As the creator of the sport-utility vehicle segment, Jeep continues to offer unique cars to a wide range of customers. Now the upper end of the Jeep line-up has become even stronger with the addition of a new ‘Overland’ diesel model.
The top-of-the-range Grand Cherokee Overland has been fitted with the remarkable five-cylinder 2.7 litre common-rail turbo diesel engine available already in ‘Limited’ trim. The engine, which provides 161 bhp of power and 295 lb ft of torque, is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption of the Grand Cherokee 2.7 CRD is an impressive 29.1 mpg on the combined cycle.
Grand Cherokee Overland 2.7 CRD is distinguished externally by unique machined-rim five-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, body-colour exterior fascia panels and grille and rock rails to protect the sills. The Quadra-Drive four-wheel drive system is standard on Overland, as is a skid plate set for optimum off-road protection.
Inside, extra equipment includes a power sunroof, 10-disc CD changer with remote control, unique suede and leather seat trim, 10-way powered and heated front seats, and real Redwood Burl wood trim on the instrument panel, centre console, upper door trims and upper part of the steering wheel.
Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Chrysler and Jeep in the UK said: "Already the Grand Cherokee Overland in petrol form has proved a wonderful success and I am sure this new diesel variant will follow suit. The combination of the luxury and equipment that Overland offers, coupled with the 30 mpg economy presented by the 2.7 CRD engine make this an unbeatable proposition."
The 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s suspension features reduced pressure shocks for improvements in overall ride comfort. Additionally, reduced brake pedal effort allowing shorter stopping distances has been accomplished by increasing the master cylinder output pressure for a lighter brake pedal feel.
Standard multi-stage driver and passenger front air bags are designed to deploy at different levels depending on the severity of the impact. Ceiling-mounted side curtain air bags are standard fit and offer additional head protection for both front and rear passengers.
The new Grand Cherokee also offers rain-sensing front wipers. When the windscreen wiper control is turned to "AUTO", the wiper system automatically activates when it rains and adjusts its speed according to the severity of the rain.
Overland is also available with a 4.7 high-output V8 petrol engine. A ‘Limited’ trim level and two other petrol engines, the six cylinder 4.0 and 4.7 V8, complete the range. For 2003, Grand Cherokee is offered in two new exterior colours: Bright Silver Metallic and Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat.
The Grand Cherokee Overland 2.7 CRD costs £31,495 on-the-road. Like all Jeep vehicles, it comes with a three year, 60,000 mile warranty, roadside assistance and seven year, unlimited mile anti-corrosion guarantee.Published 3 December 2002