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|2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Review & Test Drive||
‘BRUTE FORCE MEETS REFINED LUXURY AND TECHNOLOGY’
The all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a full-size vehicle that is powerful and refined, luxurious and functional, muscular and stylish. It is the brute force of a 470hp/465lb.ft. of torque Hemi V8 combining refined luxury and automotive high-technology. It stands alone as the greatest Jeep Grand Cherokee ever.
The real great news is that the 470hp Hemi V8 is now teamed with the all-new 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift interactive manual control and an electronically modulated torque clutch with Eco mode. The fun-to-drive feeling starts with the automatic mode as shifts come fast and seamless when I revved the engine up to redline and into eighth gear. The Eco mode starts the Grand Cherokee in gear #2 after a stop then quickens the transmission up to eighth gear to save fuel. At low throttle the system also has the ability to cut the eight cylinders down to four to further save on fuel usage. This eight-speed automatic also features full-time Quadra-Trac Active On Demand AWD with Select-Track that is retuned to deliver more torque to the rear wheels in Track mode for optimal rear-wheel drive characteristics. These four-variable modes are front-to-rear traction-Automatic at 50/50, Snow/Tow at 50/50, Sport at 35/65 and Track at 30/70. Push buttons to switch from each is located on the center console. The new eight-speed transmission also helps to deliver greatly enhanced towing performance of 7,200 pounds-a 44% increase over the 5,000 pound towing capacity from the previous SRT8. The all-new eight-speed transmission comes with the new electronic leather-wrapped T-handle shifter that provides the flexibility for me to choose a transmission shift schedule independent from the Selec-Track system. Drive and Sport shifting can be selected via the T-handle with no effect on the chosen suspension, stability control and driveline torque split setting. To help put all of the 465lb.ft. of toque down on the pavement is an electronic limited slip differential. Also new for 2014 is a launch control system that 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 behind the T-handle shifter on the center console, the result is improved and more consistent straight-line acceleration. The performance experience of the truck is further accentuated by a change in transfer case proportioning and dynamic controls for the Selec-Track system when the vehicle is in Track Mode. When this mode is selected, 70% of the engine’s torque is delivered to the rear wheels for a more pronounced rear-wheel-drive experience. Grand Cherokee SRT drivers will notice a vehicle that is more responsive from mid-corner to exit. The all-new eight-speed is at the epitome of automotive high-technology. With Launch Control set, 0-60mph time is lowered to 5 seconds flat! That is not bad for a 5,150 pound SUV.
The all-new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT rides on a SRT-tuned fully independent suspension that feels as if I am riding on rails. When cornering I feel like I am up against a wall as the trunk feels so flat with no bend up, even when taking a cloverleaf highway entrance at 65mph. Up front is a Short-and-Long Arm (SLA) independent setup with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive damping shocks (ADS), upper and lower control arms (A-arms) and a stabilizer bar. The rear is a multi-link setup with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive damping shocks (ADS), an aluminum lower control arm, independent upper links (tension & camber), plus a separate toe link and a stabilizer bar. Software improvements to the retuned Select-track system further distinguish the five dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track and Snow, enabling me to choose a vehicle setting that ideally meets my requirements and ambient conditions of road surface, traffic and weather.
Guiding the all-new Grand Cherokee SRT on my chosen path is the SRT tuned power-assisted rack & pinion system. It makes me so close to being a part of the new truck. Feel for the road is amazing, turn-in is instant and on-center is spot on. Because the all-new Grand Cherokee SRT is a super-high-performance machine, the ride can be a little stiff but never harsh.
