2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Changes, price, release

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee will not bring many surprises or news. In fact Jeep plans big redesign of this popular SUV for 2017 model year, so 2016MY changes will be minor. Originally made as bigger and improved version of mid-size Cherokee, this popular SUV rapidly gained worldwide sympathies thanks to its various qualities. Previous model year brought few upgrades, mainly added features, while SRT trim gain power boost.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Front

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee exterior and interior

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee still comes in six trim levels, while its changes may include only few extra color choices and standards. Trims include Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT.

Exterior changes will probably include headlight and taillight refreshment, and front bumper redesign, which will refresh the Grand Cherokee enough to differentiate it from last year, but not to ruin next year big reveal.

Jeep Grand Cherokee is already one of the top SUVs on the market, and one of the best-equipped too, so Jeep designers and engineers don’t have to make radical changes. List of standards for 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes 17-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, foglights, full power accessories, remote start and access, two-zone climate control, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a sound system with six-speakers, 5-inch touchscreen, a CD player, and AUX and USB inputs. With 6 trims leveling up the number of standards, Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers big number of optional packages and stand-alone features.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee engines and mpg

Under the hood of the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee are available four engines. Standard transmission for all line-up is an eight-speed automatic which transfers the power to either rear- (standard for all trims except SRT) or all-wheel drive.

Base engine for all trims beside SRT is a 3.6-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Its fuel economy with RWD is rated at 17/25/20 mpg city/hwy/combined, and 17/34/19 mpg with AWD.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with two optional engines, one diesel and one petrol. Optional petrol power unit is a 5.7-liter V8 with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for this engine you will be able to go 14/20/16 mpg city/hwy/combined with AWD and 14/22/17 mpg with RWD.

Turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine is third one available and second optional. It is capable to deliver 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Diesel is, by far, the most efficient engine of all offered. It delivers 21/28/24 mpg city/hwy/combined with AWD and 22/30/25 mpg with RWD.

Special SRT version comes mated to AWD and 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Its enormous power doesn’t come without a price. Its fuel economy is poorer than others. It is rated at 13/19/15 mpg city/hwy/combined.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Rear

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee competition

List of 2016 Grand Cherokee rivals is pretty long. However, the closest, by all parameters are Subaru Outback and Chevy Traverse or Equinox. Two models from Toyota, Highlander and 4runner, could also be classified as its competitors. Land Rover LR4, Range Rover Evoque and Volkswagen Touareg are perhaps more luxurious, but are pricier than Grand Cherokee.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee price and release

The release of new Grand Cherokee is expected early on 2015, while for the next generation (2017MY), we will have to wait fall 2016. Price specs for 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee are not released, but we believe that its price will stay in the same range as its predecessor, from around $30 000 up to $55 000, and even up to $65 000 for SRT trim.

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