Just the other day, Jeep, an up market
brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles launched a handful of Jeep products in India.
These included the iconic Wrangler SUV and the Grand Cherokee in three
different variants—Limited Trim, Summit and SRT. We got our hands on the SRT which
is the most powerful of the lot and the most expensive. This vehicle is powered
by a 6.4 litre, Hemi V8, petrol, which produces massive doses of power and
The Jeep has a legacy so awesome, that the
wars we fought in the past would have looked like boring arm wrestling matches
had it not been for the rugged looking Jeep (Willys) vehicles that transported
brawny US soldiers with their machine guns and pistols to the war front. The
hardy design of the Jeep has since been copied by so many vehicle manufacturers
in India that an ordinary onlooker is bound to get confused trying to spot the
The moment I set my eyes on the Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl coloured Grand Cherokee SRT, the most powerful and
technologically advanced Jeep ever built, I was bowled over by its girth and
design element. And later in the day when I drove this mammoth vehicle, I was
truly impressed by this fleet-footed vehicle. It’s not just a brawny beast;
it’s a well mannered one which offers dollops of luxury.
6.4 litre, Hemi V8,
468.3hp at 6250rpm
624Nm of torque at
4846 x 1954 x 1749
Front: Short-Long Arm (SLA), coil
springs, gas charged, twin tube coil over shock absorbers, upper and lower
control arms (A arms) and stabilizer bar.
link rear suspension, coil springs, twin-tube shocks including load leveling
for towing, aluminium lower control and independent upper links plus a
separate toe link.
& Rear: Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity
Rs. 1.12 crore (ex-showroom Delhi)
The front of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT gives an imposing look
with its seven rectangular slats that make up the front grille. The adaptive
Bi-Xenon high intensity discharge (HD) headlamps, the signature daytime running
lamps and the premium fog lamps all add to the good looks of the vehicle. These
head lamps come with auto high beam control. Not to miss are the dual heat
extractors on the hood which gives aerodynamically brilliant styling to the
front portion of the vehicle. The huge vehicle sits on 20 inch polished 5-spoke
Goliath wheels with Pirelli tyres which come as standard on the Grand Cherokee
With minimum overhangs in front and rear, the vehicle has a ground
clearance of 210mm and a water fording depth of 508mm. Not to miss are the body coloured power
folding mirrors, the roof rails and the dual pane panoramic sunroof.
Step inside the cabin and you experience the trappings of a rich
world. The front two seats of the driver and co-driver come with an eight-way
power adjustment. The leather seats with perforation are actually ventilated
seats. The second row is 60/40 folding. The SRT has seating for five adults and
cargo space of 1025 litres that can be increased to 1945 litres when the rear
seats are folded.
The leather spread continues to the upper door trim, instrument
panel and centre armrest.
The SUV comes with dual zone automatic temperature control with
separate vents for the rear passenger. The rear view mirror is auto dimming
with a microphone. There is a large 8.4 inches touchscreen navigation radio
with voice command. For the rear passengers there is entertainment galore with two
9 inches screen mounted on the front seat backs. You can play your DVDs and
Blue ray discs from a small compartment tucked under the front arm rest. There
are separate ports for plugging in video games or other devices. For music
aficionados, the SRT comes with Harman Kardon Music System with 19 speakers.
Practical features like a park view rear back up camera and
sensors that assist you for front and rear parking, make things very convenient
for the driver. The steering is leather wrapped with audio, speed controls and
come with paddle shifters and voice recognition. The steering can be tilted and
telescopically adjusted by the touch of a lever button.
As part of the electronic offerings, the SRT also comes with a
push button ignition system which starts the engine once the brake pedal is
depressed. The remote key fob can simply be tucked away safely. As for the tail
gate, it can either be opened with the touch of a roof mounted button or
pressing the remote key fob. The tail gate can also be opened from the outside
by gently pressing a button at the rear. Shutting it can be done so by pressing
a button at the rear inner wall of the vehicle or with the help of the key fob.
The SRT also has a rain sensing wiper system.
The Grand Cherokee SRT comes with the
biggest engine among the lot with a 6.4 litre, Hemi V8, petrol, which is
capable of putting out 468.3hp at 6250rpm and 624Nm of torque at 4100rpm. The
SRT is the fastest in Jeep's line-up for India and has a 0-100kmph time of just
5 seconds. Surprised? Well, it’s this petrol engine that has made all the
difference to the SRT and contributed to its speed and acceleration. The engine
in the SRT comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with E-shift and
with paddle shifters.
The Hemi word is derived from the Chrysler’s hemispherical
cylinder head ("hemi-head") which gives an efficient combustion
chamber with an excellent surface-to-volume ratio, with minimal heat loss to
the head, and allows for two large valves.
The Jeep Grand
Cherokee SRT has an on demand 4WD system with a 5 driving modes that offers
Track, Sport, Auto, Snow and Tow modes. The vehicle comes with electronic limited slip differential. The tow mode is more
appropriate for people in advanced countries who take along their trailers on a
long road trip. Auto is the best mode suited for driving in India unless one takes
it to snowy areas or the race track.
The SRT has performance disc brakes with red 6-piston front /
4-piston rear Brembo calipers. These are very effective at high speeds as it’s
not easy to bring a heavy vehicle to a grinding halt so easily.
With features like all speed traction control, Brake Assist,
Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) and Electronic brake force distribution (EBD),
its obvious that the SRT performs rather well on the road as well as off-road. Yes,
today there are several SUVs in the country that offer a plethora of technological
features and high levels of comfort for the occupants, but with the SRT it’s a
different feel altogether. Both comfort and performance are the best in its
class. Moreover, it comes with a legacy that not many manufacturers can boast of!
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