Revised Jeep gets new eight-speed transmission, upgraded kit, more options, styling updates and a hike in efficiency

A facelifted version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which benefits from myriad updates, will go on sale in the UK on 19 July.

Jeep claims that the new model offers cutting-edge technology and improved on- and off-road performance, while internal and external styling updates serve to modernise the Jeep's looks.

UK models of the facelifted Grand Cherokee, which was originally launched in 2011, will be offered with a choice of two engines, three power outputs and six trim levels - Laredo, Limited, Limited Plus, Overland, range-topping Summit specification and the high-performance SRT variant.

All come with a 3.0-litre CRD engine, but Laredo models feature a lower-powered version of the CRD. The high-performance SRT variant retains its 461bhp 6.4-litre HEMI V8. 

Most notably, every new Grand Cherokee will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the older five-speed unit. This new transmission reputedly helps reduce consumption and emissions, while improving acceleration and delivering smoother changes.

The standard 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel delivers 247bhp and 420lb ft and a claimed average of 37.7mpg, some 10 per cent better than the previous version, mostly thanks to the new transmission and a host of minor economy-driven adjustments. CO2 emissions have also dropped by nine per cent, down to 198g/km.

All new Grand Cherokees will come with bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, new colour and wheel options and upgraded interior trim. Equipment upgrades include a 7-inch configurable driver display in the instrument cluster and a new media display with an 8.4-inch screen.

Limited Plus, Overland, Summit and SRT models will all come with sat-nav as standard, while the top-of-the-range Summit and SRT version comes with a 19-speaker surround-sound system.

Other new equipment available consists of adaptive cruise control with a stop function, and forward collision warning with crash mitigation, which supplement the Jeep's standard-fit safety systems.

Externally, cosmetic updates primarily comprise a shorter seven-slot grille, slimmer headlights, a more aerodynamic rear spoiler, redesigned bumpers and a restyled rear tailgate. Interior tweaks range from a revised dash to standard-fit gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is available to order now, with prices starting at £36,995 for the 3.0-litre turbodiesel Laredo model.

Find out what the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is like to drive in our road test here.

Our Verdict

Jeep Grand Cherokee

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

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