Information about the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is still scarce, but there are several intriguing speculations and rumors. The good thing is that everyone tells new Cherokee will get significant improvements and modifications, especially in terms of the exterior. This crossover is one of the most popular in this segment and with new updates it will definitely attract more customers. There are some beliefs that even new engine is going to be placed under the hood. This review is entirely based on speculations hence don’t take this information to the bank before Jeep confirms it. Here is our view of the new Cherokee.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review
The current model is based on the platform developed by Mercedes, but it is very likely Jeep will abandon this platform. We heard through the grapevine that the American automaker is working together with Alfa Romeo on a new platform. The Italian manufacturer is also going to launch its own crossover. At this point, it is not known what will it look like, but there are some speculations. The new platform should have 500lbs less than the current one in order to achieve better performance. Have in mind that Cherokee has a few trims that quite differ. This time, we won’t pay attention to all of them and we’ll talk about Cherokee in general.
The engine lineup will consist of several different units. The base model will get either a 2.4-liter or 2.0-liter inline with an ability to deliver approximately 300 horsepower. Apart from the base engine, there will be several others. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder is slightly more powerful and it comes with an output of 350 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. Based on our experience the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee should be coupled with an automatic gearbox and it is possible that Jeep will develop a new automatic transmission.
The current model uses 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter eight-cylinder. However, it is very likely that we won’t see these two units in Cherokee. Instead of these two, the new unit should be introduced. A 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder is believed to be the top of the offer with 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to performance 2018 model should have better figures than the current model. Thanks to lower weight and improved engines it will be the best Cherokee so far. The driving system should remain unchanged, though. This means both RWD and AWD are going to be offered. Perhaps, some assumptions won’t come true, but the only certain thing is that new version will be improved and thus more competent on the market.
There are some rumors that the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is going to have seven seats. This will be the biggest modification if it comes true, but we are not so certain about it. To tell you the truth, we don’t have a clue what design will new Cherokee have. Some websites published “spy photos of the new model”, but these are false pictures. No one has spotted it on the streets yet and we’re still waiting for the first photos. The only speculation we take seriously into consideration is that the upcoming model is going to be larger than its predecessor.
Larger vehicle means more space for passengers. More space for passengers means more convenient vehicle. Technology will surely be updated while the seats might get new upholstery. New materials may be used inside the cabin, but no one is sure which exactly.
Nobody expects the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee will hit the market soon. The best prediction tells us it might come by the end of 2017. However, don’t get surprised if we see it on the streets for the first time two years from now. Nevertheless, we expect that Jeep will announce more info about this crossover soon.