For the MY16-17 update the popular yet troubled SUV gets a number of technology changes to help bring improvements to efficiency. Two of the most significant are the introduction of an electric power steering system, and stop-start technology. These technologies help reduce CO2 emissions by 14gm/km for certain variants.
Switching to an electric steering setup has also facilitated the introduction of selectable driving modes for the driver, with Sport, Comfort, and Normal offering different weight and feel for the steering.
Perhaps one of the biggest changes in terms of safety is a switch from the hazardous T-bar e-shift gear lever. The outgoing setup has been under scrutiny – including a global recall affecting around 1.1 million cars – following numerous roll-away incidents including at least one that killed a man. Jeep is calling the new shifter a “more substantial premium gear lever”.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be coming in with a 6.2-liter HEMI engine that will allow the Jeep Grand Cherokee to go from0-60mph in 3.5 seconds. Pretty impressive for such a huge SUV.
Jeep also showed off the Jeep Wrangler Hellcat concept at the Easter Safari event this year leading many to speculate that more of them might be coming in the future. Jeep made no indication that they will be offering more Hellcat-powered Jeep but if they do which model do you think should be next?