Jeep Grand Cherokee Redesign Delayed
At first there were rumors about it, but now it’s official – the next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee won’t be launched in 2017, as it was initially planned, but a year or two after. That’s what Mr. Mike Manley, Jeep CEO, confirmed to Reuters several days ago.
Having this in mind, there’s no doubt the automaker has to offer an update before the total redesign scheduled for 2018 or 2019. The will probably work this out pretty fast, so the SUV that already suffered an update back in 2013 might get a fresh appearance and some new interesting features sometime next year.
Unfortunately, we don’t know how elaborate the update will be, but since Mr. Manley said that this is going to be a “mild refresh”, it’s better that we don’t get our hopes high. Perhaps they’re going to make some appearance changes, making several styling tweaks, but aside from that, we can expect some equipment upgrades. It’s questionable whether they’re going to change anything regarding the powertrain, but even if they decide to go with that kind of update, it would be reasonable to expect miniscule changes.
The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee would be used to buy some time until the redesigned next generation of the SUV comes to the market. Although reasons behind the delay remained ambiguous, Motor Authority speculates that this is because the automaker intends to develop the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee together with the Grand Wagoneer.
Fortunately for all the Jeep fans, the other brand’s monikers don’t have such problems. The new compact crossover replacement for the Patriot and Compass is under development and it should be released late next year as a 2017 model, according to Motor Authority.
Of course, this can’t please those who crave for the all-new Grand Cherokee, but having in mind what they intend to do with this SUV’s redesign should be worth the years of waiting. The redesigned next-gen Grand Cherokee won’t be just an ordinary successor of the world famous family of SUVs; it’s going to be a new luxury SUV capable of rivaling the most prominent upscale SUVs and crossovers on the market, yet another American SUV that’s a match for the number of European luxury vehicles.
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