Slowing this 5,150 pound SUV down from speed are world-class brakes. Up front are 15 inch vented discs clamped with giant six-piston Brembo calipers, and 13.8 inch vented discs clamped with four-piston calipers in the rear. Standard ABS and Advanced Brake Assist helps to keep me in control during severe braking on wet or slick pavement. Braking from 60mph to 0mph takes only 116 feet. The standard Electronic Stability Control helps me keep control of the truck when tackling the steepest curving roads.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT rides on one of the largest wheels and tires of any SUV. Each stain carbon Split 5-spoke ‘Spider Monkey’ wheel measures 20X10 inches and each is wrapped with super-high-performing Pirelli 295/45ZR20 inch P Zero tires for incredible grip, traction and a smooth ride.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT carry’s its super-truck performance to a more aggressive and bold exterior. Its signature seven-slot upper grille with black screen insert has been shortened and is flanked by slimmer, bi-xenon headlamps that are surrounded by a signature LED character lamp treatment. The grille itself is brawnier and the headlamps feature a unique black background to distinguish SRT from other 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee models while further accenting their jewel-like appearance. Down below is another air-intake to further help cool the giant engine and at the sides are LED daytime running lamps and projector-beam foglamps. The lower splitter also features side air-ducts with L-shaped chrome surround to channel cool air to the massive front brakes. The new styling also enabled designers to incorporate the headlamp washers into the headlamp housing for the first time-rather than on the bumper-for a cleaner more functional appearance. A new Grand Cherokee badge along the vehicle’s sides feature a more distinct, more pronounced font.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT’s front light treatment is mirrored in back for a cohesive styling appearance, and features large tail lamps with signature LED lighting. To further emphasize SRT’s performance heritage, the tail lamps feature a black surround, creating the illusion of floating lamps. Also new for 2014 is a more aerodynamically efficient rear spoiler up top that is integrated into the all-new, one-touch power liftgate that features a new SRT badge that no longer carries the engine cylinder number reference. Rather than relying on a manual lever, the liftgate is operated electronically with the push of a button located on the overhead console and closes by pushing a button on the left side of the cargo area. Also new for 2014 is the elimination of the flipper glass that greatly enhances rearward visibility and reducing weight. The step-up bumper features a non-slip black foot pad with chrome surround and down below is a blacked out SRT stenciled badge hiding the tow-hitch that is easily removed when ready to tow. At the sides are two, blacked-out, four-inch wide exhaust tips with a flat-bottom diffuser in between to further help with rear airflow.
From the side view is a sleek stylish SUV with steeply raked windshield A-pillars, heat extractors mounted on the front sides of the hood, a full-perimeter chrome strip around the greenhouse to show a luxury touch, flared fenders with molding to bring the giant 20 inch tires closer to the wheel-wells, deep side extensions to lower the center of gravity enhancing cornering prowess, black trimmed, aero-styled heated/power remote sideview mirrors and pull-out door handles. The look is like the all-new exterior was sculpted from a solid piece of metal.
Open the wide four doors and there are two rows of seats for up to 5-persons. The dashboard, center console and door trim of all four doors is covered in white-stitched high-quality Laguna black leather and with real carbon fiber trim held in place with chrome pieces. The front bucket seats are deeply cut with suede sides to keep me and my front passenger in place. Each seat is 8-way powered with power lumbar for a comfortable ride. The most significant interior enhancement this year is the new Uconnect 8.4AN radio touchscreen. The 8.4 inch display shows a wealth of SRT-exclusive Performance Pages, including recent track times, lateral acceleration, 0-60mph times and much more. All data is shown in full-color and can now be shared with other SRT enthusiasts via a built-in 3G connection. The same screen accommodates Uconnect Access Via Mobile, an all-new feature that makes its debut. With it, customers can stream their favorite music into the vehicle using the acclaimed apps Aha, iHeart, Pandora and Slacker. The display also affords drivers access to Bing Internet searches and facilitates cutting-edge cloud-based features such as voice texting-the transmission of text messages using natural speech. My test Grand Cherokee SRT also came equipped with the new navigation color system that also uses the same screen. On the center console you find the new leather-wrapped T-handle shifter for the eight-speed transmission that allows me to select two driving modes including Drive and Sport. Also new is the redesigned SRT-exclusive power tilt/telescopic/heated three-spoke, leather-wrapped/aluminum trimmed steering wheel with a flat bottom that features a bevy of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls and more pronounced, more ergonomically efficient aluminum paddle shifters. The new steering wheel is designed and positioned to provide optimal view of the new gauge cluster that now features a 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument cluster display. The new screen allows drivers to select from a multitude of layout and information to be shown in the center of the gauge cluster. My test Grand Cherokee SRT came equipped with the amazing 825-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon that offers world-class and premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt tracking power supply (TPS) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional quality sound for all interior occupants.
Standard equipment not mentioned above includes heated/ventilated front bucket seats, heated second-row seats, tri-zone climate control, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, 2-person memory, aluminum-faced foot pedals, power remote/heated sideview mirrors, self-dimming rearview mirror, dual map lights, dual front lighted vanity mirrors, grab handles above each door, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, rear wiper/washer, keyless entry, push button start/stop, center console with dual cupholders/armrest, rear pull-down armrest/dual cupholders, second-row reading lights, rear cargo lights, thick cut-pile carpeting with SRT embroidered floor mats in front, second row floor mats, rear cargo floor mats, power windows with front express up/down, power door locks and remote engine start system.
Standard safety systems include front supplemental airbags, supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags, driver inflatable knee bolster airbag, forward collision warning with mitigation, tire pressure monitoring system, 3-point safety belts for all 5-seats with front pretensioners/load limiters, Parksense front/rear park assist system, Blind Spot and Rear Cross Traffic Path Detection, STR Track Experience, electronic stability control, Parkview rear back-up camera, security alarm, supplemental side-curtain front/rear airbags, front/rear crush zones and steel beams in each door.
