Not every SUV you see on the roads these days has an impressive lineage and track record as the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The midsized SUV with a focus on luxury has a unibody chassis as supposed to the body on frame style of most segment rivals. Its origin can be traced to the early 1990s when the SUV craze was yet to pick up.
Despite its luxury-oriented styling, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is incredibly versatile. It excels as a family hauler in the city and you can also take it for long highway trips. It is not true off-roader but has the elements to tackle rocky terrains. For 2018, it gets several updates including technological enhancements and better exterior styling.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Retro and Modern Design
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is sold in a wide range of trims Laredo, Overland, Limited, Trailhawk, Summit SRT, and Trackhawk. The trims are sold in exciting exterior hues as well. The exterior styling is a nice blend of retro and modernity. The typical Jeep design cues like seven-slat grille are evident but you will spot subtle changes after observing the front fascia carefully.
Side view may remind you of the venerable BMW X5. The LED taillights at back side add some amount of flair and there is a standard rear spoiler too.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior that looks stylish
The cabin of 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee looks quite stylish and ergonomic is spot on. It is close to that of Porsche Cayenne or the Mercedes Benz GLE class- almost! The dashboard is sleek and the cabin is really spacious.
Depending on the trim you buy, size of touch display unit will vary. The materials used are good and in higher trims- really lavish. Wood trim is used in the cabin and there is panoramic roof too. All Grand Cherokees get cargo space worth 36.3 cubic feet by default. Plenty of small items storage are there. The cabin remains very quiet- more so in the top trims.
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee gets good safety features including airbags, hill-start assists, rearview camera, hill-start assist and trailer sway control. The Jeep Active Safety group is available in top trims. The amenities are also impressive including the new UConnect infotainment setup.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine and Output
In 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you get a total of 5 powertrain choices. The base trim gets a 3.6-liter V-6 unit generating 295 HP and it is actually quite powerful. Then there is the 5.7-liter V-8 making 360 HP.
The diesel lovers can opt for the 3.0-liter turbo diesel churning out 240 HP. In SRT trim, there is a 6.4-liter V-8 making 475 HP output. On top, sits the 6,2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that makes 707 horsepower. This last one is only available in Grand Cherokee Trackhawk model. All of these engines are paired with a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Towing Capacity and Fuel Consumption
The newest model comes with the best in class towing capacity. This SUV is capable to maximum tow 7,400 pounds. The four-wheel-drive systems are fantastic especially the Quadra-Drive II setup.
The model with 3,6-liter engine gives in city/highway score of 19/26 mpg for the 2WD system and 18/25 mpg for the 4WD. The next one 5,2 liter V8 gives 14/22 mpg (4WD) and Grand Cherokee SRT model 13/19 mpg. The strongest one supercharged V8 scored 11/17 mpg.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Availability and Price
The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is now available for sale. The base trim pricing begins at approx $31.000 for the RWD Laredo model. However, the model Trailhawk starts around $44,000 and Summit over $50,000. The best-equipped models like SRT are priced $68,000, while the new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk starts at $87,000 and go to $100,000 with a full load.
Summing it up
FCA has revamped the new Jeep Grand Cherokee well. It offers something for every type of SUV buyers.