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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee's Urban Style Tackles Rough Terrain With Calm Composure

By Donna Bellevue , Mar 31, 2017 05:00 AM EDT
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The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is the brand's most luxurious urban vehicle offering next to the top-performance SRT model. Upgraded this year, the dynamic jeep sports a tweaked front fascia, LED fog lights, grille, and richer interior features. Added to its lush yet rugged appearance are the powerful capabilities of the car, tackling rough terrains with grace and composure found only in the best of Cherokees.

This variant is the second trim on offer and comes with a variety of functional accessories such as three infotainment systems that can be used individually. The engine comes in the form of a 3.0-liter diesel unit that makes 286bhp and 570 Nm of incredible torque. It achieves this with the help of an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Cherokee's 2017 Jeep Grand Summit can be easily mistaken as a polished SUV that is designed to be more of an urban dweller than a hardcore off-roader. However, underneath its shiny exterior is a capable vehicle that performs outstandingly in extreme terrains and weather conditions. According to the DriveSpark, to enhance the driving experience in various road situations, the driver gets to chose between Snow, Sand, Mud, and Rock in the mode displayed on the instrument console using a dial located next to the gearbox.

The course in the off-road test was set by the car manufacturer itself to showcase the various traits of the vehicle. Regardless of the circumstance, be it water wading, going up a steep incline, coming down a hill, and even maneuvering in tight spots, the Jeep proved to tackle all these with a calm composure. According to the Auto World News, it even had in place a fleet of stairs instead of the traditional ramp to display the Jeep's ascend and descent ability during its showcase.

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit has a starting price of $51,390. Despite its incredibly attractive features, the pricing has customers distancing themselves from the product. Nevertheless, the Jeep's fancy features and price can get customers Jeep's full suite of active safety hardware and software, a height-adjustable air suspension, heated and cooled seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

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