2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit announced for Australia

September 18, 2019

Jeep Australia is announcing the Grand Cherokee Summit for the local lineup, following the introduction of the Upland edition last week. The Summit is being described as the most luxurious Grand Cherokee ever.

The new model is based on the Overland variant only it is packed with even more creature comforts and special features. Visually, the Summit stands out with a set of 20-inch alloy wheels finished in platinum chrome, with more platinum chrome for the front grille, window trims, side sill garnishes, and badges.

Inside, the cabin showcases the full 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen system which is connected up to a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system. There’s also digital radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, heated front and rear seats with cooling ventilation for the front, along with ‘NaturalPlus’ leather for the upholstery.

Power comes from the familiar 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine that delivers 184kW and 570Nm. This is matched to a ZF-based eight-speed automatic, feeding into a Quadra-Drive II four-wheel drive system. The drive system also includes a limited-slip differential for the rear axle, and the driver can toggle between Rock, Snow, Mud, Sand and Auto driving modes. Quadra-Lift air suspension with five selectable heights is also standard.

To help boost overall luxury, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit comes with a unique acoustic windscreen and second row door glass, along with active noise cancellation provided by Harman/Kardon to quieten the drive experience by up to 10dB. Guillaume Drelon, director for brand and product strategy at Jeep, said:

“Without compromising Jeep legendary capabilities, Summit is providing an extra edge of adventure, bringing to market the best combination of on-road refinement, technology and comfort with best in class off-road capabilities. The sport-style exterior is elevated by the Platinum trimmings, perfectly married with the elegantly crafted interior featuring premium, high-grade leather for exceptional cabin comfort.”

The new model is on sale in Australia now priced from $84,450 (excluding on-road costs). See below for the highlight standard features:

Exterior

  • 20-inch alloy wheels finished in platinum chrome
  • Platinum Package
    • Platinum chrome and gloss black Jeep 7-slot grille
    • Front/rear lower fascia applique
    • Side-window surrounds
    • Roof rails
    • Tail lamp bezels
    • Side sills
    • Rear step pad
    • Exterior badging
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof

Interior

  • ‘NaturaPlus’ leather seats
  • Leather wrapped instrument panel and centre armrest
  • Premium suede-like headliner
  • Berber cargo and floor mats
  • Illuminated ‘SUMMIT’ door sill plates

Technologies & Comfort Features

  • 19 Speakers Harman Kardon premium audio system with 825-Watt amplifier
  • HID headlights (adaptive, bi-xenon)
  • Active noise cancelling
  • UConnect 8.4 inch touchscreen (with AM/FM digital radio, Bluetooth phone/audio and navigation) including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Power 8-way adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar control
  • Heated front/rear seats and steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Remote engine start

Powertrain & Transmission

  • 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with 184kW (250 HP) and 570Nm
  • Combined consumption of 7.0 L/100km
  • ZF 8-speed auto with low range
  • Quadra-Drive II full-time 4×4 transmission with Select-Terrain driving modes (Rock, Snow, Mud, Sand and Auto)
  • Rear electronic limited-slip differential
  • Quadra-Lift air suspension with 5 selectable ride positions

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Reverse parking camera
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning plus
  • Lane departure warning plus
  • Blind-sport monitoring
  • Rear cross path detection
  • Parallel & perpendicular park assist
  • Advanced brake assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

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.