Jeep India launch confirmed for late August 2016; initially Jeep the Wrangler Unlimited and the Grand Cherokee will be made available
The wait is finally going to be over. Jeep is finally launching their two models in India in late August. The American SUV maker officially showcased the Wrangler Unlimited, Grand Cherokee and a performance oriented Grand Cherokee SRT at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. Since then it has been speculations about the launch. The launches have been postponed several times. But now they are going to make it.
The automaker plans to launch the five door hardtop version of the Jeep Wrangler unlimited in the country. The cart comes bearing the classic ‘Willy’s Jeep’ look. It is powered by a 2.8 litre diesel engine mated to a 5 speed automatic transmission. It will churn out 197 hp of peak power and 460 Nm of peak torque. Also enhancing the appeal of the 5 seater SUV is a 4×4 configuration, which can be operated manually.
Meanwhile the other car about to be launched is the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee. This car will be available in two different variants. Apart from the standard model it will be sold in performance spec SRT version as well.
The Grand Cherokee will be available with a 3.0 litre diesel engine under the hood, paired with an 8 speed ZF automatic transmission. The car will kick out 240 hp of peak power. Later this car is expected to be available with a more powerful 3.6 litre engine as well.
The most powerful Grand Cherokee will be the SRT8, which has been developed keeping the performance character in mind. It is powered by a huge 6.4 litre Hemi V8 engine which is mated to an 8 speed shiftable automatic gearbox. The engine pumps out 481 hp of peak power and 630 Nm of peak torque. This car will be sold in very limited numbers albeit.
The Jeep vehicles will be sold through selected Fiat dealerships across the country. Also, the company has established dedicated showrooms in Mumbai and Pune. Initially, all the models will be sold through CBU channel, which will keep the pricing tab significantly up.