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Luxury Jeep Overland arrives


A premium Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Overland, has been added to the New Zealand range.

Prices start at $83,990 for the SUV which will be available in limited numbers.

Jeep reserves the Overland name for special vehicles as a tribute to the century-old Overland Company of Toledo that eventually became Jeep after World War II.

Overland's original factory was still making some Jeep models until earlier this year.

The Grand Cherokee Overland has a leather and real-wood steering wheel, wood door and console trim bezels, wood centre stack and floor console bezels, leather-covered instrument cluster brow, wood-accented gear lever and leather-covered handbrake levers, and two-tone seat upholstery with ultra-suede and leather trim embroidered with an Overland logo.

The exterior has platinum accents on the honeycomb mesh front grille, mirror housings, roof rack side rails, rear bumper, liftgate light bar, side-window trim and body-side mouldings. The Overland sits on 18-inch, ten-spoke alloy wheels.

Two engines are available, a 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine and, for the first time, a 3.0-litre V6 Common Rail Diesel.

Jeep says the diesel will return fuel economy of 10.2 litres/100km on the combined cycle. A particulate filter in the exhaust system means extremely low emissions.
The Hemi V8 produces 240kW and has technology that shuts off four of the eight cylinders when cruising or at low throttle settings.

Both engines are matched to a five-speed automatic sequential drive transmission and have Quadra-Drive II fulltime 4x4 systems.

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