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A powered liftgate is optional, and it readily stops if anything obstructs its movement. You can also easily open and close the liftgate manually, which is sometimes difficult on models with power liftgates. All models have a rear window that opens independently of the liftgate.
A touchscreen sat-nav is optional, along with Jeep's massive "CommandView" dual-pane sunroof, but the niceties aren't just limited to the big-budget options.
The Overland basically goes whole hog with navigation, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, and interior upgrades.
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Sure there are still a couple of plastic bits you wish were actual metal, but Jeep has gone the extra mile when creating this interior.
The top-level Overland comes standard with a handsome, cut-and-sew leather dash, heated/cooled front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
An amazing array of luxury and infotainment features are available in the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee, putting it on par with the other best-in-class utes and crossovers, the Ford Flex/Explorer/Edge triplets and the Lincoln MKT/MKX.
All Grand Cherokees come standard with air conditioning; cruise control; power windows, locks, and mirrors; a power driver seat; push-button start; a tilt/telescope steering wheel; and keyless entry. The base audio system includes an AM/FM/CD player with USB connectivity and satellite radio.
Trim levels step up from Laredo to Limited and Overland, adding features along the way, such as 19-inch wheels; a power tailgate; leather seating with a power front passenger seat;heated and ventilated front seats; heated rear seats; a wood-trimmed steering wheel; a power telescope/tilt steering wheel; a panoramic sunroof that opens up the Grand Cherokee's interior; xenon headlamps; and a premium sound system with 506 watts of power.
In the above-and-beyond category, Chrysler offers Uconnect Web to the Cherokee, so you can become your own wireless hotspot. These bleeding-edge tech pieces make the Cherokee's Bluetooth and navigation system options seem almost dowdy. Sirius Backseat TV and FLO TV, former streaming-video options, have been deleted. Who needs them, with iPads so ubiquitous?
A special mention goes to the Grand Cherokee SRT8. It has its own standard features, from cosmetic touches like paddle-shift controls; power tilt/telescope steering; leather-trimmed and heated steering whee; leather and suede seats; carbon-fiber interior trim; metallic pedal pads; and a vehicle information center in the gauges. There's also Performance Pages, which displays functions like 0-60 mph times, braking distances, and quarter-mile times, for those places and times that let you exercise the SRT8's massive tires and HEMI horsepower. Options on the $60,000 SRT8 include a dual-pane sunroof, a luxury package with leather trim and a power tailgate, and a harman/kardon 19-speaker, 825-watt audio system. SRT8s also come with a free day of driving instruction at one of a handful of selected tracks around the country.
Wireless internet on the go, Nappa leather and performance telemetry--they're all options in the Grand Cherokee.