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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 10th 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 to make up lost ground DOWN TO BUSINESS: The Cherokee's hill-descent system earns high praise, as does the vehicle's refined interior, inset. but to have them both is unique.'' It is also unique to find a Jeep with a truly impressive cabin, from the look and feel of the plastics to an extra 100mm of rear leg room, semi-reclining back seats, plush carpets, and even plastic storage buckets tucked in around the full-sized spare. ''There are five major takeaways --- off-road capability, on-road manners, overall refinement, improved petrol engines, and great strides in safety and security,'' Bartoli says. There is also the input from Fiat, Chrysler's latest ''alliance'' partner, to keep the quality work on track. The Grand Cherokee tribe starts at the Laredo 3.6 V6 with 210kW/347Nm, Jeep's new Quadra-Trac II with Selec- Terrain (more on that later), front-side-curtain airbags, electric seats and auto wipers and Bi-Xenon lamps, 18-inch alloys, and a media centre with 30gb hard drive. Stepping up to the Limited model brings parking radar and rear-view camera, heated leather seats, a thumping sound system, a power-adjustable steering column, tyre pressure monitoring and more. The Overland, if it comes, gets the lot. Just switching back to the mechanical stuff, Jeep says the new Grand is 10 per cent lighter on fuel and will run 820km on a V6 tank. There is an optional Quadra-Lift air suspension, the boot capacity is up by 11 per cent, and Chrysler's 5.7-litre Hemi V8 is still available with 259kW/ 520Nm. driving THE improvements to the Grand Cherokee are obvious from the get-go, with a more modern body design and cabin quality that --- at last --- delivers on the promises. It's not to Audi standards, but it is a vast improvement for Jeep. The car is quiet from the time I turn the key --- a body that's 147 per cent stiffer and triple-layer noise defences do the job --- but the real revelation is the feel through the steering and the compliance and control in the rear suspension. That might not sound like much, but after more than 20 years in rough-rider Jeeps the change is huge. It is also great to not hear any squeaks and rattles, to find a cabin that is genuinely quiet, and to know that the safety and quality work runs right back to a body that is more rigid than the outgoing model. The 3.6-litre V6 is nice enough, but the Grand is heavy and does much better with the 5.7 Hemi. All the extra luxury, right up to a leather-wrapped dash top, means the V8 is likely to come in the Overland pack if the sums work for Australia. After two hours of bitumen driving, on highways and byways, I am relaxed and comfortable in the new Grand. It's not as sharp as an X5, but it is more than good enough for people who will shop it for regular family work. Then I head off-road and the Grand proves its ''Jeepness'' over loose sand, giant rocks and a selection of test-run obstacles. The Selec-Terrain system allows me to twist a dial to match conditions --- I first tried this idea in a Land Rover Discovery --- instead of worrying how to change my driving. It's brilliant at keeping things moving, particularly on churned uphill ruts, and the hill-descent system is the best I have tried. The air suspension lifts and separates, there is a pull-out front valance to prevent off-road damage, and the V6 is strong enough for the job. So the off-road stuff is all there and all Jeep. It would have been better to put the Grand Cherokee over the Rubicon Trail --- the ultimate proof of any Jeep off-roader --- but this is more than enough, and the real breakthrough is the on-road ability and all-round refinement. There is plenty to get your teeth into with the new Grand Cherokee. It's not filet mignon, but it's a tasty T-bone. The big challenge now for Chrysler Jeep Australia is to create the necessary sizzle. small torque Jeep Grand Cherokee On sale: December 2010 Price: Estimated from $55,000 Models: Laredo, Limited (Overland) Engines: 3.6-litre V6, 5.7-litre V8 Power: 210kW/6350 revs, 259kW/5200 revs Torque: 347Nm/4300 revs, 520Nm/4200 revs Transmission: Five-speed automatic, all-wheel drive Economy: 11.4L/100km, 14.1L/100km CO2 Emissions: 265g/km, 327g/km We like: Classy cabin, ride comfort, quietness WE Don't like: V6 engine response, V8 economy, overall emissions Star Promise 5 3 year, 175,000km written warranty Fully workshop tested, rectified & serviced Low cost, 3 year fixed price service plan 36 months/24 hour roadside assistance Statewide service back-up FINANCE AVAILABLE 17037jayne More quality used vehicles at www.motors.com.au/carsearch used cars HOBART 270 Main Road Glenorchy, Ph 6211 0650 Top trade-in deals On-site finance packages 24 hr roadside assist Extended warranties ...and Tassie s largest range of used vehicles! 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