The all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is an amazing super-high-performing, luxurious, and convenient, high-tech infotainment, machine that seats up to five in comfort with the latest in automotive high-technology safety equipment, standard. I truly enjoyed the seven-day test drive of this incredible all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that should keep the Jeep brand at the top of the go-fast with luxury and comfort sport utility vehicles.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: $62,995.00-base/$68,070-loaded including destination
- Engine: 6.4-liter V8 DOHC HEMI 470 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm / 465lb.ft. torque @ 4,300 rpm
- Wheelbase: 114.8 inches
- Track: f/r-63.7/64.3 inches
- 0verall length: 191.3 inches
- Overall width: 84.9 inches with mirrors
- Body width: 77.1 inches
- Overall height: 69.1 inches at roof rail
- Ground clearance: 8.3 inches minimum
- Approach angle: 18.45
- Ramp Breakover angle: 17.84
- Departure angle: 21.9 inches
- Fuel tank: 24.6 gallons
- Turning circle: 37.1 ft.
- Headroom: f/r-39.9/39.2 inches
- Legroom: f/r-40.3/38.6
- SAE volume: 50.8 cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: behind rear seat-35.1/rear seats folded-68.7 cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 5,150 pounds
- EPA mileage: 13mpg/city, 19mpg/highway
- 0-60 mph: 5.0 seconds
|2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Review & Test Drive||
2013 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE SRT8 BRIGHT WHITE ALPINE SPECIAL EDITION
‘BLACKED OUT ON WHITE’
With so many full-size, high-performance sport utility vehicles on the market and to keep consumers coming back to the fabled brand, Jeep introduces for model year 2013 a new, exclusive Special Edition Bright White ‘Alpine’ Grand Cherokee SRT8. It is loaded to the gills and is the ultimate performance SUV.
The unique bright white ‘Alpine’ paint scheme comes with black gloss trim up front, on the sides and in the rear, no chrome here. The new front fascia features a black Jeep hood badge, a black seven slot grille surround and inserts, Bi-Xenon headlamp clusters with a black surround, black incased premium projector beam foglamps combined with a strip of LEDs for the daytime running lamps, and a black lower air-intake with scoops at the sides with a L-shaped chrome surround to cool the giant brake rotors. The side view shows a black Grand Cherokee door badge, black low-profile roof rails, sideview mirrors with black gloss at the bottom, the only chrome trim located around the greenhouse, deep lower side extensions, and new aggressively styled Black Vapor Chrome finish on the 5-spoke 20X10 inch forged alloy wheels wrapped with Pirelli 295/45ZR20 inch Scorpion Verde all-season run-flat tires. The unique rear features a blacked out Jeep badge on the center of the black gloss strip that mates the big wraparound lamp clusters, a black rear light bar and step pad, and a chrome SRT8 badge with black lettering on the power liftgate. Up top is a spoiler to enhance rear downforce and increase stability. Down below is a black gloss diffuser with 4 inch black gloss trumpet shaped dual exhaust finishers. The power dome hood features two working heat extractors with black screens.
Standard features in the new SRT8 ‘Alpine’ that I tested includes premium leather door trim panels, instrument cluster, dashboard, dash shelf, leather trimmed with suede accents, Nappa leather, 8-way power adjustable/heated/cooled, SRT styled deeply cut bucket seats with power lumbar support, black/gray carbon fiber trim on the doors, instrument panel, dashboard each sitting in chrome channels, an aluminum metallic around the side air-vents, center stack and center console with dual cup-holders and a two-tiered storage box with a padded armrest, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, power liftgate, and an exclusive, beefy, power tilt/telescoping and heated leather-wrapped/chrome sheathed SRT flat bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters for hands-on-the-wheel shifting both on road and at the racetrack. My Grand Cherokee SR8 ‘Alpine’ came with the optional rear DVD entertainment video system with headphones and remote control, one-touch power sunroof and a monster SRT high-performance Harman-Kardon Logic 7 GreenEdge amplifier with 19-speakers and a subwoofer. Standard safety systems include adaptive cruise control, forward warning, cross path detection and Blind-spot Monitoring. This new ‘Alpine’ edition is loaded with luxury and the latest infotainment/safety features but there is even more in store inside and under the stunning sheet metal.
Under the hood is the start of the SRT massage of the engine, powertrain, steering, suspension and braking systems. Powering this new SRT8 is the 6.4 liter HEMI V8 with fuel saver technology that delivers 470hp at 6,000rpm and 465lb.ft. of torque at 4,300rpm. All of this power and torque moves this 5,150 pound sport utility vehicle to 60mph from a standstill in just 4.8 seconds, covering the ¼ mile in just 13.5 seconds, with a top speed of 160mph. My neck and back got sore every time I blasted the truck putting pedal to the metal for exciting thrills. This is one fast truck! The engine also comes with standard Fuel Saver Technology and an active valve exhaust system that allows four-cylinder ‘Eco’ operation to engage over a wide rpm range, delivering both fuel efficiency and an extended range of up to 450 miles on one tank of gas. EPA specs for this SRT8 Grand Cherokee are 12mpg/city and 18mpg/highway. A thrilling ride does come cheap with any ultra-high-performance vehicle.
The standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters join the standard Auto Stick on the floor for manual shifting capability. Both are mated to a proved 5-speed automatic transmission with a 3.70:1 final drive ratio and a ZF electronic limited slip differential to put all of the power down on the road. Both the paddle shifter and Auto Stick allow a choice of spirited instantaneous shifting on the road or the racetrack. Both methods give you the ability to shift while the transmission controller calibration prevents situations that might over rev the engine. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness. I used the paddle shifters that were so much more convenient and easy to use.
In 2011 all Jeep Grand Cherokee models received a vastly improved and refined unitized body for a more refined on-road ride thanks to the new steel body structure. Torsional stiffness was improved 14 5% versus the previous generation model, for improved ride, durability and reduce noise, vibration and harshness. The improvements were achieved with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone, marking a 53% increase in spot welds, a 42% increase in arc welds and a 38% increase in structural adhesive.
This stiffer, more torsional body structure plus SRT’s tuning and suspension geometry make the new Grand Cherokee ‘Alpine’ SRT8 the best handling Jeep vehicle ever-capable of .90 g on the skid pad-a features a SRT-tuned adaptive damping suspension managed by the Jeep Select-Track system that interacts with several different systems (stability control, adaptive damping, transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, electronic limited slip differential performance, throttle control and cylinder de-activation) to automatically tune the dynamics of the vehicle. You can manual choose between five dynamic modes for specific driving conditions by tuning a large rotary dial on the center console: Auto-provides the most compliant ride and automatically adapts to any road situation using the adaptive suspension tuning; Sport-provides enhanced body control for a sporty, fun-to-drive ride for the street; Tow-provides a safe reduction in pitch and bounce for enhanced towing capability up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped; Track-provides the high-performance, firm, ‘track-tuned’ suspension option to lock down body motion for the ultimate handling experience; Snow-provides the most conservative dynamic mode, so the vehicle will safely stay in-line in inclement winter weather conditions. This system allows you to alter the suspension to suit your way of driving in any giving road or track situation. It works very quickly and is just perfect for your current mindset.
The standard Jeep Quadra-Trac SRT active on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer case uses input from a variety of sensors to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximize traction before slippage occurs. When tire slippage is detected, the Jeep 4X4 system can transfer up to 100% of available torque to one rear wheel. The transfer case also enhances handling by proportioning toque between the front and rear axles to maintain your intended path. The torque split is 40/60 in automatic, 50/50 in snow and 35/65 in sport or track modes. The Grand Cherokee SRT8 also features a ZF electronic limited slip differential which eliminates rear wheel slip and improves handling. The SRT tuned fully independent suspension features a SLA (short/long arm) setup with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive gas-charged shocks, upper/lower control arms and a stabilizer bar. The rear is a multi-link setup with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive gas-charged shocks, aluminum lower control arms, independent upper links (tension/camber), a separate toe link and a stabilizer bar. The feeling is like riding on rails as straight-line stability is rock solid and when you turn it is like you are ‘riding on rails’ as it stays flat, even when attacking the steepest curves. This rock-solid ride is enhanced with the SRT performance-tuned, fully hydraulic rack & pinion steering system that uses a heavy-duty pump and pump cooler. The revised gearing gives you a more direct feel, instant response, like a racecar, and better on-center response and feel. It couldn’t be better.
World-class stopping power is a hallmark of SRT and it is seen in this new SRT model. Up front are massive 15 inch vented discs clamped with Brembo six-piston calipers housed in aluminum, while 13.8 inch vented discs clamped with Brembo four-piston calipers are in the rear. This ultimate braking system slows the new Grand Cherokee SRT8 down from 60mph to a stop in just 116 feet. Standard ABS and electronic stability control plus traction control keep you in control during severe maneuvers and when braking hard on wet or slick pavement. Under the sheet metal the new 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ‘Alpine’ contains all the muscle and high-tech mechanicals to make it one of the fastest and best handling of all full-size 4X4 sport utility vehicles. All at your command instantly.
