So, since the Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee is the hot topic, I will start by pointing out that there is still no positive confirmation that the alleged “Trackhawk” exists outside of the company design studios. There were rumors for some time that the Trackhawk Jeep with the Hellcat Hemi would arrive for 2016, but due to the short availability and high demand for the Charger and Challenger with the supercharged 6.2L Hemi, there is very little chance that we will see a Hellcat Jeep for the 2016 model year.
However, the Chrysler Group is looking to keep the Jeep Grand Cherokee high performance model fresh for the 2016 model year, so at the 2015 Los Angeles International Auto Show, we will be introduced to the Grand Cherokee SRT Night.
The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night
The Night package for the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is an interior and exterior appearance package, although it does come with a new set of lightweight 20 inch wheels and provided that they are lighter than the wheels on the 2015 SRT Jeep, there should be at least a slight improvement in performance. Chrysler states that the SRT Night will blast from a stop to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds while running the quarter mile in the mid 13 second range. Also, this 475hp all-wheel drive Jeep will go from 0 to 100 and back down to a stop in just 16.3 seconds while the adaptive suspension system makes this one of the best handling SUVs in the world.
Where the SRT Night differs from the other SRT Jeeps (other than the new wheels) is in the exterior and interior design. On the outside, the SRT Night package adds a gloss black painted roof, a gloss black rear spoiler, a gloss black grille, gloss black b and c pillars, gloss black headlight bezels and satin black badging all around. On the inside, the SRT Night package features black Laguna leather with silver accent stitching and black bezels across the dash. Buyers of the 2016 Grand Cherokee SRT Night can pick Velvet Red, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal.
Finally, optional items for the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night include a dual panel sunroof, a 19 speaker sound system from Harman Kardon, a trailer tow package, three season high performance tires, a full size spare tire and a dual screen rear seat entertainment package.
There is no pricing available for the 2016 Grand Cherokee SRT Night, but we can expect that information to drop when the blacked out SUV debuts at the 2015 LA Auto Show. Figure that the 2015 SRT Jeep starts at $65,890 and the Night package is just a different colored interior layout, a bunch of black exterior trim and a set of upgraded wheels, so the SRT Night shouldn’t cost too much more than the standard 475hp Jeep.