Jeep Grand Cherokee gets cheaper for the 2012 model year

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 17, 2011

There’s a major reduction in the price of the fourth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee for the 2012 model year. Its engine range will be modified to maximize fuel economy. On the other hand, the Wrangler will be offered with the much-awarded Pentastar V6 engine but its price is unchanged.

For the 2012 Grand Cherokee that goes on sale next month, $3,220 will be cut from the base price of the Laredo trim level. Its two-wheel drive model will retail for only $26,995.

The 2012 model will not have the eight-way power driver’s seat, a feature that was standard on the 2011 one. The Laredo's leather seating package is priced at $5,300 from just $4,000. Meanwhile, the 5.7-liter V8 model is available with a six-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old five-speed.

The model with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will feature electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering. The automaker has yet to reveal the new fuel economy figures for the V8 but the V6’s figures indicate that there’s a gain of one city mile per gallon for the RWD model and one highway mile per gallon for the AWD model.

With regards to the Wrangler, the rugged off-roader will be powered by the new Pentastar V6, which has an output of 290hp. But then, the five-speed automatic was retained. The updated Wrangler could report both efficiency and power increases but its base price will still be $22,045.

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