Italian-controlled American hero brand Jeep have listened to their own marketing campaign, and decided the mantra “Don’t Hold Back” should be applied to their vehicles, not just their advertisements with the release of the updated Grand Cherokee range.
With their recent history checkered, to put it lightly, Jeep need a good run. Their updated large SUV looks like it could be the dark knight Jeep needs.
Whilst the mighty 344kW 6.4L Hemi V8 SRT engine hasn’t been touched, the baby 3.6L V6 has been given a power upgrade, now pushing out 213kW. They’ve even improved the fuel economy by up to 4% thanks to the addition of a new stop/start system for use in urban areas.
The 8-speed automatic remains across the models, but has been reworked for the 4×2 Pentastar and 4×4 EcoDiesel in the form of the Gen II transmission. As well as shift quality and driveability improvements, the lubrication system has been optimised, creating less drag on the clutches and further improving durability.
Other improved features include a Rear Trailer Hitch Camera View and introduces active safety updates like LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus, and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, further enhancing its five-star ANCAP safety credentials.
Tow capacity is still 3,500kg.
But the most exciting thing about the new Grand Cherokee range is the introduction of the new $74,000 MRLP* Trailhawk edition. Powered by a 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel, the Trailhawk utilises Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system, complete with an electronic limited slip rear differential for even greater traction. This, combined with a unique tune for the Quadra-Lift air suspension, improves the Trailhawk’s wheel articulation and increases ground clearance to 260mm, the most ever in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Exclusive to the Trailhawk are four new underbody skid plates, Red front tow hooks and Offroad Pages housed within the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. Jeep Offroad Pages are included in all updated 4×4 Grand Cherokee models – except the SRT performance flagship which retains SRT Performance Pages – one of many detail changes that cement Jeep’s flagship range as luxurious and comfortable on-road and rugged and capable off-road.
Major visual updates to the exterior include a new grille and headlamps, new front fascia and new LED fog lamps. A fresh selection of 18 and 20-inch wheels and a choice of six new exterior colours – for a total of 11 – complete the Grand Cherokee’s visual makeover.
Inside, the Jeep Grand Cherokee gets a new ergonomically designed gear selector that falls to hand more naturally and is more intuitive to use. The fitment of an acoustic windscreen and front door glass across the updated range improves the Grand Cherokee’s already impressive in-cabin refinement.
“The updated Grand Cherokee range is not only more refined on-road and more capable off-road, we’ve bolstered its safety credentials and made it even better value for money,” said Jeep Australia Director, Guillaume Drelon.
“On top of all that, 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.”
The new Grand Cherokee is on sale now. Full pricing is listed below.
|Model||Engine||Power / Torque||Transmission||MSRP|
|Laredo||3.6-litre V6||213kW/347Nm||8AT, RWD||$47,500|
|Laredo||3.6-litre V6||213kW/347Nm||8AT, 4×4||$52,500|
|Laredo||3.0-litre TDV6||184kW/570Nm||8AT, 4×4||$59,000|
|Limited||3.6-litre V6||213kW/347Nm||8AT, 4×4||$62,500|
|Limited||3.0-litre TDV6||184kW/570Nm||8AT, 4×4||$69,000|
|Trailhawk||3.0-litre TDV6||184kW/570Nm||8AT, 4×4||$74,000|
|Overland||3.0-litre TDV6||184kW/570Nm||8AT, 4×4||$80,000|
|SRT||6.4-litre V8||344kW/624Nm||8AT, 4×4||