2017 Jeep® Grand Cherokee
After 75 years of successful automaking, Jeep knows when to keep a good thing. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. hasn’t changed much from 2016, it’s still a top-selling midsize SUV with a powerful engine, available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive, and various 4×4 off-road systems. Luxury SUVs can be pricey, but even the upper-level Jeep Grand Cherokee trims are affordable.
Avail. HEMI V8
Avail. 4×4 System
There are four engines available throughout the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup, but some are reserved for the 4×4 drivetrain, the default being 4×2. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine built with VVT and ESS. Variable Valve Timing (VVT) is a process designed to optimize the air/fuel intake/exhaust of an engine’s cylinders for superior performance and fuel economy. Electronic Start-Stop (ESS) technology turns off the engine when idling to conserve fuel. Together, this engine generates 295-horsepower and has a fuel economy of 19/26 mpg city/highway.
A 3.0 EcoDiesel V6 engine is available for various trims, generating 240-horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque if looking to haul some cargo and reduce CO2 emissions. For more power there is the 360-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that is optional on select trims, and only when equipped with a 4×4 drivetrain. For total power, there is a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that is equipped with an SRT-tuned 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that generates 475 horsepower – no small feat for a SUV. The Grand Cherokee SRT is also only available with a 4×4 drivetrain to offer drivers superior handling of the road and the power.
There are several 4×4 systems available on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. These of course are only available with the 4×4 drivetrain. The SRT trim has its own exclusive 4×4 system.
Quadra-Trac I is a full-time 4×4 system that handles all-weather and unsavory driving conditions. Quadra-Trac II on the other hand is a part-time 4×4 system and comes with a two-speed transfer case for redirecting torque to the axle with the most traction in the event of tire-slippage. It also comes with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain Traction Control System, in which drivers can select one of four driving modes: Snow, Sand, Mud, or Rock.
Quadra-Drive II 4×4 comes with a rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) for all-weather traction and off-road capability. It also has the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension System for increased ground clearance. The Selec-Terrain Traction Control System can also be found on this system, with the following modes: Snow, Sand/Mud, or Rock.
Quadra-Trac SRT 4×4 is exclusive to the Grand Cherokee SRT. It is a full-time 4×4 system and comes with a transfer case for superior performance in any conditions. It also has an ELSD and a wet clutch for managing traction. For torque splitting and suspension dampening, a Selec-Trac five-mode system can be found in the cabin.
Many of the trims on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee come with their own selection of features, but there is plenty of variety and standard options. Across the lineup, drivers can find bi-xenon HID headlamps, automatic high beam headlamps, LED fog and tail lamps, and other features available on select trims, all of which have automatic headlamps. There are also some convenient features that help up the luxury of the Jeep Grand Cherokee
For starters, there’s deep tint sunscreen glass to keep the cabin from overheating and is a full lineup standard, along with heated exterior mirrors and an integrated liftgate rear spoiler. If looking for a fresh air, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof is optional on upper-level trims. There are also nine choices for body paint color and a variety of wheels ranging from 17-inch aluminum wheels to 20-inch platinum aluminum wheels to give your Jeep Grand Cherokee some style.
Luxury doesn’t stop at the door – heated front seats are standard on nearly all trims (optional on Laredo and Laredo E). Seating materials include cloth, Laguna leather, premium leather, and the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk trim has its own Trailhawk leather/suede. A fold-flat front passenger seat is available in some trims, and a 60/40 split-fold rear seat is a lineup standard.
Available on select trims for keeping the cabin comfortable, there is an active noise control system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a heated steering wheel. Various trims also have a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Standard on all trims is dual-zone automatic temperature control, cargo tie down loops, and a cargo storage net.
The Grand Cherokee’s standard audio system is a six-speaker system, and some trims have the option of a nine amplified speaker system with a subwoofer. The upper-level Grand Cherokee trims are available or standard with a 19 Harman Kardon speaker system and a subwoofer. Depending on the trim and the Uconnect system installed (Uconnect 5.0, 8.4, 8.4 with navigation, or Uconnect Access) drivers are greeted by a 5-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen display.
A 7-inch LCD instrument cluster with tachometer and integrated voice command with Bluetooth are standard across all trims. A Uconnect variation of Bluetooth is available on the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. The upper-level Grand Cherokee trims are available with various video systems i.e. DVD/Blu-Ray players.
Safety Features and Warranty
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with many basic safety standards, and the Grand Cherokee 4×4 earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. Safety features include advanced multistage front airbags, electronic stability control, an enhanced accident response system, LATCH tethers for LATCH-ready child seats, ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop, and keyless Enter-n-Go. More advanced systems that help prevent accidents include LaneSense lane departure warning, blind spot and cross path detection, and adaptive cruise control with stop.
All Jeep vehicles are covered by a three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.
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