JEEP has updated its Grand Cherokee large SUV with mildly tweaked styling,
small price rises for certain variants and a range reshuffle that involves the
removal of the Summit and petrol Overland variants, and the introduction of the
Due in Australian showrooms this month, the range kicks off with the
two-wheel-drive petrol-powered V6 Laredo from $47,500 before on-roads, and tops
out at $91,000 for the 6.4-litre Hemi V8-powered SRT.
The biggest change is the arrival of the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel Trailhawk that
Jeep claims is the most capable Grand Cherokee in the rough stuff.
Priced at $74,000 BOCs, the Trailhawk comes with a uniquely-tuned Quadra-Lift
air suspension that gives the Trailhawk 260mm of ground clearance, the most of
any Grand Cherokee.
It also comes with Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system, four
underbody skid plates, front tow hooks, a matte black bonnet decal, grey
mirrors and grille, and off-road assistance systems such as select-speed
control with hill ascent control.
Jeep Australia director Guillaume Drelon said the Trailhawk would fit well with
Australians who liked to get out and explore.
“The arrival of the new Trailhawk model, with its heightened off-road
abilities, is particularly exciting for Australia, a nation whose core values
resonate strongly with Jeep’s love of freedom and adventure,” he said.
Range-wide visual updates include a redesigned front fascia with tweaked
headlight design and LED foglights, a slimmer version of Jeep’s iconic
seven-slot grille, a new selection of 18- and 20-inch alloy wheels and six new
paint colours to bring the total colour palette to 11.
All variants bar the SRT get Jeep Offroad Pages – a feature that brings up the
car’s diagnostics on the Grand Cherokee’s 8.4-inch touchscreen. This includes
wheel articulation, suspension, driving modes, and
oil, coolant and transmission temperatures.
The SRT instead gets Jeep Performance Pages – a more road-focussed diagnostic
Inside, buyers get a new acoustic windscreen and front door glass for improved
noise levels, as well as a gear selector that has been redesigned after the old
one made news for the wrong reasons last year, when actor Anton Yelchin was
killed after he failed to properly engage park in his Grand Cherokee which then
rolled down his driveway and pinned him against a security gate.
Updates have also been made to safety features such as lane departure warning
and parallel and perpendicular park assist.
Prices have been increased on some variants, rising $500 on petrol-powered
Laredo and Limited variants and $1000 for the diesel-only Overland and
range-topping SRT. Diesel-powered Laredo and Limited variants remain the same
Dropped from the range are the Summit, which sat atop the Grand Cherokee range
before the arrival of the SRT, while the petrol V6-powered Overland is also
No changes have been made to the 184kW/570Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 or the
344kW/624Nm 6.4-litre SRT V8, but the 3.6-litre aspirated V6 comes with a tiny
3kW power bump as well as 4 per cent fuel economy improvement, thanks in part
to the introduction of an idle-stop system.
All variants are still powered by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that
has been updated for improved shift quality and durability, and now comes with
an Eco mode.
The updated range comes with a five-year warranty, lifetime roadside assistance
and capped-price servicing.