What is it like to drive?
The difference in vehicle response is immediately obvious within just a few metres on the road. The steering is more direct, responsive and accurate. The ride more composed and quiet. The engines enthusiastic and well-silenced. It still has the outgoing vehicle’s easy-going, relaxed air but you are just much better informed about the truck’s actions.
All of that information reaches you through the main controls – but also through the latest version of the excellent Uconnect system. This benchmark set up has now been expanded to include wireless CarPlay and Android Auto and continues to be one of the most intuitive and easy-to-use systems on the market today.
Despite the familiarity with the two engines – they are perfectly tuned to haul the GCL down the road. Mated to the ever-present multi-mode eight-speed ZF auto box, the Jeep can be turned from a relaxed cruiser into a surprisingly enthusiastic performer. If you are late for the airport, or football practice, you’ll fully appreciate this ability to hustle when needed.
It’s the same off-road. There are three different levels of four-wheel drive available – depending on the model chosen. These allow you to tackle terrain you’d describe as challenging in the base to ‘you must be joking’ in the top version. You really can just point it at absurd obstacles, twirl the terrain dial, and this huge SUV will casually dispatch it. All in a new higher level of luxury and hush.