Jeep has a long tradition of integrating safety into every vehicle – the 1992 Grand Cherokee was, for example, the first 4x4 to be fitted with a standard driver’s side airbag – and the Grand Cherokee is no exception. Passenger safety on all Grand Cherokees is further enhanced this year with the introduction of standard side curtain airbags to provide head protection for both front and rear outboard occupants in the event of a side collision. Also new are increased height headrests, a new rear seat structure with a higher seat back and the fitment of a centre shoulder seat belt and headrest on the rear seat.
Standard multi-stage driver and passenger front air bags are designed to deploy at different levels depending on the severity of the impact and whether the occupant is wearing a seat belt.
Further refinement of the Limited continues with new 17 inch alloy wheels and all Grand Cherokees are further enhanced with an electroluminescent instrument cluster.
Grand Cherokee Limited and Overland now have a rain sensitive windshield wiper system, utilising a rain sensor attached to the windshield. When the front windshield wiper control is turned to "AUTO", the wiper system automatically activates when it rains. There are five automatic positions on the lever to allow drivers to select the most suitable system sensitivity.
Drivers will notice improved air conditioning performance on Grand Cherokee. A new thermal expansion valve added to the evaporator improves air conditioning performance by around ten degrees.
"Like many Jeep vehicles before it, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has revolutionised how customers think of 4x4 vehicles," said Thomas Hausch. "The new Grand Cherokee 2.7 CRD and Overland continue this tradition by offering customers features they would expect to find in luxury cars with all the utility and capability of a Jeep vehicle."
For international markets, left- and right-hand drive Grand Cherokees are produced at the Steyr-Daimler-Puch Fahrzeugtechnik AG assembly plant in Graz, Austria.