This could have been a Picture for Sunday. Instead it’s more about materials and form.
Background: the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee (which is what I think this is) appeared on the world stage as a derivative of the Mercedes W-166 platform which also made its way to showrooms in 2011. That’s news to me. Did Mercedes license this? The whole of the Grand Cherokee Wikipedia entry reads like it has been airbrushed by someone with corporate interests so I have my doubts.
To the pictures. At the front we find a chrome grille and a chamfer feature around the lamp. Confusingly, the chamfer runs across from the body colour area to the chrome part. Thus the material selection runs counter to the form´s expression or dominates it. It’s only after a second glance do you realise that the chamfer (marked in green) is sculpturally speaking really associated with the lamp. Later versions of this car avoid this by having the same colour running all the way around the lamp.
On the plus side, the engineers managed to make the chrome frame around the side glass look like one piece by means of a very fine joint. Helpfully, the split is on the straight and nowhere near the radius.
My heart leapt when I saw the Overland Summit badge. I thought it was a special edition. But it’s a standard trim package. Judging by the smart interior this indeed was the top of the Jeep Grand Cherokee tree. We often kick FCA here: in this case I think they did a nice job of presenting a tasty interior. The leather was plastered over every thing, and in a nice way.