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The Jeep Grand Cherokee L smashes its way to the Philippine market

The three-row SUV finally rolls on our soil

The unibody icon returns in a longer package. PHOTO BY JUSTIN YOUNG

For 30 years, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was the company’s first-ever unibody SUV, and it immediately became the darling of its class. This week, Jeep Philippines finally launched its long-wheelbase version of the midsize SUV in our market.

The Pentastar still lives on. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YOUNG

First debuted in 2021, the Grand Cherokee L is the three-row model of the lineup that has apparently been requested by fans for a long time. Underneath the hood is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that has been in several Chrysler products, producing 282hp and 334Nm with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

As for the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and the 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid 4xe options, no plans for their arrival were announced.

Twenty inches of rubber can hug gravel like nothing. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YOUNG

It wouldn’t be a true Jeep without the brand’s well-known 4×4 capabilities with the Quadra-Trac I 4WD system and the Selec-Terrain toggle to choose various conditions. Planted to the ground are a set of 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion tires for a smooth overlanding experience. Safety features such as hill-start assist, advanced brake assist, and blind-spot and cross-path detection work in tandem for on- and off-road assurance.

The third-row extension helps immensely with cabin and trunk space. PHOTOS FROM JEEP

On the flip side, the creature comforts that cater to families are obviously present. The 127mm extension from the two-row Grand Cherokee offers enough legroom for adults and children alike, and up to 2,395L of trunk capacity with both row of seats folded down. For the tech inside, passengers will get to enjoy the 10.1-inch infotainment display, the nine-speaker system from McIntosh Laboratory, and the heated seats for the front and second rows.

Another successful launch from the Auto Nation Group. PHOTOS BY MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

The new Grand Cherokee L starts at P5.49 million, priced close to its Japanese equivalents like the Nissan Patrol and the Toyota Land Cruiser. However, when compared to its closest American rival in the market, the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Jeep is a bargain.

Then again, pitting a unibody crossover SUV against body-on-frame behemoths is like comparing apples and oranges. Hence, we cross our fingers for the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer to enter the market one day.

Justin Young

Justin loves cars of all forms. Molded by motoring TV shows and Internet car culture, he sees the world from a different perspective that not many get to see every day.