2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Click image to enlarge

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By Chris Chase; photos by Greg Wilson

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced in 1993 as a replacement for the Grand Wagoneer and was also said to be a possible successor to the smaller Cherokee. It would end up being the former, and was sold as an upscale alternative to the Cherokee.

In 2005, the third-generation of the Grand Cherokee went on sale, wearing sharper edges than the first two versions’ styling.

The 2005 Grand Cherokee – known internally at Jeep and to enthusiasts as the WK – got a new base engine in the 3.7-litre V6 (210 hp) shared with the Liberty and Dodge Dakota pickup; this engine replaced the tough-but-thirsty 4.0-litre inline six that had powered many Jeep models for many years.

Other engine choices included a 4.7-litre V8 (265 hp to 2007, and 305 in 2008 and later models) and a 5.7-litre HEMI V8 (330 hp to 2008 and 357 hp in 2009 and newer trucks. In 2007, Jeep added a Mercedes-Benz-built 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 making 215 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, and a high-performance variant called the SRT8 got a 6.1-litre, 425-hp/420 lb-ft version of the HEMI V8.

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Click image to enlarge

All Grand Cherokees from 2005 used a five-speed automatic transmission, though the SRT8 used a unique gearbox (better-suited to the engine’s high output), as well as a different four-wheel drive system.

In 2005, fuel consumption ratings (all listed here as city/highway) were 14.2/10.3 L/100 km for the 3.7-litre engine, 16.3/11.1 for the 4.7-litre, and 17.0/11.4 for the 5.7-litre V8.

2008 ratings were 13.9/10.1 L/100 km for the 3.7-litre, 15.6/10.7 for the 4.7-litre V8 (this one the updated, more powerful version), and 16.1/10.9 for the 5.7-litre engine. The SRT8’s 6.1-litre engine was rated at 19.1/14.3 L/100 km, while the diesel’s numbers were 12.0/9.0.

Jeep certainly knows a few things about building an effective four-wheel drive system, but the Grand Cherokee’s has had a few issues through the years; Consumer Reports lists the Grand Cherokee’s “drive system” as one of its most common trouble spots.

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