Jeep Grand Cherokee facelifted with Chrysler 300 eyes, 8-speed auto

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Jeep gave us the latest generation Grand Cherokee with its refined looks, comfy interior and go-anywhere drivetrain. Now the car’s been updated with an 8-speed auto transmission, revised nose and a new entertainment system.


The most obvious external changes have been wrought at the front where a new headlights, grille and front bumper give a smoother appearance. The slimline headlights feature LED driving lights and, in up-spec models, bi-xenon headlights that swivel with steering input. At the rear the tail gate has been reworked to incorporate larger glass and tail-lights with LED lighting.

An 8-speed automatic transmission is now standard for 3-litre V6 turbo-diesel, 3.6-litre V6 petrol, 5.7-litre Hemi V8 petrol and the SRT8’s 6.4-litre V8. As before there’s a choice of three four-wheel drive systems (Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II), standard Selec-Terrain traction control and optional air suspension.

In the US, depending on the spec level, there are new 5- or 8.4-inch touchscreens driving the Uconnect entertainment and nav system, which features internet-reliant voice recognition for SMS, nav entry and audio control. Ahead of the driver is an also new 7-inch configurable LCD screen under the instrument binnacle. A 825W Harman Kardon sound system is available on the top-of-the-range Summit model in the US.

More safety kit is now available on the upgraded Grand Cherokee with the addition of a forward collision warning system that’s able to brake automatically to avoid or mitigate crashes, and Selec-Speed Control, which is able to automatically regulate speed for ascending and descending hills.

Dimensions

Length: 4,822mm (189.8in)
Width: 1,943mm (76.5in)
Height: 1,761mm (69.3in)
Wheelbase: 2,915mm (114.8in)
Track (front/rear): 1,623mm / 1,627mm (63.9in / 64.1in)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]