The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Range has landed, and you don’t want to miss it!
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is back, and it is looking better than ever. The range now boasts eight variants: Night Eagle, Limited, S-Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. All variants share the same body, 4×4 drive capability, and an eight-speed transmission. However, there are some major changes across the board. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee range now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as revised safety technology.
The eight-variant range begins with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Night Eagle. As the entry-level vehicle, it is available with either 3.6-litre V6 petrol or 3.0-litre V6 diesel. Then comes the petrol-engined Grand Cherokee Limited, followed by the S-Limited with a 5.7-litre petrol V8 or 3.0-litre diesel. Next comes the Trailhawk, Overland and Summit, which only come with a diesel engine, followed by the SRT which has a 6.4-litre V8 petrol engine. Finally, the Trackhawk is the last variant in the range, possessing a hellcat supercharged 6.2-litre petrol V8 engine.
With so many car variants to choose from, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the entry-level Night Eagle. With a 3.6-litre V6 engine, the Night Eagle comes with the following features:
- 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Lane departure warning
- Dual-zone climate control
- Eight-way power-adjustable heated leather & suede front seats
- Auto high beam headlights
- 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
- Reverse parking camera with front & rear park assist
- 20-inch black alloy wheels
What options are available?
When it comes to the options available for each variant in the range, Jeep has thought of it all. Premium paint colours are available for all variants, with the Night Eagle, Limited, S-Limited and Trailhawk featuring a sunroof option. The Overland comes with an optional 19-speaker audio system, whilst the Summit and SRT offer a premium full-leather cabin design. Additionally, the SRT comes with the option of 20-inch forged alloy wheels.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety & Driver Assistance
Jeep has completed a major overhaul on its driver-assist technology on all Grand Cherokee variants. This significant improvement includes brake assist, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward low- and high-speed collision mitigation, as well as forward collision warning.
All variants also feature a five-star ANCAP safety rating, tyre pressure monitors, auto high beam, a rear camera, and trailer sway control, along with the mandatory anti-lock brakes, traction and stability controls. Moving through the range, the Limited offers both adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert. The S-Limited features blindspot sensors and self-parking, while hill ascent control is exclusive to the Trailhawk.
Infotainment, Comfort & Convenience
All variants in the 2020 range now feature an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen. This touchscreen features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rear-facing camera, Bluetooth music streaming, smartphone connectivity, and satellite navigation. Moving onto the audio system, the Jeep Grand Cherokee range begins with a basic six-speaker system for the Night Eagle. This system improves for the Limited, S-Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and SRT, growing to include nine speakers and a subwoofer – great for road trips. Active noise cancellation further improves the audio system in these cars, enhancing both audio clarity and cabin quietness. Finally, the Summit is the only variant which boasts a standard 19-speaker audio system.
Looking at comfort within the Jeep Grand Cherokee Range, all variants feature some form of a leather cabin. The Night Eagle, S-Limited, and Summit contain partial leather seats, whereas the Limited boasts full leather. But, if you’re one for the luxurious look and feel of Nappa leather, begin with the Overland as a minimum.
Convenience is paramount when you are looking at a car, so you really can’t go past this range. Starting with the Limited, features such as heated, anti-glare auto dipping door mirrors (when reversing), and puddle lamps are standard. A cargo cover, powered tailgate, steering column adjustment, and privacy glass are also featured, providing maximum comfort and convenience. The look of the range can be boosted after the Limited variant, with chrome door handles, window frames, and a metallic finish to the grille all available options.
A Vehicle for Every Occasion
If you are one for tackling the great outdoors, the Trailhawk is for you. With its 18-inch alloy wheels, hill ascent control, electronic rear diff and towing hooks at each end, you can get out of any sticky situation. There’s also no need to worry about protecting the underpinnings when you go bush-bashing. With front, middle and rear skid plates, as well as a sump guard, you’ll be ready for any adventure. The Trailhawk is also fitted with auto levelling air suspension, keeping you comfortable while traversing off-road.
If you’re a music lover, the Summit is your go-to car. With its 19-speaker audio system and heated seats in the second row, you’ll be booging in comfort. It’s one for convenience too, further set apart by the roof rails and active headlamps for cornering.
If a sunroof is one of your ‘must-have’ features, look no further than the Overland, which also features a wood and leather steering wheel for a retro look.
If performance and style are high on our list, the SRT takes those to a new level. With a V8 petrol engine and Nappa leather throughout (with suede accents for the seats), plus a flat-bottomed steering wheel and black velour floor mats, you won’t want to leave your car. When it comes to customising the SRT, inside changes are limited to leather door card inserts and a sports steering wheel. However, big differences can be made to the outside and underneath. These can include sports suspension, electronically controlled dampers, six-spot front and four-spot rear brake callipers, and launch control.
Finally, the Trackhawk is undoubtedly the best of the fleet. Based on the SRT trim level, but with added suspension, brakes and the powertrain amped up to 11. It also has a 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system, making sure your car is the party car.
What engine & transmission choices are available?
Across the board, each variant has an eight-speed automatic gearbox and 4×4 drive.
The entry-level Jeep Grand Cherokee Night Eagle has a 3.6-litre 213kW/347Nm V6 petrol engine or a 3.0-litre 184kW/570Nm V6 diesel for an extra price.
The 3.6-litre petrol V6 is only available for the Limited, while the S-Limited offers the 3.0-litre diesel and a hearty 5.7-litre 259kW/520Nm petrol V8 engine.
The Trailhawk, Overland and Summit only have diesel, but the SRT boasts 6.4-litre V8 petrol with a lively output of 344kw/624Nm. However, for true tyre-shredding ability, nothing surpasses the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. With its 6.2-litre supercharged petrol V8, generating astonishing figures of 522kW and 868Nm, you’ll be king of the road.
The Overall Jeep Grand Cherokee Verdict
Whether it be a family truckster, off-roader, or highway cruiser, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee range appeals to many buyers. But how do you choose?
The first decision you need to make is petrol or diesel. Then you need to weigh up your wants with your budget.
The petrol-engined Night Eagle is considerably well decked out for an entry model. However, given the small price increase to the Limited with all the extra equipment on offer, its a no-brainer. But, if hardcore off-roading is your thing, definitely fork out for the Trailhawk.
For those Jeep Grand Cherokee enthusiasts, the all-powerful Trackhawk or SRT should more than satisfy you. But, if you want a more gentle way of getting around, the Summit or Overland will do the job.
However, for overall performance, comfort, convenience, and infotainment, you really can’t go past the S-Limited. With plenty of kit and caboodle, towing capacity, safety and driver-assist technology, plus relaxed motoring from the diesel engine, it’s a vehicle that exceeds all expectations.
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