The new Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in European dealers later in July and in order to help its customers further individualize their SUVs, Mopar is offering more than 100 accessories to choose from. Thanks to these accessories, customers can improve the SUV’s technical, styling and mechanical characteristics.
The list of accessories will include: aluminum racing pedal unit kit; protective mat situated in the boot loading area; and aluminum sill plates distinguished by a back-lit “Jeep” logo. For the exterior, customers can opt for: special wheels; chromed parts; molded splash guards; skid plates; sport-utility bars; a roof cargo basket, soft-side roof cargo carrier; bike and ski carriers; trailer hitch; a trailer wiring; and tubular side steps.
Unfortunately, no updates were made under the hood, but even in the standard version, the Grand Cherokee is quite a powerful SUV.
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Hennessey is far and away one of the best American tuners and this time the tuner focused its attention on a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Equipped with the tuner’s HPE650 package, the model was taken to the racetrack and put to the test on the 1/4-mile.
The results were pretty impressive for the Grand Cherokee, as it ran the 1/4-mile in 12.6 seconds at a speed of 110 mph. The updated SUV sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
The HPE650 package includes: new ported cylinder heads; a custom air intake; a TVS2300 supercharger; stainless-steel, long-tube headers; an upgraded fuel system; and an optimized ECU. With these updates, the SRT8 delivers a total of 650 horsepower - up from the standard 470 horsepower.
Let us know in the comments section below if you like the updates offered by Hennessey for the Jeep SRT8.
A year after unveiling the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept at last year’s Easter Moab Safari, Jeep is headed to this year’s event with the successor to the concept, dubbed the Trailhawk II Concept.
It figures that Jeep would do a second go-round of the concept, seeing as the first model eventually found its way into production.
Just like the first incarnation, the Trailhawk Concept II comes packed with plenty of design cues, including a new SRT hood, a black front grille, a matte-black roof and one-off custom roof rails. That’s before you get into the part about the concept getting dressed in a non-metallic Blood Orange hue, a far cry from the Pure White color of the first concept. From there, custom fender flares were also installed, as well as front and rear skid plates, dual rear tow hooks, modified Mopar rock rails and a set of 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in monstrous 35-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires.
The interior of the Trailhawk Concept II doesn’t come with as many upgrades as the exterior, although with Mopar slush mats and a rear cargo liner, that’s probably all you need on the cabin of this bad boy.
UPDATE 04/03/13: The second incarnation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept has more photos that we can ogle over. Check them out in the gallery below!
The 2013 Detroit Auto Show brought another addition to the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup in the form of a new SRT version that adds an aggressive, upscale exterior appearance combined with a luxurious interior. The model is in fact an updated version of the now-famous Grand Cherokee SRT8 version, which will be put on sale later in 2013.
When compared to a standard Grand Cherokee, the SRT version will be featuring a more aggressive exterior look, with updates over the previous SRT8 version, including a new signature LED character lamp treatment, a brawnier grille, a new, one-touch liftgate and a new rear spoiler. On the inside, the model has received a new 8.4-inch touchscreen, a redesigned SRT-exclusive three-spoke and a few more other updates.
However, the most impressive update is the addition of a new 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smoother, more refined shifting and improved fuel economy.
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Add Jeep to the list of automakers looking to ingratiate themselves to the Chinese market. The American automaker has announced plans to offer a special edition Grand Cherokee SRT8 exclusively to the Chinese market.
Yeah, what’s new, right?
Called the Hyun Black Edition, the special make Grand Cherokee SRT8 is actually no different from the SRT8 Vapor Edition Jeep announced earlier this year. The SUV will retain the Brilliant Black paint finish to go with plenty of chrome accents, tinted bi-xenon headlights, a gloss black painted grille, black badging that we, presume will be the only difference in the Hyun Black Edition from the Vapor Edition, and a new set of 20" aluminum wheels.
Performance capabilities will also be similar because the Hyun Black Edition is expected to be powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces a stout 470 horsepower and 465 pounds-per-feet of torque, allowing the SUV to hit 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 160 mph.
For all the impressive qualities of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 Hyun Black Edition, there is one caveat: the model is currently available for order in China with a price of 1.19 million yuan. That, dear friends, is around $190,000 based on current exchange rates. It’s a figure that’s almost four times as much as the Vapor Edition Grand Cherokee.
We’ve seen some pretty zany graphics done on a lot of cars over the years. What we haven’t seen before is a zipper. Yeah, a zipper.
Somehow, though, Jeep and Mopar managed to do that to a Grand Cherokee. It’s called the Cherokee Half & Half and as the name evidently suggests, it’s so named because of the dual identity Jeep and Mopar wanted to convey to the SUV. Hence, the use of an actual oversized Mopar zipper attached to the front bumper. SEMA would be so proud.
