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The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has retroactively applied the maximum five-star safety rating to all Jeep Grand Cherokee models (bar the SRT8), dating back to March 2013 onwards.

The changes factor in a range of upgrades introduced at the US factory from this period that saw the seat design and structure modified to meet crash requirements, thereby upping it from four stars.

Given the Jeep Grand Cherokee is often Australia’s top-selling large (aka family) SUV, this is a welcome development indeed. The five-star rating applies to all V6 Grand Cherokees, meaning both petrol and diesel models save the Hemi V8-powered SRT8, which we understand simply wasn’t tested.

The Grand Cherokee scored highly in all crash-test scenarios, including a perfect 16 out of 16 in ANCAP’s side-impact test. The ANCAP comes with a 2014 date stamp, reflecting the dates of the updates.

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee’s five-star rating brings it up to speed with other five-star (varying date stamps) large SUVs in the ratings stakes including the Kia Sorento (the safest SUV ever tested by ANCAP), the Ford Territory, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Prado, Toyota Kluger, Hyundai Santa Fe and Holden Captiva 7.

“ANCAP brings welcome news to consumers with all V6 variants of the Jeep Grand Cherokee now able to claim five-star status,” said ANCAP chief executive officer Nicholas Clarke.

Jeep is understandably keen to point out that the rating follows the Jeep Cherokee’s five-star ANCAP rating, while Jeep’s Patriot was awarded the maximum five-star safety score in 2014.

Commenting on the results, FCA (Fiat Chrysler) Australia’s director of marketing and Product strategy Zac Loo said: “We couldn’t be happier with the Grand Cherokee’s performance in ANCAP’s crash-test program.

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“This five-star rating follows the Grand Cherokee’s equally impressive five-star result in America’s NHTSA crash-test program, and is all down to the tireless work of our engineers who strive to make every model as safe as possible.

“We know how important safety is to families when deciding on a vehicle, and this result means further peace of mind for our customers.”

FCA Australia will no doubt be hoping the good news helps the Grand Cherokee bounce back a little in the sales charts, given its registrations are down 25.2 per cent to 6441 units this year. It’s still third in class behind the Toyota Prado (7872) and Toyota Kluger (6780).




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