Jeep spruces up Grand Cherokee range for its 75th birthday | CAR Magazine

Jeep spruces up Grand Cherokee range for its 75th birthday

Published: 04 July 2016

► Premium SUV gets range of updates
Cleaner, greener and more refined
75th Anniversary, SRT Night editions 

Premium SUVs are hot property right now, with cars like the Volvo XC90 and Jaguar F-Pace stealing the limelight with good looks and luxurious cabins. 

In the meantime, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has stood in the background, mainly because competition is so strong. 

To celebrate Jeep’s 75th birthday, though, the flagship Grand Cherokee has been treated to a little treatment with tweaks to the range including a couple of new trim levels and improved economy figures. 

What’s changed?

Not an awful lot. The 2016 Grand Cherokee now comes with a stop-start system and electric steering, which has brought down CO2 emissions to 184g/km and boosted fuel economy to 40.4mpg for the 3.0 CRD diesel. 

There are a few new colours to choose from too, and acoustic glass has been added to improve refinement on the move.  

What about the 75th Anniversary edition?

You’ll have to be quick if you want one of these. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary (pictured above) is limited to 125 examples in the UK, while there will only be 30 SRT Night models to get your hands on. 

The 75th Anniversary model is powered by the familiar 3.0-litre V6 diesel mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

Birthday treats include bronze exterior detailing, 20-inch bronze-coloured alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, black leather seats with orange stitching and plenty of 75th Anniversary badges dotted around the car to remind you what you’ve bought. 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night

And the SRT Night – is it as good as it sounds?

You may have guessed the SRT Night (above) is based on the bonkers Grand Cherokee SRT, powered by a 6.4-litre V8 engine producing 468hp and a huge 460lb ft of torque. There’s a smattering of matt black detailing on the outside, 20-inch black alloys with Brembo brakes and a black interior to match. 

Jeep’s so-called Performance Pages have been added to the UConnect touchscreen infotainment system, where you can select various driving modes and features, including performance timers and gauges if you really want to make use of all 468hp and drain your bank account in the process. 

When can I buy them?

Right now. The 2016 model year range is available now from £45,050, while the 75th Anniversary costs £50,550 and the SRT Night will set you back £69,865. 

By Tom Goodlad

Bauer Automotive's former continuity editor and CAR contributor