In fact, the country is celebrating its 1,000th model.
From the outside, this Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn't appear any different than other Grand Cherokees. But it is. This particular SUV is armored and comes directly from the automaker itself. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Armored, based on the Limited Luxury Advanced 4x4 trim, is equipped with NIJ-IIA armor, meaning it has 19-mm thick multilayer glass with polyvinyl inserts, engine protection, an anti-grenade underbody, and a reinforced suspension designed to handle the additional weight. It also comes standard with special run-flat tires.
Haven't heard about this Grand Cherokee before? Perhaps that's because it's built at FCA's plant in Mexico City. In fact, the 1,000th armored Grand Cherokee has just rolled off the production line. The SUV is still built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit but is then shipped to Mexico for the armor modifications.
Thanks to that added armor, the SUV can withstand rounds from a 9mm Parabellum, 22 LR, 38 Special, 357 Magnum and a 44 Magnum. Other features include bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, 20-inch alloy wheels, electronically adjustable side mirrors, bright door handles, and premium fog lights. And all it'll cost you is 1,850,900 pesos, or around $86,000.
Step inside and you'll find two-zone automatic climate control, Nappa leather seats, LED lighting, a 7-inch instrument cluster, an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system screen, Alpine premium audio, smartphone integration, and a heated steering wheel. Hey, your hands might as well be warm and toasty when dodging bullets.
Under the hood, lies the familiar 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission routes power to the Quadra-Drive II four-wheel drive system with Selec-Terrain. Some standard safety includes traction control, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and park assist with reversing camera and front and rear sensors.
Those interested in buying an armored Grand Cherokee shouldn't have any issues driving it in the US, but unless they're government officials, those customers might want to consider a career change. Just a suggestion.