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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives exterior, interior upgrades

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives exterior, interior upgrades image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Jeep | posted July 04, 2016 15:16

New colors, gear lever and standard features now available in 2016 Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee will be getting an array of new features and color finishes for 2016 after Jeep recently announced several upgrades for the brand's largest 4x4 offering. Aim to continue the success and popularity of the Grand Cherokee, the 2016 revisions will include a new gear lever, new power steering system and better Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) deadening.

Starting with the exterior, the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available with three new colors, Velvet Red, Redline and Ivory Tri-Coat. According to Jeep, this will enhance the SUV's striking design.

Inside, it now gets new Start/Stop function, along with an electric power steering system. The former will help the SUV reduce C02 emissions while simultaneously improve fuel consumption. Of late, Jeep stated that the new feature allowed the 2016 Grand Cherokee to average 14.3 km/l of fuel when fitted with the turbo-diesel engine.

The electric power steering, on the other hand, has selectable driving modes which will allow drivers to select a pre-determined setting. Modes available include Sport, Comfort and Normal.

Also new is the more premium automatic gear lever which replaces the previous aircraft-inspired e-shift gearbox.  The 8-speed automatic transmission however has been carried over. Meanwhile, the revised center stack has also been reworked while safety features such as Rear Park Assist and Full Forward Collision Warning are now included as well.

The gear shifter replacement was done as parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is currently recalling 1.1 million vehicles that have the previous gear lever. Due to its complexity, the car can sometimes not fully engage to Park, allowing the vehicle to rollaway. Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin died from this after his own Grand Cherokee rolled away and crushed him.