2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee – The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a midsize SUV, like the Ford Traveler or Chevrolet Innovator, however it uses premium off-road capability similar to that of the upscale Land Vagabond LR3.
Outdoors, the Grand Cherokee is edgy and angular, clean and contemporary, minimalist by body cladding. Yet it is instantaneously well-known as a Jeep.
Inside, the environment is light, comfortable, and enveloping, with lots of seat changes, as well as outstanding external vision around relatively slim windscreen posts. Switches and also controls are plainly classified and simple to locate as well as use. In back is nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo area.
A wide variety of engines is available. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is especially great for towing or driving at higher altitudes. The high-performance SRT8 design has a 420-horsepower 6.1-liter Hemi V8 as well as could increase from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 secs.
The smaller, 4.7-liter overhead-cam V8 gets 70 even more horsepower for 2008 for a total amount of 305 hp; we located this engine works fairly well. The 4.7-liter engine is provided in most states with E85 flex-fuel ability, indicating it can operate on gasoline or approximately 85 percent ethanol.
The Grand Cherokee additionally supplies a Mercedes-Benz-sourced 3.0-liter common-rail turbo-diesel (CRD) V6, which can tow approximately 7,400 pounds (with appropriate devices) as well as range 425 miles between fill-ups.
For 2008, Grand Cherokee take advantage of minor exterior and interior layout adjustments, along with new amusement and off-road and also safety and security functions.
For 2008, Grand Cherokee obtains a revised front fascia as well as grille and a brand-new front lights layout with available high-intensity discharge headlamps.
For 2008, the cockpit console, guiding wheel, facility console, and also armrests are modified, and the steering wheel adds a telescoping function. The brand-new home entertainment options contain Sirius Backseat TV with 3 child-oriented networks and Jeep’s MyGig, a 20-gigabyte hard disk that holds tracks, pictures, as well as navigation system map details.
Grand Cherokee was last upgraded for the 2005 version year. The current Grand Cherokee uses far better handling compared to that of pre-2005 designs, leaning less in edges. It trips better on all surfaces as well as its transforming radius is tighter.
Hill-start assist holds the brakes on a hill to enable smooth launches. Hill-descent control utilizes the ABS to manage the price of rate when driving down high hills. A trailer persuade control system is readily available that uses stopping stress to private wheels to assist maintain trailers during towing.
The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee can be found in 4 trim degrees. The Laredo ($28,520) includes a 210-hp, 3.7-liter V6 and a five-speed automatic transmission. A/c is typical, in addition to fabric upholstery, power windows, power locks with remote keyless entry, eight-way power chauffeur’s seat, tilt-telescoping steering wheel, AM/FM/CD sound with auxiliary input jack, driver information facility, 60/40 split folding rear seat, an engine immobilizer, waterproof storage space compartment as well as 17-inch wheels. The 4.7-liter overhead-cam V8 as well as natural leather seats are readily available in choice plans.
Laredo 4WD ($30,490) features Quadra-Trac I full-time 4×4 with traction control. Quadra-Trac II, that includes reduced– range gearing, is optional ($595) with the V6 and also standard with the V8. Quadra-Drive II permanent energetic 4WD is optional ($795) with either engine.
Quadra-Drive II has low-range gearing, grip control, and front, facility, and also rear limited-slip differentials. The Restricted ($35,965) has the 4.7-liter V8 and leather furniture with warmed first- and second-row seats.
Also typical: rear challenge discovery; rear backup cam; automatic climate control; sunroof; Boston Acoustics six-speaker, 276-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability; power adjustable pedals; power traveler seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel; Sirius satellite radio with one-year membership; memory function for the seats, pedals, and also mirrors; automated headlamps; rain-sensing automatic wipers; auto-dimming rearview mirror; HomeLink universal garage door opener; an updated tire-pressure display that shows the status of specific tires; adjustable roof-rack crossrails; and machined-face 17-inch aluminum wheels.
For 2008, the stereo has Jeep’s MyGig Entertainment System, which includes a 6.5-inch touch-screen as well as a 20-gigabyte hard disk drive to hold songs as well as images. Minimal 4WD ($38,555) obtains all that plus hill start assist, hillside descent control, as well as Quadra-Trac II, with Quadra-Drive II as an alternative.
The Hemi is optional ($845) on both 2WD and 4WD Limiteds, as well as the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 is optional for both 2WD ($3050) as well as 4WD ($3700) designs. Other choices include back DVD amusement, 18-inch wheels, as well as, new for 2008, high-intensity discharge headlamps with auto leveling.
