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Fresher Grand Cherokee treks in

2007-04-10 08:38
Jeep's big Grand Cherokee is being revised, and the line-up for SA could include a new 4.7 V8 to go along with significant interior and exterior changes.

The engines offered in the range will remain largely unchanged with a 3-litre turbodiesel, and 5.7- and 6.1-litre Hemi V8s still being used. A new 4.7-litre V8 is being introduced with 227 kW and 453 Nm on tap.

The new engine is flex-fuel capable, allowing a mix of petrol and ethanol, and Jeep claims this new engine offers better fuel economy too. Expect this new engine to form part of the local line-up when the revised Grand Cherokee hits SA early next year.

Concerning the revised Grand Cherokee's appearance, the seven-slot grille has been lengthened, while its headlamps are rounder than before. A new feature is the front fender with a lower section that is detachable for more serious off-road adventures.

On the inside, the two-tone facia shows off fresh styling and uses aluminium-look trim and surfaces that are soft to the touch. Other improvements include LED lighting for the instrument clusters and a new centre console.

The new infotainment system, called MyGIG, has a built in navigation, audio, entertainment and communication system that can be accessed using a touch screen or voice commands.

Three safety features new to the Grand Cherokee include Hill Descent Control, which will be standard on all 4X4 models, Hill Start Assist, and Trailer Sway Control.

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