2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Concentrated luxury

The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee crossover SUV comes packed with features making it a decent competitor to current BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and other luxury gas-guzzlers. Although the truck’s interior still looks light years behind the aforementioned German monsters, the new Grand Cherokee compensates the lack of refinement with its impressive off-road capabilities that make even the dreaded VW Touareg look like a kid’s toy.

Unlike the typical members of Detroit rolling iron club, even some luxury ones, the new SUV, according to Chrysler, will be available with soft to touch dashboard materials and better interior textures.

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The interior still looks a bit archaic, the combination of colors on the photos above and below doesn’t feel particularly impressive, and the wood insert on the central panel is ridiculous, but the instrument gauges look very legible, while the control knobs and buttons on the central stack are ergonomically placed and will be easy to manipulate on the go without causing distractions.

The steering column will provide tilt and telescope adjustments so that nothing prevents you from enjoying the new instruments cluster.

The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and Overland trims will also come to you fitted with leather-wrapped parking brake handles.

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee (interior)

The Overland will also get additional leather package on seats, doors and the dashboard.

Those dwelling in the cold climate regions will probably like its new heated second row seats as well as MyGIG infotainment system with its MP3 playability, Bluetooth connectivity, 20GB integrated hard drive (an SSD drive would be even better, though) and DVD player.

Minor exterior upgrades include new headlamp design and refreshed front fascia and corporate grille.

Company also promises that there will soon be new, even more luxurious, S-Limited trim to the Grand Cherokee range.

The model will be additionally equipped with original 18-inch alloys, SRT body-colored wire mesh front grille and body-colored rear view mirrors, rear spoiler and privacy glass.

No info on pricing and availability yet.

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee (interior, dashboard)
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee (interior, MyGIG DVD-based infotainment and navigation system)

Photos: Jeep

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