Likewise optional this year are Jeep’s MyGig Infotainment System, which includes a navigating system with real-time website traffic and voice control to the MyGig Amusement System, and also Sirius Rear seat TELEVISION with 3 child-oriented channels: Cartoon Network, Disney Channel as well as Nickelodeon.
The Overland ($40,005) comes with the 5.7-liter Hemi, as well as adds a wood-and-leather steering wheel, real timber accents on the doors and also console, two-tone natural leather and ultra-suede seats embroidered with the Overland logo, leather-covered console and armrest, the high-intensity discharge headlamps with vehicle leveling, the MyGig Infotainment System with navigation, a trailer-tow team, as well as chromed 18-inch light weight aluminum wheels.
Platinum accents highlight the exterior. Overland 4WD ($43,440) adds Quadra-Drive II. The 3.0-liter diesel motor is optional for 2WD as well as 4WD Overland models, as are Sirius Rear seat TV and back DVD home entertainment.
The SRT8 ($40,525) comes with a 6.1-liter Hemi rated 420 horse power, a decreased suspension, its very own digital all-wheel-drive system, and run-flat tires. Distinctive bumper fascias as well as 20-inch wheels make SRT8 promptly identifiable.
Inside are sport seats, special trim, as well as a degree of conventional functions roughly comparable to those of the Limited version. Alternatives can bring an SRT8 virtually as much as the Overland degree of comfort as well as ease.
Options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1,200); a sunroof bundle ($800); different trailer lugging packages; UConnect hands-free mobile phone link ($275); rear obstacle discovery ($255); back backup camera. A Skid Plate Group ($295) is readily available, in addition to an engine block heating system ($40).
Five engines power the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup, beginning with the 3.0-liter turbo diesel motor great for 215 hp and 376 lb.-ft. of torque that’s optional on the Limited and also Overland versions.
The diesel engine is matched with a 5-speed transmission. Next is the 3.7-liter V-6 engine that’s conventional on the Laredo, and produces 210 hp and 235 lb.-ft. of torque.
This engine likewise obtains the 5-speed automatic transmission. The Restricted features the brand new 4.7-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 305 hp as well as 334 lb.-ft. of torque. Engine 4 is the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that’s basic on the Overland and also optional on the Limited.
It benefits 330 hp and also 375 lb.-ft. of torque. Both those engines are matched to a various 5-speed transmission. The big-daddy powerplant in the SRT8 is a 6.1-liter Hemi that provides 420 hp as well as 410 lb.-ft. of torque. The transmission coupled to that engine is a 5-speed automatic with Car Stick for clutchless shifting.
All Jeeps are Trail Ranked, which means their 4WD systems can take on basically any off-road circumstance with ease. Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, as well as Quadra-Drive function various transfer-case capacities, yet only the Quadra-Drive has a digital limited-slip differential for side-to-side traction.
Gas economic climate numbers for the diesel are 18 mpg city/23 mpg freeway for 2-wheel-drive (2WD) versions, and 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway with 4WD. The 3.7-liter V-6 engine delivers 15 mpg city/20 mpg freeway with 2WD or 4WD; the 4.7-liter engine is 14 mpg city/19 mpg freeway with either drivetrain.
The 5.7-liter Hemi engine goes down to 13 mpg city/19 mpg freeway for both drive systems, and also the SRT8 gives 12 mpg city/15 mpg highway.
In appearance, the Grand Cherokee is modern-day and also square-edged, with a fashionably high midsection as well as small side home windows. The shape of the body is created to safeguard the sides of the automobile from possible roadway particles.
For 2008, the grille has actually been lengthened, the headlamps made more circular, as well as the front fascia has been upgraded as a two-piece device with a reduced section that can be eliminated to permit even more clearance over rugged surface.
While traditional SUVs, such as the Dodge Durango, are built on a separate frame like a truck, the Grand Cherokee uses an uncommon construction plan Jeep calls Uniframe, a close marriage of a bonded steel unit-body and underlying front and rear components.
This is an exceptionally sturdy as well as inflexible idea developed back in Jeep’s days with unit-body leader American Motors. The Grand Cherokee has gained a luxury safety and security score in both front as well as side effect examinations from the federal government.
Limited versions present a flashier look than Laredo designs, with a chromed grille, intense inserts in the bumpers, and also accent-color bodyside molding.
The Overland is differentiated by mesh-texture grille inserts between its traditional upright grille bars, which are Platinum in finish; Platinum accents also appear on the bumpers, side molding, roof-rack side rails, liftgate light bar, and also mirrors. Wheels are chromed, and the front sill guards are cleaned stainless.
