As, this very morning, I am just starting my week with a Jeep Renegade, it seems reasonable to detail the latest updates to the Renegade’s big brother the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Plans to continue the success of this popular and successful SUV have been announced, with details of a raft of enhancements to the current model for 2016/17.
In addition, and to celebrate the iconic 4×4 brand’s 75th birthday, Jeep has also revealed details of a 75th Anniversary limited edition Jeep Grand Cherokee for the UK. The car was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Meanwhile, an addition to the SRT range of Grand Cherokees, the SRT Night limited edition – which features exclusive styling – has also been announced for sale in this country.
New Grand Cherokee (Model Year 2016)
The largest SUV of the Jeep line-up, Grand Cherokee represents the standard in terms of power, comfort, innovation and craftsmanship, in the words of the manufacturer. After nearly five million sales worldwide, the most awarded SUV ever continues to evolve, with stylish exterior and interior designs, advanced technological features and enhanced on- and off-road capability, courtesy of its eight-speed automatic transmission. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was recently named among the Top 10 best cars to own in the UK, apparently.
The latest, model year Grand Cherokee now has a new Start/Stop function and electric steering which helps to achieve a 14 gram reduction in CO² (to 184g/km), compared with the previous model year. Fuel economy has also been improved to 40.4 mpg on diesel versions.
Unlike conventional power steering, the new electric power steering system, with selectable driving modes, does not draw power from the engine and, with a resultant reduction in fluid weight, fuel savings are made, in conjunction with the new Start/Stop function.
Designed to enhance the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s striking design, the new model’s bold styling includes a range of new exterior colours: Velvet Red, Redline and Ivory Tri-Coat, while acoustic glass improves the cabin experience.
Inside, a new, more substantial premium gear lever replaces the current aircraft-style e-shift, and a new, revised centre stack includes Sport and Start/Stop buttons. New electric power steering with selectable drive modes (Sport, Comfort or Normal) is introduced and safety features such as a ‘Stop’ function up to 7mph on the Rear Park Assist, and full speed forward collision warning are included for the first time.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at £45,050 OTR for the 3.0 CRD Limited+, rising to £52,550 OTR for the 3.0 CRD Summit.
Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary
It is a Jeep tradition to celebrate key anniversaries, or the conquering of inaccessible places, with special editions. To celebrate its 75 years of history, the brand is introducing a 75th Anniversary special edition offered on all models of the line-up. One of these is the Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary version, of which just 125 retailed examples will be available in the UK, with the vehicle available in Jeep showrooms later this month.
Based on the latest platform and powered by the same 3.0-litre V6 MultiJet 250hp engine, it is paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission and the Quadra-Trac II 4×4 system.
Equipment is comprehensive and includes external bronze detailing and 75th Anniversary badging, 20-inch bronze coloured alloy wheels, a bold new front design, new LED fog lamps, a Safety Technology Pack (adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, cross path detection, and bind spot monitoring), Quadra-Lift air suspension, dual pane panoramic sunroof, 75th Anniversary seat design with 1941 logo, and black leather with tangerine stitching.
Four colours will be available for the new 75th Anniversary car in the UK: exclusive Recon Green, Bright White, Brilliant Black and Granite.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary costs £50,550 OTR.
Grand Cherokee SRT Night
Now we’re talking. The new, high performance SRT Night version is even more limited in number – just 30 will be available for sale in the UK, with first units ready this month.
This limited edition SRT Night version of the fastest and most powerful Jeep ever, the Grand Cherokee SRT, has a stealth-like appearance with its upper and lower grille mounts, B and C pillars and side window surrounds all coloured Matte Black. The front appliqué is also Matte Black, as is the ‘Jeep’ and ‘SRT’ badging on the bonnet and tailgate. The rear door features a Matte Black ‘Grand Cherokee’ badge.
Stylish ‘Black Vapor’ 20-inch wheels are finished in an exclusive Satin Black and are designed to showcase the Grand Cherokee SRT Night’s standard Brembo brakes, which give the car enviable stopping power.
Unique interior appointments include the luxurious Black Laguna leather seats with black accent stitching, leather covered door armrests and centre console including light black chrome surround. A steering wheel bezel in anodized silver, a lit ‘SRT’ on the steering wheel DAB cover and ‘SRT’ on the door sill plates are also key features. Available colours for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night are Brilliant Black and Brilliant White.
The SRT Night is powered by a 6.4-litre V-8 petrol engine delivering 468 hp and 624 Nm of torque. Awesome performance figures include 0-62 mph acceleration in less than five seconds, and a top speed of 160 mph.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night comes as standard with exclusive ‘Performance Pages’ in the 8.4-inch UConnect Touchscreen (activated by an SRT button next to the Selec-Trac controls). These have been revised with an expanded array of performance timers and gauge readouts, while all-new drive modes allow owners to personalize their driving experience both on-road and on-track.
In addition, standard launch control mimics a professional driver’s inputs to optimise the Grand Cherokee SRT Night’s performance by bringing engine, transmission, driveline, stability control, and suspension in line for a textbook launch.
The updated Selec-Trac system on the Grand Cherokee SRT Night uses performance-tuned software to distinguish the five dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow, enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that ideally meets both their requirements and ambient conditions. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night costs £69,865 OTR.
I’ll be reviewing the Jeep Renegade next week. Geoff Maxted