Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep brand is introducing a limited edition version of the Grand Cherokee, dubbed the “S”, for selected European markets that features interior and exterior trim finish enhancements as well as more equipment as standard.
The new “S” version aims to add to the utilitarian design of the Grand Cherokee a sportier feel with a more distinctive exterior with low gloss granite crystal accents on the badging, grille bezels, step pads, tail lamps and 20-inch wheels.
To give it a more aggressive stance, the new special edition model is outfitted with a gloss black grille and full windows surrounds, and a dual exhaust tailpipe with a black chrome finish. The Grand Cherokee S will also feature a sportier focused suspension.
Inside the cabin the Grand Cherokee S offers anodised gun metal accents, black wood finishes and black instrument panel accent stitching as well as Mopar-sourced metal pedals and black Nappa SRT-like perforated leather seats with black accent stitching.
In addition, the new special edition includes user-friendly technology features, such as the Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen radio that incorporates Apple CarPlay, is compatible with Android Auto and allows the driver to control many onboard features, including climate and infotainment.
There is also a 7-inch customer configurable multiview display cluster, 506W subwoofer Alpine audio system with standard active noise cancellation to enhance the quality of the listening experience onboard by detecting and reducing any noise in the cabin with the opposing sound waves.
Panoramic dual-pane sunroof, leather covered steering wheel, heated and ventilated front and heated rear seats and dual zone climate control also come as standard on the Grand Cherokee S.
Other features that come as standard include ParkView Rear Back up camera with Trailer View - which displays the area immediately behind the vehicle on the navigation screen when the transmission is shifted into Reverse, Parallel and Perpendicular Park assist - a driving feature that simplifies the parking task, ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist System - which works in tandem with the ParkView Rear Back up and Jeep Active Safety Group.
The Jeep brand in Europe will be hoping that this higher trim level version with a better level of standard equipment will give a timely boost to the Grand Cherokee's slipping sales; the current fourth-generation model is now seven years old and hasn't been as well recieved on European markets as some of the off road brand's other models.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee S will be available with this model’s full range of 10 exterior colours, including the exclusive for Grand Cherokee Sangria Metallic Clear Coat paint, and the three engine options, namely the 3.0-litre Multijet II 250 horsepower diesel engine, the 3.6-litre V6 286 hp petrol engine and the 5.7-litre HEMI V8 352 horsepower petrol engine, all mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.