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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Large SUV

DaimlerChrysler unveiled a facelifted version for the WJ Grand Cherokee in 2003 for the last two years in production before the 2005 WK generation replaced it.

While the Grand Cherokee was already well known in the U.S., its presence on the European market was slim, mostly due to its size and low fuel efficiency. It was not a car for tight corners and narrow streets as those from Europe. Moreover, even though it offered a turbo-diesel version, it was too weak for the car's size. But the 2003 model came and fixed that too.

On the outside, the 2003 Grand Cherokee received a minor exterior update. At the front, the car sported a new design for the signature seven-slat vertical grille. In the lower part of the bumper, the carmaker placed round fog lights instead of the previously used rectangular, horizontal ones. Jeep installed a metallic shield under the engine compartment to emphasize the vehicle's offroad ability and extended it all the way to the front, under the bumper. On the sides, the 2003 model received additional turn signals.

Inside, Mercedes-Benz helped Chrysler in developing a friendlier interior. Jeep changed the older black dials inside the instrument cluster to white-faced ones with black needles. Other changes included fewer wood trims on the center stack and center console.

Under the hood, the most significant novelty for the Europeans was the 2.7-liter turbo-diesel engine carried over from Mercedes-Benz. It replaced the older WM-Motori 3.1-liter unit and provided more power and torque while offering better fuel efficiency. For the U.S. market, the most important addition in terms of engines was the 4.7-liter High Output unit that provided 30 more horses.

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JEEP Grand Cherokee 2003 - 2005
  2 gasoline engines
  • 4.0L V6 4AT AWD (190 HP)
  • 4.7L V8 5AT AWD (225 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 2.7L CRD 5AT AWD (163 HP)

JEEP Grand Cherokee 4.0L V6 4AT AWD (190 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0L V6 4AT AWD (190 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3960 cm3
Power
140 KW @ 5000 RPM
190 HP @ 5000 RPM
188 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
218 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
295 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
20.6 gallons (78.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112.46 mph (181 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65HR17
DIMENSIONS
Length
181.49 in (4610 mm)
Width
73.22 in (1860 mm)
Height
70.86 in (1800 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/59.44 in (1,510/1,510 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.5 cuFT (552 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
Turning circle
36.4 ft (11.1 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3926.43 lbs (1781 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5346.2 lbs (2425 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
10.74 mpg US (21.9 L/100Km)
Highway
19.6 mpg US (12 L/100Km)
Combined
14.98 mpg US (15.7 L/100Km)

JEEP Grand Cherokee 4.7L V8 5AT AWD (225 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.7L V8 5AT AWD (225 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4701 cm3
Power
164 KW @ 4600 RPM
223 HP @ 4600 RPM
220 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
400 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
20.6 gallons (78.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124.27 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65/HR17
DIMENSIONS
Length
181.49 in (4610 mm)
Width
73.22 in (1860 mm)
Height
70.86 in (1800 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/59.44 in (1,510/1,510 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.5 cuFT (552 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
Turning circle
36.4 ft (11.1 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4025.6 lbs (1826 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5500.5 lbs (2495 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
10.7 mpg US (22 L/100Km)
Highway
18.4 mpg US (12.8 L/100Km)
Combined
14.5 mpg US (16.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
380 g/km

JEEP Grand Cherokee 2.7L CRD 5AT AWD (163 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.7L CRD 5AT AWD (163 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2685 cm3
Power
120 KW @ 4000 RPM
163 HP @ 4000 RPM
161 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
400 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
20.6 gallons (78.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118.06 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/75R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
181.49 in (4610 mm)
Width
73.22 in (1860 mm)
Height
70.86 in (1800 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.44/59.44 in (1,510/1,510 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.5 cuFT (552 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.45
Turning circle
36.4 ft (11.1 m)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4310 lbs (1955 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5524.8 lbs (2506 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.8 mpg US (12.5 L/100Km)
Highway
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
257 g/km
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