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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 22nd 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 22, 2010 Jeep flagship heads Down Under IMPORTANT: Grand Cherokee will lead the Aussie sales push. The most important new Jeep in a generation has been unveiled in the US and is headed to Australia early in 2011, writes Paul Gover It's probably the most important since the Jeep Wrangler in 2007' THE all-new Grand Cherokee comes with the promise of much better quality and refinement, as well as set- ting the signpost for Chrysler under its new Fiat ownership. Chrysler has deliberately chosen its flagship --- and the best seller for the brand in Australia --- to do the job. And there are surprises. Like the Mercedes-Benz ML mechanical pack- age under the Jeep bodywork, which came during the previous ownership of the iconic American brand. ''This vehicle will show people exactly where the Jeep brand is headed. And it's also about the future of our product interiors and power- train technology,'' says Jerry Sta- moulis of Chrysler Jeep Australia. ''It is, without a doubt, the most import- ant launch since the new ownership. It's probably the most important since the Jeep Wrangler in 2007.'' Jeep has already shown its commit- ment to the car with a $31,000 starting price in the US, where it is using a rear-drive model as a price leader. It also comes with an all-new Pentastar V6 engine with fuel economy of 10.2L/100km, and 216kW from 3.6 litres. The cruising range is a claimed 805 kilometres for the petrol V6 and the cabin has 17 per cent more cargo volume as well as improved passen- ger space. But it's the little things --- like plastics in the cabin, panel fits, paint quality and the operation of the switchgear --- which will show if Chrysler can make good on its promises for the future. ''Wait and see, but it all looks good,'' Stamoulis says. On the safety front, the Grand Cherokee gets six airbags as stan- dard, as well as active head restraints, ESP stability control and anti-skid brakes. There will also be blind-spot monitoring and a system to warn about vehicles and people behind the vehicle. Off-road ability is a given for the Grand Cherokee, even though the brand has been led into a more urban focus in recent years. But the final tweaking and prices will not be decided for several months. ''The specification in the US is very different to what we're taking and we're still negotiating. It will be very competi- tive against what we're currently selling and we're negotiating with the factory to get the best possible price,'' Stamoulis says. ''We won't be taking the rear- wheel drive car, we will stick with the 4x4 only.'' But buyers can expect a lot more equipment than the base cars in the US. The Australian operation knows the importance of the car, which is set for sales in January 2011. ''We would like to see it doing well, but the market will decide,'' Stamoulis says. LOOK! LOOK! LOOK! 07 Hyundai Getz -- 3 door 06 Ford Falcon wagon 07 Commodore sedans 07 Nissan Tiida ST-L 92 Ford Econovan Campervan 2000 BMW 316i M Hatch 2003 Toyota Camry sedan 2006 Toyota Camry sedan 06/07 Kia Grand Carnivals 05 Commodore Wagon Our prices have dropped O N S T - NS O All prices include GST. Vehicles for illustration purposes only. Ask for full warranty conditions. Price does not include 3% State Government Stamp Duty and $23.90 transfer of registration applies. No fee is charged for delivery. HOBART nr Bat r t Harrington St 6237 1199 • 4 4 y nder a to t ptron f e omb ned approx 8 3 (1/100km) • 6 a rba • / ond po en ter • d o/MP3 de oder • He ht adj tab e dr ver' eat • CD/rad o/ a ette • nt o k brake • Cr e ontro • Key e entry a arm/ mmob er • e e tr p r ndo /m rror • Map read n ht n front • Co rte y amp n front door • M t f n t on teer n hee • Bea t f ve o r eat • Front fo amp • Ba an e of 5 yr/130,000 km fa tory arranty • FU SERVICE HISTOR • 0 4 y nder a to f e omb ned approx 6 (1/100 km • D a a rba • / ond po en ter • d o a x np t (MP3/CD/ Ca ette • 4 peaker tereo • nt o k brake • Key e entry mmob/a arm • Rear fo amp • Map read n ht 1 t ro • S n a ho der • He ht adj tab e dr ver eat • Rad o/CD • P r ndo /m rror /door • Immob er + a arm • I m nated entry/ex t th fade • Rear v e m rror man ant are • E e tron brake for e d tr b t on • Roomy boot • Ba an e of 5yr/130,000 km Fa tory arranty • FU SERVICE HISTOR Open All weekend Finance available subject to approval Trade Ins welcome 00593 -1005 $14,490 $14,390 FROM FROM 2007 Hyundai Sonata SLX Sedan 2007 Hyundai Elantra SX Sedan REDUCED also available REDUCED also reduced
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