2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee- The Grandest of Jeeps
Today’s auto industry is changing, as crossovers are becoming the dominant force amongst the ever changing and diverse product landscape. Since the economic downtown began to turn around, SUV sales have improved vastly. An automotive forecasting firm, LMC, estimated that SUV’s are expected to make up to 35% of all passenger vehicle sales this calendar year. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the more dominant vehicles in the mid-size SUV arena; currently sitting behind the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer in third place in overall domestic SUV sales.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a different breed of vehicle – offered in a mid-size Grand Cherokee model and a smaller Cherokee that is more compact. The Jeep is offered in many varying trims, that offer different characteristics and sophisticated features. The Grand Cherokee comes in SRT or Trackhawk trims that enable a 5,000 lb runaway utility vehicle achieve zero to sixty in a blink of an eye. For those seeking more luxury infused models, the Summit and Overland trims provide just that. They add the power and uniqueness associated with luxurious models but without the flair of a Mercedes or BMW. The Laredo and Limited trims offer practicality for those looking for a ride to their nine-to-five.
Besides the highest trim available, each Jeep begins with a reliable 3.6-L Pentastar V6 engine that offers 295 horsepower and creates 260 lb-ft of torque. Power is forced through an 8-speed automatic transmission that efficiently allows for 21miles per gallon. The Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit trims employ a 5.7-L V8 engine that provides 360 horespower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This engine is only available on 4WD and has a maximum towing capacity of 7,200 lbs. The Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk offer the most power available for those who seek it. On the SRT, you’ll find a 6.4-L HEMI V8 with 475 horespower and 470 lb-ft. The Trackhawk, known as one of the fastest SUVs available, is powered by a 6.2-L supercharged V8, the same engine that powers the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
For 2019, all Cherokees receive a standard barrage of safety features, including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection. Upgrading will include automatic parallel parking, forward collision, and adaptive cruise control.
On the interior a new 8.4-inch infotainment is standard on most Cherokee trims, while the base-level Laredo receives the old 7.0-inch. All Cherokees display Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with 2 USB ports and 6-speaker audio that can be upgraded if necessary.