What’s New on the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Nine years is almost a lifetime when it comes to a vehicle’s generation. Surprisingly enough, that’s exactly how old the Jeep Grand Cherokee is as it went on sale the Summer of 2010 as a 2011 model. Despite its age, the Grand Cherokee remains one of the most desirable SUVs on the market all while in the face of a saturated SUV segment. Unlike the usual crossover competitors that are designed to be mere commuters, the Jeep Grand Cherokee exists for buyers that are seeking a more rugged option — a vehicle that can take them off the beaten path all while in the lap of luxury.
What’s new for 2020?
Jeep offers no major changes on the 2020 Grand Cherokee, rumor has it that the next-generation Grand Cherokee will debut for the 2021 model year. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk now features optional 20-inch wheels with a titanium finish, a black and grey leather interior package, and a new yellow badge. Meanwhile, the Trackhawk and Limited trims also gain a few standard features such as bi-xenon headlamps, LED fog lamps, and a sunroof. The Summit trim now offers a Light Frost and brown interior finish, while the Overland trim gets an added dark sienna and black interior option. Additionally, the Limited X trim also returns for 2020 after its introduction into the lineup last year.
Interior & Technology Features
On the inside, the Grand Cherokee offers a bit of a mixed bag. Top-tier trims, such as the Summit, often feature a luxurious leather and wood trim interior, while the SRT and Trackhawk trims have heavily-bolstered seats and a track-focused technology package that could very well have been borrowed from the Challenger, a distant cousin of Jeep via its parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Most Grand Cherokee vehicles purchased are expected to fall between the mid-range in terms of features. There’s a standard 7-inch Uconnect infotainment touchscreen display that comes standard, but an optional upgrade with an 8.4-inch touchscreen also adds Navigation to sweeten the deal.
Performance & Fuel Economy
Considering there are a total of 12 trims on the 2020 Grand Cherokee, performance and fuel economy figures are all over the map. The majority of Grand Cherokee trims come equipped with the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base powertrain offers up to 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, perfectly adequate for commuting. The V6-powered Grand Cherokee is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. On the Trailhawk, SRT, and Trackhawk models four-wheel-drive comes standard (optional on all trims) and drops all city and highway ratings by 1 mpg.
Additionally, the 5.7-liter HEMI engine comes standard on all Grand Cherokee vehicles that have four-wheel-drive as a standard feature. More powerful than the V6, the 5.7-liter HEMI boasts 360-horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. All V8-powered Grand Cherokee trims have an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 14 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway. While not all buyers will find the additional power a necessity, it is a unique selling point for Jeep as many other popular competitors offer no competition.
The Grand Cherokee SRT trim is in a class of its own with a 6.4-liter V8 engine that churns out 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. EPA ratings stand at 13 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. There’s also the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk which takes power to its limit with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that’s capable of 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. The Trackhawk reaches 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph.
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