First Drive: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Tom Webster

Not so long ago Jeep was a goliath of the butch off-roading, school run world. But as Chrysler's star slipped from the heavens, the brand was subjected to some utterly forgettable and painfully ugly additions to its lineup.

Fortunately for the American manufacturer, Fiat now has its hand on the corporate tiller, and things are gradually looking up. It's in that vein that we are introduced to the Grand Cherokee – Jeep's all-new flagship model which is intended to steal back some of ground which has been lost to the Volkswagen Touareg and the Land Rover Discovery.