Inside nothing is left to the imagination of what makes a world-class luxurious sport utility vehicle. Each door opens wide for easy entry and exit with grab handles above each door. The standard SRT layout is a race-inspired cockpit. The rallye gauges are easy to read and the electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel. SRT-exclusive Performance Pages show instant feedback on steering input measurements, horsepower, torque, 0-60 mph time, 60-0 braking distance, G-forces, and 1/8 and ¼ mile times along with an expanded readout of engine information. Aluminum metallic trim covers the center stack, console and chrome gated leather-wrapped stick shifter perfectly place for easy use. Standard equipment not mentioned above includes dual map lights, sunglass holder, universal garage door opener, ParkView rear back-up camera, ParkSense rear park assist system, keyless enter & go push-button start/stop, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, reading lamps, flipper glass on the power liftgate to more conveniently load or unload cargo, air-vents behind the front console, security alarm, rain-sensing wipers and washers/rear wiper/washer, dual-zone climate control system GPS navigation with a 6.5 inch color screen, power windows/door locks with front express up/down, forward collision warning with radar sensing cruise control, remote fuel filler door, remote USB port, Uconnect 730N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/NAV/AM-FM audio system with 9-amplified speakers and subwoofer, power/heated/self-dimming sideview mirrors, self-dimming rearview mirror, rear seats with pull-down armrest and double cupholders, chrome slats in the rear cargo hold with four-chrome tie-downs, 12-volt plug and underfloor storage, thick cut-pile carpeting with floor mats front/center and rear with a cargo cover.
Standard safety systems not mentioned above includes LED running lamps, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions with front pretensioners/load limiters, front supplemental airbags, side curtain front/rear airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, LATCH system for child seats, front/rear crush zones, and steel beams in each door.
What else could possibly be left out in terms of styling, performance, power, comfort, convenience, luxury or safety? This was seven days behind the wheel of a contemporary, multi-purpose dream machine. Along the way I received praise for the looks of the new ‘Alpine’ from other truck drivers and people who came over to ask about the new vehicle at parking lots and gas-stations.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 $60,295
- Engine: 6.4 liter HEMI V8 470 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm / 465 lb.ft. of torque at 4,300rpm
- Wheelbase: 114.8 inches
- Total length: 191.3 inches
- Total width: 77.1 inches
- Total height: 69.1 inches
- Track: f/r-63.7/64.3 inches
- Load floor height: 32.4 inches
- Minimum ground clearance: 8.3 inches
- Approach angle: 18.45
- Ramp Breakover angle: 17.84
- Departure angle: 21.9
- Fuel tank: 24.6 gallons
- Headroom: f/r-39.9/39.2 inches with sunroof
- Legroom: f/r-40.3/38.6 inches
- Cargo volume: behind rear seat-35.1/rear seats folded-68.7 cu.ft.
- 0-60 mph: 4.8 seconds
|It’s Not Just a Brand – SRT Family Ties Promo Video Shows-Off Their Five SRT Vehicles||
The SRT group of vehicles has literally made a name and definitive brand for themselves. As Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology group, SRT prides themselves in producing the highest output street vehicles for the Chrysler corporation (Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8, Chrysler 300 SRT8, SRT Viper). A new promo video titled “SRT Family Ties”, is a coalescence of all 5 new SRT branded vehicles expressing their heart-felt enthusiastic passion for the performance automotive world. To conclude the true SRT-expression, the video features the latest and greatest product to wear the SRT badge, the all-new SRT Viper. Enjoy the video!
|Fastest Jeep Ever Made: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Revealed||
With today gas prices you would think the days of ‘performance SUVs’ were over. Think again. The new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is making its official debut today at the New York Auto Show as the fastest Jeep ever built.
0-60mph in 4.8 seconds, 155mph top speed, quarter-mile in the mid 13-second range .90-g’s on the skidpad and the looks to back it all up; the all new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a monster. A total of 465 horsepower comes from a new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 which gets 13% better fuel economy than its predecessor. To accomplish this, a new innovative active exhaust system allows the cylinder-deactivating Fuel Saver Technology to operate over a wider RPM band. That will allow the Grand Cherokee SRT8 to get up to 450 miles on a single tank of gas. Now all we need to know is how big the tank really is.
Hit the long press release below for additional pre-New York Auto Show information.
All-new 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8®: The Ultimate Performance SUV
• Offers unique blend of legendary Jeep® capability and utility, head-turning SRT performance, luxury and refinement, and innovative advanced technologies
• Best performing Jeep® vehicle ever: 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds; quarter mile in
mid-13 second range; top speed of 155 mph; 60-0 mph braking in 116 feet
• Most powerful Jeep vehicle ever with all-new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 that delivers an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque
• Best handling Jeep vehicle ever features advanced new adaptive damping suspension managed by new Selec-Track system, delivering up to .90 g on the skid pad
• New active valve exhaust system allows standard Fuel Saver Technology to engage over a wider rpm range for an estimated 13-percent improvement in highway fuel efficiency and 450-mile range
• Standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters allow spirited shifting on the road
• Available in Jeep showrooms in third quarter 2011
The most powerful, technologically advanced, high-performance Jeep® vehicle ever – the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8® – arrives this summer with a combination of Jeep’s legendary capability and utility, merged with the renowned advanced performance engineering from Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team.
