The Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of the first vehicles to be offered in India by Fiat-Chrysler when the Jeep brand arrives later this year has gotten a midlife refresh. First launched in 2011, the midlife refresh also includes the addition of a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, making it the first time that the Grand Cherokee is being offered with a diesel engine in the US market. It was earlier powered by a 2.8-litre V6.
On the outside, the fresh look includes a pair of slimmer headlamps with bi-xenon as an option on higher variants and LED daytime running lamps, new grille and air-dam and fog lamps while new LED tail lamps and a revised tail gate include the changes on the outside.
On the inside, the Cherokee now gets a new three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters as standard, a new seven-inch screen for the instruments, a new central console with an 8.4-inch screen and UConnect infotainment system and a new electronic gear shifter. The car also gets adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and a collision avoidance system. The top-end Summit version gets not only all the above-mentioned features, but also upgraded leather, more faux wood options, copper accents and other trim changes.
The new 3.0-litre V6 EcoDiesel produces 240 bhp and is mated to an eight-speed automatic. The transmission is also carried forward to the 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar petrol and the 5.7-litre V8 petrol, aiding fuel economy in the process. The V8 also gets cylinder deactivation technology to further improve economy by up to five per cent. The SRT version gets a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 that now produces 470 bhp and the same eight-speed automatic, helping cut down 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) times by quite some margin. The company suggests that the roll-on times have seen massive improvement too.
India is likely to get the V6 petrol and diesel versions of the Grand Cherokee, and who knows it could possibly slip in the SRT version too at some point. Given the facelift and the dramatic changes to the car, we believe the Jeep Grand Cherokee stands a good chance to score big in the Indian market as well.