Bullet-stopping Grand Cherokee hits production milestone
Factory armouring a popular choice in Mexico
Buyers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in Mexico appreciate the level of luxury and off-road capability that the vehicle offers. But there are more than a few who need a slightly more defensive offering, and for those buyers, Jeep offers an armoured version of the GC. And they’ve just built the 1,000th one equipped with that package.
The Grand Cherokee is built in Detroit, but these armoured models are put together at a dedicated facility in Mexico. Enough are built each year that that’s all this particular factory does, and they’re designed and certified by FCA’s engineers along with up-armouring firm Wendler Blindajes Almanes.
Equipped with NIJ-IIIA armour and complying with US and Mexican standards, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Armored is able to stop handgun rounds up to 44 Magnum 240 gr, using ballistic steel to cover the body panels and any gaps, 19 mm multilayer windows, and thermoformed fibres to offer body panel protection with reduced weight. The 360 coverage includes run-flat tires, reinforced suspension, engine protection, and even an anti-grenade underside panel. Trail Rated and Dirty Harry Rated is an interesting combination.
Not surprisingly, the model uses the 360 hp 5.7L Hemi V8 to handle the weight, and it’s well equipped inside including a nine-speaker Alpine audio system and ventilated Nappa leather seats.
If you want your own, they start from 1,850,900 pesos, or about $114,000 Canadian. That’s up from the non-armoured version, which runs 1,055,900 pesos ($65,000), but if it saves your life once it’s well worth the money. and it’s still less than a Trackhawk.