Re: JGC CRD vs. VW Touareg TDI
If you need serious off-road chops, go GC (I can't wait to drive the diesel motor). For basic off-roading, ride-quality, fit-finish and resale, I'd go VW, personally. Plus, you won't see yourself everywhere, either.
On another note, let's get something clear: The GC has "nearly" caught up to offering luxury features and performance that the VW Touareg introduced over 10 YEARS ago.
For world-car fans, you already are aware of this. Many former Touareg owners are current GC owners because VWoA didn't bring 4XMotion nor the A/S to the US. Plus, the GC is a lot less expensive, too. And, it looks pretty fantastic.
Also, if you're going to show pictures of the SRT8 as a comparison, be sure to note that the interior is ripped right out of Audi/VW playbook. Carbon fibre inserts (Audi, 1991 S4 - 20 years ago) along with the use of Alcantara and a flat-bottomed wheel with its metal twin-spoked bottom. Heck, even the battery is under the front seat.
The GC is probably the best SUV that the US has to offer and is something to be proud of. Let's just remember how dramatically improved it is from just three years ago and tip the hat to LR, MB and VW for their obvious influences.
Ahh, Jeep Grand Wagoneer. What goes around...