grand Cherokee is popular as a towing vehicle, but this new version is more suited to the urban class than the touring class. The old 184kW/570Nm diesel with 7.5L/100km economy has been removed, leaving only the 210kW/344Nm petrol V6. A humble plug-in hybrid is due to go on sale this year, but only in a five-passenger version. As for towing, the previous 3500kg rating is gone. Currently the max weight for the Night Eagle and Limited grades he is 2813kg and this summit his reserve weight is only 2268kg. If you need to carry a 3 ton yacht, look elsewhere. On a positive note, Jeep has improved safety with comprehensive driver assistance features such as rear cross traffic alerts, advanced automatic emergency braking and 360-degree cameras. This is very important for family buyers, as is the spacious 7-seater seat (adults fit in the back row), smart storage space and the 7-seater roomy 487-liter trunk. It’s stingy to limit the 5 year warranty to 100,000km.
This includes all the off-road kits, do you want to use them?
The Summit Reserve is the only grade that gets Jeep’s full off-road package, but how many buyers would care? A two-speed transfer case slips into the low end with just a whiff, and air suspension is 276mm. It offers huge ground clearance and 610mm of wading. The other grades are full-time 4WD only, 215mm and 530mm respectively. My off-road tests showed it had good hill-climbing ability, but the long wheelbase caused regular underbody bumps.21 inch polished alloy his wheels and road His tires don’t look good either. This summit reserve looks more like a wine trail than a muddy trail.
There’s good news and bad news on the driving front
Its cornering skills don’t match the BMW X5 or Porsche Cayenne, but the 2,270kg Jeep feels reassuring, steers with precision, and has good body roll control. It cruises quietly and is buttery smooth in an 8-speed automatic, but do you miss the torque of the big diesel he engine? The petrol V6 is powerful and fine for city riding, but lacks punch, and in testing he put out 12L/100km. The paddle shifts were the smallest I’ve ever come across, the brakes felt like sponges, and the Jeep’s “Active Lane Management” beeped incessantly at every opportunity. Luckily, this behemoth has an automatic parking system to protect its beautiful panels.