What is it?
Jeep has given the Grand Cherokee a minor facelift for 2008, concentrating on the front end for the exterior revisions, although it will take a dedicated Jeep-spotter to tell the difference out on the road.
Behind the lengthened radiator grille and rounder headlamps spec levels have also been tweaked, with this top-spec Overland model running on bigger wheels and with an interior that’s been designed to appeal to European tastes with dark plastics and leather in place of the previous pale grey finish.
New high-intensity headlamps are standard, along with Chrysler Group’s new MyGig infotainment system. Hill descent (for going down) and hill assist (for going up) also join the formidable ‘Quadra Drive 2’ off road arsenal. And, for anyone seeking to actually venture into the wilderness, a detachable front valance improves clearance off-road.
What’s it like?
The small interior revisions make a surprising difference, with new leather sections on the tops of the doors reducing the amount of the hard, scratchy ‘elephant skin’ plastic that still blights the Grand’s cabin. Sadly the dreadful faux wood is still crudely fitted over much of the dashboard, and the cabin still feels claustrophobic – especially for anyone relegated to the back. How can something so big feel so small inside?