Good news if you’ve just purchased a Chrysler 300C or Jeep Grand Cherokee. Models sold after 10 January are now standard with a six-year/100 000-kilometre maintenance plan, rather than a three-year term.

Buyers before this date are unlikely to be pleased, however: Chrysler will not be offering this extended maintenance package even if you’ve bought one a month earlier. Richard Sloman, Chrysler South Africa spokesman explained the move will put these two premium offerings in-line with its rivals.

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

The Grand Cherokee fares pretty well for the Chrysler Group. Notably thanks to its impressive value: offering plenty of standard kit that you’d otherwise have to specify extra in the German alternatives.

But the big 300C saloon is more of a niche product and perennial favourites like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series continue to own the show.

Pricing for the 300C starts off at R550 990 while the Cherokee range begins at R623 990.