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Grand CherokeeGushing Over the Hemi-Equipped Grand Cherokee
Posted by mike on 2005/6/23 0:00:00 (939) reads

Grand Cherokee + Hemi: more power than you need.

Eric Peters wrote a very favorable article over on AOL Autos about the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Hemi engine. Although it looks like the article isn't available online anymore, we thought we'd share a portion of it with you:

Many people mistakenly believe the first American-brand luxury SUV was invented when someone at Ford Motor Company's Lincoln division took a Ford Expedition, added every bell and whistle left over in the Town Car/Continental parts bin and christened the result the Navigator back in 1998. But actually, long-dead AMC and its still-kicking Jeep subsidiary had the idea first -- and the timeline goes back much farther, to the 1970s -- when the Jeep Wagoneer was the first American SUV to offer a vehicle with both go-anywhere capability and wooly rugs so thick you could lose your toes in them.

The Wagoneer's modern descendant is the Jeep Grand Cherokee -- a midsized 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 power plants you can choose from -- with the standard engine being a 210 hp 3.7 liter V-6 (which replaces the old 4 liter inline six) and a 4.7 liter, 230 hp "Magnum" V-8 taking up the middle slot.

The 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 jump over the Chevy Trailblazer EXT's 290-hp 5.3 liter Vortec V-8. Toyota's 4-Runner and Land Cruiser can't touch the Jeep on this score. The Hemi-equipped Jeep even comes within a hair's breadth of matching the "exotic" Porsche Cayenne S's 340 hp -- and it equals or beats the brawn available in larger, heavier, pricier SUVs such as the Nissan Pathfinder Armada and GMC Yukon Denali/Cadillac Escalade.

If anyone can find a link to the entire article online, let us know so that we can post it here.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Liberty Owner
This boasting by Jeep about how big of a motor they can cram into the engine bay of a Grand Cherokee reminds me of Detroit: 1972.

Back then the big three all competed to see who could build the heaviest sedans and station wagons with the biggest and most gas guzzling motors. Anyone remember when the 455 cid was standard on many GM cars?

Then the Arab oil embargos hit, and the big three were stuck with hundreds of thousands of these inefficient vehicles that they couldn't move at any price, and the Japanese cleaned up. Detroit has never regained the market share they lost back then.

Gas prices are likely heading for at least $3.00 per gallon in the next 18 months, and $4.00 per gal. sometime in the next 2 years.

Wouldn't this be a good time for DCX to start ramping up diesel engine installations in the Jeeps, and thinking about a smaller, lighter variants of the Wrangler, etc.?

Are folks really going to keep on buying Jeeps that get 15 mpg with gas at $3-$4 per gallon?

How big of a rebate is DCX going to need in 18 months to move these gas hogs off the lots?

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: xjgary
I wish people would get their history right. The Jeep Wagoneer came out in 1962 (1963 at the latest), not the 1970's. One could argue that the all metal Jeep Station Wagon, with 4 WD available, was the the first SUV to those of us who think an SUV should be off pavement capable, not a mall runner, and it came out in the late 1940's.

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Anonymous
Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: xjgary
I wish people would get their history right. The Jeep Wagoneer came out in 1962 (1963 at the latest), not the 1970's. One could argue that the all metal Jeep Station Wagon, with 4 WD available, was the the first SUV to those of us who think an SUV should be off pavement capable, not a mall runner, and it came out in the late 1940's.
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