Indonesia to be the first Asian port for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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It a surprising move, Jeep has decided to launch the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Indonesia weeks after the model’s global debut. That makes Indonesia the first Asian market for the updated Jeep.
The Grand Cherokee facelift was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January with a refreshed front fascia and a revised tailgate and rear bumper. On the inside, the new Grand Cherokee gets new steering wheel, instrument cluster and revamped center console with new aircon vents and a 5- or 8.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.
The SUV gets added safety features like collision warning system, select speed control, front parking sensor, etc,. The company claims that the Grand Cherokee comes with as many as 60 safety features.
For Indonesia, the Grand Cherokee would have two engine options. First is the 3.6-litre Pentastar petrol engine that makes 290 bhp and has an estimated fuel economy of 7.2 kpl in city conditions. The engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The other engine option would be the 6.4 litre HEMI V8 which belts out 470 bhp. The engine sits under the hood of the Grand Cherokee SRT variant and makes use of the same 8 speed auto transmission.
The price of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee in Indonesia starts at 1.17 billion Indonesian Rupiah (around Rs. 65.33 lakhs) for the Overland variant while the SRT version is priced at 1.5 billion Indonesian Rupiah (around Rs. 83.76 lakhs).
Nagesh Basavanhalli, Managing Director of Chrysler India Automotive told Indian Autos Blog last month that Jeep waited for the availability of the new model, which features updated looks and safety features, before firming up launch plans. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be launched in India later this year.