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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Gets More Power, Other Updates for 2015

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Even though the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is already an impressively powerful super SUV, the boys at SRT figured it could use even more power for its 2015 model year, tuning its signature 6.4L HEMI V8 engine to now produce 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque — an increase of 5 hp and 5 lb-ft. over the 2014 model.

Hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the large V8 warps the performance-tuned SUV from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds on route to a top speed of 160 mph (258 km/h). Stopping power is provided by massive Brembo brakes capable of bringing its large heft to a halt from 60 mph in just 116 feet.

The 2015 Grand Cherokee STR is quieter than the previous year’s model, thanks to a standard active noise canceling system that uses four microphones located throughout the cabin and the audio system to minimize unwanted noises.

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Last but not least, the lineup gains a new Red Vapor special edition package consisting of 20-inch wheels finished in black chrome, gloss black grille accents, and gloss black badging. Buyers will have the choice of three body colors: Redline Red Pearl Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and Bright White Clear Coat.

Inside, Red Vapor-equipped models get a backlit SRT steering wheel logo and anodized silver trim, as well as unique black chrome and Radar Red accents.

The absorption of the SRT brand by the Dodge brand earlier in 2014 raised a lot of questions about the fate of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, but by the looks of things, the performance-tuned SUV isn’t about to disappear anytime soon.

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Next Jeep Grand Cherokee Coming In 2021, Three-Row Jeep At End Of 2020

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FCA is gearing up for a Jeep product blitz that includes the Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and an unnamed three-row SUV.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed plans to invest $4.5 billion in five of its Michigan plants to meet growing demand and introduce two new Jeep models.

Approximately $1.6 billion will go to converting the two plants that make up the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into an assembly site for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be based off the Alfa Romeo platform underpinning the Stelvio and is slated to arrive in the first half of 2020. It will also build an unnamed three-row full-size Jeep alongside the Grand Cheroke and several plug-in hybrid Jeep models.

Little is known about the new three-row full-size SUV, but it will be distinct from the Ram 1500–based Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer that start production in early 2021 and could very well be a longer wheelbase version of the Grand Cherokee.

FCA will introduce plug-in hybrid versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models first, followed by two more hybrid models. Fully electric Jeep battery electric vehicles are also planned.

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Is Jeep Working On High-Performance Gladiator Truck?

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The Wrangler-based pickup truck may be getting a high-octane makeover for adrenaline junkies.

Jeep is reportedly working on a high-performance Gladiator along the lines of a Ford Ranger Raptor.

According to inside information provided to the , the model will be dubbed the “Hercules” and one-off prototypes of it are currently undergoing testing.

The Gladiator Hercules would also do battle with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD, even though it will be a more powerful pickup. However, without a proper high-performance mid-size pickup on the market — Ford has ruled out the Ranger Raptor for North America — it could very well have a segment to its own.

Jeep has yet to give the green light, but considering that Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, previously hinted at the idea of a high-performance Gladiator and Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s reputation for making over-the-top high-performance models (Dodge Challenger Demon and the Ram 1500 Rebel, just to name a few), it’s easy to see why such a model is likely to see the light of day.

More power is never a bad thing, if you ask us.

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Next Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Offer Three Rows Of Seats, Plugin Hybrid

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Jeep’s popular midsize SUV will be smarter, more practical and more fuel efficient.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has traditionally been a two-row, five passenger vehicle, but that’s going to change.

Sources that spoke with have revealed that the fifth generation Grand Cherokee will be offered with three rows of seats for the first time in model history. 

Jeep could retain the midsize proportions of the Grand Cherokee and squeeze the third seats behind the second row, which would make them ideal for small children but uncomfortable for normal-sized adults.

Alternatively, the company has at least considered providing two distinct versions of the SUV, a five passenger setup with midsize proportions and  a seven passenger setup with a stretched wheelbase to better accommodate a third row.

As another first for the nameplate, the new Grand Cherokee will also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain and autonomous driving technology.

FCA will convert an idled engine in Detroit to assemble the SUV, as well as revive the Mack Avenue Engine II, which hasn’t been used since 2012.

The plant will create 400 new jobs.

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