First created in the 1940s, Jeep cars are amongst the world’s oldest off-road vehicles, and one of the most instantly recognisable American brands. Starting life as the standard car of the United States Army, the jeep has evolved into the ultimate status car. Think of the dashing general driving across the airfield, the sun glinting off his aviator sunglasses, the ash from a cigar dropping onto the lapels of his brown leather flight jacket. What could be cooler? What could be more American?
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is the perfect modern embodiment of American automotive tradition. It combines raw, muscular power with a sleek, smart exterior: the perfect combination of substance and style.
The range was inspired by the Native American tribe of the Cherokee, a proud and dignified people who have become part of American folklore, as well as the go-getting mentality of the 1980s: the date of the emergence of the first Cherokee jeeps.
The Cherokee range comes with a new front grille and fascia treatments, daytime running headlamps, projector fog lamps and capless fuel fillers, all designed to enhance your driving experience, as well as aluminium wheels and a resculpted tailgate.
However, the power and grit of the Cherokee’s exterior hides within it a luxurious inside, one that you might expect to see in the business lounge of a trans-Atlantic jet. A CommandView sunroof, the latest in audio capabilities and design features all combine to create an interior that is far more aesthetically pleasing than an off-road vehicle should be. You can even personalise the instrument cluster on the dashboard to make you feel even more at home in your Jeep.
However, if you have a family (or tend to drive with large numbers of people), and want certain features of a Jeep but not all of them, you may want to consider the Chrysler Grand Voyager, one of a number of MPVs who combined have won over 260 global awards.
This particular car can transport up to seven adults in absolute comfort: the result of 30 years of MPV innovation. For young children, the Grand Voyager provides a luxury in-car entertainment system, to keep them occupied and allowing you to focus on your driving. This includes two 9-inch drop-down DVD screens with game console input, with the DVD players operated by wireless remote and with wireless headphones. Surround sound emanates from a top quality 9 speaker system, designed with the best possible audio experience in mind.