The legendary SUV was redesigned last year and the new generation has brought a lot of significant improvements over the previous version. It rides better, it is more luxurious and better equipped. However, we are still missing one puzzle from the previous generation. Namely, we are still waiting to see a performance-oriented model and it looks like it will finally come in the first half of the next year, as the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. The officials are still quiet, so make sure to take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
Unlike the previous generation, the new high-performance Grand Cherokee won’t be offered with V8 engines. Instead, we expect to see it with the new inline-six unit called Hurricane, which already debuted in the Grand Wagoneer. This should be the most powerful variant of the Grand Cherokee, though we won’t exclude future power upgrades in the future.
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Gets Brand-New Engine
Of course, the most important upgrade, in this case, will be the engine. However, we won’t be seeing a massive V8 engine as we used to. The era of eight cylinders is gone, even in the case of this legend. The new SRT is expected to feature the new Hurricane engine, which already debuted in the Grand Wagoneer this year.
The exact specs for the Grand Cherokee are still unavailable but we don’t expect to see significant differences in this case. Therefore, this 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six should feature a max output of around 510 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. For comparison, the old Grand Cherokee with a 6.4-liter V8 featured about 475 horsepower, so we expect notable improvements regarding acceleration and overall performance.
On the other hand, we don’t expect to see changes regarding transmission. The new model should carry on with a super-smooth 8-speed ZF-sourced automatic.
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Design
Other than the powertrain, the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT would come with a few more upgrades. In terms of mechanics, we would expect to see some suspension tweaks, which would improve handling. Considering that the new generation rides on the Giorgio platform and already offers a much higher level of athleticism, we have no doubt that the new SRT will perform much better in this aspect than its predecessor. Also, don’t forget that the new inline-six is significantly lighter than the old HEMI V8. This will also have an impact on handling and overall performance.
Of course, we presume that the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT would also come with a couple of styling updates, which would accentuate the model’s performance character. This may refer to things like unique wheels, color options, as well as a new body kit with more aggressive bumpers, diffusers and similar upgrades.
Exclusive interior details are also possible. We could see upgraded seats, as well as things like upgraded cabin materials, unique color schemes and similar things. Naturally, a longer list of standard equipment is also expected. Still, the overall cabin layout should remain largely the same. The new generation looks pretty impressive in this aspect, offering a pretty luxurious and stylish interior design.
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will feature the same overall cabin layout, so you may count on a spacious SUV with a couple of rows of seats that both accommodate adults with ease. We also count on the same numbers regarding cargo volume. For reference, the standard model offers around 37.7 feet of space behind the second row and 70.8 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is pretty decent for the class.
Considering that we are talking about a model that should be the most expensive in the lineup, we have no doubt that the list of standard equipment will be pretty long. We presume that the list of standard features should include goodies like a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch touch screen, a 10.25-inch passenger-side touch screen, navigation, wireless device charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker audio system, USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, premium sound system etc.
When it comes to safety, we know for sure that things like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assisting, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors will be on the list of standard safety features. Further additions and upgrades are also possible.
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Release Date and Price
According to rumors, the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will arrive sometime in the first half of the next year. Some estimations suggest a price tag between 75.000 and 80.000 dollars.