Updated Jeep Grand Cherokee revealed

14 Jan, 2013 5:05am Luke Madden

Jeep has given the revised Grand Cherokee a dramatic new nose for 2013

Jeep has revealed a facelifted Grand Cherokee at the Detroit Motor Show, with bolder styling, a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and an updated interior.

New Chrysler 300C-inspired headlights now sit either side of a shorter take on Jeep’s seven-slot grille. At the rear are larger tail-lights and a more pronounced Jeep badge in the centre of the bootlid. Inside is a new centre console complete with a five-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen, depending on the model.

Analogue dials are replaced by a customisable TFT screen, while all cars get a new three-spoke steering wheel and a fresh gearstick controls the new auto box. The current Grand Cherokee has a five-speed auto in the UK, but the eight-speeder promises to boost efficiency, smoothness and performance. Economy is expected to rise from 34mpg to around 38mpg, and the 0-62mph time is set to fall from 8.2 seconds to just under eight seconds.

New tech includes a Forward Collision Alert system that warns the driver if they’re approaching the car in front too quickly. The set-up will also pre-tense the braking system to help the Jeep stop quickly. A slight price increase over the current £37,995 starting figure is expected when the Grand Cherokee arrives later this year.