2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Tech Upgrades, New Aggro Limited X Variant

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
2019 jeep grand cherokee tech upgrades new aggro limited x variant

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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  • RSF RSF on Sep 04, 2018

    Nothing but a big yawn here...

  • CincyDavid CincyDavid on Sep 07, 2018

    I recently added a used Grand Cherokee (with a HEMI) to the stable. Beautifully built, great seats, all around it's impressive. I'm NOT a FCA fan, and had serious misgivings but this is a nicely done vehicle. I will be curious to see what platform they use when this is finally replaced. By the way, mine's gray too, Mineral Gray to be precise. Has a little greenish tinge to it, not a bad color.

  • Lou_BC You'd think cops would have an understanding of the laws they are supposed to enforce.
  • Merlyn I’m on my second Spark and love it! I can pass any car I’ve never had a problem going up a hill it does just fine. As for cargo I can fit three suitcases, two book bags and still have the front seat for a passenger. Not sure what point this guy is trying to make. I have hand free phone service and Sirius radio plug in my phone and have navigation. I would buy another spark in a heartbeat.
  • Buickman I won't own one and I'll be happy!
  • Jeanbaptiste Ever since y’all started sending your damn geese down here we’re just been waiting for one of you to show up.
  • 3SpeedAutomatic Drove a rental Cherokee for several days at the beginning of this year. Since the inventory of rental cars is still low, this was a 2020 model with 48k miles and V6. Ran fine, no gremlins, graphics display was easy to work, plenty of power, & very comfortable. Someone must of disarmed the lane assistance feature for the steering wheel never shook (YES!!!!!!!!). However, this woman's voice kept nagging me about the speed limit (what's new!?!?!?!).I was impressed enough to consider this a prime candidate to replace my 11 yr old Ford Escape. Might get a good deal with the close out of the model. Time will tell. 🚗🚗🚗