Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2)

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Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2)
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo -- NHTSA 1.jpg
Also calledSRT Grand Cherokee
Model years2011–present
AssemblyDetroit, Michigan, United States
Valencia, Venezuela (Carabobo Assembly)
Cairo, Egypt (AAV)
Toluca, Mexico (FCA Mexico)[1][2][3]
DesignerMark Allen (2007)[4]
Body and chassis
LayoutFR/F4 layout
RelatedDodge Durango
Mercedes-Benz ML (W166)
Engine3.6 L Pentastar V6
5.7 L Hemi V8
6.4 L Hemi V8 (SRT8, SRT)
6.2 L supercharged Hellcat HEMI V8 (Trackhawk)
3.0 L VM Motori A 630 DOHC V6 diesel
Transmission5-speed automatic W5A580
5-speed automatic 545RFE
6-speed automatic 65RFE
8-speed automatic 845RE
8-speed automatic 850RE
8-speed automatic 8HP70
Wheelbase114.8 in (2,915 mm)
Length189.8 in (4,821 mm)
Width76.3 in (1,938 mm)
Height69.3 in (1,760 mm)
Curb weight4,533 lb (2,056 kg) (V6 RWD)
5,264 lb (2,388 kg) (V8 4WD)[5]
PredecessorJeep Grand Cherokee (WK)
SuccessorJeep Grand Cherokee (WL)

The fourth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2) is a mid-size SUV introduced in Spring 2010 for the 2011 model year by Jeep.[6] It was unveiled at the 2009 New York Auto Show.[7] The fourth-generation Grand Cherokee retains its classic Jeep styling combined with a modern and sleek body style. The 2011 Grand Cherokee has won 30 awards for off-road capability, luxury, value, best-in-class, and safety, making it the most awarded SUV ever.[8]


Pre-facelift Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo CRD 4WD
Interior (Australia; pre-facelift)

The body design is all new and has undergone testing for aerodynamic efficiency while improving ruggedness with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone. This results in a 146% increase in torsional rigidity compared to the previous design. This improves durability and reduces noise, vibration, and harshness.[9]

Like the previous generations, the chassis is a steel unibody. Unlike previous models, the new WK2 features four-wheel independent suspension for better on-road handling. The Grand Cherokee (with the 2011 Durango) WK2 platform uses a derivative related to Mercedes-Benz's W166 series.

Four wheel drive systems include Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II. Using Selec-Terrain, the driver can select modes for Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock.

Optional Quadra-Lift height adjustable air suspension can raise the vehicle's ground clearance up to 11.1 in (282 mm).[10] Lift modes include Park (Entry/Exit), Aero, Normal Ride Height, Off-Road 1, and Off-Road 2.


Engine choices include the all new 3.6 L Pentastar V6 and 5.7 L Hemi V8. The Hemi V8 retains the Multiple Displacement System (MDS) that shuts down four cylinders in low-power driving situations, and the V8 remains coupled with the multi-speed automatic transmission which includes Electronic Range Selection (ERS) to manually limit the high gear operating range. Trailer tow is rated 7,400 lb (3,400 kg) for Hemi models and 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) for Pentastar models.[11]

The 3.6 L Pentastar V6 replaces the 3.7 L and 4.7 L PowerTech engines. The 5.7 L Hemi engine was retained as the V8 option, although no Hemi badging is used on the exterior of the vehicle. Also, the WK program code remains.

A 3.0 L turbocharged diesel V6 developed and built by Fiat Powertrain Technologies and VM Motori (with Multijet II injection[12]) rated at 177 kW (241 PS; 237 hp) and 550 N⋅m (406 lbf⋅ft) of torque is offered in export markets by mid-2011 (2014–2019, US only) [needs update][13] The new 3.0 L CRD turbodiesel engine is offered in European markets in a 140 kW (190 PS; 188 hp) low-power version.[14]

In mid-2012, electric vehicle manufacturer Amp Electric Vehicles, announced that it would be producing an electric vehicle version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, offering a great electric range and the same features of the Grand Cherokee. Slated to be available in early 2013, the AMP Grand Cherokee will have a starting price of around $50,000.00. AMP also produces electric vehicle versions of a step van and the Mercedes-Benz ML. As of April 8, 2017 the SRT Hellcat supercharged V8 was announced for the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. With 707 hp (527 kW), it is the most powerful SUV Chrysler has ever produced.