Delivering outstanding driving performance in all conditions, and complemented by key SRT attributes – including functional, performance-oriented styling, world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking and race-inspired interior appointments – the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 broadens the Jeep vehicle lineup and builds upon the successful launch of the award-winning 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
“The all-new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the ultimate performance SUV, delivering a combination of Jeep capability and utility, world-class performance, luxury and refinement, and advanced innovative technology,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Jeep vehicles have long been known for their off-road capability. In addition to Jeep four-wheel-drive traction and utility, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 takes capability to a new level by giving driving enthusiasts extreme performance for the street and track.
“Our new benchmark performance SUV effectively broadens the Grand Cherokee portfolio, and will continue to draw new customers into Jeep showrooms,” Manley added.
Designed and built using the proven SRT formula that raises the performance to astonishing levels, the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 runs from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, has a top speed of 155 mph, and brakes from 60-0 mph in 116 feet.
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction from the Richard Petty Racing School as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.
Powering the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is Chrysler Group’s all-new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque – an improvement of 45 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. torque over the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces.
An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing delivers maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power across a wider and improved rpm band. Specifically,
90-percent of peak torque is available between 2,800 and 6,000 rpm, allowing for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line performance.
Standard Fuel Saver Technology and a new-for-2012 active valve exhaust system allows four-cylinder operation to engage over a wider rpm range, to deliver both improved fuel efficiency – an estimated 13-percent increase on the highway – and an extended range of approximately 450 miles on one tank of gas.
Standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters join the standard AutoStick on the floor. Both are mated to a proven automatic transmission, allowing a choice of spirited shifting on the road and the race track. Both methods give the driver the ability to shift while the transmission controller calibration prevents situations that might over rev the engine. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.
Outstanding ride, handling and capability
For 2011, all Jeep Grand Cherokee models boast an improved and refined on-road ride thanks in part to the vehicle’s body structure. Torsional stiffness was improved 146 percent versus the previous model, for improved ride, durability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. The improvement is achieved with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone, marking a 53-percent increase in spot welds, a 42-percent increase in arc welds and a 38-percent increase in structural adhesive.
With the new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8, engineers have improved handling even further.
The best handling Jeep vehicle ever – capable of .90 g on the skid pad – features a new SRT-tuned, adaptive damping suspension managed by the new Jeep Selec-Track system that interacts with several different systems (stability control, adaptive damping, transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, Electronic Limited Slip Differential performance, throttle control and cylinder de-activation) to automatically tune the dynamics of the vehicle. Drivers can manually choose between five dynamic modes for specific driving conditions:
• Auto: provides the most compliant ride and automatically adapts to any road situation using the adaptive suspension tuning
• Sport: provides enhanced body control for a sporty, fun-to-drive ride for the street
• Tow: provides a safe reduction in pitch and bounce for enhanced towing capability
• Track: provides the high-performance, firm, “track-tuned” suspension option to lock down body motion for the ultimate handling experience
• Snow: provides the most conservative dynamic mode, so the vehicle will safely stay
in-line in inclement winter weather conditions
The standard Jeep Quadra-Trac active on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer case uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximizes traction before slippage occurs. When tire slippage is detected, the Jeep 4×4 system can transfer up to 100 percent of available torque to one rear wheel.
The transfer case also enhances handling by proportioning torque between the front and rear axles to maintain the driver’s intended path. The new Grand Cherokee SRT8 also features an Electronic Limited Slip Differential that eliminates rear wheel slip and improves handling.
The performance-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system is improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and pump cooler. Revised gearing gives drivers more direct feel and on-center response.
New split 5-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels ride on P295/45ZR20 Pirelli PZero run-flat tires (standard All-season or available Three-season).
Rounding out the capability of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a trailer tow rating of 5,000 lbs.
Chrysler Group’s SRT vehicles are well known for their world-class braking. Stopping power for the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes courtesy of new SRT high-performance Brembo brakes with four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS).
Stopping distance performance of 116 feet from 60-0 mph is made possible by new red-painted, Brembo 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15-inches (front) and 13.8-inches (rear).
Aggressive and functional exterior
The functional performance exterior of the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 features the “planted” look of a high-performance sports car by being lowered 1 inch and adding new, SRT-exclusive, body-color wheel flares and side sill cladding.
A one-piece front fascia contains new LED multi-function daytime running lamps that result in an exclusive face for the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, while a body-colored front grille with a unique black screen background and chrome bezel inserts adds to the aggressive look.
The integrated lower front grille is painted in gloss black and a newly designed underbody belly pan features integrated brake ducting to improve cooling and fade performance. Completing the new front end is a newly sculpted hood with functional dual black heat extractors for added engine cooling.
