Jeep started the ball-rolling with the Grand Cherokee in 1983 – the mid-size luxury SUV has gone on to be the life-blood for Jeep over the years, and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles are tending to move away from the smaller compact segment of the market, preferring to concentrate on the pickup and SUV market.
This means that Jeep will spending a few extra dollars on the revised Grand Cherokee – the current generation has been around since 2011 so Jeep will be updating the engineering and making it look much prettier.
Having said that, it seems that no-one has mentioned the elephant in the room – Jeep have released pictures of the new Grand Cherokee and to us, it looks all too familiar – has no-one seen the remarkable similarity between it and the BMW X5? Remove the badges and the Grand Cherokee could easily pass for an updated version, at least from certain angles.
Whatever your views… there is no denying that the Grand Cherokee looks pretty fabulous.
|Contents||Among all the speculation is some fact – Jeep boss Mike Manley confirmed that the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will debut at the New York Auto Show in April. This promises to be very special… like 700+ BHP special.
It’s going to be powered by the Hellcat engine, that means 6.2 liters of supercharged V8 loveliness – enough for 707 BHP and 650 lb/ft of torque – enough for all sorts of fun!
You would usually expect the derivatives to appear after the launch of the base model, but it seems that in this case, the Trackhawk will be arriving before the regular vehicle – we like those kinds of priorities!
The Trackhawk will be all-wheel drive, and likely running a new 8-speed auto transmission (which we expect to see in the base models as well).
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As for the base model, it seems that most information points to a 24-valve 3.6 liter V6 with 290 BHP and 260 lb/ft of torque, although there are a few rumors doing the rounds saying that there could also be an inline four-cylinder with turbo charging – we don’t think that will happen purely because the Grand Cherokee needs something like a V6 fitted – anything else just wouldn’t be right.
We are pretty sure that the V8 option will be dropped from the line-up, aside from the ballistic Hellcat version of course.
Estimates put the gas mileage (for the V6) at 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway, so it won’t be super-thirsty either.
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How Much Will 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Cost?
The Grand Cherokee is going to compete against the likes of Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Touareg, so don’t expect the prices to rise too much – speculation puts the base model at $31,000 but if you want the Trackhawk, you’ll have to double that figure up at least – some say it could be as much as $75,000, but we’d guess it’s going to be in the sixties.
No mention of just when we may see the base model launched – the Trackhawk is launching in April, but we aren’t expecting sales to start until around September – surely the base model will roll-out at the same time?
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Lots of Updates In Grand Cherokee 2018
Getting back to the looks … yes, it does look very pretty, but we genuinely think that certain angles show the Grand Cherokee to be similar to the X5 – Jeep must be proud of the look for the new model, it certainly does them credit.
Along with the updated styling, new engine(s) and interior, Jeep will also be updating the suspension – some people have even mentioned active damping. This has probably come about due to the weight loss – thanks to better construction materials (including high-strength steel and aluminum) the Cherokee will lose a few pounds – perhaps as much as 150 lbs.
That’s not the only engineering upgrade though – the 2018 Grand Cherokee is getting an updated and improved all-wheel drive system – but we’re guessing t’s going to need it if it has to cope with the Hellcat power.
What do you think of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee? Do you think the Trackhawk is going to work for a ‘normal’ roadcar? And … do you think that we’re right – that it looks like the BMW X5? Let us know.
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