The brand new Cherokee – Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo

March, 2012

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is set to give the marque a shot in the arm. With an entry price point 25 per cent lower than the previous model, this also pits the Grand below potential luxury competitors and bang in the sweet spot of the mid-size sports utility vehicle segment.

A Cherokee that’s packed full of features

While it may be cheaper than ever, the Grand Cherokee Laredo isn't left wanting for features. The extensive list includes dual climate-control air-conditioning, heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, power windows, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, power-operated front seats, trip computer and reversing camera.

In terms of safety, stability control and seven airbags come standard, and while the Jeep Laredo hasn’t completed its testing yet, they’re expecting the full 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

Plenty of grunt under the bonnet of the new Laredo

Under the bonnet, the new Pentastar 3.6 litre V6 has 210kW of power with plenty of acceleration. This is helped along by the five-speed auto, and it’s rated to pull up to 2268 kilograms. On bitumen, the new model is much improved from previous Grand Cherokees. Decent control means the body isn't wallowing, and the ride is firm and controlled both in town and on open roads.

The seats are also comfortable and the rear bench split-folds to create more space for the modest load area, which comes with a luggage cover. There's also a handy split tailgate, and in terms of off road excellence, the dual range 4WD system puts the power straight to the wheels that have traction.

All of this with a tempting price on road is contact John Hughes Jeep if you looking for a genuine off-roader that makes sense for those who don't need seven seats.

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