Years Engine Displacement Power Torque Notes
2011– 3.6 L Pentastar V6 220 CID (3,604 cc) 290 hp (216 kW; 294 PS) 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) Laredo, Laredo E, Laredo X, Altitude, Limited, Sterling Edition, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, Summit[15]
2011– 5.7 L Hemi V8 345 CID (5,654 cc) 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS) 390 lb⋅ft (529 N⋅m) Laredo X (up to 2013), Altitude (up to 2013), Limited, Limited X, Sterling Edition, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, Summit[15]
2012– 6.4 L Hemi V8 392 CID (6,417 cc) 475 hp (354 kW; 482 PS) 470 lb⋅ft (637 N⋅m) SRT8, SRT[16]
2018– 6.2 L supercharged Hemi V8 376 CID (6,166 cc) 707 hp (527 kW; 717 PS) 645 lb⋅ft (875 N⋅m) Trackhawk[17]
2014–2019 3.0 L L630 DOHC EcoDiesel V6 182 CID (2,987 cc) 240 hp (179 kW) 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) U.S. spec Limited, Overland, Summit[15][18]
2011– 3.0 L A630 DOHC CRD/Diesel V6 182 CID (2,987 cc) 188 hp (140 kW; 191 PS) 320 lb⋅ft (434 N⋅m) Euro spec, 5- (2011–2013) and 8-speed automatic (2013–)
2011–2013 3.0 L A630 DOHC CRD V6 182 CID (2,987 cc) 237 hp (177 kW; 240 PS) 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) Euro spec, 5-speed automatic
2013– 3.0 L A630 DOHC Diesel V6 182 CID (2,987 cc) 247 hp (184 kW; 250 PS) 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) Euro spec, 8-speed automatic

Trim levels[edit]

The Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2) is available in several different trim levels:

Laredo (2014–): The Laredo is the current base model of the Grand Cherokee. There are no additional options or packages available for this trim level.

Laredo "E" (2011–2013): The Laredo "E" was the original base model of the Grand Cherokee. The Laredo "E" included SiriusXM satellite radio and power driver's seat, which were no longer offered in the base Laredo. This trim level had some options, like 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, an 8.4-inch infotainment system, and heated front seats. An Altitude package for the Laredo "E" added black 20-inch wheels and exterior accents, leather seats with microfiber inserts, heated front seats, power rear liftgate, moonroof, and other optional features.

Upland (2018–): The Upland is based on the Laredo E trim level, and used styling elements from the Trailhawk trim level. It included 20-inch black-painted aluminum-alloy wheels, light blue-accented emblems, and light blue stitching on the seats, interior door panels, and center console.

Laredo "X" (2011–2013): The Laredo "X" was the "step-up" trim level of the Grand Cherokee. It added 18-inch wheels, leather seats, power front seats, a touch-screen infotainment system, a 9-speaker, 506-watt Alpine premium surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, heated front and (optional) heated rear seats, remote start, and an (optional) power rear tailgate. Other optional equipment for this trim level included the 5.7L Hemi MDS/VCT gasoline V8 engine, a dual-pane panoramic moonroof, and GPS navigation.

Trailhawk: The Trailhawk is the "off-road" model of the Grand Cherokee, was based on the Laredo "X" in 2013, and returned for 2017 based on the Limited. It adds leather seats with microfiber inserts, 18-inch dark gray wheels, a Selec-Terrain control system with Quadra-Lift air suspension, and Kevlar-coated on/off-road tires.

Limited (2014–): The Limited is the "step-up" trim level of the Grand Cherokee, and succeeded the Laredo "X". It offers the same standard equipment as the Laredo "X", but offers additional options such as heated and ventilated front seats, a driver's memory system, Nappa leather seats, and 20-inch wheels. The 5.7L Hemi MDS/VCT V8 gasoline engine, as well as the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 turbocharged diesel engine (starting in 2014), are the other engine options for the Limited.

Sterling Edition (2018): The Sterling Edition was a trim level of the Grand Cherokee only available for the 2018 model year, celebrating its 25th year of production. While offering the same standard equipment as the Limited model, the Sterling Edition added 20 "Heritage" aluminum-alloy wheels, an 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the same Alpine premium audio system as the Laredo X, special interior color combination options, unique interior trim, and special commemorative exterior badges. A Luxury Group was available for the Sterling Edition that added ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, a panoramic dual-pane sunroof, and other options. The 5.7L HEMI V8 engine was optional.

Overland: The Overland is the luxury trim level of the Grand Cherokee, adding to the Limited: Nappa leather seats, a dual-pane panoramic moonroof, GPS navigation, 20-inch wheels, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, and other features. The 5.7L Hemi MDS/VCT V8 gasoline engine, as well as the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 turbocharged diesel engine (starting in 2014), are the other engine options for the Overland.

