Future Cars: DaimlerChrysler (5/15/2005)
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee by TCC Team
Will it remain the one to beat?
Many people mistakenly believe the first American-brand luxury SUV was invented when someone at Ford Motor Company’s
The Wagoneer’s modern descendant is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a mid-size SUV that, like its forbear, continues to offer the same appealing combination of rugged off-road capability and luxury cruiser comfort. But with so many other SUVs out there also doing the Wagoneer Shuffle, something more was required to set the Grand Cherokee apart from the ever-growing crowd of well-equipped, comfortable 4x4 SUVs.
How to do that?
For starters, Jeep updated the whole works, adding a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 to the Grand Cherokee’s options list. The newly available engine brings to three the number of powerplants you can choose from: a 210-hp 3.7-liter V-6 (which replaces the old 4.0-liter in-line six), and a 4.7-liter, 230-hp V-8 taking up the middle slot.
HEMI isn’t just an option, however — it’s the Nuclear Option. This engine’s
bone-gnawing 330 hp gives the Grand Cherokee a near 100-hp advantage over the
V-8 Ford Explorer’s measly 239 hp, and a 40-pony jump over the Chevy TrailBlazer
EXT’s 290-hp, 5.3-liter V-8.