KOCHI: No wind can beat the Grand Cherokee as it majestically sways across the bumpy 25-acre circuit at Kunjunikara near Aluva. The instructor who takes the ‘Express’ team for a ride on this all-power luxury XUV as part of the Camp Jeep programme organised here, means business. He gives them the real taste of the Cherokee as it takes an adventurous ride on seven types of terrains at the circuit.
To test its traction capabilities, the auto transmission Grand Cherokee, passed through an extremely tough terrain.
Then it maneuvered the 20 step stair and similar number of descending steps. It seemed like a cakewalk. Another 62 degree steep ascend followed by a descend testing down the hill to check its holding capability was just another day in the office for the three litre V6 diesel powered engine. With 570 NM torque and 243 BHP power, there was nothing that the Grand Cherokee seemed not to cross over. With higher approach angle and wheelbase, the SUV never took a beating even as it faced steep declines. To endure rocky conditions, the driver needs only to change the mode to rocky condition.
The SUV was also tested through axle twisting trenches. Whether it is rough terrain or plane land, comfort inside Cherokee was commendable.
However, it is the Wrangler which is suited for the hardcore off rider tag with it look and driving capability. “We had conducted Camp Jeep in five cities before arriving in Kochi.
After Kochi, Bengaluru will be the next venue. “ Our aim is to showcase there is nothing impossible for Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler compared to similar displacement SUVs available now,” an instructor said.
Jeep will soon open a new showroom at Kochi.