2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Introduction

As the largest member of its SUV family, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a hugely capable off-roader. Depending on powertrain choice, it can be an excellent family hauler, an off-road ace, or an extreme-performance SUV.

Jeep has pared down the trim-level selection for the 2019 model year. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts are now standard on all Grand Cherokees. Limited and higher trim levels get the latest version of Jeep’s 8.4-inch touchscreen radio with navigation.

A new Limited X version features unique front/rear fascias, a performance hood, and 20-inch low-gloss wheels. The black interior features “Heritage” perforated leather seats. Overland models get new 20-inch “Heritage” wheels.

Seven trim levels are offered: Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. Laredo E and Limited X are actually option packages.

Laredo, Limited, and Summit may be considered street versions. Trailhawk and Overland are ready for off-roading. SRT and Trackhawk promise track-ready performance.

Five engines and four 4×4 systems are available. The base engine, standard in all except SRT and Trackhawk, is a 3.6-liter V-6 that whips up 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Limited, Overland, Summit, and Trailhawk trims can substitute a rumbly 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8. There’s a more frugal edition too: Developing 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet, the optional turbodiesel promises better fuel economy and 7,400-pound towing capacity.

SRT trim gets a 425-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8, dropping 0-60 mph acceleration time below 5 seconds. Topping the performance range, a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 in the Trackhawk generates a startling 707 horsepower.

All engines mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but most trims can substitute four-wheel drive. Grand Cherokees may be fitted with a Quadra-Lift air suspension.

Crash-testers for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 model a four-star overall score, plus four stars for frontal crash protection and for rollover prevention. (Rear-drive versions earned three stars for the calculated rollover rating.)

In its small-overlap crash-test for the driver, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2018 model “Marginal.” The passenger side rated “Poor.” Other IIHS tests declared the Grand Cherokee “Good” in crash protection. Active-safety features that include automatic emergency braking helped Grand Cherokee achieve a “Superior” rating for frontal-crash prevention.

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