On one half of the Grand Cherokee is actually a perfectly fine, albeit non-customized Deep Cherry Pearl Coat Grand Cherokee Laredo. As for the other half of the SUV, that’s where Mopar used a plethora of its own accessories to illustrate a "before-and-after" look to the Grand Cherokee. Even the wheels are of different sizes with the regular model boasting of 17" wheels whereas the Moparized side was fitted with 20" chrome wheels.
This odd example of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was also translated in other parts of the exterior, including chrome on the mesh-grille insert, tube steps, mirror caps, a hood air deflector and fog lamp bezels. The SUV also has a trailer hitch with a wiring harness, front tow hooks, a bright license plate frame, roof rack cross bows and, and a luggage carrier - or half of it, as we should say.
Moving to the interior, one half is normal and the other part comes dressed with Mopar goodies, including a premium Katzkin Tuscany Leather interior, logo door-sill guards, a bright pedal kit, all-weather mats, a cargo tray, and a cargo net.
Talking about weird aftermarket projects, this one’s definitely on top of that list.
Jeep is showing up to the 2012 Paris Auto Show with the very cool Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Limited Edition. The special edition will go on sale = in October 2012 and will be offered exclusively in a Bright white exterior finish.
The new Limited Edition will be distinguished by a gloss-black grille surround, a black mesh grille texture, a black Jeep logo on the hood, and a black badge on the front door. The car will be offered with a very cool set of 20" Black Vapor Chrome, five-spoke alloy wheels with chrome inserts. For the interior, Jeep added a leather-wrapped perforated heated steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters, sports seats wrapped in Nappa leather, and carbon fiber insertions on the instrument panel and door trim.
Under the hood, customers will find the same 6.4 liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers a total of 468 HP and a peak torque of 465 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission featuring both steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This setup will sprint the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds and up to a top speed of 159 mph.
The list of standard equipment is pretty impressive and includes a Command View dual-pane sunroof and a Uconnect multi-media infotainment and navigation system with voice-activated Bluethooth UConnect Phone.
After debuting the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept back in April, Jeep has unveiled the production version which is set to arrive in showrooms in October 2012. According to Jeep, the Trailhawk is the perfect "evidence that even the most awarded SUV ever, and the most capable Grand Cherokee ever, can get even better."
The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will be offered with both V6 and V8 engines and will add a series of updates that will make it significantly better than the standard Grand Cherokee. These updates include a Quadra-Lift air suspension, with nearly 11 inches of ground clearance; Selec-Terrain traction control system with five settings: Snow, Rock, Sand/Mud, Sport and Auto; a Rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential; and
Quadra-Track II or Quadra-Drive II (just for the V8 models).
Customers will distinguish the new Trailhawk Edition from the standard model thanks to its new signature red Trailhawk and Trail Rated badging and tow hooks, black-surround headlamps, unique gray grille surround, side mirrors, rear light bar, 4x4 badge, and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels. The model will be offered in five exterior colors - Bright White, Brilliant Black, Mineral Gray, Maximum Steel, and Deep Cherry Red - combined with a black hood decal with a red accent stripe. For the interior, Jeep will add black leather and performance suede seats with red accent stitching and front and rear Mopar slush floor mats.
The most powerful Jeep vehicle ever - the Grand Cherokee SRT8 - is preparing to enter the 2013 model year with the addition of two new special editions: the Vapor and the Alpine. Both of these new editions will sport unique exterior features and a Black Vapor Chrome finish on the split 5-spoke wheels.
As their names suggest, the new Alpine Edition features a very cool, bright white paint finish, while the Vapor is painted in a brilliant black. The Black Vapor wheels on both models join unique gloss black exterior appointments, including a Jeep hood badge, a Grand Cherokee door badge, a front grille surround and inserts, a rear light bar, and a step pad.
Jeep has kept its usual 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine under the hood which delivers 470 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. With this power, the SRT8 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, runs the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, and hits a top speed of 160 mph.
The 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is priced at $59,995 and the new Alpine and Vapor special edition packages only add an additional $2,495 to the price, making these special editions a bargain at $62,490.
Okay, so there are two things that I really love, besides my family and close friends, of course. Those two things are cars (obviously) and football. With my love of football comes my love of fantasy football, much to my wife’s chagrin.
Well, the folks over at Shopautoweek have taken both of my loves and put them together in the form of automotive fantasy football. They chose a lineup of cars to make up the offensive side of a football team.
The team consists of a full assortment of offensive linemen, which you actually don’t have in most fantasy football leagues: a quarterback, fullback, running back, tight end, and two wide receivers. They even went as far as putting out a scouring report listing why they selected each car for these respective positions.
We do disagree with some of their selections, but overall it is a good effort. So check out the full infographic after the jump and let us know in the comments section what cars you would put on your team. Full story