At the rear, the SRT performance influence continues with a new liftgate spoiler that reduces drag and improves downforce. A unique one-piece rear fascia includes a separate air diffuser along with an available trailer receiver and access cover. New for the 2012 version of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the dual-sport exhaust system featuring 4-inch exhaust tips.
Race-inspired and functional interior
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s refined, luxurious interior takes on a performance feel in SRT8 form with race-inspired technology and SRT-exclusive appointments.
An all-new, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel features a unique rim section with a flattened bottom surface – evoking a race-inspired cockpit – that showcases the SRT logo. Standard paddle-shift controls flank both sides of the new contoured palm rests while all audio and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel. A power tilt and telescoping steering column also is standard.
SRT-exclusive Performance Pages are new for 2012 and show instant feedback on steering input measurements, horsepower, torque, 0-60 mph time, 60-0 mph braking distance, g-forces, and one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times, along with expanded engine information.
New SRT-styled Nappa leather and suede seats, with sculpted bolsters and adjustable headrests, provide all the comfort for daily drives – and “grip” to keep the driver and passengers in place during spirited driving. The embroidered SRT logos and contrast stitching accent the two front seats. Heated (front and rear) and ventilated (front) seats are standard.
Carbon fiber accents are integrated into the instrument panel and door trim panels and new bright, racing style brake and pedal pads add to the high-performance look inside the cabin.
An available CommandView® dual-pane sun roof provides twice as much glass surface than a standard sun roof and extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle.
The available Luxury Group package adds premium leather to the door trim panels, instrument panel and center console along with a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring.
Safety and security
Already a recipient of the 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ‘Top Safety Pick’ for the volume Grand Cherokee models, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 offers consumers 45 safety and security features including:
• Active head restraints: Deploy in the event of a rear collision. Restraints are designed to reduce injuries by minimizing the gap between the head restraint and the passenger’s head
• Active turn signals: Turn signal flashes three times when stalk is depressed for one second to indicate a lane change
• Adaptive cruise control (ACC): The system decreases the vehicle’s pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle pulls into the same lane. The system will accelerate to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into another lane. ACC will maintain a driver adjustable distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it, allowing the use of cruise control in light traffic without having to continuously adjust settings
• Advanced multi-stage air bags: Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of the impact Meets FMVSS 208 advanced air bag requirements for smaller, out-of-position occupants
• Anti-lock brake system (ABS): Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
• Anti-lock brake system with rough-road detection: Anti-lock brake system capable of detecting if the vehicle is driving on a rough road by the oscillations in the wheel speed signals. When rough road is detected on off-road surfaces or trails, ABS enters a different pressure control where it will hold the brake pressure for longer pulses
• BeltAlert: Activates a chime and/or illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver and front passenger to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without belted front-seat occupants
• Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM): Uses dual ultra-wideband radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes, or if being passed by or passing unseen vehicles. The system notifies the driver of vehicle(s) in their blind spot via illuminated icons on the sideview mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime
• Brake Assist: In an emergency brake situation, the system applies maximum braking power, minimizing the stopping distance
• Brake Override: When a disagreement exists between the throttle and the brake, the brake signal causes the engine controller to reduce engine power, allowing the operator to stop the car
• Brake-traction control system (BTCS): Helps to keep driving wheels from spinning
during acceleration from a stop or during slow speeds by applying individual brakes to the slipping wheel(s)
• Child seat anchor system: LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) is designed to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats
• Constant-force Retractors (CFR): Regulates the force exerted on the occupant by the seat belt, and then gradually releases seat-belt webbing in a controlled manner
• Electronic roll mitigation (ERM): An extension of electronic stability control (ESC). Uses input from ESC sensors to anticipate if the vehicle is at risk of entering a potential roll situation, then applies the brakes individually and modulates the throttle position as needed
• Electronic stability control (ESC): Enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. Provides the benefit in critical driving situations such as turns, and is valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions including snow, ice or gravel. If there is a discernible difference between driver input through the steering wheel and the vehicle’s path, ESC applies selective braking and throttle input to guide the vehicle back on to the driver’s intended path
• Energy-absorbing steering column: The power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management
• Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS): Makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach occupants in the event of an accident by turning on the interior lighting and unlocking doors after air bag deployment. Also shuts off flow of fuel to the engine
• Express Up/Down Windows: One-touch powered express up/down window button located on the front driver and passenger-side door
• Forward Collision Warning (FCW): Using forward-facing radar sensors, this system detects when the vehicle may be approaching another vehicle too rapidly and alerts the driver so the driver can determine what action must be taken in order to prevent the vehicle from a collision
