Eventer William Fox-Pitt collects new Jeep Grand Cherokee
He’s used to horse power, but now the UK’s top three-day-event rider William Fox-Pitt is discovering what 237 of them feel like – after taking delivery of a new Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The three times World Champion, three times Olympian and eight times British number one is the latest top sports star to choose Jeep as his mode of transport, and the new flagship 4WD’s blend of luxury, space and unbeatable off-road capability will suit William perfectly.
With 237 bhp and 550 Nm of torque available from the 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine, the new Grand Cherokee will have no problems coping with the country terrain so regularly visited by William, nor with his requirement for a car that can tow a large horse box or trailer.
The new car – launched last month (June) – has been designed on a new platform to deliver premium on-road performance while maintaining the legendary Jeep four-wheel drive torque-on-demand off-road capability.
And with significantly lower emissions than its predecessor and fuel consumption of up to 34 mpg (Combined), the new Grand Cherokee is attracting great attention from media and customers alike.
Born in 1969, William Fox-Pitt started eventing aged 15. The first British rider to become eventing’s World number one, William’s achievements in the sport put him among the most successful British event riders of all time. He has represented Great Britain consistently over the last 15 years, including the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA.
“I have the British Open and the European Championships coming up, followed by events at Burghley and Blenheim, so the Jeep’s four-wheel drive capability is going to be very useful,” says William. “The car will also be vital in the winter, and during wet British summers!
“The large boot space is essential, and there is plenty of space in the back for my two sons. All in all it’s a fantastic new car which will suit my busy lifestyle very well.”
The Grand Cherokee range starts at £36,795 (OTR) for the 3.0 CRD V6 Limited, rising to £43,995 (OTR) for the flagship Overland.