Cars worth waiting for in 2013
Jeep Wrangler & Cherokee
SUV purists rejoice. The original Jeep brand will finally be here in 2013 courtesy Fiat, which owns a stake in the brand. The first two SUVs will be the Wrangler and the Grand Cherokee. Powering the Cherokee for India will be a 3.6-litre common-rail V6 diesel engine with 290bhp. The Cherokee will cater to people looking for creature comforts and daily practicality over out and out 4x4 skills. For outright off-roading, the Wrangler will be your weapon of choice. Powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine with 198bhp. Since both will be sold as full imports, chances are slim that they will be affordable. Still, you can expect the Wrangler to start at around Rs 25 lakh while the Cherokee should retail for around Rs 30 lakh. The Jeeps should start arriving by the end of 2013.
Estimated price - Rs 25-30 lakh
Expected launch – December 2013
(Words: Ashish Masih)