Overland Summit (2011–2013), Summit (2014–): The (Overland) Summit is the most luxurious trim level of the Grand Cherokee, and adds to the Overland: exclusive interior color options, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon premium surround-sound audio system with 825-watt amplifier (2014–present), 20-inch chromed aluminum-alloy wheels, and other features. In 2017, the Summit added quilted and perforated leather surfaces, polished aluminum-alloy wheels, and the Summit California Edition package, which replaces some of the chrome exterior accents with color-keyed accents.

SRT 392 (2012–): The SRT 392 was the highest-performance Grand Cherokee available until 2018, when the Trackhawk arrived. The SRT 392 is powered by the 6.4L HEMI MDS/VCT V8 engine, and features more "performance-oriented" exterior and interior styling. Several special edition models, such as the SRT 392 Alpine, Vapor, and Red Vapor Editions, were "limited-run" models that were based on the SRT 392.

SRT Trackhawk (2018–): The SRT Trackhawk model debuted for 2018, and became the highest-performance model in the Grand Cherokee lineup. While offering the same equipment as the SRT 392, the SRT Trackhawk swapped the SRT 392's 6.4L HEMI V8 engine for the same 707-horsepower 6.2L supercharged Hemi V8 engine that is used in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Charger (LX) SRT Hellcat. The SRT Trackhawk is the most powerful Grand Cherokee model to date, following the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ) 5.9L Limited, the 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK) SRT-8, and the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT 392.

Issues and Criticism[edit]

Maneuverability and handling, 2012[edit]

In 2012, Swedish automotive magazine Teknikens Värld revealed that the Jeep Grand Cherokee failed one of their avoidance maneuver tests known as the "Moose test". Other SUV models in its class had no issues passing the test.[19] German magazine Auto, Motor und Sport (AMS) later tested the same press vehicle in a slightly different avoidance maneuver test that meets ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards. Unlike the results of the Swedish test, the Jeep remained on all four wheels and did not lose any tires to a blowout.[20] Teknikens Värld tested the updated 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and found that it passed the test; even up to a speed of 44.1 mph (71 km/h).[21]

Shifter Recall and Anton Yelchin's death[edit]

The design of the gearshift used in 2014-15 Grand Cherokees made it difficult for drivers to determine whether the vehicle was parked or still in gear, leading to numerous rollaway incidents, one of which killed actor Anton Yelchin.

In 2016, approximately 1.1 million 2014–2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees were recalled for rollaway risks because the design of the shifter may cause drivers to have difficulty determining whether or not the vehicle is still in gear. The offending shifter had already been discontinued, with 2016 and up Grand Cherokees using a redesigned unit that functioned more traditionally. The issue was linked to 41 injuries, 212 crashes, and 308 reports of property damage[22] and shortly after the recall was announced, actor Anton Yelchin was killed by his Grand Cherokee rolling backwards into him after he exited it while it was still in gear.[22] Yelchin's death caused FCA to accelerate the recall campaign and take steps to get the affected Jeeps repaired faster than originally planned.[23] Yelchin's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against FCA that was settled out of court in 2018.[24]



On April 20, 2011, Jeep announced that the SRT8 version would be debuted at the 2011 New York Auto Show. According to Chrysler, it would be the most powerful Jeep ever built. It can accelerate from 0–60 mph in 4.7 seconds and can do the quarter-mile in 13.4 seconds.[25] Auto reviews measured this at 4.5 seconds, making the 2014 SRT the fastest Jeep ever produced at the time.[26] The 2013-14 SRT Jeep Grand Cherokee includes a 6.4L Hemi motor producing 470 hp (350 kW) and 465 lb⋅ft (630 N⋅m), which was the most powerful engine ever included in a Jeep at the time of production.

The Grand Cherokee SRT8 debuted alongside two other vehicles manufactured by Chrysler Corporation: the Chrysler 300 SRT8 and Dodge Charger SRT8, both of which also took a one-year hiatus while the new models debuted.

The new Grand Cherokee SRT8, which started production on July 16, 2011,[27] is equipped with a 470 hp (350 kW; 477 PS) 6.4 L Hemi V8 engine. Jeep claims the new SRT8 gets 13 percent better fuel economy than its predecessor.[citation needed] To improve gas mileage,[clarification needed] Jeep has employed a new active exhaust system that lets Chrysler's cylinder-deactivation Fuel Saver Technology operate over a wider rpm band. Chrysler claims that with the larger gas tank, the SUV can now travel up to 500 miles (800 km) on a single tank, while other sources estimate range to be 450 miles (720 km).


