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Next Jeep Grand Cherokee debuts

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    Owners will also be given more scope to personalise their vehicles with more colours and interior trim options.

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Jeep has unveiled the new Grand Cherokee at the Detroit motor show.

A customisable instrument display and heavily revised interior mark the mid-life facelift for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Jeep’s flagship SUV adopts a more upmarket look inside and out, with smaller headlamps styled along the lines of the Chrysler 300, classier interior materials and a Euro-style eight-speed automatic that improves fuel economy and performance. 

Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters join the standard equipment, along with dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. 

The instrument gauges are displayed on a 7-inch colour “vehicle information screen” that drivers can customise to show everything from digital speed to fuel economy, stored messages, exterior temperature, average and current fuel economy and compass bearing.

The centre stack has been revised with new switchgear and the 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen now uses the third generation of Jeep’s UConnect software, providing voice control of the phone, sound system and satnav functions. Functions can be upgraded using the internet connection, giving owners access to the latest software developments from the Chrysler group.

A new top-spec Summit model will also be launched complete with 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and suede roof lining when the revised cars go on sale later this year.  Owners will also be given more scope to personalise their vehicles with more colours and interior trim options.

The performance SRT8 versions now stand out from the line-up with blacked out finishes in place of the regular chrome. The ZF transmission has a launch mode and the infotainment system will display a range of performance statistics, from the transmission oil temperature to cornering G forces.

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  • I am with Ross on this one....that foor operated park brake is in the way. The Toyota Kluger and the new Patrol has the same thing but at least they are out of the way. I have been putting off buying a Jeep in the hope that they fix it.

    David Cooper of Victoria Posted on 01 February 2013 2:33pm
  • But what about that stupid foot operated parking brake???? Otherwise all should be great.

    Ross Baker of South Australia Posted on 15 January 2013 10:47pm
  • They made it so ugly.. on par with the Ford Territory

    Justin of NSW Posted on 14 January 2013 10:52pm

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