Prior to May this year I knew ABSOLUTELY NOTHING of the Grand Cherokee and very little about Jeep itself. I have been a Holden (GM) man for most of my life and a Toyota faithful since 2004 with my 120 series Prado.
How things have changed. My Overland CRD is due to land in NSW in a few days and like all previous new owners, I'm itching to get into it particularly as my Prado sold a month ago and I've been driving around in a rental cheapie
What is staggering to me is this......since May this year to this day, I have only seen 1 WK2 on the road here in Brisbane and that was back in June, it was black and it was nice
. I stalked it for a while in the traffic appreciating it's great lines and finesse but it slipped away as it should. It was nowhere near a Jeep dealership therefore it was not being test driven, it was clearly a bought unit on the road.
Of course there are quite a few GC's on the road as these threads can testify, I am merely outlining here my own personal observation based on my own sightings. However, it seems to me I'd have more of a chance sighting a UFO than I would of another WK2
on the streets of Brisbane.
Why are there so few of these machines on our streets? In the past few months Jeep have saturated TV & online spaces in Australia with their great ads (personally I only noticed the ad after I took a test drive) and reading these threads there is certainly great demand for them. Where is the supply?
The dealership I test drove with and wanted to sign up with simply could not supply until November / December this year.....imagine being stuck with the rental cheapie (Diahatsu Sirios) until then
? Hence why I signed with a Sydney dealer and will have it road transported to Brisbane.
It's clear to me the WK2 offers so much to a variety of 4x4 markets with this 1 machine. Jeep needs to get its act together down here if it wants to woo Toyota, GM, Ford, BMW, Merc etc faithfuls. Whilst the marketing has been quite clever, supply is another thing altogether.
From my observations most Jeep faithfuls will cling on for +6 months for their orders to eventuate but for the less faithful many will and have already fallen away for no other reason than the protracted delivery time. I, too at one point asked the question whether to jump but fortunately was in the right place at the right time and signed up with just over a month to wait.
Come on Jeep, get some more RHD units on your production line for the Australian market!
Anyhow, one thing is for sure, there will be an Inferno Red WK2 cruising the streets of Brisbane in approximately 2 weeks. It will be wrapped (sign writing) with our company details soon afterwards.