2014 model year update
2014 model year update
Interior (Italy; facelift)

On January 14, 2013, Jeep unveiled a revised WK2 Grand Cherokee at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center, along with a revised 2014 Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. The new Grand Cherokee offered a 3.0 L DOHC V6 diesel engine that gets up to 30 MPG, a 3.6 L Pentastar V6 engine that gets up to 24 MPG and has 290 hp (216 kW), a 5.7 L HEMI V8 engine that gets up to 21 MPG and has 360 hp (268 kW), and the 6.4 L HEMI engine that produces 470 hp (350 kW) (SRT only). The models are the Laredo, the Limited, the Overland, and the Overland Summit Edition model has been renamed Summit. A new front end with a revised body-colored grille, new, smaller headlamps, and new tail lamps round out the exterior changes. The silver bezel on the back was removed. The opening rear tailgate window of previous models has been replaced with fixed glass. There are also new seventeen, eighteen, and twenty-inch wheel and tire choices. The SRT8 model will continue to be offered but as an "SRT" and not an "SRT8" badged model, and for the first time will offer signature details like blacked-out head and tail lamps. Inside, the Summit model receives the SRT's nineteen-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system, all Grand Cherokees receive a new steering wheel with standard paddle shifters in every model, an eight-speed TorqueFlite 8 automatic transmission, and an 8.4-inch touch screen display with Garmin navigation software, an optional CD player, and the U Connect Access System first introduced in the all-new 2013 Ram 1500. A U Connect 5.0 touch-screen radio will also be available with an optional CD player. The Selec-Terrain System receives multiple upgrades on four-wheel-drive Grand Cherokees. New exterior colors, new interior fabrics and materials, and new interior colors become available.

For 2014, "SRT8" was no longer a model of Jeep, but a separate corporate entity. The "8" was also dropped in the "SRT" line for this year, the Grand Cherokee being referred to as a "SRT Jeep Grand Cherokee." The SRT model received many new and unique features. For example, in the interior, it received a unique steering wheel with the SRT insignia, twenty-inch alloy wheels, performance tires, and additional SRT-only details including:

  • SRT-only 6.4l V8, 470 hp (350 kW)/465 lb⋅ft (630 N⋅m), propelling it from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds[26]
  • Six piston Brembo Brakes at the front and four piston Brembo brakes at the rear
  • 3 season tires (optional)
  • SRT-only performance pages in the head unit, displaying engine statistics, quarter mile/0-60, and other metrics
  • Nappa leather seats with SRT-only Alcantara inserts and headliner
  • SRT-only fascia covering hitch (if so provisioned)
  • SRT-only suspension modes, including track mode
  • SRT-only "launch" mode, designed to model world class professional driver techniques
  • upgraded software for transmission, with over 90 gear shift programs


2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The 2015 Limited Edition model no longer has the dual exhausts. This feature only comes in the Overland and up editions. There are no other major changes for the 2015 model year. However, the Limited, Summit, and Overland trims will include HD Radio as part of the U Connect feature. The SRT receives a modest 5 hp (4 kW) bump, in part due to a reflash of the PCM.


At the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Jeep announced new updates for its Grand Cherokee mid size SUV, which included two new trim levels:[28]

The Trailhawk trim level is the "off-road" oriented trim level, which made its initial appearance in 2013, returns for 2017. It includes Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system along with Quadra-Lift air suspension system, the Selec-Speed control, and Hill Descent Control. It will offer the same seven-slot front grille that was first offered on the 2016 Grand Cherokee Laredo and Limited 75th Anniversary Edition models, red-painted front-mounted tow hooks, standard eighteen-inch and optional twenty-inch alloy wheels, special off-road tires with Kevlar coating, Neutral Gray-painted exterior accents and badges, optional Mopar side rock rails, a standard U Connect 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system, red accent stitching throughout the interior, a 'Trailhawk' emblem on the steering wheel, brushed Piano black interior trim panels, and gunmetal finished interior components.

The Summit trim level is the "upscale" version of the Grand Cherokee, which was revamped in 2014, and was revamped again for 2017. It offers a restyled front grille with LED front fog lamps, and new, twenty-inch polished alloy wheels. It features include cross-stitched leather-trimmed interior, Active Noise Cancellation, an acoustic windshield and front side glass, leather-trimmed dashboard and door panel inserts, a nineteen-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound system with Green Edge technology, automatically folding power side-view mirrors, a suede-trimmed headliner, a blind-spot monitoring System, lane departure warning, parallel and perpendicular park assist systems, Berber carpeting, and other Summit-exclusive interior appointments.

