Discussion in 'Fiat India News' started by amogh, Feb 10, 2013.
Watch our video reviewNew 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee video review by Autocar India - YouTube
Nice, thanks for sharing.
Why is this guy referring 8.4" Touch screen as Sat-Navigation?
8.4" UConnect is biggest & simplest of addition in Chrysler vehicles which is most highly acclaimed in American media. Not only it's bigger but with high resolution, simplest & highly usable. Major car functions like dual zone climate control, Rear/Cross patch detection & reverse camera's, MPG, Satellite radio & Stereo sound system, Bluetooth, Voice recongnition & Mobile Phones related functions like blue & me......... with obviously optional Satellite Navigation that include extra charges.
No other segment has such a big Touch screen, it's bigger than a PC tablet. No Other car has such advanced Transmission like ZF 8-speed & 9-speeds. Yep they are the best transmissions by far. Chrysler-FIAT has the manufacturing rights & ZF is not giving rights to any other automaker. To source a fully built ZF 8 speed & 9 speed, it becomes very costly. All German automakers have tried for this Transmission but Chrysler-FIAT were fortunate to get it freezed early.
When it's built on ML350 platform, how German SUVs are better with hardly any off-roading capability? No one buy a German SUV for off-roading in America! Real advantage Cherokee holds is it's great off-roading (Only Land/Range Rover's teriitory) along with a very capable soft roader if not better than German SUVs. I can't say anything about plastic quality (i haven't seen it's plastic). As far as American buyer is concerned, Cherokee all the way. Cherokee alone itself sells more than all the collective German effort. Make no mistake, it's not cheap by any means & are very much alike to that of Porche Cayenne or a VW Toureaq! Journalist didn't tell us why he think German SUVs are better (Can't be just sslightly superior plastic!), what about Engine/Transmission/so many setting for Offroadning to a roadster... bla bla & at this cost!!!
2014 Grand Cherokee Overland EcoDiesel costs $51,490
2014 Touareg TDI with a navigation system costs $50,385
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel 3.0L t’diesel V-6: 240 hp @ 3600 rpm
Volkswagen Touareg TDI 3.0L t’diesel V-6: 240 hp @ 4000 rpm
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel 3.0L t’diesel V-6: 420 Lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Volkswagen Touareg TDI 3.0L t’diesel V-6: 406 Lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
Fuel Economy, city/highway (Jeep mpgs estimated):
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: 22/30 mpg (2WD), 21/28 mpg (4WD)
Volkswagen Touareg TDI: 20/29 mpg
Dimensions and Interior Space
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: 189.8/76.5/69.3 in.
Volkswagen Touareg TDI: 188.8/76.4/68.2 in.
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: 114.8 in.
Volkswagen Touareg TDI: 113.9 in.
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: 40.3/38.6 in.
Volkswagen Touareg TDI: 41.4/36.9 in.
Cargo Capacity (2[SUP]nd[/SUP] row seats in place/folded):
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: 36.3/68.3 cu-ft.
Volkswagen Touareg TDI: 32.1/64.0 cu-ft.
Manufacturer-Claimed Towing Capacity:
Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: 7200-7400 pounds (4WD, RWD)
Volkswagen Touareg TDI: 7716 pounds
By the Numbers: Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel vs. Volkswagen Touareg TDI - WOT on Motor Trend
Some comments by Autoblog.com:
1. Which way do you want your sport utility vehicle? No matter what your answer, Jeep's got you covered.
2. It feels equally at home schlepping the family around as it does recreating scenes from your favorite zombie apocalypse movie.
3. Quadra-Drive works so well that it's worth paying for if you plan to take your prized 'ute on less than terra firma.
4. We took the Grand Cherokee off the beaten path a few times and consistently came away with the feeling that there probably isn't a more capable sport utility vehicle on the market today, save Jeep's own Wrangler and possibly something from Land Rover. With the Quadra-Lift air suspension in its uppermost setting, there's 11.3 inches of ground clearance to go along with a 35.8-inch approach angle, a 29.6-inch departure angle and 23.5-degree breakover angle. Said another way, there are very few situations likely to be encountered by a properly equipped 2014 Grand Cherokee driver that they won't have the ability to conquer, including passage of the famed Rubicon Trail.
Making life easier on the driver is Jeep's Selec-Terrain traction control system with factory predetermined settings for sand, mud, snow or rock crawling. Auto mode can be used the rest of the time, and a Sport mode can be selected from the shift lever.
Three different four-wheel-drive technologies exist that make off-roading a safer and more enjoyable experience. Quadra-Trac I is the base system, and it's always engaged with no input from the driver. There's no low range for serious off-road work, and the Selec-Terrain knob isn't included. Stepping up to Quadra-Trac II adds a two-speed transfer case and the traction control dial, and the system is smart enough to send up to 100 percent of torque to whichever axle has the most traction. The top-level Quadra-Drive system is even smarter, being able to send all available torque to whichever individual wheel has the best traction. Low range for both Quadra-named packages is improved for 2014, boasting a crawl ratio of 44.1:1 as compared to the last generation's 30.2:1 ratio.
5. There probably isn't a more capable sport utility vehicle on the market today.
6. No matter which engine you choose, though, it will be paired up with Jeep's new standard eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF. This, ladies and gentlemen, is very good news indeed.
7. LCD screens track off-road capabilities like the angle of its front wheels and the articulation of its suspension.
8. Jeep's designers have created different interior color and trim treatments for each model level.
9. Real-world mileage will be the best of any comparable SUV in the world (For Diesel)
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel First Drive
First Drive: Jeep Grand Cherokee & Wrangler - Jeep shot
"Both the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler are likely to be launched in September or October of this year, to take advantage of the festive season, and expected pricing is in the range of Rs 50 to 60 lakh for the Grand Cherokee and Rs 35 to 40 lakh for the Wrangler, all prices ex-showroom. Importantly, Fiat India will have to up its game as far as its sales and service network is concerned, since its image has taken a beating in this regard, but all things being equal, these two vehicles have the potential to do well in the niche luxury and lifestyle SUV segment."
The writer was on a media invite from Fiat India
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I wonder why none of TeamFiat folks did not get an invite?
I am going to take that report with not a bucket, but a barrel of salt ! They think we are going to fall for this so called "First Drive Scoop" ?? They are posting images of a left hand drive Jeep, the terrain is anything but from India, there is not a S-I-N-G-L-E image of the event, drive, other participants, full exterior shots of the car.
Utter non-sense I say.
Rightly said, they needed to write some thing and they just wrote an article with bits and pieces information.
Hope some one from TeamFiat is going to be invited for pre launch test drive.
the author has mentioned in the article though-
"Fiat invited some journalists to a 20,000-acre ranch about two hours drive from Austin, Texas, where the popular Jeep Jamboree events are held."
There is a good chance they got the report from some guy in USA and nobody from bsmotoring actually went there. If FIAT was inviting media personnel from across the world it would have been a circus out there. Also I am pretty sure people like Auto Car India etc would have reported this already
Anyway : I guess we are going off topic
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