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Grand Cherokee Hellcat SRT

Expect Hell-acious SUV in 2017

Jeep president Mike Manley told an interviewer at the recent Detroit Auto Show that the much-anticipated Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine will become a reality sometime in 2017. First introduced in the Dodge Challenger and Charger last year, the Hellcat engine is a 6.2-liter supercharged beast that is the most powerful production engine ever created. The Grand Cherokee currently offers an SRT model that boasts a 475-horsepower engine, capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The Grand Cherokee Hellcat is estimated to achieve the same distance in 3.5 seconds, an amazing feat for a large SUV. You can test drive the Grand Cherokee SRT at Chapman Payson and determine if that horsepower is adequate or if you need to wait for the Hellcat option.

Trailhawk or Trackhawk? Jeep’s not Saying

Although most of the top-rated Jeep’s have the model name Trailhawk, the company did take a trademark out on the name “Trackhawk” in 2014. That fueled the rumors that they were planning on putting the Hellcat into the Cherokee to officially create the baddest SUV on the planet. Baddest should also translate into one of the most expensive. The Grand Cherokee SRT pricing begins at $66,490, and a Hellcat version would naturally be more pricey. For that amount of money, you can expect not only amazing performance, but creature comforts like heated leather seats, sunroof and a top quality infotainment system including concert quality sound and navigation.

Grand Cherokee SRT Benefits from Racing Technology

When the racing team at Jeep was tasked with the idea of creating a performance-based SUV, one can only imagine the glee with which they attacked the task. From the 6.4-liter HEMI engine to the 8-speed transmission and paddle shifters, they picked an awesome powertrain to build around. Add some 20-inch Goliath wheels, super stopping braking power and Jeep’s patented Selec-Track traction control system and this SUV concept began to take shape. Of course, with that much power, you want to make sure you get away from the red lights quickly. That’s where the Launch Control button becomes important. You just hit the button and firmly apply the brake and tromp on the gas. Once you release the brake the Grand Cherokee leaps from the line with maximum traction, pinning you back in your seat with a smile on your face.

Style Translates From Outside In

Take one look at the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and you see a sculpted body with an aggressive stance that means all business. Hood air vents help extract the heat from the powerful engine, while a rear spoiler pushes down to improve handling. Sit inside the cockpit and let the leather interior grip you like a hug from an old friend. The leather-wrapped steering wheel contains controls for your hands-free communication and the 19-speaker sound system. An active noise cancellation system helps keep the interior as quiet as a mountain trail. See the Grand Cherokee SRT at Chapman Payson and determine if it has enough power, or if you just have to wait for the Hellcat.

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Command-Trac Offers Four-Wheel Drive Control

When driving on snow-covered roads, it’s common to come across patches of ice that are hidden under the powder. Jeep’s Command-Trac 4×4 system is designed to split the torque evenly between the front and rear axles, providing a measure of control in case one or two wheels start to spin out. Pick a Wrangler with the Rubicon trim package and you get the upgraded Rock-Trac four-wheel drive system that provides even more torque. No matter how much control a Jeep offers, it’s wise to reduce your speed when the road conditions are icy or unknown. If you’re doing a lot of winter driving, head over to Chapman Payson and look at the complete lineup of Jeep four-wheel drive vehicles.

Grand Cherokee Lets You Choose Five Driving Modes

Although there’s no substitute for driving with caution and leaving plenty of room between your vehicle and other cars on the road, driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Selec-Terrain traction control system gives you a leg up on other drivers. “Snow” is one of the five settings you can choose with the twist of a dial, providing maximum control and traction whether you’re experiencing a light snowfall or complete white out. Even though it’s normal to be more confident when driving a Jeep, don’t let your confidence get you into trouble. Heed weather warnings, pay attention to road closures and let common sense be your guide. It’s better to arrive at a destination a day late rather than not at all.

Navigation Systems Help Keep You on Course

When normal landmarks and sightlines are obliterated by a snowstorm, a Jeep Garmin navigation system is a good thing to have onboard. The Jeep Compass not only provides excellent highway mileage, should it take several hours between gas stations, but the 430N navigation system is unaffected by weather. You’ll know your precise location at all times and be able to stay on the beaten path. Available fog lamps will assist you in your efforts to stay out of the ditch and keep moving to your destination.

Little Renegade Has Collision Warning System

As the most trail-ready small SUV ever created, the Jeep Renegade has an available collision warning system that is unaffected by blinding snow. For those trips where vision is limited to just a few feet, take advantage of the Full-Speed Collision Warning System and Active Braking to help you avoid bumping into other vehicles. Jeep also provides an available lane departure system that tells you when you are drifting out of your lane. Before you head out to grandma’s house, visit your Jeep in Payson dealer, Chapman Payson, and see how a new Jeep can keep you and your family safe this winter.