Toledo loves Jeep. The plant in Toledo employs a good number of people and they’ve been very busy this year. The plant is on pace to produce 500,000 Jeeps for the first time in their history.
It’s great news for Fiat Chrysler, but it’s also incredible news for the automotive industry in general. Jeep has never been a bellwether for the industry when it comes to sales, but the increase in production and the flagship status that they’ve unexpectedly created for their new bosses has given a ray of hope that the trends of positive sales in the industry for the last two years will continue.
Most don’t think of the Jeep lineup of vehicle as luxury models, but they took the Grand Cherokee to a new level of luxury in 2015. More likely they are thought of as rugged off road capable machines that can tackle the outdoors and are enjoyed by those who are ready to head out camping or to the lake for a great weekend of fun. The Jeep Grand Cherokee for this new model year is one that has improved its technology and interior to be able to compete not only with the likes of the Toyota 4Runner and Volkswagen Touareg, but also with the Mercedes-Benz M-Class. In addition to the interior improvements, the Grand Cherokee offers better on road performance than before without giving up any of it’s off road capabilities.
For the 2015 model, the Grand Cherokee SRT adds five horsepower to bring it up to 475 total horsepower as well as adding Active Noise Cancellation for the SRT and Summit models. Driving a Grand Cherokee offers a very enjoyable electrically assisted steering system which deftly shifts the weight and gives balance to the vehicle. The suspension, while made for the off road trails, performs exceptionally well on the road as well giving this SUV a great deal of driving pleasure from a very smooth ride. Add the quiet cabin to the mix and this SUV does really reach up toward the Luxury SUV segment and should gain some notice from the engineers at BMW and Mercedes-Benz.