By on September 4, 2018

Jeep updated several of its models for 2019, but appears to be downplaying some of the new features. Case in point is the new Grand Cherokee, which comes with new standard safety equipment, a handful of changes, and a “Limited X” variant offering some unique visuals. But the brand only made casual mention of it in its 2019 model fact sheet, released earlier this month.

The rest of the Grand Cherokee fleet marches onward with the same general appearance and specs as the 2018 model year. However, they will receive blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-path detection as standard kit, as well as some infotainment upgrades. Meanwhile, the Grand Cherokee Limited X boasts a more aggressive front and rear fascia, performance hood, “Granite Crystal” (see: shiny, super-dark gray) exterior accents and new 20-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal wheels.

Heritage perforated seats and unique interior finishes also come standard on the X trim, along with Uconnect’s higher-resolution, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and upgraded nine-speaker audio system with noise cancelation — the latter of which is now available on all Grand Cherokees with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Jeep’s also bestowing a new set of 20-inch Heritage wheels on the Overland, while Summit models gain a unique optional 20-inch set of their own. Buyers can also option in a few new paint colors (Slate Blue, Green Metallic, and Sting Gray), some novel interior trim details, and premium materials.

Less new, however, are the engine options. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 continues as the Grand Cherokee’s base powerplant, rated at 295 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. But you can still option the 5.7-liter V8 with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft, if you want to up the briskness and overall towing capacity (to 7,200 pounds). The TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic remains the model’s go-to transmission, regardless of trim.

Those interested in more mental levels of acceleration will be pleased to know the Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk editions remains available for 2019. Those trims receive a 6.4-liter V8 engine producing 475 hp and 470 lb-ft and an induction-enhanced 6.2-liter V8 emitting a world-bending 707 hp and 645 lb-ft, respectively.

Jeep claims the SRT is capable of quarter-mile times around 12.8 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph. But the Trackhawk can cover the same amount of pavement in 11.6 seconds, and continues charging onward to a top speed of 180 mph — making it easily the fastest SUV available for under six figures.

For 2019, the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup consists of seven models — the Laredo, Limited (which includes the X), Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. Jeep has yet to announce official pricing, but we don’t expect a significant change over 2018.

[Images: FCA]

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