After the Renegade, Compass and Wrangler, the Jeep Grand Cherokee now also gets a plug-in hybrid. The EU-friendly powertrain is also packed into an all-new 4×4 that is eager to regain its status as an authentic luxury SUV on the old continent.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is sometimes called the ancestor of the luxury SUV. When the model debuted exactly thirty years ago, that combination of talents was unique. It was a masterstroke by the American 4×4 brand, resulting in more than seven million units and inspiring many European brands. Volkswagen Pope Ferdinand Piëch is said to have even admitted that the Grand Cherokee served as a template for the Volkswagen Touareg. But while the Germans eagerly perfected the concept, Jeep mostly muddled. The V6 and V8 engines have fallen out of favor on this side of the ocean, while the 3.0 CRDi borrowed from VM Motori isn’t exactly a CO2 miracle either…
Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.
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