Chrysler’s latest machine in the Jeep family, the Grand Cherokee SRT, is already in town, thanks to Spear Motors Limited, the authorized distributors of Chrysler LLC products in Uganda.
Car enthusiasts have described the Grand Cherokee SRT [Street and Racing Technology] as the “quieter, more powerful, version of its 2014 predecessor.”
This SUV commands attention with its looks and when it begins to move, one finds the need for speed is well addressed. Externally, the SRT features a restyled front bumper that curves outwards and downwards, and also upwards to blend in with the headlights, giving it a wide face.
A new dark body panel that extends under the headlights surrounds the Jeep’s familiar seven-slot grille. The back features new LED taillights and a mildly refreshed tailgate. Aggressive front and rear faces, blacked-out and trim and stylish five-spoke wheels set the SRT apart from the rest in the Grand Cherokee lineup.
Power comes from a 6.4-litre V8 engine that produces 467 horsepower. Linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the V8 sends the Grand Cherokee SRT from zero to 60mph in 4.8 seconds, although topspeed.com puts the time at five seconds. Alternatively, the SRT can tow up to 7,200 pounds (3265kg).
The GC SRT will take you through any weather condition. Its terrain floor console dial allows the driver to adjust between five traction control settings: auto, sport, snow, track and tow modes. This means that regardless of the weather, she is built to guarantee the conveyance of her occupants up to their destination.
The seats are upholstered in Nappa leather and suede, while carbon fiber trim, leather-wrapped door trim panels and the centre console give the SUV a decidedly upscale feel.
The three-spoke steering wheel has embedded controls for audio, trip computer and voice command, among others. Chrysler’s Uconnect Access infotainment system is one of the most user-friendly infotainment setups on the market.
It integrates most of the SUV’s audio, navigation and climate control functions into one unit. An 8.4-inch touchscreen mounted on the dashboard is the central component of the system, but redundant buttons and knobs for climate and audio volume and tuning are also included.
Uconnect Access features a voice command system that allows the driver to place phone calls, use the sound system, input navigation destinations, and more, without taking his or her hands off the wheel.
All Grand Cherokee SRT models come with dual front, dual side and full-length side curtain airbags as standard, in addition to traction and stability control systems.
Also standard is a blind-spot warning system, a forward collision warning system that warns the driver when the Jeep is approaching another vehicle too rapidly, and a rear cross path system that alerts the driver of approaching traffic when backing out of a parking spot.
Price on the road, all taxes paid, is $138,900 in Uganda. After sales service will be carried out at the Spear Motors workshop in Nakawa with a warranty of three years or 100,000km, whichever comes first (Terms and conditions apply).
Source : The Observer