2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee scores design and equipment upgrades

By Jez Spinks, 17 Mar 2017 Car News

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2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee scores design and equipment upgrades

Prices are up as a new off-road-focused Trailhawk version joins the range.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been updated for 2017, with changes spearheaded by a new Trailhawk variant with an even sharper off-road focus.

America’s famous 4WD brand has priced the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk at $74,000, placing it in the middle of a range that comes with some price increases of between $500 and $1000.

The Grand Cherokee already has established off-roading credentials but the Trailhawk earns its ‘trail-rated’ badge with features including a more advanced all-wheel-drive system, air suspension that allows even higher ground clearance, all-terrain tyres, an electronic rear limited-slip differential, four underbody protection plates, and uphill cruise control.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk earns its 'trail-rated' badge

There’s also an anti-glare black bonnet plus recovery tow hooks.

The Trailhawk’s extras are available on diesel versions of the Overland and Laredo 4x4 models as part of an optional Off-Road Adventure Group package.

The Grand Cherokee joins the Renegade and smaller Cherokee as Jeeps offering Trailhawk variants.

All updated Grand Cherokees now sport a new look to their front

All updated Grand Cherokees now sport a new look to their front, comprising a new mesh grille, reshaped headlights, new fascia, and LED foglights. New alloy wheels ranging between 18- and 20-inches in size are also introduced.

Inside, a subtle makeover includes a new steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, and revised centre stack – featuring Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch colour touchscreen on all but the base Laredo rear-wheel-drive model.

Also across the range comes new electric power steering, an Eco mode, plus an updated eight-speed automatic gearbox with claimed improvements in durability and shift quality. There’s barely any change in fuel consumption for the carry-over engines despite the Eco mode. The 3.6-litre V6 petrol improves slightly from 10.1L/100km to 9.9L/100km in the base model, or to 10.0L/100km in 4x4 variants.

Jeep Grand Cherokee interior

The 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel remains at 7.5L/100km, and the 6.4-litre V8 ‘Hemi’ engine powering the flagship is unmoved at 14.0L/100km.

Jeep’s luxury-focused Overland model is now available only with the turbo diesel, dropping the V6 petrol option. For now, the full bells-and-whistles Summit model is also dropped.

The range is covered by Jeep’s new There & Back Guarantee, which comprises five-year warranty and lifetime roadside assistance.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been updated

Here’s WhichCar’s quick guide to the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Range.

LAREDO V6 RWD – HIGHLIGHTS

  • V6 petrol engine
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 5.0-inch touchscreen
  • 7.0-inch instrument display
  • Front and rear sensors plus camera
  • Dual-zone climate
  • Electric and heated front seats
  • Keyless entry and ignition

LAREDO 4X4 – HIGHLIGHTS ABOVE RWD

  • V6 petrol or V6 turbo diesel with Quadra-Trac II AWD
  • Selec-Terrain Control
  • Hill descent control
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen

LIMITED – HIGHLIGHTS ABOVE LAREDO

  • V6 petrol or V6 turbo diesel with Quadra-Trac II AWD
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Navigation
  • Capri leather seats
  • Alpine audio system
  • Auto tailgate
  • Privacy glass
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated rear bench

TRAILHAWK - HIGHLIGHTS

  • V6 turbo diesel with Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system
  • Quadra-Lift Air Suspension
  • Rear electronic limited-slip differential
  • Selec-Speed with Hill-ascent control
  • Underbody skidplates x 4
  • 18-Inch off-road-style alloy wheels
  • All-terrain tyres
  • Nappa leather seats with suede Inserts
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Recovery tow hooks (front)
  • Black anti-glare bonnet decal

OVERLAND – HIGHLIGHTS

  • V6 turbo diesel with Quadra-Trac II AWD
  • Quadra-Lift Air Suspension
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Full-speed Forward Collision Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning Plus
  • Parallel & Perpendicular Park Assist
  • Nappa leather seats with ventilated front seats
  • Wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel

SRT

  • 344kW 6.4-litre V8 with Quadra-Trac Active on Demand 4x4 System
  • Brembo performance brakes
  • Adaptive suspension
  • SRT flat-bottom steering wheel
  • SRT leather/suede seats
  • Nappa-leather door trim
  • Active noise-cancelling system
  • Launch control
  • Performance instrument cluster

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Range

  • Laredo V6 RWD $47,500 (+$500)
  • Laredo V6 $52,500 (+$500)
  • Laredo TDV6 $59,000
  • Limited V6 $62,500 (+$500)
  • Limited TDV6 $69,000
  • Trailhawk TDV6 $74,000 (New model)
  • Overland TDV6 $80,000 (+$1000)
  • SRT $91,000 (+$1000)