Jeep’s popularity has never been greater, with the car-buying public’s love of SUVs aligning quite nicely with the brand that introduced the world to the concept in the first place. For 2017, there are some noteworthy changes happening, so let’s take a look at what’s coming soon.
2017 Jeep Cherokee
This will be the first full model year for the Cherokee Overland, introduced midway through last year and representing the pinnacle of the lineup. Besides its loaded features list, the Overland comes with additional body-colored exterior panels, special Zebrano wood trim, Berber floor mats and Nappa leather seats. New Trailer Tow Prep and Heavy Duty Protection (skid plates and a full-size spare) packages can now be added to the Overland.
It’s also the first full year for the Altitude and High Altitude trim levels, which essentially add Gloss Black exterior trim and special badging to the Sport and Limited trims, respectively.
Nappa leather is also available on the Cherokee Trailhawk, along with most of the comfort and convenience niceties previously only available on the more soft-roading upper trim levels. Xenon headlights are also now standard on all trim levels, except for the Sport. This may have something to do with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety now testing headlights.
2017 Jeep Compass
There are no noteworthy changes for the 2017 Compass, meaning this will be the 11th year without a complete redesign. Although it was updated for 2011, it remains more or less the same vehicle based on Dodge’s much maligned Caliber hatchback.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is a new model introduced for 2017, bringing the popular off-roading trim level from other Jeep models to the brand’s flagship SUV. The Trailhawk features considerably more ground clearance (10.8 vs 8.6 inches) and improved approach/breakover angles, along with the top Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system, a rear electronic limited-slip differential, a special version of the existing Grand Cherokee air suspension, skid plates, tow hooks and 18-in Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement. There are also special exterior and interior styling elements, and its equipment level slots between the Limited and Overland trims.
The range-topping Summit trim level receives revised front-end styling, standard accident-avoidance tech and an upgrade of a new Signature full-leather interior boasting Nappa leather on the dash, center console and doors. There are two additional color schemes available, as well. The Grand Cherokee SRT also gets the Signature interior and its own revised front styling.
The other Grand Cherokee trim levels, including the Trailhawk, feature revised styling of their own that matches last year’s 75th Anniversary Edition. All trim levels also come standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.
2017 Jeep Patriot
Everything said about the Compass applies to the mechanically related Patriot. No changes.
2017 Jeep Renegade
There are only small features-related updates for the 2017 Renegade. The Limited trim now includes keyless/passive entry (keep your key in your pocket), while push-button starting will be standard on all trims partway through the year. Xenon headlamps and automatic high beams will also be new, late-availability options.
2017 Jeep Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited
In what’s likely to be its last full year before a complete redesign, the 2017 Wrangler receives a few new, noteworthy updates. LED headlights and fog lamps are now optional on the Sport and Sport S, and standard on the Sahara and Rubicon. This should greatly correct the Wrangler’s rather weak headlights. A new Cold Weather Group available on the Sport S and Rubicon bundles together 17-in BF Goodrich KO2 tires, an engine block heater, all-weather floor mats, remote ignition, heated seats and the Power Convenience Group (power locks, mirrors and doors, and keyless entry).