New exterior paint color options include Rhino, Diamond Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Light Brown Stone, True Blue, and Ivory Pearl Coat (availability varies by trim level).

All 2017 models received a second facelift that features new alloy wheel designs, reshaped headlights and a reshaped grill. The new grill and headlights come from the 75th Anniversary Edition models of 2016, however, without the bronze-painted accents. In addition, all models receive a new 'GRAND CHEROKEE' emblem for the front doors.

The 75th Anniversary Edition models, based on the base Laredo and mid-level Limited, also continue on for 2017.

The SRT trim for 2017 got a new front fascia and a new interior.


Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Rear view

Jeep introduced the all-new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. The Trackhawk is the highest performance Grand Cherokee model to date.[29]

  • 6.2L Hellcat HEMI V8, 707 hp (527 kW; 717 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 645 lb⋅ft (875 N⋅m) of torque at 4,800 rpm
  • Requires 91-octane premium unleaded fuel
  • Eight-speed ZF automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles
  • Flat-bottomed steering wheel
  • Five-passenger seating capacity
  • All-wheel-drive (AWD)
  • 6,200 RPM redline
  • Premium Laguna leather interior with carbon fiber trim
  • Brembo brake system (6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers)
  • 55/45 weight distribution (estimated)
  • 5,363 lb (2,433 kg) curb weight (estimated)
  • 6,600 lb (2,994 kg) gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) (estimated)
  • 1,350 lb (612 kg) payload (estimated)
  • Standard 20" x 10" polished forged aluminum wheels with "Titanium II"-painted pockets and satin-chrome wheel center caps
  • Optional 20" x 10" loss-gloss black lightweight aluminum wheels with gloss black wheel center caps
  • Standard P295/45ZR20 Pirelli Scorpion Verde runflat all-season tires
  • Optional P295/45ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero runflat 3-season tires
  • 3.70 rear axle ratio
  • 7,200 lb (3,266 kg) maximum towing capacity

Additional changes to the rest of the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup (aside from the all-new SRT Trackhawk model) include:[30]

  • Standard seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (Laredo, Laredo "E", and Limited models, replaces the previously standard five-inch color touch-screen radio)
  • All models receive the 4C latest-generation infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 8.4-inch infotainment system without GPS navigation is discontinued as an option
  • 75th Anniversary Edition models of the Laredo "E" and Limited are discontinued
  • Laredo and Laredo "E" get new seventeen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a new cloth seating style as standard equipment
  • The eighteen-inch aluminum-alloy wheel available in the 18-inch wheel and 8.4-inch Radio Package for the Laredo "E" is redesigned
  • The 3.0L EcoDiesel Turbocharged Diesel V6 engine option returns (re-certified) for the Limited, Overland, and Summit (late availability)
  • The SRT 392 gets new twenty-inch "Carbon Fiber Monkey" aluminum-alloy wheels as standard equipment
  • Summit, SRT 392, and SRT Trackhawk get a "Premium Real Metal" interior trim package
  • Active Noise Cancelling is now included on all audio systems but the standard six-speaker audio system
  • Second-generation 850RE automatic transmission replaces the previous 845RE automatic transmission (4X4 Models with 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 engine)
  • Jeep Brown and Summit Gray interior color options become available for Summit
  • Sterling Edition Package celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, is available on Limited
  • High Altitude Edition model, based on Overland, returns for 2018

The "base" U Connect 7.0 Infotainment System includes:

  • AM/FM radio
  • Two (2) USB inputs (both syncing)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Bluetooth with stereo audio streaming
  • 3.5-millimeter auxiliary audio input jack
  • Full voice control
  • "Park View" rear view backup camera
  • Seven-inch color touch-screen display
  • Standard on Laredo, Laredo "E", and Limited

The "upgraded" U Connect 8.4 Infotainment System with GPS Navigation includes all of the existing features of the U Connect 7.0 Infotainment System, but also adds the following features:

