Having just spent a week with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland diesel (My review should be out in the next couple of days) I was not surprised hear that it had been named 4×4 of the year by Australian 4×4 Magazine.
check out the press release below.
Jeep Grand Cherokee has outclassed talented rivals including those costing more than twice its price to become 4×4 Australia Magazine’s 2014 4×4 Of The Year.
Grand Cherokee Overland CRD diesel beat Range Rover Sport SDV6, Range Rover SDV8, Holden Colorado 7, Holden Colorado ute and Isuzu MU-X to earn the title from the highly respected magazine, which is read by hundreds of thousands of 4×4 enthusiasts every month.
It also comes shortly after Grand Cherokee won Best 4WD in the Drive Car of the Year awards.
4×4 Australia Magazine Editor Matt Raudonikis praised Grand Cherokee’s numerous features and superior specification-for-price offering in honouring the vehicle with the coveted accolade.
“This is a great all road touring vehicle,” Mr Raudonikis said. “Sure it doesn’t have the unstoppable off road ability of a Jeep Wrangler but it does everything else so well.
“The Grand Cherokee Overland has a level of performance, safety, comfort and convenience features that belie its $71k price tag.”
All contenders for the award were put through a demanding week-long drive program that comprised on and off road terrain, highways, country roads, gravel roads, steep rocky tracks and beach driving.
The 4×4 Of The Year judging panel, which includes past and present editors of the magazine and other industry experts, awarded the Jeep SUV in a unanimous decision.
4×4 Australia Magazine Road Test Editor Fraser Stronach said such an outcome further highlighted Grand Cherokee’s all-round abilities.
“Unanimous results are rare in the history of this award and this speaks volumes for the attributes, performance, appeal and, above all, the value of the Grand Cherokee CRD,” Mr Stronach said.
“This is a brilliant back roads tourer that, by 4×4 standards, feels like a sports car.
“At this Overland specification, the equipment level is so long that it’s impossible to detail in the space available here but suffice it to say, could easily justify a $100,000, or more, price tag.”
Fiat Chrysler Australia CEO and President Veronica Johns said the award reinforced the positive impact Grand Cherokee had made on the Australian market.
“We are delighted Grand Cherokee continues to impress everyone who experiences it, from our many satisfied customers to the toughest of critics,” Ms Johns said.
The complete 4×4 Of The Year report will appear in the February 2014 edition of 4×4 Australia Magazine, which is on sale now.
The 4×4 Of The Year Grand Cherokee Overland CRD diesel is available in dealerships across Australia, priced at $71,000*.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee model line-up
|Laredo 4×2||3.6L V6 petrol||$45,000 drive away price|
|Laredo||3.6L V6 petrol||$46,000|
|Laredo||3.0L CRD diesel||$51,000|
|Limited||3.6L V6 petrol||$56,000|
|Limited||3.0L CRD diesel||$61,000|
|Limited||5.7L V8 petrol||$61,000|
|Overland||3.6L V6 petrol||$66,000|
|Overland||3.0L CRD diesel||$71,000|
|Overland||5.7L V8 petrol||$71,000|
|Summit||3.0L CRD diesel||$75,000|
|SRT||6.4.L V8 petrol||$77,000|