Jeep has announced major updates for its current 2016/17 Grand Cherokee line-up. The announcement is also part of the celebration of the marque’s 75th Anniversary. In view of the anniversary, Jeep introduced the 75th Anniversary Limited Edition Grand Cherokee and SRT Night Limited Edition. The Grand Cherokee range has sold over 5 million units worldwide, since inception.
The revised Jeep Grand Cherokee now comes with stylish exterior and interior designs, advanced technological features and enhanced on- and off-road capability, courtesy of its eight-speed automatic transmission. 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 5.82l/100km (40.4 mpg) on diesel versions.
Designed to enhance Grand Cherokee’s striking design, the new model’s bold styling includes a range of new exterior colors: 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 center 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 on the Rear Park Assist, and full speed forward collision warning are included for the first time.
With the Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary, the same 250hp 3.0-liter engine is now paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quadra-Trac II 4×4 system. Equipment is comprehensive and includes external bronze detailing and 75th Anniversary badging, 20-inch bronze colored alloy wheels, a bold new front design, new LED fog lights, 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. There are four colors reserved for the 75th Anni. edition: Recon Green, Bright White, Brilliant Black and Granite.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night Edition is, as the name depicts, a high performance variant. 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 colored Matte Black. The front applique 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 center 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 colors for the SRT Night edition are Brilliant Black and Brilliant White.
The SRT Night is powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 petrol engine delivering 468 hp and 624 Nm of torque. Awesome performance figures include 0-100km/h acceleration in less than five seconds, and a top speed of 257 km/h (160 mph).
The 2016 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 optimize the SRT Night’s performance by bringing engine, transmission, driveline, stability control, and suspension in line for a textbook launch. Lastly, the updated Selec-Trac system on the 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 Heep Grand Cherokee starts at 45,050 pounds, while the Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary retails from 50,550 pounds.