• High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps: Provide approximately three times the light output of conventional reflector lamps for improved nighttime illumination
• Hill-start Assist (HSA): Assists drivers when starting a vehicle from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period of time after a driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal. If throttle is not applied within a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal, brake pressure will be released
• Keyless Enter-N-Go: When an individual enters the vehicle, electronic sensors detect if the vehicle key fob is present. The vehicle will then allow the individual to push a button to start the vehicle without having to insert the key into the ignition
• Knee bolsters: The lower instrument panel and the glove-box door are designed to properly position the occupant during impact, enabling air bags to work effectively
• Navigation system: Voice-activated navigation system available with real-time traffic to provide precise guidance to destination through the use of global positioning system (GPS) satellite technology
• ParkSense® rear park assist system: Assists at low speeds in reverse to detect stationary objects. Consists of audible warnings for the driver and has a display in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) integrated into the instrument cluster
• ParkView® rear back-up camera: Provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle, giving the driver greater peace of mind before reversing at low speeds. Contains grid line to aid the driver when maneuvering into parking spaces or narrow areas. Also aids in lining up a trailer to the vehicle’s trailer hitch, when so equipped. The image is displayed on the navigation screen when the transmission is shifted into Reverse
• Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column with memory: Allows steering column to tilt and move toward or away from the driver to achieve a safe and comfortable distance from the advanced multi-stage front driver air bag, if deployed
• Rain Brake Support: Uses the ESC pump to occasionally push brake pads lightly against brake rotors in rainy conditions in order to keep rotors dry
• Rain-sensing wipers: A driver convenience feature that automatically senses moisture on the windshield and activates wipers
• Ready Alert Braking: Anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and uses the ESC pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application
• Rear Cross Path (RCP): In parking lot situations, this system warns drivers backing out of parking spaces of traffic moving toward their vehicle. It activates any time the vehicle is in Reverse. The driver is notified of vehicle(s) crossing behind the vehicle via illuminated icons on the sideview mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime
• Remote (fob) operated windows (front windows – down only): Enable an individual to cool down the vehicle passively by opening front windows remotely
• Remote keyless entry: Locks and unlocks doors and turns on interior lamps. If the vehicle is equipped with a security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system
• Remote start: Conveniently starts the engine and activates key comfort settings based on ambient conditions by using the key fob while maintaining vehicle security
• Rollover crash sensing: Senses a rollover and deploys seat belt pretensioners and/or standard full-length side-curtain air bags as needed
• Seat belt pretensioners: During a collision, impact sensors initiate front seat belt pretensioners to remove slack in the seat belt system, thereby reducing the forward movement of the occupant’s head and torso
• Sentry Key® engine Immobilizer: Utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a preprogrammed security code to discourage vehicle theft. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the controller sends a random number to the transponder and the engine is allowed to start. If an incorrect key is used, the engine will shut off after a few seconds
• Signal mirrors: Signal lamp built into the housing of exterior mirrors allows turn signals to be viewed from the front, as well as the sides and rear of the vehicle in order to alert oncoming traffic and pedestrians
• SmartBeam® headlamps: Headlamp system adjusts to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting
• Standard full-length side-curtain air bags: Extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. This type of air bag is housed in the headliner just above side windows
• Standard seat-mounted side thorax air bags: Provide enhanced protection to the
driver and front outboard passenger in certain impacts. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. Standard side air bags are housed within the outboard side of each front seat
• Three-point seat belts: Front outboard seating positions and all rear seating positions have lap and shoulder belts
• Tire-pressure monitoring (TPM): Informs driver when tire pressure is too low. Pressure-sensor modules within the valve stems of all four road wheels send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver and the system
• Trailer-sway control (TSC): Reduces trailer sway and improves handling in adverse towing conditions caused by crosswinds and traffic. The system monitors the vehicle’s movement relative to the driver’s intended path, then applies alternating brake pressure to slow the vehicle and then increases the pressure on one front wheel in order to counteract the sway induced by the trailer
• Uconnect® Phone: In-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows customers to talk on their Bluetooth compatible phone with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The built-in phonebook sync feature automatically downloads as many as 1,000 phone book entries from supported phones, which can then be selected by simply saying contact name
Connectivity and Infotainment
New for 2012 is the available 825-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon® that includes a 10-inch subwoofer for the ultimate in sound quality.
A wide variety of easy-to-use infotainment options are available with features that provide customers with seamless integration of consumer electronics, delivering drivers and passengers the conveniences of home and office.
Garmin Navigation and SIRIUS Travel Link are standard with the 430N AM/FM/CD/DVD radio. Also standard are a multitude of features including SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Uconnect Phone.
The available Vehicle Entertainment System (VES) includes a DVD player and rear seat overhead screen that deliver a variety of programming choices, with ports to connect games and media players with audio and video output capability, including iPod® connectivity. The Media Center or the VES remote can control multiple screen inputs and each screen can play something different.