2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Previewed
The new high-performance model is expected to go on sale in 2011 as model year 2012 and will be based on the upcoming 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
According to MotorAuthority.com, the new SRT8 is likely to be powered by a newly-developed 3.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that would generate around 500hp (373kW) and 500ft-lb (678Nm) of torque. Technical details are fairly limited at this point but the aforementioned source writes that the car will also boast a number of models aimed at improving the overall performance figures, including a sport bodykit, upgraded suspensions, 5-spoke wheels and uprated brakes.
Since the only thing we got is the adjacent teaser, there are no confirmed details regarding the car so figures are likely to be a bit different on the production model.
Aside from this report, Chrysler is facing a 30-day deadline to complete its transaction with Italian car manufacturer Fiat and establish a better survival plan to comply with government's requirements. As part of the Chrysler-Fiat strategic alliance, the Italian automaker will get a 35 percent stake in the American automaker and will use the company's US-based network dealership to sell its models in the region.
On the other hand, Chrysler will be able to benefit from Fiat's fuel-efficient product lineup, with the American manufacturer likely to sell a number of European models under the Chrysler badge.