2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The last confirmed rumors we’ve got are not good for the marketing department of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We will have to wait a little more in order to see it before the release. The FCA doesn’t want to endanger the spotlight under which they currently have the new 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, and they are going to unveil it at the New York Auto Show in April of 2017.

We’ve been waiting to see this year’s release only because we are tired of the same old design that hasn’t been changed since 2011 and the beginning of the fourth generation. That, and those rumors about the mighty 700 hp engine taken directly from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The version of Jeep Cherokee that is going to borrow that engine is called 2018 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and you should make a difference between the new strongest Cherokee ever made and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk which is the name of 2017 model’s trim level.

So When to Expect The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee To Be Released?

We don’t expect the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee release date to be moved any further. It will be released during summer or autumn of 2017. The exclusion of this model from the ongoing plans for Auto Shows has nothing to do with its release date. We are going to get the 700 hp Cherokee, don’t worry.

What is The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Price?

There is no official news about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee price, but since that will be the strongest model out there don’t expect anything less than $80,000. Purely for comparison purposes, the 2017 Grand Cherokee starts at $30,000; Grand Cherokee SRT starts at $66,900; 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk costs around $43,100.

Is There Anything New On 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Exterior?

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The same design that pervades through the entire fourth generation, is, of course, present in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee exterior too. There are changes throughout trims but the base design is there. You can change the suspension, grille, headlights and taillights, side skirts and spoilers, but there are no core changes.

The grille is, therefore, larger because you need bigger airflow in order to cool the engine. Headlights will be very narrow but are not going to be any problems in road illumination. The front tow hooks are there to stay, just like on every other real terrain vehicle. For the 2018Grand Cherokee Trackhawk variant, we expect some even larger air intake to replace those small openings around the fog lights and even a taller grille. The Hellcats V8 will need some extra cooling.

According to some spy shots, the size of the cabin is not going to change but the angle of the windshield could go back a little bit in order to approve the aerodynamic and that menacing look. The other thing that will probably change, is the number of wheels options and their size. Plus, since this is a Jeep, after all, the underbody protection is going to come as standard on the off-road trim levels, and for the others as an optional equipment.

The safety add-ons are going to be richer for Adaptive cruise control, radar sensors on bumpers, automatic parking and more. Also, as seen on some test rides along the training courses, there will be an optional panoramic roof on higher trim levels.

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What About The Interior?

The interior of 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is probably going to be refreshed. The last model didn’t have any connectivity options for modern phones, the dashboard is already very old, and although the upholstery is of high quality some things might be changed. The 2018Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is certainly going to get some new details, brought to the level of sports design. Some rumors which have already started circling around pointed out the necessity of the Hellcat insignia. We don’t see the need for that since that is the mark of the Dodge, but why not?

The seating configuration will remain the same. There are going to be two rows of seats meant for five people. The storage area will probably remain the same. The trunk will have 782 liters which will get larger with rear seats folded down. And if we consider the hidden compartment under the floor, you get the larger space than on the BMW X5.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Specs

Like for any other model, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee engine will come in a couple of versions. There are rumors about the updated 3.6 liters Pentastar V6 engine as a standard offer. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel (which will have the best mpg values), will stay for diesel variants. The third one will most probably be the good old 5.7 liters Hemi V8 and Grand Cherokee SRT with 6.4 liters Hemi V8.

The one special edition, which we are all waiting for is the strongest model of them all – the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. That one will use the “all powerful” Hellcat under the hood, and it will bring all 700 horses with it. The engine will be the 6.2 liter V8 tamed by the Hellcat’s standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy will have some decent values, and we don’t think that it is going to be any different than on the last year’s models.

  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee 2WD – 19 mpg city/ 26 mpg highway/ 21 mpg combined
  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD – 14 mpg city/ 22 mpg highway/ 17 mpg combined
  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 4WD – 13 mpg city/ 19 mpg highway/ 15 mpg combined

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Pros

  • The new model called 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with 707 hp
  • Low price for the segment and what it has to offer
  • Nice looking mid-size SUV, which regularly updates its exterior
  • New sporty look for the new model
  • Nice mpg for an SUV

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Cons

  • Outdated interior
  • No connectivity options on the outdated central infotainment system

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New 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Release Date, Specs & Info

The latest 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a pretty versatile vehicle which does not only mean that it can be a family car or a model which mainly sticks to the roads. The Grand Cherokee is also something that can easily go off-roading, do a little bit of towing or any kind of workhorse-like related activity. All in all, the release date of the car was welcomed with much appreciation about it and the people are happy to see that there is going to be a model which is going to offer so much inside a standalone car. There are already a lot of positive reviews out there so this is our take about this newest car.

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The evolution of the Grand Cherokee model is more than apparent, as the car has grown from a sturdy car to a lavish model, but by still retaining its sturdiness. But the things is with these sort of vehicles that although they are completely off road ready and have all the makings of a vehicle that can go anywhere, people rarely do take them off the pavement. Btu the thing is that the 2018 model works equally well as a car that can provide you with an equally exciting and great city ride.

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But comparing the price of the car you may end up paying too much for something that you are not going to do. The model does hold a price of an off-road ready vehicles and does come with superior abilities to its rivals and other models from the segment. But you still keep ending up with a car that has the ability to do something that you are not probably gong to do.

