Kidnappings and assassinations are a real concern in Mexico, and Jeep has responded by introducing the Grand Cherokee Armored.
Based on the Grand Cherokee Limited Luxury Advanced 4×4, the model promises to meet the “highest safety standards” as it has NIJ-IIIA armoring from the factory.
To ensure occupant safety, traditional glass surfaces have been replaced by multi-layer glass with polyvinyl inserts. This bullet resistant glass is 0.7 inches (19 mm) thick and can protect against small arms fire.
Elsewhere, the Grand Cherokee has “ballistic steel perimeter caps that protect the joints in the upper part of the vehicle, avoiding any ballistic gap.” The model also has an anti-grenade underbody plate, frame and window reinforcements, and a protected engine compartment.
The latter is important as escape is often the best means of survival. To help with that, the model is also equipped with run flat tires and a reinforced suspension.
Thanks to these changes, FCA Mexico says the model offers protection against a number of small rounds including 22 LR, 38 Special and 9mm Parabellum. The Grand Cherokee can also hold its own against more powerful 357 and 44 Magnums.
Besides the armoring, the Grand Cherokee comes nicely equipped with perforated Nappa leather seats featuring heating and ventilation up front. There’s also an 8.4-inch infotainment system, a nine-speaker premium audio system and a heated steering wheel. Other highlights include bi-xenon headlights and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Power is provided by a familiar 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that develops 360 hp (268 kW / 365 PS) and 390 lb-ft (528 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which is paired to a Quadra-Trac II 4×4 system.
While most armored vehicles cost a small fortune, the Grand Cherokee Armored starts at 1,850,900 pesos ($81,434 / £64,520 / €71,857) and slots beneath the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in terms of pricing.
Note: US-spec Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit pictured