A different type of ‘hybrid’: Muscle Car meets SUV 1

In common terms, the “hybrid” badge refers to the combination of both electric and gas in a vehicle, but in the case of the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, it has been reinvented to mean muscle car meets SUV. For the individual who wants power, luxury and stunning looks enjoyed by up to four other thrill-seeking adults, the hunt is over. This is it.

Immediately appreciating the curvaceous, muscular exterior enamored with 20-inch, five-spoked wheels; Bi-Xenon headlights; the signature red Brembo brakes; and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, the interior is just as sexy for especially the racing enthusiast. Jeep evidently makes the riding experience a top priority evidenced by the perforated Ultrasuede-laced leather seats, Uconnect technology, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen displaying the latest Performance Pages Plus has to offer.

Now let’s hit the road.

The SRT label—Street and Racing Technology—is no fluke on this automobile. The 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine whips 475 horses into shape complete with a goosebumps-inducing 470 lb-ft of torque and Selec-Track System providing various driving modes by the turn of the dial. For those who don’t find the roar of this beast pleasing to the ear, the cabin’s Active Noise Cancellation, and 19-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon sound system with subwoofer will certainly provide another option.

To combat one of the very few logical drawbacks—a combined 15 miles per gallon to feed its massive engine—Jeep provides an Eco Mode and Fuel Saver Technology to deliver more efficiency to make this SUV that much more desirable.

Although there are many more models scheduled to review in 2017, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is already making a strong case as one of the most exciting automobiles to drive this year.

Fuel Economy: 13 city/ 19 highway/ 15 combined

Base Price: $66,795; as reviewed, $77,460

For more information, visit Jeep.com