Jeep got to deep right into its heritage for the Overland name. Very first integrated in 1903, the Overland automobile was the earliest ancestor of the Willys.
Willys played an important duty in the development and also production of the Globe War II-era Jeep, but was additionally the initial car manufacturer to seriously visualize a private market for a military-style utility lorry.
The Willys Jeep debuted in 1946 and also had its name shortened to just-plain Jeep in the very early 1960s. Although the Jeep brand has actually travelled through numerous proprietors since then, its lineage stays unbroken.
The SRT8 has a monochrome appearance all its own, relieved by bright trim at the belt degree as well as bodyside and emphasized by huge five-spoke, 20-inch created aluminum wheels. Practical duct in its more enthusiast front bumper fascia improve brake air conditioning.
The back bumper is eliminated to fit twin four-inch exhaust pointers, as well as the extensive side sills are declared to improve downforce. SRT8 is readily available only in Bright Silver, Dazzling Black or Inferno Red.
For 2008, Jeep Grand Cherokee gets an upgraded inside with a soft-touch instrument hood, a brand-new steering wheel with controls for the electronic car info facility, a changed instrument collection with brighter LED illumination, a leather-wrapped as well as chromed parking brake handle, as well as brand-new armrests with boosted ergonomics.
The seats are big and cushy in all trim levels other than SRT8, the far better to enjoy the generous interior room. On Laredo they are cushioned in fabric with leather as a plan option, while Restricted seats are two-tone leather with perforated inserts.
In Overland, the seats are draped in saddle-perforated high-contrast two-tone Ultrasuede, featuring accent piping and stitched Overland logos. Overland also showcases actual wood cut on the steering wheel, cockpit console, door panels, as well as equipment selector. The center armrest is leather-upholstered, and also special colors are employed in the tool cluster.
The SRT8 opts for the state-of-the-art racer look with deeply contoured sport seats, and lots of carbon fiber and also aluminum trim. Unique blue-accented evaluates consist of a 180-mph speedometer plus oil pressure and also oil temperature readouts in the facility pile.
The sport seats supply great deals of support, with deep side reinforces, however motorists with larger frameworks may locate them also slim.
The instrument panel on all versions is a cohesive layout with a wonderful combination of glossy plated parts, matte-finish parts, as well as a premium layout. In all Grand Cherokees, the two-tone, dark-over-light motif set by the cockpit console moves right into the door trim.
The readily available navigating system incorporates the stereo and also other features, and for 2008 it includes Jeep’s MyGig, a 20-gigabyte disk drive that holds tracks, pictures as well as the navigating information.
It could hold concerning 1600 songs, and also you could set it to present your personal digital pictures. The screen has a good screen, creates crisp maps, and does a good work of routing you to your location, both aesthetically and also audibly.
It isn’t as easy to program as comparable systems from Acura as well as Lexus, however. There’s a different Get in switch, which could be irritating because intuition recommends pushing the toggle switch down. The daytime setting is so intense at night about be sidetracking.
Likewise, all Chrysler products, including Jeeps, use a separate Establish switch for pre-setting radio stations, which appears needlessly difficult. Establishing these on most radios is simply an issue of holding down the desired predetermined.
The rear DVD enjoyment system gains offered Sirius Backseat TELEVISION for 2008. The TELEVISION system calls for a month-to-month subscription for its 3 channels: Anime Network, Disney Network, as well as Nickelodeon. We attempted it and also located the reception to be great. With Sirius Rear seat TV, if you forget the DVDs, you can still keep the children entertained.
One area of problem for family customers is rear seats. Despite its midsize SUV dimensions, the Grand Cherokee’s back seat does not have the leg room making back grown-up passengers comfy, particularly if taller passengers are riding up front. Such an issue might be a deal breaker for clients that on a regular basis lug adult-size passengers.
The freight area, on the various other hand, is fairly helpful. It includes a reversible tons flooring panel that flips over on itself to produce a shallow container, for more versatility in the rear storage space area. The second-row seats fold up down for an overall of 67.4 cubic feet of freight space, yet they do not fold level for optimal energy.
The Grand Cherokee features anti-lock brakes, a skid control system with rollover reduction, and also side drape airbags as requirement. A back back-up camera and also park assist system are on the choices listing.
A kid-pleasing modern technology is the optional Sirius Backseat TELEVISION, which showcases three channels of children’s shows: Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and also the Cartoon Network. It utilizes an in-vehicle satellite video clip receiver as well as 2 antennae to contact the networks.
Optional devices consists of MyGIG, which has integrated navigation, audio, entertainment and communications systems.
There’s a 20-gigabyte hard drive to store songs as well as pictures, as well as a voice-memo function. Real-time web traffic is reported through Sirius satellite radio. A trailer persuade control feature helps reduce the persuade of a trailer to increase safety and security when hauling.
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee combines mountain-goat agility in tough terrain with stable and also responsive handling on the smooth roads where most purchasers will certainly spend a lot of their time.
Laredo comes criterion with Chrysler’s 3.7-liter V6, borrowed from its sibling vehicles, the Jeep Freedom and also Dodge Ram, with its own five-speed overdrive transmission. The single expenses camera V6 generates 210 horsepower as well as obtains an EPA-rated 15/20 mpg City/Highway with rear- or 4×4, not much better than the V8s.
The 4.7-liter V8, on the other hand, is dramatically improved for 2008, as well as it works actually well in the Grand Cherokee. This contemporary, overhead-cam engine is smooth as well as effective for around-town and also freeway driving.
It has a wide torque band, a beautiful sound, and electronic throttle control (drive-by-wire) that’s easy to utilize and also accurate in complicated downhill off-road circumstances. If you don’t live in the mountains and also don’t generally tow anything, this engine could be your ideal choice.
The 4.7-liter V8 produces 305 horse power at 5650 rpm and 334 pound-feet of torque at 3950 rpm. (Those numbers are up 70 as well as 29, specifically, from 2007.) It’s EPA-rated at 14/19 mpg with rear- or four-wheel drive. It’s also flex-fuel qualified in 45 states, implying it could operate on fuel or up to 85 percent ethanol (E85).
The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is an extensively modern engine, featuring twin ignition system, straight ignition, and electronic throttle control, though it is a pushrod-overhead-valve layout. The 5.7-liter Hemi produces 330 horse power at 5000 rpm as well as 375 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm.
Gas economic climate is an EPA-rated 13/19 mpg with back drive as well as 13/18 mpg with 4×4. Keep in mind that it delivers a lot stronger torque yet matches the gas economy of the 4.7-liter. Torque is that pressure that drives you from junctions and assists you tow trailers up long grades, and also you could really feel it with the Hemi.
Its freeway fuel economic climate score is assisted by Jeep’s Multi-Displacement System, which closes down four of the engine’s 8 cyndrical tubes whenever it finds a steady-state cruise problem and then reactivates them as needed. For 2008, Grand Cherokees with the Hemi get a Gas Saver Setting display that notifies vehicle drivers when 4 cyndrical tubes have actually been shut down.
Both V8 engines utilize a sturdy five-speed automatic transmission with a direct fourth equipment for towing. Both this transmission and the five-speed automatic that’s mated to the V6 attribute a hand-operated change entrance.
The 3.0-liter common-rail turbo-diesel (CRD) V6, crafted by Mercedes-Benz, generates 215 horsepower at 4000 rpm as well as 376 pound-feet of torque at 2000 rpm. That’s as much torque as the Hemi, at half the engine rate.
Towing capacity additionally matches the Hemi, at 7400 extra pounds (with 2WD); while EPA gas economy of 18/23 mpg with rear-wheel drive (17/22 mpg with 4×4) generates a driving range of more than 400 miles on one container of gas.
Clean-diesel technology reduces carbon-dioxide discharges by 20 percent, yet the diesel is not clean sufficient to be offered in Maine, New York, Vermont, Connecticut or The golden state.
The Grand Cherokee uses a better trip as well as much better cornering compared to any other Jeep in history. We don’t advise flinging 4500-pound SUVs right into corners, yet the Grand Cherokee is qualified in this sort of socially unacceptable behavior because it’s simple to own and also rewarding within the restrictions of its tires.
There appears to be a flatfooted, steady perspective with this Jeep, similar to that of the car-based crossover SUVs lately introduced (in fact, it’s much better compared to some). The steering is sensibly quick, precise, and also well heavy.
A limited, 37.1-foot transforming circle offers benefits off-road in addition to in crowded car park or when making a U-turn. Still, the Grand Cherokee really feels much more like a truck than the regular crossover SUV.
Tow rankings are 3,500 pounds for the 3.7-liter V6, 6,500 extra pounds for the 4.7-liter V8, and also 7,400 po.
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Summary
The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a symbol amongst sporting activity energy vehicles and this latest-generation variation is far better than older designs. It looks remarkable. It’s effective as well as peaceful at the exact same time. It supplies great room efficiency as well as comes packed with basic as well as optional attributes.
The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fantastic choice for those that want to tow, go off-road, or both. And if gas economic situation is your objective, the offered diesel has it without giving up power.