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Even with the fact that this car is pretty great the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a lot of advantages about it and sees to it that you like them. The competing vehicles like the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Subaru Outback nor the Volkswagen Touareg models cannot stand to make what the Grand Cherokee is offering and may easily take a great advantage towards these models.

Available trims

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Interestingly enough the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is going to be additionally released in several new trims that are available for it. But the base version will have a different release date compared to the cars that you have offered. In the makings are the Summit and Trailhawk versions which are going to make its debut by mid-2018 and also in the makings are the SRT Hellcat and SRT night modes announced for release as well.

Exterior

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The newest 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee manages to draw the fine line between the modern and the traditional perfectly with this model and its exterior design. This model incorporates these factors better than any of the rivaling family-orientated cars in the market and does so in style. The front end of the car has the latest grille and the contemporary styling of the recent Jeep vehicles. The design of the grille is also a bit thinner and smaller and in a segment where you would expect a lot of chrome to be thrown around it has none. With the added iconic design cues and looks that it still carries with ease and with the fact that it does not try so hard to look like any other car on the market, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets additional points.

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The side-view of the car does incorporate a look that reminds us a bit to the BMW X5, but the main difference is that the new version of the Grand Cherokee will get a spoiler attached to it. The new rear taillights give the car a little bit more attitude which is executed to a T with the SRT trim models. The new look is both great and modern and we see it appealing to a wider range of audiences.

Interior

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The model has managed to update itself for the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee version. With the latest update that saw the car finally transform from a blue-collar setting to a more affluent one, the car has been built up this time and has received an expanded cabin which sees perhaps the best Chrysler interior to date. If you consider the fact how the latest Charger or Durango models have been built up you may have the idea which way the Grand Cherokee has been taken and the same goes for its Renegade brand as well. It is amazing to say that this model finally feels like an M-Class models and features not just the look but the comfort levels of this car.

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Even the base version is a warm and great setting for the driver and the passengers to be in. It adds a  three-spoke steering wheel, a center stack which has all the controls arranged very usefully and logically, there is also a metallic-plastic trim added and finally a  5.0-inch LCD touchscreen for audio control. The higher end trims, like the Summit, Overland and Limited editions, get an expanded range of quality materials. It applies real wood grain materials and also combines with a warmer and organic brightwork as well. There is a Red Vapor package, available for the SRT trim, which expands the interior offer to a whole new level.

Engine specs

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The latest 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee actually brings us four engine options to choose from. The start gin base version is a 3.6-liter V-6 one which has flex-fuel capability and variable valve timing system. The resulting output is  295 horsepower and actually manages to score 5 horsepower more compared to the last model and is also very delicate in off-road driving situations. The second option is the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine which makes the model feel more like a Dodge Charger model. The greatest advantage of this engine is that it is capable of towing 7,400 pounds and manages to score big on the utility specs. By the release date we are also going to see the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 supplied by VM Motori added to the lineup as well. This version makes a total of 240 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque and comes with a towing rate of 6,200 pounds. All of the given engine options are going to combine with a  8-speed ZF automatic gearshifter which makes the most out of every engine offer.

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Specifications

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Wheelbase: 114.8 in
Length: 189.8 in
Width: 76.5 in
Passenger volume: 105.4 ft³
Cargo volume: 36.3 ft³
Curb weight: 4545 lbs
Top Speed: 121 mph
0-60: 7,5 sec
MPG: 19/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Light Brownstone Pearl Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Recon Green Clear Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat and Velvet Red Pearl Coat
Towing Capacity: 6200 lbs

Safety

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The newest 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is also going to expand its offer of safety equipment which it gives us with this model. There are going to be some active-safety items, which are going to be only offered for higher trims unfortunately, but still the base setup provides a good offer as well. The given safety ratings have been certified by IIHS and NHTSA, and both score pretty high. The added equipment adds a full suite of airbags,  hill-start assistance, trailer-sway control, hill-descent control and active headrests which all come as standard.

Other higher-end models come with parking sensors and blind-spot monitors, there is the adaptive cruise control that combines with a frontal-crash warning system. and you can get your car with automatic high beams which enhance the visibility on the roads.

Release date and price

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The earliest that we can expect our 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee to arrive is by the beginning of next year. The car has received a lot of praise and most of the people are already gearing up for the model to arrive as earliest as it could. Fortunately, we are not going to wait too long for it as it was initially expected as the car is going to be available for sale by January. The price of the model is also one of its advantages as it is available for only 29,995 US dollars as a base MSRP rating.

Conclusion

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All in all, we feel that the latest 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has managed to do a good job by expanding on its latest incarnation and has made a perfect job in doing so. The model that we have here in front of us is what the fans have been wanting to see and will appreciate. A powerful model with all the off-road capability and the versatility of its looks which are going to help it go anywhere where you decide to take it is one of the many advantages. The only downside is that people might not decided it to use it for its off-road abilities as they are mainly going to keep it on the pavement due its looks, which does not have to be a bad thing. If you use it only for city driving the price is perhaps a lot but when you consider the off-road capabilities and what the competition has to offer, it is more than appropriate.

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