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by Tim Beissmann

The flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is now available in Australia with the option of an entry-level V6 petrol engine.

Priced from $65,000 before on-road costs, the 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar-powered Grand Cherokee Overland is $4500 cheaper than both the equivalent 3.0-litre diesel and 5.7-litre V8 Overland variants.

Already available in the $45,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and the $55,000 Grand Cherokee Limited, the 3.6-litre petrol engine produces 210kW of power (at 6350rpm) and 347Nm of torque (at 4300rpm).

The Pentastar-equipped Grand Cherokee burns through 11.0 litres of fuel per 100km, slotting between the diesel at 8.3L/100km and the V8 at 14.1L/100km.

The V6 petrol cannot match the towing capacity of the diesel and the V8, however. The Pentastar is rated at 2268kg (braked), 1232kg short of the 3.5-tonne towing capacity of the 177kW/550Nm diesel and the 259kW/520Nm V8.

The top-spec Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland comes standard with the brand’s Quadra-Lift air suspension with five selectable modes – Park, Aero, Normal, and Off-Road I and II – as well as the Selec-Terrain system with five traction control settings: Automatic, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud and Rock.

Unlike the diesel and V8 versions of the Overland, however, the V6 petrol model misses out on the more capable Quadra-Drive II active full-time 4WD system and the Off-Road Adventure Group II package, which includes a rear electronic limited slip differential, 3.45 axle ratio, 230mm rear axle, 18-inch polished alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tyres, and underbody protection for the fuel tank, transfer case and front suspension. The V6 petrol Overland comes standard with the basic Quadra-Trac II active full-time 4WD system.

Additional features in the Grand Cherokee Overland over the mid-spec Limited include a panoramic dual-pane sunroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection system, advanced security alarm, electric tailgate, heated and cooled front seats, Nappa leather upholstery, heated wood grain steering wheel, and an upgraded infotainment system with satellite navigation.




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