Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland by Startech
Lately we have been hearing a lot more about the German based Mopar tuners at Startech with their new line of fast Jaguars and luxurious Range Rovers, but now they are getting back to what it was that made them famous, improving upon Chrysler creations. This time the lucky ride to undergo the Startech treatment is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland.
As it comes from the factory, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the perfect blend of go anywhere off road vehicle and civilized five door people mover; but with the help of Startech, Chrysler’s somewhat weak interiors are no longer an issue. On the outside, the German tuner has added a sense of style to the rather mundane Cherokee with a more aggressive chin spoiler and a pair of integrated strips of LED lit driving lights up front. Tying the front an rear of the vehicle together are a pair of oversized side skirts that meet up to the Overland’s redesigned rear apron complete with cutouts for the dual oval shaped Startech performance exhaust. Finishing off the Grand Cherokee’s exterior are a set of Startech’s signature Monostar IV wheels measuring 22 inches in diameter that sit a little closer to the body thanks to the Jeep’s lowered suspension.
The inside of the Startech Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is adorned with high end materials including everything from brushed aluminum to stainless steel for the more solid surfaces and supple leather to soft Alcantara that can cover every other square inch of the Grand Cherokee’s interior. Even the customizers at Startech admit that there are virtually no limits as to what they can create. Not ones to leave any stone unturned, under the hood Startech has upgraded the 3.0 Liter CRD motor to produce a maximum output of 262 HP and a very diesel friendly 427 lb-ft of torque, the perfect compliment to a more stylish and luxurious off roader.
Press release after the jump.
Tuning made in Germany for the Jeep Grand Cherokee: STARTECH presents an exclusive customization program for the SUV. The extensive product lineup is distinguished by professional engineering and innovative design.
The face of the Grand Cherokee is customized with the stunningly styled STARTECH front spoiler with integrated LED daytime running lights in ‘Black Line’ design. The aerodynamic-enhancement component minimizes lift on the front axle at high speed and gives the 4x4 more passing clout.
Its counterpart in the rear is a special apron that features cutouts for the two characteristic oval-shaped chrome-plated tailpipes of the STARTECH sport exhaust system. The fully stainless-steel exhaust system is available for all Grand Cherokee models and produces a more exciting exhaust note.
The sides of the five-door are upgraded with STARTECH rocker panels with integrated LED lights. These entrance lights are activated with the standard keyless remote or by pulling on a door handle. This innovative STARTECH development makes entering and exiting the vehicle easier in the dark.
22-inch STARTECH Monostar IV 22 wheels are an instant eye catcher. The stunning silver polished five-spoke wheels lend the Grand Cherokee an even classier appearance. The front axle features size 9Jx22 wheels with Pirelli Scorpion tires in size 265/35 R 22. The even wider rear axle combination of size 10Jx22 wheels and size 295/30 R 22 tires contributes greatly to the SUV’s even more agile handling with even greater safety reserves.
The STARTECH suspension kit is specifically calibrated for use with these low-profile tires. It lowers the ride height of the Grand Cherokee by some 30 millimeters (1.2 inches). The lowered center of gravity further improves cornering.
Exclusive interior design is yet another STARTECH specialty that is also available for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The list of accessories ranges from a speedometer bezel with brushed aluminum design to aluminum pedals and door-lock pins to polished stainless-steel scuff plates with illuminated STARTECH logo.
Requests for even more customized interiors are fulfilled by the upholsterers in the company’s interior studio. There are virtually no limits to the selection of colors for leather and Alcantara or to the available upholstery designs.
The STARTECH SD6 tuning kit for the common-rail turbodiesel engine of the 3.0 CRD model bumps power output from standard 218 hp (214 bhp) to 262 hp (259 bhp) / 193 kW. Simultaneously peak torque jumps from 510 Nm to 580 Nm (376 to 427 lb-ft) between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm.