Jeep’s dealerships in the UK are now offering the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, its most powerful model ever. With a price tag of £58,995, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is equipped with a 6.4-litre V8, which is also used on the Dodge Challenger SRT8. This enables the car to accelerate from a standstill to 60mph in 4.8secs and achieve a top speed of 160mph.
To raise efficiency and lessen emissions, the engine could run on four of the eight cylinders when less power is required. If all the eight cylinders are in operation, it could deliver a maximum of 470bhp and 465lb ft of torque.
The SRT8’s price of £58,995 is lower than the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 BMW X6 by over £20,000. It is nearly £30,000 lower than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo that comes with a 4.8-litre V8. Another model that has gone on sale in the UK is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, a new luxury edition of the Grand Cherokee.
It is priced at £44,795 and features a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine that offers 237bhp at 4000rpm and 406lb ft of torque at 1800rpm. The model has been fitted with a set of 20-inch alloys, satnav, a leather covered dashboard and real wood trim as standard.
It also has heated and ventilated saddle-colored Nappa leather seats and a heated leather steering wheel. This Grand Cherokee variant is offered with brown paint, a chrome grille and the exclusive fog lamp bezels.
Compared to its predecessor, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is now more aerodynamic. This could be partly attributed to the fact that it sports new surfaces treated for aerodynamics. While this helps improve the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, it also renders the design more fluid. Moreover, these new treated surfaces help lower the coefficient of drag value of the 2011 Grand Cherokee to 0.37 Cd from 0.404 Cd of the 2009 version.
Gilles remarked that the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is more refined and focused while being sportier than its predecessor. The new vehicle still features the classic Jeep Grand Cherokee styling that is now augmented with sporty exterior refinements. For starters, the front end of the Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts of Jeep's classic seven-slot grille flanked by round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel arches. Its lower front fascia – now removable – helps improve the Grand Cherokee’s on-road performance, off-road capability and fuel efficiency.
Limited and Overland models are provided with a lower front fascia with a large chromed appliqué for available tow hooks. When viewed from the sides, the vehicle’s sporty and muscular profile is very apparent. Its day-light opening (DLO), meanwhile, now boasts of an aerodynamic appearance and a sleek profile thanks to the black appliqués on B-pillars. In addition, the full-chromed DLO surround could be complemented by the available chromed mirrors and door handles.
Accentuating the side profile of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are 17-inch wheels designed to enhance its off-road capability, although owners could also avail of optional 18-inch and 20-inch wheels.
On the other hand, the tail-lamps of the Jeep Grand Cherokee hug from the rear quarter panel to the back of the vehicle, resulting to a solid form and a more premium look. Meanwhile, Jeep Grand Cherokees powered by a HEMI V-8 engine feature 3.5-inch dual chromed exhaust tips, while versions fitted with the Pentastar V-6 engine sports a three-inch single exhaust.