THE growing band of buyers looking for faux four-wheel drives are in the sights of Jeep with its new Grand Cherokee.
A rear-wheel drive Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo has hit showrooms at a drive-away price of $45,000.
The four-wheel drive version is $3000 more.
From the outside the new line-up can be spotted via new bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, along with different new wheels designs.
There are also larger tail lamps with LED lighting, a bigger rear spoiler, new bumpers and a re-sculpted tailgate. Dual exhaust tips are now standard on Limited and Overland models.
Inside, the layout and design is the same as the previous model which was released in 2011, but a new instrument cluster and touch-screen for the stereo and other key functions have been introduced.
Strong equipment levels mean the Laredo doesn't feel like entry-level offering. Standard gear includes keyless entry with push button start, 18-inch chrome wheels, U-Connect computer system with 21cm colour screen (12.7cm on 4x2 models), Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, cruise control, dual zone air con as well as a reversing camera.
Limited variants get leather trim, powered tailgate, heated pews in the first and second rows, 20-inch aluminum wheels and an Alpine stereo.
Overland models are opulent, with posher internal glossy wood finishes, air suspension, Nappa leather trim and massive dual-pane sunroof.
The SRT is the sports model purely for road-going, its stand-out features are a flat-bottom sports steering wheel and sports seats, 20-inch polished alloys and a range of flashy external gear.
Model: Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Details: Five-door two or four-wheel drive large sports utility vehicle.
Engines: 3.6-litre V6 petrol generating maximum power of 210kW @ 6350rpm and peak torque of 347Nm @ 4300rpm; 3.0-litre turbo diesel 184kW @ 4000rpm and 570Nm @ 2000rpm; 5.7-litre V8 petrol 259kW @ 5200rpm and 520Nm 4200rpm; 6.4-litre V8 petrol 344kW @ 6250rpm and 624Nm @ 4100rpm.
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic.
Consumption: 3.6-litre - 4x2 10.1 litres/100km, 4x4 10.4L/100km; 3.0-litre 7.5L/100km; 5.7-litre 13L/100km; 6.4-litre 14L/100km.
CO2: 3.6-litre 4x2 237g/km, 4x4 244g/km; 3.0-litre 198g/km; 5.7-litre 304g/km; 6.4-litre 327g/km.
What they cost - plus on-roads
Laredo 4x2 $43,000
Laredo 4x4 $46,000
Laredo 4x4 TD $51,000
Limited TD $61,000
Limited V8 $61,000
Overland T/D $71,000
Overland V8 $71,000
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