The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was redesigned last year to critical acclaim. However, it also carried the heftiest price tag in automaker’s stable. This year, Jeep has gone back through its fourth-generation Grand Cherokee, tweaking it to make it more affordable. The base trim Laredo will drop $3220 for a base price of $26,995.
Not surprisingly, the price drop also comes with a cut in standard features. The eight-way power driver’s seat that was standard in the 2011 Grand Cherokee has gone by the wayside. Other options cost more than they did last year. For example, the Laredo’s leather package now costs $5300; last year it was only $4000. It’s also unclear if Jeep added anything to the Grand Cherokee for the 2012 model year.
Fuel economy will also be boosted for both the V-6 and V-8 thanks to some under-hood tweaks to the Grand Cherokee. A new electrically assisted power steering mechanism boosts rear-wheel drive V-6 Grand Cherokees by 1 mpg in the city (17 city/23 highway) while four-wheel drive models get an extra 1 mpg out on the open road (16 city/23 highway). If you opt for the 360-horsepower V-8 engine, fuel economy is also sure to improve thanks to a new six-speed automatic transmission, but fuel-economy numbers aren’t yet available. The upgraded V-8 will be offered on all trims for $1,695.
The newest model Grand Cherokee will still be offered in the Laredo, Limited, and Overland trims. Four-wheel drive is an option with the Laredo and the SRT8 will also be new for 2012. If you want the Street and Racing Technology package it will start at $54,470.
In addition, Jeep is holding the line on its classic Wrangler, with prices staying the same for 2012. The ever-stalwart Wrangler gets an upgrade under the hood with the 290 horsepower V-6 Pentastar engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The new engine is expected to be more powerful and fuel efficient getting 17 mpg city and 21 highway.
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Source: Detroit Free Press