THE introduction of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk headlines the changes to the 2017 Grand Cherokee range, but all models have mechanical revisions and fresh front-end styling, and many have new equipment.
As before, the range starts with a 3.6-litre petrol V6, which gains a new variable valve-lift and valve-timing system that tweaks power from 210kW to 213kW and lowers fuel use by four per cent.
There’s a more efficient eight-speed auto for the diesel engine (and 4x2 petrol V6) and electric power steering across the range. The 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 remains the default engine across the range, which still includes the ‘hot-rod’ SRT with its potent 344kW 6.4-litre petrol V8.
Interior upgrades include a new touchscreen and a new gear shifter, while an ‘acoustic’ windscreen and side glass brings lower cabin noise levels. New safety equipment includes lane-departure warning, while new convenience features include park assist.
2017 GRAND CHEROKEE PRICES*
Laredo 3.6L V6 petrol: $52,500
Limited 3.6L V6 petrol: $62,500
Laredo 3.0L V6 TD: $59,000
Limited 3.0L V6 TD: $69,000
Trailhawk 3.0L V6 TD: $74,000
Overland 3.0L V6 TD: $80,000
SRT 6.4L V8 petrol: $91,000
*4x4 models only. Prices do not include on-road costs.