Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India launched the iconic
Jeep Wrangler SUV in India for a starting price of Rs. 71,59,104 (ex-showroom
Delhi). The company has also launched the Grand Cherokee in three different
variants starting from Rs. 93.64 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) ranging up to Rs.
1.12 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) for the top spec SRT variant. The SUVs will be
offered in India as direct imports and FCA also plans to start the local
production of a premium Jeep SUV by 2017 at their Ranjangaon facility in Pune.
The Jeep Wrangler will be offered in a single trim Unlimited four door variant for the Indian market, while the Grand Cherokee will be offered in SRT, Summit and Limited trim. The Wrangler unlimited will be powered by a 2.8 litre, EcoDiesel, in-line 4 cylinder engine which puts out 197bhp at 3600rpm and is capable of producing 460Nm of torque from 1600-2600 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed auto box with Jeep's Command Trac 4X4 system. The Grand Cherokee SRT however comes with a much bigger 6.4 litre, Hemi V*, petrol engine 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 Indian and has a 0-100kmph time of just 5 seconds. The engine in the SRT comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
The Summit and Limited versions of the Grand Cherokee share a 3.0 litre, V6, EcoDiesel engine. The engine produces 239.5hp at 3600rpm and a peak torque of 570Nm at 2000rpm. The 3.0 litre diesel mill comes mated to the same 8-speed transmission which is found in the SRT. Jeep's Grand Cherokee has an on demand 4WD system with a 5 mode Select Trac and will be available in 5 different colors. FCA has at present invested close to USD 280 million in the Ranjangaon facility in Pune to mobilize the localisation strategy. The company also emphasised on strong after sales services being a part of their strategy.
Kevin Flynn, President and Managing Director, FCA India said, “Jeep pioneered the SUV segment and the concept of off-roading . Now we are providing our Indian customers with access to what Jeep has to offer by launching the Jeep Wrangler, the most capable production 4x4 vehicle in the world and the luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee, the most awarded SUV of all time. The launch of Jeep in India marks a double milestone in the history of the brand as this year we are also celebrating the 75th anniversary of Jeep worldwide.”
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