Friday, June 29, 2007

2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee Preview

For the first time, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will have the optional 3.0-liter diesel engine, which Chrysler says can improve fuel economy by as much as 30 percent.

The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with an all-new, 4.7-liter V8 engine, rated at 305 hp and 330 pound-feet of torque, among its five available engine choices. Others include a 3.0-liter diesel; a 3.7-liter V6; a 5.7-liter heavy V8; and for the high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT8, a 420-hp 6.1-liter V8.

Chrysler says the new 4.7-liter engine will boast a 5 percent improvement in fuel economy and is E85 flex-fuel capable (E85 is a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline).

For the first time, Grand Cherokee models will have the optional 3.0-liter diesel, which Chrysler says can improve fuel economy by as much as 30 percent and provide a driving range of approximately 450 miles with towing capability of up to 7,400 pounds.

Interior changes include a new center console, armrests, two-tone instrument panel and bright accents with soft-touch surfaces and updated styling.

“Sirius Backseat TV,” the first-ever in-vehicle streaming video technology, will be launched as an available feature on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler minivans. The technology will also become available on 2008 Jeep Commanders, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Chargers and Magnums. Exterior styling for the Grand Cherokee is unchanged for 2008.
(C)Forbes, Shane Kite

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