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MY15 Jeep Grand Cherokee to hang around, MY17 arrives October

December 16, 2015

It looks like the current shape Jeep Grand Cherokee will be with us in essentially the same form for a while as Australian dealers continue to sell off the abundant MY15 versions hanging around in holding yards.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Sources have indicated to PerformanceDrive that the model year 2017 (MY17) Jeep Grand Cherokee will go on sale in Australia at around October next year. It’s expected to bring a major refresh in terms of features and specification. But until then the current version, first introduced in 2010, is set to stick around.

Local dealers have apparently been told MY15 versions will continue to be sold at least for the near-term future due to overstock. This could mean the MY15 will carry over into 2016 with virtually no changes.

Knowing Jeep there is a good chance some special edition models will be released next year to help sell off some of the existing stock, with special badges and equipment packs possibly on the way.

Sales of the Grand Cherokee in Australia have drooped in recent times. It wasn’t long ago when the nameplate actually dominated the large under-$70k SUV segment. However, so far this year the local arm hasn’t been able to match 2014 figures.

In the first 11 months of 2015 Jeep Australia sold 11,217 examples. This is down a whopping 27.8 per cent on the number of units sold during the same period in 2014 (15,541). This time last year it was the best-seller in the class, even overshadowing the popular Toyota Prado and Kluger. It’s currently sitting in third place in the segment.

Part of the slump in sales could be down to the lack of a seven-seat option. A number of other manufacturers have introduced seven-seat SUVs in the segment in the recent past, including the refreshed Toyota Prado, new Ford Everest, and updated Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento.

Jeep is planning a new ‘Grand Wagoneer’ a bit further down the track, which will be larger than the Grand Cherokee. It’s set to offer at least seven seats along with amped up luxury and features.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.


    …part of the “Slump” is people reporting their “Mistake” in buying a JEEP. But realistically the decline is because there are now a host of modern dual cab utes and their wagon sisters, released or updated this year, that have filled the space for real family off roaders that the Jeep GC thrived in.

  • Benn0

    There was a problem mid year with the stink bug explosion in the US, it meant that every car exported had to be fumigated for 90 hours, this affected the number of cars that could be physically exported. Also the most popular model the laredo has been more difficult to get in the last 12 months. But I think also the bad publicity has definitely had an impact.