Jeep Grand Cherokee Changes For 2017 – New Poweful Modification

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The famous Jeep brand does not leave hopes for the active use in its innovations of the popular Hellcat engine, which today is the most powerful V8 for the entire existence of the American car industry. The new Grand Cherokee will be equipped with this power unit, but the start of its sales, at the moment, is under big question. The Jeep has started road tests of the prototype of the improved off-road Grand Cherokee.

On the basis of photos taken by the spy shots, we can say that the car will acquire small innovations in terms of exterior design and will soon enter the markets. Today’s generation of this model, with small upgrades, is being sold since 2010.

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As a basis for the American SUV, a platform was taken from the famous Mercedes-Benz ML. Extreme configuration of luxury SUV will be called Trackhawk. This name was patented last year by the manufacturer of Fiat-Chrysler in the form of a prefix for the top configuration of Jeep and will seriously compete with another subbrand of the company Hellcat from Dodge.

Minimal Changes

Photos show that this car has received a minimum of changes that boil down to an improved front bumper, new headlights and a radiator grille. The rest of the body was not hidden by camouflage, hence the conclusion – the developers and designers of the company decided not to make any changes, leaving everything as it is.

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The interior of the car was equipped with new seats, which have a leather upholstery and suede with a prominent bright red seam. In the interior, there is a large number of decorative elements, decorated with bronze and black piano varnish. A modified entertainment and information complex, in addition to standard systems and functions, will notify the driver about the position of the suspension, wheels and the selected mode.

Trackhawk Means 707 HP

The novelty will be extreme not only in its name but also in its performance indicators: compressor V8, the displacement of 6.5 liters, generating 707 hp. – this, unfortunately, is all that is currently known about him. It should be noted that the power unit will be taken from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, but the drive layout for the new SUV will not be off-road – only for rear wheels.

I would like to remind you that the modification of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is also a charged variation of the off-road car and is equipped with a 468-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 engine that can accelerate the car to a mark of 60 in 4.7 seconds, and the speed peak is limited to 155 MPH. As already mentioned, the start of production of this car is planned for the next year and, most likely, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will go down in the list of the most powerful and high-speed SUVs on the whole planet.

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When to Expect All-new Generation?

The head of the cult American off-road vehicle manufacturer Mike Manley shared his unpleasant information, which says that the implementation of the new flagship modification is postponed for at least one year in advance. Earlier the manufacturer promised to present this car in the second half of next year, now the date is transferred to the end of 2018 or early 2019.

The reason for this is the strong desire of the management and engineers of the company to rethink their attitude to the new platform, which the fresh model had to share with the future Grand Wagoneer. Earlier, Sergio Marchionne, director of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said that the engineers of Jeep will “completely change their views” for the new Grand Cherokee.

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  • Melissa

    Will this model be released in Australia in 2017?

  • Kentucky red

    I’m guessing that despite all that power it ain’t gonna be good for towing heavy travel trailers! Would like to be wrong on that guess though.

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Summary

It is difficult to call the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee a completely new car. It is more like a evolution of current generation SUV, with improved design and various updates.

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