With a big grille and physically large footprint the Grand Cherokee is already an imposing figure, a presence that has been enhanced by a new special edition designed to celebrate its founding.
Jeep has announced just 160 units of the 2021 Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition are bound for Australia and should be in showrooms before the end of the week.
Based on the mid-spec Grand Cherokee Limited, the special edition adds a slew of cosmetic upgrades ahead of the launch of the next-generation model, which is set to arrive in Australia towards the end of this year in seven-seat form.
With a starting price of $66,941 (before-on roads) the Grand Cherokee is one of three models alongside the Wrangler Unlimited and regular Cherokee to get the 80th Anniversary Edition treatment.
To celebrate its founding in 1941, Jeep has given the Grand Cherokee a tough noir look in the Granite Crystal hero colour – though buyers can also opt for a Bright White, Diamond Black or Slate Blue base colour if they wish.
Jeep has finished 20-inch alloy wheels, grille, exterior mirror caps and the external badging all in Granite Crystal with dark tining in the taillights and body-coloured wheel arches and roof racks.
Moving inside, buyers will find upgrades include the dual-pane sunroof, black leather seats with light tungsten interior accents – with 80th Anniversary Edition trimmed on the headrests and on the floor mats.
Sitting in the centre is an 8.4-inch touchscreen, which will display a “Since 1941” upon start-up that will no doubt be loved by Jeep fans.
Sitting under the bonnet remains the 3.6L V6 petrol sending 213kW of power and 347Nm of torque through an eight-speed torque converter automatic to the all-wheel-drive system.
The Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition goes on sale this month, so if you want to snag a piece of Jeep history you’ll likely already find one at your local dealership.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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