  • AM/FM radio with HD Radio
  • SiriusXM satellite radio with 1-year subscription
  • SiriusXM Travel Link with 1-year subscription
  • U Connect Guardian Services (Provided by SiriusXM) with trial subscription (Including 9-1-1 emergency call and roadside assistance call buttons)
  • 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi capabilities (Provided by AT&T Wireless) with trial subscription
  • U Connect apps
  • GPS navigation by Garmin
  • 8.4-inch color touch-screen display
  • Standard on Altitude, Trailhawk, Sterling Edition, Overland, High Altitude, Summit, SRT, and SRT Trackhawk
  • Optional on Laredo "E" (Requires 18-inch wheel and 8.4 radio group) and Limited

Both radios include the option to add a single-disc, center console-mounted CD/MP3 player, and some trim levels equipped with the 8.4-inch radio can also be equipped with a rear seat DVD and Blu-ray entertainment systems with dual screens, HDMI input, and independent CD/MP3/DVD/Blu-ray players, with two pairs of wireless headphones also included in the package. On Limited, Trailhawk, and Sterling Edition models, the Luxury Group is required to have the rear seat entertainment system option. The option can be selected independently on all other trim levels.

A standard six-speaker, non-amplified audio system comes standard on Laredo, Laredo "E", Altitude, and Limited models. A nine-speaker, 506-watt Alpine amplified surround-sound premium audio system comes standard on Trailhawk, Sterling Edition, Overland, High Altitude, SRT, and SRT Trackhawk models, and is optional on Altitude, Limited, and Summit models. A top-of-the-line eighteen-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon amplified surround-sound premium audio system comes standard on the Summit model, and is optional on Overland, SRT, and SRT Trackhawk models.


Largely unchanged for 2018, the 2019 model year Grand Cherokee receives only a few minor changes. The 25th Anniversary Sterling Edition model is now discontinued, though its aluminum-alloy wheel design is now standard on the luxurious Overland trim, and optional on midlevel Limited trim. Laredo, Laredo E, Upland (now available with two-wheel-drive), Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, Summit, SRT 392, and SRT Trackhawk models continue for 2019.[31] The 8.4 touchscreen is updated to a high-definition "Dissociated" display for the 2019 model year.

A new Limited X Package adds SRT-inspired styling cues to the mid-level Limited trim. The Overland and Summit trims gain new aluminum-alloy wheel designs.

The mid-level Limited trim receives a standard U Connect 4C 8.4 infotainment system with Garmin GPS navigation, which was previously available as an extra-cost option, leaving only the base Laredo, Laredo E, and Upland trims with the base U Connect 4 7.0 infotainment system as standard equipment. In addition, the U Connect 4C 8.4 infotainment system with Garmin GPS navigation receives a new 8.4-inch, high-definition "Dissociated" touchscreen display, which was first introduced on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

Blind Spot Detection System (BLIS) and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), previously extra-cost options available as part of a package on top-level trims of the Grand Cherokee, are now standard equipment on all Grand Cherokee trim levels.

Three new exterior colors, Green Metallic, Sting Gray, and Slate Blue join the exterior color lineup for 2019. A new interior color scheme, Black and Bridle Brown is also added for the Summit trim level, and both Trailhawk and Overland trims receive new Piano Black interior trim accents.

Trim levels that continue for 2019 are Laredo, Laredo E, Upland, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, High Altitude, Summit, SRT, and SRT Trackhawk, with Limited X being new for 2019.


In 2009, the company announced a US$1.8 billion, 285,000-square-foot (26,477 m2) expansion of its Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit to allow flexible manufacture of the next-generation model, as well as the 2011+ Dodge Durango off the same platform that was developed jointly with Mercedes (ML Chassis).[32]


A new generation of the Grand Cherokee (WL platform) will be revealed early in 2021 to go on sale alongside the all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer (WS) as a 2022 model. Therefore, the current WK2 model will see its discontinued in the first half of 2021 and will be the longest Grand Cherokee model ever produced by then.


Euro NCAP[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011)[33]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 29 81%
Child occupant: 34 69%
Pedestrian: 16 45%
Safety assist: 5 71%

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)[edit]

2013 Grand Cherokee IIHS scores[34]
Moderate overlap frontal offset Good
Small overlap frontal offset (driver) Marginal* (Jan 2013–present )
Small overlap frontal offset (passenger) Poor* (Jan 2013–present )
Side impact Good
Roof strength Good

*vehicle structure rated "Marginal"


NHTSA 2017 Grand Cherokee:[35][36]
Overall: 5/5 stars 4WD
Overall: 4/5 stars RWD
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Driver: 5/5 stars
Side Passenger: 5/5 stars
Side Pole Driver: 5/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars / 16.9% (4WD)
Rollover: 3/5 stars / 20.4% (RWD)




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