The 1999 Jeep Grand Chero-kee maintains a strong resemblance to the previous model, but it loses some of its angularity, a longtime staple of Jeep design.
A picture of the sport-utility was posted on the Internet last week. The vehicle is expected in showrooms this fall.
While the exterior changes are evolutionary, the new Grand Cherokee has a softer, more rounded look. The style changes further distance the Grand Cherokee from its boxy, utilitarian sibling, the Jeep Cherokee.
The new model continues the trademark seven-vertical-slot grille. But the grille is more raked, and the sides flare out slightly. The front end also features new, more aerodynamic quad headlamps.
The new model retains the lower body-side molding, but the molding is less prominent, giving the vehicle a cleaner, more refined look.
Perhaps the most prominent exterior style change is the stretched, flowing line connecting the hood, A-pillar and roof. The existing Grand Cherokee has an angular, more vertical A-pillar.
The C- and D-pillars on the new model are more raked as well. That gives the vehicle a stretched look, even though the sport-utility is only 4 inches longer than the 1998 model.
The new Grand Cherokee also has a roof line that features more arc than the previous model. In the rear, the 1999 model is more rounded and has new taillamps.