Whatever you want from an SUV, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee will probably offer it. Regardless of how you fill it, this car can be luxurious and well equipped, an off-road specialist or a high-performance SUV.
As you would expect from Jeep, the 2018 Grand Cherokee will offer premium off-road capabilities. With a special four-wheel drive system, skid plates and drive modes for various terrains, it goes further than the average SUV. But maybe you did not expect the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee performance. Apart from the good standard V6 engine, its also offers three V8 engine options, including the SRT V8 475 horsepower and crazy 707 hp Trackhawk model.
Unify all the features, add to the Grand Cherokee built-in utility and you have an complete SUV with something for just about everyone.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV available in seven trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT and Trackhawk. The diesel engine is not currently available in the Grand Cherokee lineup, but it could return later in 2018
Most the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee come with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), but the Trailhawk is 4WD only. The Trackhawk and SRT get specialized all-wheel-drive systems.
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Standard equipment for the Laredo includes a 3.6-liter V6 engine produces 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports and satellite radio are also standard.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited adds remote start, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, driver-seat memory settings, power front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and a 115-volt power outlet. From here, you can go with the standard V6 engine or the optional 5.7-liter V8 good for 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard for both engines.
If you are off-road enthusiasts, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is your choice. It adds unique exterior styling, 18-inch wheels with off-road tires, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, four-wheel drive with low-range gearing (Quadra-Drive II), an adjustable air suspension (Quadra-Lift) with increased suspension travel and other specific tunings, underbody skid plates, hill ascent and descent control. Inside you’ll get trim-specific interior styling, a power-folding mirror, ventilated front seats, an upgraded instrument cluster display, a navigation system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and a nine-speaker sound system.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland shares some of the Trailhawk standard features plus its air suspension. Other equipment includes 20-inch wheels, LED foglights, LED daytime running lights, xenon headlights with auto high-beam control, automatic wipers, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel, extended leather upholstery and a navigation system.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit trim includes the Overland standard features along with polished 20-inch wheels, front parking sensors, headlight washers, a self-parking system, active noise-canceling technology, additional noise-reducing window glass, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery with diamond-quilted accents and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. A full leather interior available as an extra-cost option.
The High Altitude package for the Overland includes the Summit safety equipment.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT trim level is similar to the Summit but with a few distinctions. Its get a 6.4-liter V8 engine with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft torque, a specialized all-wheel-drive system for high-performance driving, a sport body kit, performance tires, 20-inch wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, sport-tuned steering and brakes and selectable performance modes.
Options for the SRT include a towing package, different 20-inch wheel styles, upgraded brakes, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, extended and upgraded leather upholstery and 19-speaker audio system.
The high-performance Trackhawk gets most of the SRT equipment plus the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. It also gets an upgraded eight-speed transmission, aggressive-looking bodywork, Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension, high-performance tires, lightweight 20-inch wheels and upgraded upholstery.
Many standard features on the higher trims are offered as options on lower models. The dual-screen rear entertainment system with Blu-ray capability is also optional for the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and SRT.
With the V8 and 4WD, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a tow rating of 7,200 pounds. Two-wheel-drive models can tow a bit more, and V6 models tow about a 1,000 pounds less.
Some of the recent improvements that Jeep made make the 2018 Grand Cherokee cabin a pleasant place. Cabin materials, Uconnect infotainment systems and controls are at the top of the class, although the touchscreen requires many steps for a particular function.
Despite the high seating position, there is still plenty of headroom and a nice elbow room in front. The center console leaves room for the driver’s right knee. In the back, legroom and knees are excellent, as well as plenty of headroom too.
With the windshield pillars long enough and thick, the visibility on the curved road is a bit unobstructed. Most of the other pillars are narrow, but high side windows make it easy to change paths. Standard a rearview camera and parking sensor will be very useful.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee cargo space is not the largest, and it does not have a low load floor. But with the optional air suspension you can lower the ride height. The cargo capacity is still quite large, offering 36.3 cubic feet with the rear seat used.
Release Dates and Price
Without a specific release date, the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected to hit retailers in Q4 of 2017. Official pricing for the Laredo trim starts at $30,595. At the top of the range, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk priced at $85,900. See complete list price below.