Herald Sun - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -


The 75th An­niver­sary model adds $2500 to the Lim­ited model on which it’s based. Add $500 for green paint. Leather is in­cluded, as are bronze body hard­ware and or­ange ex­te­rior and in­te­rior ac­cents. The 75th Grand Cherokee’s sub­tle but worth­while me­chan­i­cal changes will be part of the en­tire Grand Cherokee range later this year.


Noth­ing re­ally new apart from the adop­tion of elec­tric power steer­ing and some alu­minium sus­pen­sion com­po­nents.


Power is up a smidgen thanks to changes on the valve train and ex­haust. En­gine stop-start yields slightly bet­ter fuel econ­omy in city driv­ing.


Sus­pen­sion im­prove­ments give an edge in ride com­fort com­pared to the Lim­ited. It has bet­ter bump ab­sorp­tion, less jig­gling, more pre­dictable drive feel on and off road and smoother ride on a range of sur­faces.


Mi­nor changes in­side and out­side but, with­out hav­ing the cur­rent model along­side, it’s dif­fi­cult to pick the new grille, lights, bumper and 20-inch wheel de­sign.

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