2011 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 debuted on Wednesday at the 2011 New York Auto Show, filling a gap in Chrysler's SRT lineup. There was no 2011 Grand Cherokee SRT8.
- It is being described by the automaker as "the most powerful Jeep vehicle ever" and comes equipped with a new 465-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine.
- Pricing will be announced closer to launch in the third quarter of 2011.
NEW YORK — Clearly recommitting to its performance-oriented SRT8 lineup, Chrysler on Wednesday took the wraps off the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, calling it the "most powerful Jeep vehicle ever." It debuted at the 2011 New York Auto Show and will go on sale in the third quarter of 2011.
There was no 2011 Grand Cherokee SRT8.
Pricing was not announced. "All we can say about pricing is that we'll announce it closer to the summer launch time frame," said Dan Reid, Chrysler spokesman, in response to an e-mailed query from Inside Line.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is equipped with a new 465-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine linked to a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2010 Grand Cherokee SRT8 was equipped with a 420-hp 6.1-liter Hemi V8 engine linked to a five-speed automatic transmission. Chrysler said the new Grand Cherokee SRT8 sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
Chrysler did not provide fuel economy estimates on the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 but said in a statement that "a new active valve exhaust system allows standard Fuel Saver Technology to engage over a wider rpm range for an estimated 13 percent improvement in highway fuel efficiency." The EPA has yet to rate the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8. The 2010 Grand Cherokee SRT8 returned 12 mpg in city driving and 16 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Highlights for the new model are a new SRT-tuned adaptive damping suspension, standard steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, Brembo brakes with four-wheel antilock brake system, and new split five-spoke 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.
The exterior of the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is lowered one inch versus the standard model. It gets body-color wheel flares, side sill cladding and a dual-sport exhaust system with 4-inch exhaust tips.
The cabin gets a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel, carbon-fiber accents, leather-and-suede seats and an optional sunroof.
Chrysler throws in one day of professional driving instruction from the Richard Petty School when you purchase one.
Edmunds.com says: Too bad Chrysler couldn't up the ante on the transmission, instead of using old technology on an otherwise stellar package. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent