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Everyman Driver: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT (VIDEO)

Jeep® Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be. A refined exterior design — complete with available bi-xenon headlamps with signature LED daytime running lamps (DRL) — provides a premium appearance.

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Grand Cherokee SRT models feature new, distinctive front fascia, grille and fog lamps that build upon the SRT exclusive stealth-like exterior appearance. Interior luxury is achieved with premium amenities, including Natura leather, exotic open-pore wood trim and unique color offerings. Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of four available 4×4 systems, Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system and class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds and a crawl ratio of 44.1:1.

New for 2017

  • New Trailhawk model expands Jeep® Grand Cherokee lineup with most capable version ever produced and features red tow hooks in the front and rear, standard rugged 18-inch Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with Kevlar reinforcement, and new Trailhawk and Trail Rated badges with red accents
  • Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models are equipped with a host of standard off-road capability features, including Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD) for all powertrains, a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension – developed for Trailhawk – that offers improved articulation and total suspension travel, as well as Selec-Speed Control with Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control. Skid plates and an anti-glare hood decal are also standard
  • Approach angles on the Jeep Grand Cherokee are 29.8 degrees or 36.1 degrees when the lower front fascia is removed for severe off-roading, while the breakover angle is 27.1 degrees and the departure angle is 22.8 degrees. Grand Cherokee Trailhawk models offer up to 10.8 inches of ground clearance
  • Trailhawk models feature a unique black interior with leather and suede performance seats for comfort and control, red accent stitching, brushed Piano Black appliques, gun-metal finish on all painted interior parts, a Trailhawk badge on the Jeep steering wheel, and red accent stitching on the seats, doors and console
  • Trailhawk models feature a standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen with updated off-road pages showing wheel articulation and other 4×4 capability features, such as suspension height and Selec-Terrain modes
  • For 2017, Grand Cherokee Summit models boast a new, even more luxurious hand-crafted leather interior, new exterior appearance (front fascia, fog lamps, grille) and added standard premium features
  • An array of technological features are standard on the 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit, including Lane Departure Warning, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, and Trailer Hitch Camera View at Speed
  • New full-wrap Signature leather interior in Indigo and Ski Gray is one of four color schemes featured on Summit. The full leather interior boasts a Nappa leather-wrapped dashboard, center console and door panels, and Laguna leather seats with edge welting
  • Both 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit models arrive in Jeep showrooms late summer
  • Rearview camera and rear park sensors are now standard on all Jeep Grand Cherokee models
  • 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk models utilize front fascia and seven-slot Jeep grille that debuted on the 2016 Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary edition
  • Grand Cherokee SRT model features new, exclusive front fascia, fog lamps, grille and Signature leather interior package

Highlights:
The standard Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6-powered Grand Cherokee, rated up to 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, tows up to 6,200 pounds while the available 5.7-liter V-8 packs 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with best-in-class towing capacity of 7,400 lbs.
Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers best-in-class 30 miles per gallon (mpg) highway courtesy of an available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine and standard TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 boasts an unmatched driving range of more than 730 miles
Best performing on-road Jeep vehicle ever returns with SRT model and its proven and powerful 6.4-liter V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Performance includes 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in 16.3 seconds, quarter mile in the mid-13 second range and a top speed of 160 mph
Grand Cherokee SRT features eight drive modes that allow owners the ability to personalize their drive experience whether its on-road or on-track. The drive modes separately control the all-wheel drive system, transmission, paddle shifters, stability control, suspension and steering. Drive modes are pre-configured for Auto, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow settings via a switch on the center console, while the Custom setting lets the driver customize the drive experience to their favorite settings
Auto — Activates automatically when starting the vehicle
Sport — Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Auto Mode
Track — Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces
Snow – Delivers optimized snow and ice performance
Tow – Delivers maximum towing performance
Custom — Allows driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance
Eco — Maximizes fuel economy with a revised shift schedule, pedal map and second-gear starts (Available in Auto, Sport and Track)
Valet — Limits engine to 4,000 rpm to significantly reduce horsepower and torque, reworks transmission to upshift earlier while traction, steering and suspension settings remain locked in Auto mode
Standard launch control mimics a professional driver’s inputs to optimize Grand Cherokee SRT’s performance by bringing engine, transmission, driveline, stability control and suspension in line for a textbook launch. Controlled by a button on the center console, the result is improved and more consistent straight-line acceleration
All Jeep Grand Cherokee engines are mated to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition to enhancing fuel economy, the robust and durable eight-speed transmission delivers quick acceleration and precise, smooth shifting, enhancing ride quality to luxury car levels
All Grand Cherokee models equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine features Engine Stop-Start (ESS) technology to improve fuel efficiency by shutting the engine off when the vehicle comes to a complete stop. Amenities (radio, gauges, heating or air conditioning, etc.) continue to operate and the engine restarts automatically when the driver releases the brake, allowing seamless acceleration
Quadra-Drive II, with a rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD), delivers industry-leading tractive capability. The system instantly detects tire slip and smoothly distributes engine torque to tires with traction. In some cases, the vehicle will anticipate low traction and adjust in order to proactively limit or eliminate slip
Selec-Speed Control with Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control allows drivers to control Grand Cherokee’s speed both up and down steep, rugged grades with the steering wheel paddle shifters – without the need for throttle or brake input. Unique to its segment, Grand Cherokee Hill-descent Control also works when the vehicle is in Reverse
The Jeep Grand Cherokee includes more than 70 safety and security features as well as an array of advanced user-friendly technology features, such as the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen radio with integrated climate and infotainment controls and a 7-inch customer configurable multiview display cluster

Model Lineup
For 2017, the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup consists of six models:
Laredo
Limited
Trailhawk
Overland
Summit
SRT

Exterior Colors
Diamond Black (NEW)
Rhino (NEW)
Walnut Brown (NEW)
Velvet Red
Redline (Trailhawk and SRT only)
Luxury Brown
True Blue
Granite Crystal
Billet Silver
Ivory Pearl Tri-Coat
Bright White

Interior Colors
Black
Black/Light Frost Beige
Black/Ruby Red (Trailhawk)
Black/Garnet Red (SRT)
Brown
Indigo Blue/Brown
Dark Sienna Brown/Black
Indigo/ Ski Gray

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Dave Erickson
Dave Erickson is a Multimedia Producer, 5x Ironman Triathlon Finisher, Freelance Reporter, Videographer, Podcaster and Host. Before Everyman Driver, Dave spent 15 years working as a TV News Anchor and Reporter with international assignments in Iraq, Haiti, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Dave graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Social Sciences.
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