The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept: What It’s like to Drive

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept was more fun to drive than expected. Unlike other Grand Cherokee-based concept vehicles, this baby is jacked-up on air springs and was ridiculously capable on the slick-rock. With a powertrain featuring the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, which is mated to the eight-speed Torqueflight transmission, the sheer torque of the diesel chugged over every obstacle.

Grand Cherokee Overlander 021_MG_1429I barely touched the accelerator twice – on two loops.

According to Jeep, “The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander sports Sage Green exterior paint. Custom features include a one-off front fascia, integrated front winch, tow hooks, larger wheel flares, SRT taillamps and hood, off-road rock rails, front and rear skid plates and 18-inch milled wheels with BF Goodrich All-terrain T/A tires.”

Grand Cherokee Overlander 025_MG_1449Aside from the off-road-ish front end, the lights are larger and covered with yellow lenses. Yes, that is a real wench they squeezed in – somehow. There are branch riser/limb-deflector wires leading from the top of the front fender to the bottom of the folding tent roof pod. Speaking of that roof tent: it’s a nice looking piece of kit, but I doubt a large person (me) could fit with an average sized person. I might fit with a 1/2 a person; maybe.
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The interior is pretty much what you would get in a regular Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Grand Cherokee Overlander 014IMG_2595Driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept: Many people already love the way the diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee drives. This is better. The beefy BGFs, ride height and overall feel of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept is awesome, like driving something military-grade. There is so much torque on tap, it simply goes up anything you point it towards. Grip is tenacious and that torque makes for a hell of an enjoyable ride.

Much of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander can be built by using Jeep Performance parts, I suspect many of these parts will find their way to many Grand Cherokees.

We will add theĀ Grand Cherokee Overlander video to this post soon. The internet is a little spotty. In the meantime, check out this TrailHawk II Concept video!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum.  His words, good humor and videos are enjoyed worldwide.
Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. His words, good humor and videos are enjoyed worldwide.