Jeep introduced the new Grand Cherokee Summit at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, which brings added luxury appointments to the Grand Cherokee nameplate like high quality Nappa leather, a suede headliner and more exterior brightwork. We familiarized ourselves with the Grand Cherokee Summit in NYC this week, poring over its interior and exterior to give you our first impressions on the new SUV.
The Grand Cherokee Summit is set apart from other Grand Cherokees by its revised front fascia and chrome grille, LED foglights and model exclusive 20-inch polished alloy wheels. The changes succeed at making the Grand Cherokee Summit appear more upscale, and we have to say, we’re huge fans of the wheels.
The Grand Cherokee Summit’s interior is where the majority of the changes have happened. There’s new Laguna leather seats, a Napa leather wrapped steering wheel, center console, dash and gear selector knob and a suede headliner. All the materials feel very high quality, especially for a Jeep, and the diamond pattern stitching is another nice touch. We think Grand Cherokee Summit buyers hoping for more luxury in the mid-size SUV will be more than happy with the cabin fit and finish.
Unlike the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, the Grand Cherokee Summit can be had with Fiat Chrysler’s 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. So if you want a top-of-the-line luxury interior with the efficiency and towing capabilities offered up by a diesel SUV, the Grand Cherokee Summit is the way to go. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is the entry-level engine, while a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is also an option. All powerplants are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
We’re sure the revisions to the Grand Cherokee Summit will be welcomed by Jeep’s customers. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the interior leathers and as mentioned above, also have big appreciation for the new 20-inch wheels and diamond stitch door panels.