Jeep India has expanded its portfolio with the introduction of a petrol engine in the Grand Cherokee. The new Grand Cherokee is available only in the top-end Summit variant with the petrol engine at a price tag of Rs 75.15 lakh, ex-showroom. Now, the Grand Cherokee also has some standard features which include new 20-inch polished Aluminium with Technical Grey alloy wheels. In fact, the Summit variants of the Grand Cherokee also get air suspension as well as LED fog lamps. Powering the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Petrol version is a 3.6-litre Pentastar engine that generates 283 hp of power and 347 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to the 'Gen II' 8-speed automatic gearbox which is offered with paddle shifters and is also available in the diesel engine option. The Grand Cherokee will now also be available in two new colour options, Velvet Red and Diamond Black Crystal along with the existing exterior colour options. Inside the Grand Cherokee Summit, the equipment includes a 5-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system with voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls. Electrically adjustable front seats with memory, electrically adjustable lumbar support, heated seats are also some of the other features available on board the Grand Cherokee.
At the launch of the new Grand Cherokee Summit petrol version, Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India, said, “Our directly-imported Jeep SUV portfolio is now complete with the addition of the Grand Cherokee Summit Petrol. Latest models of the New Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited, at new India prices, are available with immediate effect at all Jeep-exclusive and FCA dealerships across the country. We believe the new package with visual and technological enhancements on offer will elevate the driving and ownership experience for Indian customers.”After the impact of GST or Goods and Services Tax, Jeep India has revised the prices of the Grand Cherokee as well as the Wrangler models sold in the country. The Wrangler Unlimited Diesel is priced at Rs 64.45 lakh while the petrol Wrangler's price tag remains unchanged at Rs 56 lakh. The Grand Cherokee now starts from Rs 75.15 lakh and goes up to Rs 85.15 lakh. The top-of-the-line high-performance Grand Cherokee, the SRT, now costs Rs 1.07 crore and all prices mentioned are ex-showroom with additional taxes.
Interestingly, the higher version of the Grand Cherokee petrol is priced exactly the same as the Grand Cherokee Limited diesel which gives rise to a question of whether one should buy the petrol engine powered Jeep. Firstly, the Jeep Grand Cherokee petrol is available only in the top-end variant which means that with a less fuel-efficient petrol engine, you get the bells and whistles model compared to the Summit powered by the diesel engine which is Rs 10 lakh more expensive. The trade-off for better mileage would be to make do with slightly lesser equipment. So, a potential buyer contemplating between two versions with the same price tag, should go for the Grand Cherokee petrol if the average distance she/he travels is not too much on a daily basis.