What`s New for 2018?
For 2018, all Grand Cherokee trims feature an updated Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The base 5.0-inch display has been ditched for a higher-resolution 7.0-inch unit. Laredo models are enhanced with new cloth seats and 17-inch wheels, the Summit model can be optioned with a new Premium Metal package that adds real metal accents throughout the cabin, and the Overland model can now be had with a brown interior. Grand Cherokees equipped with the optional Alpine audio system will now also feature active noise cancellation. Two new trims for 2018 join the dizzying number already on offer; the Sterling Edition slots in between the Limited and the Trailhawk trims in price and is meant to celebrate the Grand Cherokee`s 25th anniversary. The High Altitude trim-revived from years past-bridges the gap between the Overland and Summit models and is more than just an appearance package, as it adds a suite of active safety technologies and a panoramic sunroof. The big news for 2018 is the introduction of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, an ultra-performance SUV built to take on the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and BMW X5 M, but we review that beast separately.
What Was New for 2017?
Jeep`s aspirational Grand Cherokee pressed on into 2017 with only minor changes. A Trailhawk model joined the lineup and features Kevlar-reinforced off-road tires, red tow hooks, an adjustable air suspension, and other off-road goodies. Upscale Summit models gained a new handcrafted leather interior, a revised grille, and lane-departure warning and a parallel/perpendicular parking aid as standard equipment.
Trims and Options We`d Choose
Last year we recommended the mid-level Altitude trim with all-wheel drive, and we`ll stick by that choice for 2018 as well. It`s a fantastic value at $40,085, which is a scant $295 more than the 2017 model. The updated 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation is still standard on Altitude models for 2018, and the Altitude offers other standard niceties that the lower-spec Laredo and Laredo E don`t:
• Leather and suede covered seats with heat for front-seat occupants
• Heated steering wheel
• SiriusXM satellite radio and SiriusXM Travel Link services
• Power rear liftgate