New 75th Anniversary model and super-hot SRT Night join updated line-up; stop-start and electric power steering shaves 14g off CO2 output

The 2016 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee has been given new technology and two special edition models as part of a full range update.

Priced from £45,050, the all-wheel-drive SUV has gained stop-start technology and electric power steering to help boost official fuel efficiency to 40.4mpg and trim CO2 output by 14g to 184g/kmThe new power steering can be configured through three modes: Sport, Comfort and Normal.

Jeep has also given its Grand Cherokee a more premium interior, with acoustic glass helping to improve sound insulation and a more premium gearknob replacing the old car’s e-shift lever.There’s also a revised centre console that now houses stop-start Sport buttons.

Extra safety features include an auto-stop function that works with the car’s rear park assist to prevent impacts with obstacles the driver hasn't seen, and a forward collision warning system.

Additionally, the 2016 Grand Cherokee gains three new exterior colours: Velvet Red, Redline and Ivory Tri-Coat.

No changes have been made to the car’s 247bhp 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel V6 engine or eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Pricing starts at £45,050 for Grand Cherokees in CRD Limited+ spec, while the CRD Summit starts at £52,550.

75th Anniversary

A new limited-run model called the Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary has been added to the range, with just 125 examples headed to the UK.

Based on the 2016 car and using the same turbocharged diesel V6 engine, the 75th Anniversary has been launched to celebrate Jeep’s 75th year and gains bespoke features inside and out.

These include 20in bronze alloy wheels, new LED fog lights and standard-fit safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with auto brake functions, cross path detection and blind spot monitoring.

The car also sits on Quadra-Lift air suspension as standard, gets a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and seats wrapped in black leather with tangerine stitching and 1941 logos.

The 75th Anniversary will be available in just five colours: Billet Silver Metallic, Recon Green, Bright White, Brilliant Black and Granite Crystal.

Order books open later this month, with prices starting at £50,550.

SRT Night

Just 30 examples of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night are headed to the UK, with first deliveries expected later this month.

The limited-run range topper uses the same 6.4-litre petrol V8 engine as the regular SRT, producing 462bhp and 460lb ft of torque and enabling a 5.0sec 0-62mph time and 160mph top speed.

The SRT Night gains a more aggressive exterior finish and unique interior trim. The biggest changes to the car’s outside are grilles and badges finished in matte black, and a set of satin black 20in alloy wheels.

Inside, black leather seats feature black stitching, and the door armrests and centre console are covered in matching leather and feature black chrome trim. In addition, the steering wheel bezel is finished in anodised silver and SRT logos are displayed on the car’s door sills.

As standard, the SRT Night features performance menus on the car’s 8.4in touchscreen, a launch control system and five dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow.

Just two colours are available: Brilliant Black and Brilliant White, and prices start at £69,865, which is exactly £3000 more than the regular SRT.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

The current Jeep Grand Cherokee is almost indescribably better than its predecessor

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1 July 2016
I know the Americans think the Grand Cherokee is the bee's knees but all the European and most of the Asian SUV competition can out-handle it on-road. I was going to add - have the improved the reliability but as Jeep is part of Fiat, that's a silly question.

1 July 2016
You obviously are a few years behind the reality of Jeeps these days.
The Grand Cherokee is a good handling SUV.
The Cherokee is a good handling Suv. The only magazine which has knocked the Cherokee is the Autocar, and we all know by whom and why.
The Renegade is a good handling car.
They are all on par with the competition.
Why do you not go and try one?

Morty

1 July 2016
Morty wrote:

You obviously are a few years behind the reality of Jeeps these days.
The Grand Cherokee is a good handling SUV.
The Cherokee is a good handling Suv. The only magazine which has knocked the Cherokee is the Autocar, and we all know by whom and why.
The Renegade is a good handling car.
They are all on par with the competition.
Why do you not go and try one?

I did - and they aren't! Great off-road no doubt, but just not agile enough on twisty B-roads.

Don't know about Cherokee or Renegade though.

289

1 July 2016
....why would you want a large SUV to be agile on a 'B' road....are you sure an SUV is your weapon of choice?

1 July 2016
Morty wrote:

You obviously are a few years behind the reality of Jeeps these days.
The Grand Cherokee is a good handling SUV.
The Cherokee is a good handling Suv. The only magazine which has knocked the Cherokee is the Autocar, and we all know by whom and why.
The Renegade is a good handling car.
They are all on par with the competition.
Why do you not go and try one?

He's not a few years behind, He's just a prick.

289

1 July 2016
...had to laugh - 'black leather seats featuring black stitching'!.....just how DO you FEATURE 'black stitching on black leather seats.

Isn't that a bit like looking for a black dog on a moonless (Black) night

1 July 2016
289 wrote:

...had to laugh - 'black leather seats featuring black stitching'!.....just how DO you FEATURE 'black stitching on black leather seats.

Isn't that a bit like looking for a black dog on a moonless (Black) night

The best bit is 'the more premium gear knob'

2 July 2016
Marc wrote:
289 wrote:

...had to laugh - 'black leather seats featuring black stitching'!.....just how DO you FEATURE 'black stitching on black leather seats.

Isn't that a bit like looking for a black dog on a moonless (Black) night

The best bit is 'the more premium gear knob'

They had to change it, because Americans couldnt figure the original one out, its been held responsible for numerous accidents and is possibly the cause of the death of Anton Yelchin, a young actor who plays Checkov in the Star Trek reboot movies, who was run-over by his own Grand Cherokee.

2 July 2016
Citytiger wrote:
Marc wrote:
289 wrote:

...had to laugh - 'black leather seats featuring black stitching'!.....just how DO you FEATURE 'black stitching on black leather seats.

Isn't that a bit like looking for a black dog on a moonless (Black) night

The best bit is 'the more premium gear knob'

They had to change it, because Americans couldnt figure the original one out, its been held responsible for numerous accidents and is possibly the cause of the death of Anton Yelchin, a young actor who plays Checkov in the Star Trek reboot movies, who was run-over by his own Grand Cherokee.

Perhaps just a tactical way of saying we have made it easier to understand for stupid people..

1 July 2016
I'm probably in a minority here as it is a bit chintzy and vulgar, but I think it looks brilliant. Not normally a fan of SUVS but I do have a soft spot for this!

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