Jeep keeps up grand pace
JEEP’S next gravel-shredding SRT8 Grand Cherokee should land here by mid-2011.
Chrysler Australia has confirmed the hot-rodded SUV is slated to top off the new Grand Cherokee fleet in the second quarter of this year.
And at a price expected to undercut the $90,000 charged for the outgoing SRT8.
The 346kW, 6.4 litre Hemi V8 is claimed to top 240km/h and jump from 0-100km/h in about 4.8 seconds, aided by a stumppulling 630Nm of torque fed through a permanent fourwheel drive system.
And as before, the SRT8 wagon is not for rockclimbing or mud-plugging — it’s just for getting places with a decent amount of pace.
Jeep’s five-speed auto, with paddle shifts, has been reworked with revised ratios; coil springs and Bilstein dampers have been fitted all round, and the Grand Cherokee chassis has been stiffened by some 25 per cent.
There are big Brembo brakes and a lockable rear differential, plus three driver-selectable suspension modes to best keep the SRT8 at the right sort of attitude for different tasks.
Until then, the all-new 3.7 litre V6 and 5.7 litre V8 Grand
Jeep’s five-speed auto, with paddle shifts, has been reworked with revised ratios; coil springs and Bilstein dampers have been fitted all round, and the Grand Cherokee chassis has been stiffened by some 25 per cent
Cherokees are keeping Chrysler Australia busy.
‘‘We can’t get enough of Grand Cherokee at the moment,’’ says Chrysler Australia’s marketing manager Dean Bonthorne.
‘‘With that $45,000 starting price for the Laredo, and mixing it with the (Toyota) Kluger and (Ford) Territory, it’s an absolute winner.’’ The next wagon to roll in will be a ‘bells and whistles’ Overland version of the Grand Cherokee, priced less than $70,000.
Jeep’s latest hot-rodded SRT8 Grand Cherokee is expected to undercut the $90,000 price mark