The Jeep brand has finally made its comeback to Malaysia after a 15-year long absence from the local automotive playground, and DRB-Hicom is exclusively appointed by Chrysler to distribute the brand’s cars in Malaysia.

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QUICK FACTS

Name Jeep Compass Limited Jeep Wrangler Jeep Cherokee Jeep Grand Cherokee
Engine 2,360cc; inline-four cylinder 3,604cc; V6 2,360cc; inline-four cylinder 3,604cc; V6
Transmission Six-speed auto Five-speed auto Nine-speed auto Eight-speed auto
Max Power 170 hp @ 6,000 rpm 284 hp @ 6,350 rpm 174 hp @ 6,400 rpm 284 hp @ 6,350 rpm
Max Torque 220 Nm @ 4,500 rpm 347 Nm @ 4,300 rpm 229 Nm @ 3,900 rpm 347 Nm @ 4,300 rpm
Towing Capacity 1,500kg 1,000kg (2-dr), 2,000 (4-dr) 2,200kg 2,812kg
Price RM248,889 from RM288,889 from RM348,889 from RM448,889

 

Today’s launch saw Jeep Malaysia introduce their all-new full fledged 3S Centre (Sales, Service and Spare Parts) in Glenmarie and the introduction of four popular Jeep models – Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Eight service bays are housed within the 3S facility, as with the waiting lounge with refreshments and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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CEO of Jeep Malaysia, Datuk Hisham Othman

Jeep Compass Limited – RM248,889

The Jeep Compass is the brand’s ‘cheapest’ model to make the list, and it’s powered by a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder DOHC engine with dual variable valve timing (DVVT) technology. It makes 170 hp at 6,000 rpm and 220 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm, and is paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox driving all four wheels.

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Standard features on the Compass Limited include the 18-inch wheels wrapped with 215/55 R18 series tyres, six-way electrically powered driver’s seat, leather upholstered seats, sunroof, 6.5-inch touch screen head unit, nine-speaker Boston Acoustic sound system with subwoofer and leather wrapped steering wheel with audio, volume and cruise control switches.

Its projector headlights are halogen powered, no HIDs here. Safety features are six airbags (front, side and curtain), ABS with EBD and Hill Hold Assist.

Jeep Wrangler – Unlimited Sports (RM288,889)

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The Wrangler line is probably the most distinguishable Jeep of the lot, and it’s offered in three trims – Unlimited Sports, Unlimited Sahara and Rubicon. All three variants share the same 3.6-litre V6 engine with VVT technology, producing 284 hp at 6,350 rpm and 347 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. It’s paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox interweaving the brand’s Command-Trac 4WD system for superior off-road capabilities.

Standard features on the Unlimited Sport are halogen powered headlamps and fog lamps, six-speaker audio system, prominent tow brackets, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control switches, fabric seats, Uconnect head unit, black three-piece hard top, 16-inch steel wheels, skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case and a full centre console with lockable storage.

Jeep Wrangler – Unlimited Sahara (RM328,889)

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The Unlimited Sahara trim gives you larger wheels – 18-inch Sparkle Silver wheels with 255/70 R18 series tyres, body coloured fenders, side steps, 6.5-inch touchscreen display unit, premium Alpine sound system with nine speakers, full-framed removable doors and leather upholstered seats; kits that are added on top of all that’s found in the lesser Unlimited Sports variant.

Jeep Wrangler – Rubicon (RM338,889)

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The Rubicon is the model’s top specced variant, and it only comes with three doors. It sits on the 17-inch polished aluminium grey wheels shod with 245/75 R17 series rubbers and rides on heavy-duty suspension setup and high-pressure monotube shocks with configurable valves. The front sway bar can also disconnect, and it gets rock rails and Rubicon embroidered leather seats.

With the Wrangler, there are ten exterior colours to choose from – Bright White, Anvil, Black, Sunset Orange Pearl, Billet Silver Metallic, Firecracker Red, Tank, Hydro Blue Pearl, Copper Brown Pearl and Baja Yellow. You get five-years or 150,000km warranty too, just like all other Jeeps.

Jeep Cherokee – Longtitude (RM348,889)

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The Cherokee is Jeep’s modern interpretation of their SUV lineup, and it’s offered in two trims here – Longtitude and Trailhawk. Underneath the Cherokee’s hood nestles a four-cylinder 2.4-litre Tigershark engine paired to a NINE speed automatic gearbox that permanently drives all four wheels. It makes 174 hp at 6,400 rpm and 229 Nm of torque at 3,900 rpm.

The Longtitude trim getis 18-inch aluminium wheels, chrome roof rails, horizontal rectangular grille, dual-zone air-cond, leather wrapped gear knob and steering wheel with multi-controls, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen head unit with GPS navigation, fabric interior and front fog lamps and cornering lamps.

Jeep Cherokee – Trailhawk (RM378,889)

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Shared between the Longtitude and Trailhawk variants are the self-levelling bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. However, the Trailhawk trim is raised by 51mm for better off-road performance, and it gets off-road suspension top things off. Its shoes are smaller; 17-inch wheels wrapped with Yokohama all-season tyres.

The front and rear bumpers of the Trailhawk is also different and appears to be more rugged to suit its off-roading image. Inside, drivers are greeted with a 7-inch multi-info display as opposed to the Longtitude’s 3.5-inch TFT display. Leather seats are accented in red stitching here, and it gets ten exterior colours to choose from.

Jeep Grand Cherokee – Limited (RM448,889)

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The fourth generation Grand Cherokee is Jeep Malaysia’s top-of-the-line SUV, and carries a price tag no lesser than RM449k. It’s offered here in two trims – Limited and Overland. Both variants are powered by a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with E-shift technology. The engine makes 284 hp at 6,350 rpm and 347 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm while it permanently drives on all four wheels.

Wheels fitted onto the Limited trim measures in at 18-inches and gets keyless entry, push-start ignition, power tailgate, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and tinted glass.

Inside, the Limited benefits from the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen head unit, lighted front footwell and centre console, heated steering wheel and leather seats, nine-speaker Alpine audio system, rear-view camera with grid lines as well as front and rear sensors.

Jeep Grand Cherokee – Overland (RM478,889)

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Costing a good RM30k more, the Overland option gives you 20-inch wheels, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, air suspension with vehicle management system, ventilated leather front seats, Uconnect voice command, wood-accented leather steering wheel, dual exhaust pipes, Quadra-trac II active full-time 4WD system and auto high-beam headlights control. That’s quite a kit for RM30k to be frank. Mechanical, in fact.

The Grand Cherokee can be had in nine different colours, from Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl to Granite Crystal Metallic and

WHAT ELSE?

All the Jeeps are fully imported from the United States and come with an impressive 5-year or 150,000km warranty programme, whichever comes first. Jeep Malaysia is offering 2 years free road tax, 2 years free insurance and 2% financing, which can be converted to cash; for bookings made within this year.

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The Jeep 3S Centre can be found along Jalan Pelukis U1/46, next to the Mazda and Mercedes-Benz showrooms, and is opened seven days a week. Fancy yourself a Jeep, guys?

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