2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Facelift and Changes
The refreshed 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is scheduled to arrive in late 2015. Apart from receiving a number of cosmetic changes, the 2016 Grand Cherokee will be offered with a brand new engine option.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee New Engine
The upcoming model is expected to adopt a new generation of Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 unit. The Pentastar engine lineup has been enhanced in order to achieve better performance and improved fuel economy figures. For example, the new Chrysler Town & Country is fitted with a 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 with the efficiency increased by 25% compared to its predecessor. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available with a slightly more powerful Pentastar unit under its hood. Namely, it is a turbocharged, direct-injected 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. This unit is expected to boost the model’s performance and fuel economy significantly. Just like it happened with the latest Town & Country model, the new improved engine range should make the Grand Cherokee more appealing than ever before.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Of course, the version of the Grand Cherokee with an SRT badge has always been the most sought after. The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is expected to carry on as the range-topping model of the Grand Cherokee lineup. However, rumor has it that Jeep plans to drop the SRT nameplate. Fortunately, it doesn’t mean this high-performance model is due to be discontinued. It will simply change its name to become the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Its new moniker has caused a lot of confusion lately, with some sources suggesting that the upcoming SRT version will no longer be available with the Hellcat engine. Rest assured that the performance-oriented Grand Cherokee model will definitely retain this mighty unit under its hood.
As for the name under which the new model will be sold, we’re still in the dark. It remains to be seen whether it will hit the showrooms as the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT or Trackhawk, while there is a slight chance it could be known as the Trackhawk Hellcat. What matters more is the fact that it will be powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 that churns out 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Paired with an eight-speed Torque-Flite automatic transmission and AWD, this mighty engine propels the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk (2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT) is due to make its debut by the end of 2015. Shortly thereafter, the model will go on sale with the base price starting at around $80,000.