The Jeep Grand Cherokee is imported to India for Research and Development (R&D) purposes. Fiat promises to bring the Jeep brand to India by next year. Jeep is most likely to showcase several of its products at the upcoming 2016 Auto Expo, that will take place in Delhi.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be debuting the Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, and Renegade models for the Indian market. The Wrangler and Grand Cherokee are expected to be available during 2016, and the Renegade compact SUV during 2017.
Globally, the Grand Cherokee is powered by multiple engine options. The company offers a 3.0-litre, V6 EcoDiesel; 3.6-litre, Pentastar V6; 5.7-litre, HEMI V8; and Street and Racing Technology* (SRT) 6.4-litre, HEMI V8 engine options. In India, however, only a couple of engines could be offered initially.
Jeep will be equipping its luxury SUV with several safety features for occupants safety. The SUV will be equipped with forward collision warning with stop, enhanced accident response system, park assist system, rain brake support, ready alert braking, airbags, and several other safety features.
Fiat India will bring the Jeep Grand Cherokee as a Completely Built Unit (CBU). The company could later introduce local assembly of the SUV, depending on demand. There is a possibility that Jeep could be manufactured in India itself, at Fiat's Indian facility at Ranjangaon, Maharashtra.
In India, Jeep Grand Cherokee will compete with the likes of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q5, and BMW X3. The Grand Cherokee is expected to bear a price tag of Rs. 35 lakh to Rs. 45 lakh ex-showroom.
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*Street and Racing Technology (commonly called SRT) is a high-performance automobile group within Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which heavily tunes and produces vehicles for the Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep brands.