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New V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee breaks cover

By Tom Fraser, 05 Apr 2019 Car News

New V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee breaks cover

Jeep releases two limited-run versions of the ageing Grand Cherokee, and one has a V8

Jeep has announced a pair of limited edition models for its Grand Cherokee large SUV line-up, called the S-Limited and S-Overland.

The Grand Cherokee S-Limited is headlined by a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine (259kW/520Nm), bringing SRT-style performance to the regular range. 

The S-Overland, meanwhile, will be powered by Jeep’s 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine, delivering 184kW and 570Nm to all four wheels.

The limited edition duo offer a “distinctive performance and style look into Jeep’s most popular model”, according to the company, but in reality, it’s Jeep’s attempt to keep the Grand Cherokee in the game, as the large SUV is reportedly not going to be replaced until 2022.


Above: Jeep Grand Cherokee S-Limited

Available in limited supply, the V8 petrol-powered S-Limited will be capped at 100 examples, while the turbodiesel S-Overland will be topped at 120 across the country.

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Both vehicles feature premium styling accents, 20-inch Granite Crystal rims, smoked tail lights and trapezoidal exhaust outlets.


Above: Jeep Grand Cherokee S-Overland

Adding over $15000 worth of extras for an extra $8500, the Grand Cherokee S-Limited is priced from $71,450 before options and on-road costs, becoming Australia’s most competitively priced petrol V8-powered SUV.

Additionally, the S-Overland special edition car will bring $9000 worth of extras for $4500, for a total of $82,950 before ORCs.


Above: Jeep Grand Cherokee S-Limited interior

So where does all this value materialise?  In addition to the whopping great SRT-derived engine, the S-Limited get a sports bonnet, black exterior trim appointments, Heritage leather interior and a large dual-pane panoramic sunroof.

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Similarly, the S-Overland also gets sports-oriented updates including premium exterior cladding with upscale fender flares and side lower cladding, LED fog lights, black Nappa leather SRT seats with suede inserts and a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system.


Above: Jeep Grand Cherokee S-Overland interior

Both cars offer up to 3500kg towing capacity.

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“We’re thrilled to offer two new limited-edition Jeep Grand Cherokees giving customers a choice of either a more premium, refined and fuel-efficient option with the S-Overland 3.0L V6 Diesel or a high-performance model with the S-Limited HEMI V8 Engine,”  said Jeep's director of brand and product strategy, Guillaume Drelon.

Both models are on sale from this month.

The large five-seat SUV – which competes in the same space as the Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-8  and CX-9, Ford Everest,  the new Holden Acadia and many more – has been slated for retirement May 2021, according to powertrain sourcing documents in the US.

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Full S-Limited option list:

  • 5.7L HEMI V8 Engine
  • 20-inch Granite Crystal Aluminium wheels
  • Performance Sports Hood (from Grand Cherokee SRT)
  • Premium Accent Claddings (Upscale lower cladding Front & Rear Bumpers, Fender flares and side lower cladding)
  • Granite Crystal / Black Grille accented 7-slot Jeep grille throats
  • Dark Lens Taillamps
  • Premium LED Fog Lamps
  • Dual Black Chrome Trapezoidal Exhaust Tip
  • Gloss Black Roof Rails
  • Gloss Black Day Light Opening Moldings
  • Gloss Black Mirror Caps
  • Granite Crystal Fascia and Appliques
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Accents
  • Granite Crystal Rear Fascia Decorative Spears
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Badges
  • Body Colour Wheel Arches
  • Body Colour Door Handles
  • Body Colour Side Sills.
  • Silver ‘S’ Badge
  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
  • “Heritage” Leather trimmed seats from 25th Anniversary Edition.
  • Liquid Titanium Accents

Full S-Overland option list:

  • 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel V6 engine
  • 20-inch Granite Crystal Aluminium Wheels
  • Premium Accent Claddings (Upscale lower cladding Front & Rear Bumpers, Fender flares and side lower cladding)
  • Granite Crystal / Black Grille accented 7-slot Jeep grille throats
  • Dark Lens Taillamps 
  • Premium LED Fog Lamps
  • Dark Headlamp Bezel Finish
  • Dark Day Light Opening Moldings
  • Dual Black Chrome Trapezoidal Exhaust Tip
  • Black Roof Molding
  • Granite Accents Body Color Fascias
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Badging
  • Granite Crystal Exterior Accents
  • Body Color Door Handles and Sill Extension
  • "S" Badge
  • SRT Seats with Black Nappa Leather and black axis perforated suede inserts.
  • Suede Door Bolsters
  • 19 Speaker Harmon Kardon System – 825 Watts Amplifier - Subwoofer
  • Black Wood Spears (I/P & Doors)
  • Bright Pedals