2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
A confident and elegant exterior design exudes strength from every angle. From Laredo to Trackhawk, Grand Cherokee offers premium exterior styling treatments including a modern front grille and fascia and available features that include daytime running lamps and LED fog lamps.
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The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Meet the exciting Jeep Grand Cherokee
Since it’s a Jeep, you’d expect that the Grand Cherokee will offer class-leading off-road abilities, and it delivers. With special four-wheel-drive systems, available skid plates and multiple drive modes for varying surfaces, it goes much further off-road than the average SUV. But what you might not expect is the the Grand Cherokee’s performance side. On top of the decently powerful standard V6 engine, the Grand Cherokee offers three V8 engine options, including a 475-horsepower V8 under the hood of the SRT model and the truly bonkers 707-hp Trackhawk model.
Stack up all the unique features, add them to the Grand Cherokee’s inherent utility and you’ve got an SUV with something for just about everyone.
Want power? Jeep is here to help you out by stuffing a 707-hp supercharged V8 into the nose of the new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It’s more performance-focused than the existing 475-hp SRT. In other engine news, the diesel engine has been removed from the Grand Cherokee’s lineup, but it may return later in the year. Finally, the 7-inch touchscreen is now standard; the 8.4-inch screen remains optional.
There’s no bad Grand Cherokee in the lineup, and picking one is largely about getting the capabilities you want or need. But if we had to choose just one, we’d go with the Trailhawk trim level. With special features such as off-road skid plates and low range gearing, it’s prepared for any trail you might want to tackle. It’s still useful for your daily commute, too, and can be fitted with pretty much all of Jeep’s luxury-oriented features.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in seven trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT and Trackhawk.
Most Grand Cherokees are available with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), but the Trailhawk is 4WD only and the SRT and Trackhawk get specialized all-wheel-drive systems. All Grand Cherokees are reasonably well equipped, but certain upgrades are offered only on higher trims, including the 8.4-inch touchscreen and the optional V8 engines.
Standard feature highlights for the base Laredo include a 3.6-liter V6 engine (295 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and two USB ports.
If you’re looking for a few more creature comforts (or if you just need heated seats for cold winter commutes), then check out the Limited trim level. On the Limited and above, you can go with the standard V6 or you can opt for the optional 5.7-liter V8 (360 hp, 390 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard for both. Other standard equipment on the Limited includes 18-inch wheels, remote start, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, a power liftgate, a 115-volt power outlet, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, power front seats and driver-seat memory settings.
The off-road-oriented Trailhawk trim level is our choice for the Grand Cherokee. Without a doubt, it’s one of the most capable off-road SUVs in its class. On top of the Limited trim, it adds unique exterior styling flourishes, different 18-inch wheels with off-road tires, four-wheel drive with low-range gearing (Quadra-Drive II), an adjustable air suspension (Quadra-Lift) with increased suspension travel and other Trailhawk-specific tuning, hill ascent and descent control, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, underbody skid plates, trim-specific interior styling, and an upgraded instrument cluster display with exclusive off-road features. The Trailhawk also adds power-folding mirrors, ventilated front seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a navigation system and a nine-speaker sound system.
Next in the Grand Cherokee lineup is the Overland. It has a few more luxury options and shares the Trailhawk’s latter four standard features as well as a mainstream version of its air suspension. It’s also equipped with 20-inch wheels, automatic wipers, xenon headlights with auto high-beam control, LED daytime running lights and foglights, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, a power-adjustable steering wheel and extended leather upholstery.
If you want most of the creature comforts that the Grand Cherokee has to offer, definitely consider the Summit trim. It includes the Overland’s standard equipment, plus polished 20-inch wheels, headlight washers, front parking sensors, a self-parking system (both parallel and perpendicular), additional noise-reducing window glass, active noise-canceling technology, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, upgraded leather upholstery with diamond-quilted accents, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. (A full leather interior with even more coverage is an extra-cost option.) Most of the Summit’s safety equipment is also available on the Overland trim level via the High Altitude package.
A bit out of the standard structure is the high-horsepower SRT trim level. It is broadly equipped like the Summit trim level with a few distinctions. Unique standard equipment includes a 6.4-liter V8 (475 hp, 470 lb-ft), a specialized all-wheel-drive system (tuned more for high-performance driving than off-road use), 20-inch wheels with performance tires, an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, sport-tuned steering and brakes, a sport body kit, a limited-slip rear differential and selectable performance modes.
Options for the SRT include a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, two different 20-inch wheel styles (carbon black or lightweight), upgraded brakes, extended and upgraded leather upholstery, the 19-speaker audio system, and a towing package.
Even further down the high-performance rabbit hole, there’s the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Trackhawk gets most of the SRT’s standard equipment plus the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (707 hp, 645 lb-ft), an upgraded eight-speed transmission, an upgraded adaptive suspension and Brembo brakes, more aggressive-looking bodywork, and lightweight 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires. There are also some unique interior design cues and upgraded upholstery to set the Trackhawk apart from the group.
Many of the higher trims’ standard features are offered on lesser models as options. The dual-screen rear entertainment system with Blu-ray capability is also optional for the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and SRT. Quite a few aesthetic upgrades are available as well, depending on trim level.