First drive: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Leon Poultney
First drive: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
First drive: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The rugged American marque has been peddling competent off-road machines since 1941 and the release of the original Grand Cherokee back in 1992 arguably saw the first proper compact SUV hit the market. Jeep big wigs like to remind folk that the Grand Cherokee remains "the most awarded SUV" in history, but the segment is currently busier than ever with the big German brands and a certain Land Rover stealing the limelight. So can the larger-than-life Jeep make an impression on UK buyers? AOL Cars popped to Sicily to find out...

What is it?

This is the new and improved five-seat 4x4 that happily juggles on and off-road duties while offering an air of luxury inside and out. A new eight-speed ZF gearbox is said to improve comfort and refinement while the interior receives a big dollop of opulence. The exterior styling has also been treated to a dash of 'European' glitz in the form of LED running lights, chrome accents and a more sculpted front grille and backside.