We drove the Grand Cherokee SRT earlier this year along with 15 other SUVs on a road trip from Joburg to Cape Town and rating the SRT as our favourite of the lot.
Therefore it comes as no surprise that the high performance Jeep has been honoured by readers of the German magazine Auto Bild Sports Cars. The powerful Jeep model scooped the readers’ choice award for best import in the Vans and SUV category.
This is the first time the ‘famously knowledgeable readers of the magazine’ have chosen a Jeep model as a winner, underlining the huge appeal of the sports inspired premium SUV.
The 2017 edition of the awards saw a total of 110 models compete across 15 categories. Among the standout features that saw the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT win its category, was its 6.4-litre HEMI V8 naturally-aspirated engine. Generating 344kW of power and an impressive torque of 624Nm at just 4,100 r/min without turbocharging from its hemispherical combustion chambers, it’s considered one of the last high-performance naturally-aspirated engines.
Jeep Grand Cherokee is the flagship of the Jeep brand and the most awarded SUV ever. Since its introduction in 1992, it represents the Jeep benchmark in terms of power, comfort and innovation and has sold more than 6 million units worldwide since its introduction 25 years ago.
The Grand Cherokee is available locally with a line-up that includes five trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit, SRT and the new Trackhawk that will be introduced around the middle of 2018.