Jeep launches petrol variant of Grand Cherokee
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Ahead of the launch of its first made-in-India model  – the all new Jeep Compass sports utility vehicle (SUV) in India, the American SUV maker on Wednesday introduced the petrol variant of the Grand Cherokee SUV to boost sales. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India also announced new prices across its luxury range in the country. The revised prices make Grand Cherokee SRT cheaper by Rs 5 lakh and Grand Cherokee Limited Diesel cheaper by a whopping Rs 18.49 lakh to woo the buyers in the country. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles India also announced new prices across its luxury range in the country. Priced at

Rs 75.15 lakh, the imported the Jeep Grand Cherokee is available only on the Summit trim in the country. Jeep had unveiled the top-of-the line Grand Cherokee Summit at the 2016 Paris International Motor Show. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit brings in a new exterior appearance, a plush new interior and even more standard premium features to consumers looking for the premium full-size SUV.

The Grand Cherokee petrol, not to be confused with the high performance SRT version, comes with a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that churns out a peak power of 290 hp and a peak torque of 347 Nm. This engine is mated to an 8-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox with paddle shift. The diesel variant of the Grand Cherokee Summit also gets the same transmission. The Grand Cherokee Petrol with the V6 engine is the third petrol powered Jeep to be offered in India after the V8 Hemi powered Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and the Jeep Wrangler petrol.

There are also a few selective visual updates to the new Grand Cherokee petrol which are also available across the range. This includes a slightly updated biller like finish on the grille along with a new set of wheels across the board. The petrol powered Grand Cherokee gets grey coloured 20-inch wheels as standard. The new petrol powered SUV also gets LED fog lamps as standard. The SUV is available in six colours including a new shade of black and red apart from the usual silver, while, grey and dark blue.

Other features include auto-folding power mirrors, headlamp washers, blind spot detection, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and, for the first time, lane departure warning and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

“Our directly-imported Jeep SUV portfolio is now complete with the addition of the Grand Cherokee Summit Petrol,” Kevin Flynn, president and managing director at FCA India, said. The latest models of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited, at new India prices, are available with immediate effect at all Jeep-exclusive and FCA dealerships, he said.

The Grand Cherokee and Wrangler were launched in India last year with the introduction of the Jeep brand in India. The models being fully-imported units, the sales have not made a mark in the market due to steep pricing. With the introduction of the petrol-powered range at a lower price tag, Jeep is aiming to increase the Grand Cherokee’s appeal to a wider audience.  The revised prices at Delhi showroom Jeep imported models are the following: Grand Cherokee Limited Diesel at Rs 75.15 lakh, Grand Cherokee Summit Diesel at Rs 85.15 lakh, Grand Cherokee SRT at Rs 1.07 crore,        Wrangler Unlimited Diesel at Rs 64.45 lakh and the price of the Wrangler Unlimited Petrol remains unchanged at Rs 56 lakh.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles manufactures vehicles under the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, Ram, SRT brands as well as luxury cars under the Maserati brands.

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