2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test


2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: A Big Deal

May 17, 2012

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I'll bet you're waiting to hear all about how our longterm 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 drives, yeah? Well, never mind all that. I'm here to tell you about one of the most exciting changes between the old GC SRT8 and this newfangled one. And it has to do with its... rear bumper?

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Hoo-wah! Yes, that black goiter on the bumper is hiding a trailer hitch. This is very exciting indeed -- for the first time, you can actually use the Jeep GC SRT8 as a truck. The old one had dual exhaust tips where the trailer hitch should have been.

The goiter is a flexible plastic panel that's held on with two hidden quarter-turn fasteners on the bottom and three little alignment tabs at the top.

I wonder how long it will take before I somebody inadvertently snaps off one or all of the plastic tabs. Whatever with that. Trailer hitch!

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 950 miles.

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