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Refreshed 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee here later this year

Key details have been revealed about the refreshed 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee with FCA Australia confirming it will arrive here in the fourth quarter of this year.

THE REFRESHED 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be here before the end of the year boasting minor exterior and interior styling tweaks, a new electric steering system, and a new gear shifter.

The updated model will be offered with a three new colours: Velvet Red, Redline and Ivory Tri-Coat, and be fitted with, as standard, acoustic glass to help improve cabin refinement. On the inside, Jeep says it’s replaced the current model’s “aircraft style e-shift” with a “more substantial premium gear lever”.

As one of our readers pointed out yesterday, the refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee is indeed on-sale in the US already, but details hadn’t been released locally. And the update was only announced in Europe last Friday. That said, the new-look shifter, with its conventional design does seem to be an improvement on the old shifter.

Jeep Grand Cherokee interior 2017

And while the tweaks to the exterior are subtle they do give the front-end of the Grand Cherokee a slightly sharper look. The new car is in the main pic and the current model on-sale here is below this line.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee is impressive
Current model Jeep Grand Cherokee pictured

In an effort to reduce fuel consumption and improve emissions, the refreshed Grand Cherokee will be fitted with a new electric assist steering system (which will offer three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Comfort) and stop/start functionality, which the company claims will reduce CO2 emissions by around 14 grams, down to 184g/km. Diesel variants are claiming combined fuel consumption of less than 6L/100km.

In terms of safety, full speed forward collision will be available for the first time and the ‘top’ function on the rear park assist will work at up to 14km/h.

Locally, pricing and the final specifications list will be released closer to the launch.


  1. Si
    July 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm — Reply

    Just the tiniest amount of effort on your part Isaac would have revealed the new shifter to you. You know, you could have simply googled the 2016+ model already released in the US. There is plenty of info and pics available that show you the new polystable shifter already delivered to US buyers. But instead you choose to print a ‘whatever that means’ comment and attitude.(tone implied and received loud and clear). The Jeep community understands that Practical Motoring dislikes the Jeep brand. I would have thought though as a ‘journalist’ (I use that term loosely), and specifically in a report like this ie: it is a factual report, not an opinion piece, that you could have refrained from your obvious bias, done a little bit of research and produced a more informational piece.

    • July 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm — Reply

      Hello Si. Interested in why the “Jeep community” think PM dislikes Jeeps. And who this Jeep community is, as personally I’m on good terms with the local Jeep club.

      • Si
        July 6, 2016 at 9:33 pm — Reply

        You know Robert, when some person on your Facebook page posts a typical Jeep-hate comment like ‘it will only end up on the back of tow truck anyway’ (I’m paraphrasing – it was a few months ago) and then Practical Motoring ‘Likes’ that post, then you’ve laid your cards on the table. It was a point of discussion at our local Jeep club that month.

  2. Sam
    July 9, 2016 at 2:37 am — Reply

    I hope this guy is joking, that’s the most pathetic thing I have ever read.

  3. DG
    July 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    God I hope the foot operated park brake has been replaced with an electric one or a trad one. Its the one thing that has stopped me purchasing a GC the last 3 yrs.

    • July 12, 2016 at 9:32 am — Reply

      Hi DG, in the images we’ve seen the foot-operated park brake is still being used in the refreshed model. – Isaac

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Isaac Bober

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