Jeep has taken the wraps off the 2016 Grand Cherokee SRT. It features a revised instrument cluster, new drive modes and an assortment of other upgrades.
Jeep has taken the wraps off the 2016 Grand Cherokee SRT.
Despite looking virtually identical to last year's model, the 2016 Grand Cherokee SRT boasts a number of improvements including a new instrument panel with a "more enhanced and high-performance look." Jeep declined to release pictures but the instrument cluster has a 7-inch digital display with a tachometer that has been relocated to the center of the display.
Speaking of displays, there's updated Performance Pages with an "expanded array of performance timers and gauge readouts." There are also several new drive modes which have unique settings for the all-wheel drive system, transmission, paddle shifters, stability control, suspension and steering. These include:
- Custom — Allows driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance
- Auto — Activates automatically when starting the vehicle
- Sport — Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Auto Mode
- Track — Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces
- Snow – Delivers optimized snow and ice performance
- Tow – Delivers maximum towing performance
- Eco — Maximizes fuel economy with a revised shift schedule, pedal map and second-gear starts
The high-performance model also gains a new Valet mode which will put a frown on the face of rouge parking attendants as it "significantly" reduces the engine's output, activates the electronic stability control system and prevents the driver from using Launch Control - among other things.
While the rumored Hellcat engine is still a no-show, the 6.4-liter V8 isn't anything to complain about as it produces 475 bhp (354 kW) and 470 lb-ft (636 Nm) of torque. It enables the Grand Cherokee SRT to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and run the quarter mile in the "mid 13 second range" at a top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).