Jeep has given its large Grand Cherokee SUV a tweak for the 2017 model year, adjusting the line-up slightly, revising styling, and adding stop-start technology to petrol models to improve urban fuel consumption..
The biggest change to the range is the addition of an off-road focused Trailhawk model, while the premium Summit model has been dropped.
This is the first Grand Cherokee to wear the Trailhawk badge in Australia, which is also currently worn by the Cherokee and Renegade. In order to wear the Trailhawk badge the model must be 'Trail Rated' by the brand, which requires passing a number of off-road tests, including wading depth, wheel articulation and ground clearance.
The Trailhawk is priced from $74,000 before on-road costs, which positions it only below the range topping performance-focused SRT model and the more luxury focused Overland.
Power comes in the form of the brand's 184kW/570Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel which is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Jeep has equipped the Trailhawk with an uprated four-wheel drive system that features an electronic limited slip rear differential. New air suspension also helps the off-road pedigree by raising the ground clearance to 260mm.
Underbody protection has also been upgraded thanks to the addition of four skid plates. Red front tow hooks, black bonnet decal, grey side mirrors and grille and Trailhawk badging complete the look.
Changes to the entire range include a slightly revised version of the 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine that now produces 213kW, up from 210kW. While on the outside the big SUV scores a new grille, headlights, front fascia, LED fog lamps and new 18- and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Interior alterations have been kept to a minimum with the addition of a new gear selector the only notable new entry.
Jeep has also included lane departure warning, self parking features and new camera view that allows drivers to keep an eye on their trailers to its safety suite.
Other engine options remain the same with the 184kW/570Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel unit providing oomph to the majority of the range, while the SRT is still propelled by the 6.4-litre V8 Hemi that produces 344kW and 624Nm.
Pricing has remained fairly stable across the range with some variants' price rising by either $500 or $1000 depending on the model.
All new models are now covered by Jeep's recently introduced five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. The refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee goes on sale during March.
Laredo 2WD petrol - $47,500 (+500)
Laredo 4x4 petrol - $52,500 (+$500)
Laredo 4x4 diesel - $59,000
Limited 4x4 petrol - $62,500 (+$500)
Limited 4x4 diesel - $69,000
Trailhawk 4x4 diesel - $74,000 (new model)
Overland 4x4 diesel - $80,000 (+$1000)
SRT - $91,000 (+1000)
All prices exclude on-road costs, Values in ( ) indicate price change compared to MY16 models.
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