America's iconic SUV manufacturer Jeep is all set to enter India on August 30 and its has some big plans for the Indian market.
The American icon, which is part of the Fiat-Chrysler group will be bringing two of its SUVs into India: The Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler Unlimited.
Jeep is looking to be quite aggressive in its approach to the Indian market and is planning to open 10 showrooms across the country before the end of 2016. The first of these showrooms will open in Ahmedabad on August 30.
Jeep plans to open showrooms in all four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Further helping their cause is the fact that one of Fiat's Chennai dealerships is ready to support the Jeep brand.
At launch, Jeep will be launching three variants of the Grand Cherokee in India including the performance-oriented SRT model. Along with the three Grand Cherokees, Jeep will also launch the Wrangler Unlimited.
The Grand Cherokee is available in three different variants:Limited, Summit, and the performance-oriented SRT.
Both the Limited and Summit will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that produces 342bhp and 570Nm of torque and returns a mileage of 12.8km/l. Both the Limited and Summit are more biased towards off-roading.
The SRT variant is more biased towards track driving with launch control and a track mode. Powering the SRT is a monstrous 6.4-litre supercharged HEMI V8 petrol engine that produces 468.5bhp and 630Nm of torque. The thirsty HEMI returns a mileage of just 7.5km/l.
The SRT will sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 257km/h.
All variants of the Grand Cherokee are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The Wrangler Unlimited will be powered by a 3.6-litre petrol V6 that produces 281bhp and 352Nm of torque. The engine is available with either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox.