Jeep designed the Grand Cherokee knowing that its customers will want to put the SUV to the test in terms of off-roading capability. When you are a company that excels with smaller vehicles like the Wrangler, it is only natural to extend these design influences to a larger SUV as well. With that in mind, the Grand Cherokee has a range of engine options that promise a lot of power and torque to move the SUV up rocks, hills, and streets alike.
The baseline 3.6 V6 engine is a good powerplant that comes on the base models of the SUV line. Optimized for better fuel efficiency, this engine still manages to offer a respectable maximum of 295 horsepower under the hood. With 260 pound-feet of torque, the engine does a great job of propelling the SUV’s massive frame in a variety of average driving conditions.
When more engine power is required, the Premium Unleaded 6.4L V8 is the proper choice for greater performance and torque. The engine outputs a maximum of 475 horsepower which puts it in a position to rival many of the engines found in trucks. The maximum torque rating is around 470 pound-feet which is more than enough to pull the SUV’s frame or even do some trailering should the need arise.
For some reason, Jeep decided not to stop with the 6.4L V8 engine for its power offerings. Deep under the hood of the Trailhawk trimline sits a monster Supercharger Premium Unleaded 6.2L V8 that sounds like it was ripped right from a heavy-duty pickup. With an astounding 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, there is virtually no substitute for the power this engine has to offer.
Jeep has a unique twist on the common drivetrain options normally offered by its competitors. In addition to the expected all-wheel drive, the company bucks the trend of providing a standard forward wheel drivetrain and favors a rear wheel design instead. This design can improve traction off road without the benefit of a 4×4 drivetrain since the vehicle’s weight helps push the wheels down into the ground.