Jeep Grand Cherokee in Mumbai

Jeep is finally making its comeback in India, and this time it’s offering more than just the crude 4x4 utility vehicles that our country has been associated with in the past. Fiat is responsible for giving Jeep a new lease on life in India, with the aim of gaining the Americans’ assistance in reviving its sagging brand image in the country.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee, soon to be on offer here, is a far cry from Jeep’s classic associations in India. Sure, this Summit variant of the Grand Cherokee comes prepped with four-wheel drive, Selec-Terrain traction control system with low-range transfer case, three levels of air suspension settings, electronic slip differential for the rear axle.

But this Jeep is rather unconventional given what it has on offer, with a mile long list of kit, and the flashy look of something straight out of a convicted-felon-rapper video.

Considering the fact that the people who buy this SUV will barely ever take it off-road, we ran the Grand Cherokee through some everyday activities to see if this gung-ho Native American did any good in the one environment where it will, in all probability, be driven most often – the big city.