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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Long Term Road Test

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8: Centralized Mass

June 11, 2012

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 might weigh 5,150 or so pounds, but you'll be glad to know it packages its heavy battery low and toward the middle of the vehicle. In fact, it's in the floor under the front passenger seat.

Seems like an odd place for a vehicle which puts a priority on ground clearance -- at least in base trim.

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But it's likely that the optional Quadra-Lift air suspension, which varies the non-SRT models' ride height by as much as 4.1 inches, negates any loss of clearance this placement might create. Plus, it's not as if the battery compartment hangs down. It's flush with the rear-mounted fuel tank.

Makes me wonder if the current-generation Mercedes-Benz ML places its battery in the same location since the two share components and were in development at the same time back when Mercedes owned Chrysler.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor


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