Jeeps have always been popular among Australia’s youth because of its appealing style, which makes them one of the finest alternatives for people who enjoy driving long distances. Surprisingly, Jeep hasn’t offered a three-row SUV in Australia or North America in over a decade.
Indeed, since the Jeep Commander in 2006, it’s the first seven-seater Jeep to be provided in Australia. It’s a smart move, given the enormous demand for seven-seater SUVs, and few other seven-seaters are as competent or opulent as the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.
The Night Eagle in the Grand Cherokee L range starts at $82,250 before on-roads, with the Limited at $87,950 plus on-roads and the Summit Reserve starting at $115,450 before on-roads.
That is, in essence, the thesis of this review. In terms of quality, luxury, capability, and aesthetics, the Grand Cherokee L represents a major step forwards for Jeep (and price, to be fair). To be clear, this vehicle isn’t going up against Nissan Patrols, Toyota Land Cruisers, or Ford F-150 King Ranches. It goes up against Land Rovers and Range Rovers. In that regard, it performs admirably.
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The Grand Cherokee’s greatest strength, and what sets it apart from the previous generation vehicle, is its interior. This model is anything but old-fashioned and tired, as the previous one was. In terms of design, style, and materials, the design is extremely outstanding.
The Grand Cherokee’s torquay turbo-diesel V6, which accounted for about 57 percent of sales in Australia for the outgoing WK2 generation, is no longer available globally.
The famous Hemi 5.7-litre petrol V8 remains on in North America, but it won’t make the trip here; the SRT and Trackhawk models’ more powerful 6.4-litre and supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engines are likewise dead globally.
Jeep is advertising its future 4xe plug-in hybrid vehicle – a first for the Grand Cherokee brand – as a more powerful yet more economical powertrain, but when it arrives in the first quarter of 2023, it’ll only be available in the shorter body.
Top-spec Quilted leather on the seats and doors, a McIntosh-branded sound system, a 360-degree camera, heated and vented first and second row seats, power-fold for the back two rows, four-zone climate control, multi-color ambient lighting, and 12-way adjustable front seats with memory and massage are among the features of the Summit Reserve. So, while $115,000 is a lot of money for a Jeep, it comes with a lot of gear for the price.
While we didn’t have access to an entry-level Night Eagle variation for the test drive, the Limited’s interior appeared to be of good quality and comfort. It is also recommended to choose a professional mechanic for any sort of repairing with the Jeep.
Despite being shod with merely highway terrain tyres, the Grand Cherokee L scampered up and down steep slopes, enormous mud puddles, deep ruts, and rocky boulders in a very nimble manner, despite its length and weight (just under two and a half tonnes!). While its revvy 3.6L V6 petrol engine isn’t the most pleasant to listen to, it proved to be more than capable of moving the huge car out of tight spots.
The Grand Cherokee L’s superbly designed cabin, with its comfortable quilted leather seats, elegantly executed open-pore wood trim, and sturdy switchgear – featuring a real metal dial shifter – is a delightful place to be whether you’re on or off the road.
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