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Reviews 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

20:19  18 may  2017
20:19  18 may  2017 Source:   caranddriver.com

Rumor has it the new Grand Wagoneer has been cancelled, but we're not so sure

  Rumor has it the new Grand Wagoneer has been cancelled, but we're not so sure This one seems a bit too hard to believe.The Grand Wagoneer was expected to use a stretched version of the next Grand Cherokee's platform, but it reportedly won't accept the larger vehicle. The report implies that the next Grand Cherokee will use a version of the current Grand Cherokee's unibody platform, which is about what we expected. The thing is, the current Grand Cherokee shares its platform with the (longer) Dodge Durango, as well as Mercedes-Benz's GLE and GLS SUVs (remember the DaimlerChrysler days?).

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee gives you the best of both worlds: a rough-and-ready off-road SUV with a handsome, refined interior and comfortable performance on pavement.

The 2017 Jeep ® Grand Cherokee Trailhawk® was named the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the year in the Premium Utility Vehicle segment at the 23rd Annual Northwest Automotive Press Association 'Mudfest'.

Overview: Jeep’s fourth-generation Grand Cherokee may be getting on in years, but few other vehicles can match the breadth and ability of the current GC lineup—let alone this SUV’s off-pavement prowess. The 2017 range is composed of eight standard models spanning from entry-level Laredo to Rubicon-ready Trailhawk to full-luxe Summit (plus the fire-breathing SRT model that we catalog separately and the 707-hp SRT Trackhawk joining the party for 2018). Rear-wheel drive is standard fare, with three increasingly capable four-wheel-drive systems available depending on the trim level (all featuring locking center differentials with low range). Also available is a height-adjustable air suspension in place of the conventional coil springs. A ZF eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice, and it can be paired with Fiat Chrysler’s ubiquitous 295-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, a 360-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, or a fuel-miser 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel with 420 lb-ft of torque. At the time of this writing, however, the diesel is currently still awaiting 2017 certification from the EPA.

One Week With: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

  One Week With: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Desperately seeking rocks and snowI drove a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk to Houghton Lake one recent weekend. It's Michigan's largest inland lake, in the north-central part of what locals call the Lower Peninsula, about 150 miles northwest of Metro Detroit. In late winter, there should be some snow on the many non-paved backroads.

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After all of my research, I decided that I wanted either an SRT or Summit. In thinking about how long I wanted to keep the car, creature comforts, etc., I decided upon a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit with the 5.7L V8 (Black on Black).

For this review, we drove a midrange Limited V-6 that started just under $40,000 and included the uplevel Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive system, heated front and outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch LCD information display in the cluster, and a 5.0-inch Uconnect central touchscreen. Inflating the window sticker to a not insignificant $48,230 were the $4300 Luxury Group II (upgraded 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, a premium 506-watt audio system, perforated leather upholstery, HID headlights with automatic high-beams, panoramic sunroof, and more), the $1495 Jeep Active Safety Group (adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, rain-sensing wipers, and automated parking assist), $750 for Uconnect navigation and satellite radio, and $595 for blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

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What’s New: Jeep has made good use of the current Grand Cherokee’s platform, which shares an evolutionary branch with the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class (formerly known as the ML) dating back to the DaimlerChrysler era. Jeep’s flagship—at least until the larger Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer arrive—receives some small yet effective styling tweaks to its nose for 2017 that lend it a crisper, more contemporary appearance. But the real news is the return of the hard-core Trailhawk 4x4 model after a four-year absence. Starting at $44,190 and available with any of the three engines, the Trailhawk comes standard with all of the Grand Cherokee’s most off-road-capable hardware, Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tires on 18-inch wheels, increased ground clearance, and black and red accents inside and out. Range-topping Summit models starting at $51,590 have additional standard active-safety tech, along with an available $4995 Signature Leather Wrapped Interior package with supple nappa and laguna hides adorning the dash and door panels.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackHawk shows off its hellish supercharged V8

  2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackHawk shows off its hellish supercharged V8 Yup, this Jeep is blown.

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Compare the 2017 Grand Cherokee with the 2016 model here. Jeep 's goal with the Trailhawk was to make the most off-road-capable mid-size SUV on the market, a title that probably already belonged to one of the model's other trim levels.

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What We Like: As a handsome, solid driving luxury SUV, the Grand Cherokee is hard to fault. There’s seemingly a spec for every taste, and the availability of a stonking V-8 or a fuel-efficient turbo-diesel affords it even greater flexibility. While non-SRT models are not the best-handling vehicles in the segment, the big Jeep always feels secure and composed on the road. Both the GC’s overall design and its interior are attractive and have aged well, with the cabins of upper trims being impressively lavish. And in terms of functionality, it’s hard to argue with the Jeep’s 7400 pounds of towing capacity (with the V-8 or the diesel, 6200 pounds with the gas V-6), its nearly 11 inches of ground clearance (in Trailhawk form), and the comfort of knowing that, in four-by-four guise, this mall runner can tackle just about any terrain and take you to your favorite remote destinations.

What We Don’t Like: The Grand Cherokee is heavy, and the available equipment that contributes to the Jeep’s capability adds even more to the scales. A 2017 Trailhawk with the gasoline V-6 that we tested weighed more than 5000 pounds and averaged only 15 mpg, the fuel economy of a full-size pickup. All that mass also can make this Jeep feel somewhat ponderous around town. And despite the rear-drive Laredo’s $31,490 base price, even moderately outfitted four-by-four models can quickly approach $50K.

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But if you're shopping for one, Jeep has you covered with the 2017 Grand Cherokee . Off-road prowess isn't the Grand Cherokee 's only trick, though. Three compelling engines help set the Jeep Grand Cherokee apart.

Among midsize SUVs, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the most versatile models on the market. As one would expect of a proper Jeep , the Grand Cherokee 's off-roading abilities are exceptional, while an inviting interior and a platform co-developed with Mercedes-Benz give it the

Verdict: An excellent mid-size SUV capable of reaching your favorite mountaintop in style.

Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-/4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

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BASE PRICES: Laredo, $31,490;

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Overview: Jeep ’s fourth-generation Grand Cherokee may be getting on in years, but few other vehicles can match the breadth and ability of the current GC lineup—let alone this SUV’s off-pavement prowess. The 2017 range is composed of eight standard models spanning from entry-level Laredo to

75th Anniversary Edition, $36,470;

Altitude, $37,490;

Limited, $39,090;

Trailhawk, $44,190;

Limited 75th Anniversary Edition, $44,700;

Overland, $45,890;

Summit, $51,590

ENGINE TYPES: DOHC 24-valve 3.6-liter V-6, 295 hp, 260 lb-ft; turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve diesel 3.0-liter V-6, 240 hp, 420 lb-ft; OHV 16-valve 5.7-liter V-8, 360 hp, 390 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:

Wheelbase: 114.8 in

Length: 189.8 in

Width: 76.5 in Height: 69.3 in

Passenger volume: 106 cu ft

Cargo volume: 36 cu ft

Curb weight (C/D est): 4550–5400 lb

FUEL ECONOMY:

EPA combined/city/highway driving: 17–21/14–19/22–26 mpg

C/D TEST RESULTS FOR:

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk V-6

Zero to 60 mph: 7.6 sec

Zero to 100 mph: 22.9 sec

Zero to 110 mph: 25.9 sec

Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.0 sec

Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec

Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec

Standing ¼-mile: 15.9 sec @ 88 mph

Top speed (governor limited): 117 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 198 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.71 g

Curb weight: 5077 lb

C/D observed fuel economy: 15 mpg

*stability-control-inhibited

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