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2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicle Summary

The Grand Cherokee is Jeep's flagship model, currently the largest and most expensive model that Jeep offers in the automaker's extensive SUV lineup before a Wagoneer model arrives. The Grand Cherokee lineup includes a high-performance SRT model and a very luxurious Summit model.

Overview

The 2018 or 2019 model year might be the last for this generation of the Grand Cherokee (we'll update this space as soon as we have official info). The current, fourth-generation Grand Cherokee first debuted as a 2011 model underpinned by an older Mercedes-Benz M-Class platform. The 2018 model may ride on the same platform, however, Jeep has announced the next-generation Grand Cherokee will likely live on FCA's new and modern Giorgio platform.

Despite its old platform, the Grand Cherokee continues to impress with its off-road capability, comfort, technology, engine choices, and several variants to choose from. The engines will likely be carried over from the 2017 model year and include a 295-hp 3.6-liter V-6, the 360-hp Hemi 5.7-liter V-8, a 420-lb-ft of torque 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6, and the high-performance 475-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. The eight-speed automatic is offered with rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, or four-wheel drive. Trims including the entry-level Laredo, the capable Trailhawk, and luxurious Summit will likely carry over, and we're expecting an SRT-modified eight-cylinder Trackhawk to debut, as well (we've already seen it testing).

What We Think

In a First Test review of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, we said: "Yeah, serious off-roaders will want mechanical locking diffs front and rear, among other things, but for a little more than a Wrangler Rubicon (and less than half the price of a Land Cruiser), the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk offers up some serious off-road potential and on-road comfort at a killer price."

Cool Fact

Thanks to its AWD system, we expect the upcoming Trackhawk model to be the quickest Hellcat-powered model to hit 60 mph.

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