A source within Chrysler told the Mopar-obsessed website Allpar
that a performance version of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee – the Jeep
Liberty’s replacement – is on its way. The Cherokee SRT would reportedly
sport all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic as standard. As for a
powerplant, it could go a few ways.
Allpar believes the Cherokee SRT will likely get a V-6 powerplant – either the Maserati Ghibli’s six-cylinder unit,
or a turbocharged version of the Cherokee’s new 3.2-liter Pentastar
V-6. The Ghibli currently has two 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engines – a
version producing 325 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and one rated at
404-hp and 406-lb-ft. Given that the Ghibli’s V-6 is
longitudinally-mounted (and expensive), we’d be shocked to see it in the
Cherokee SRT. A more viable option may be a turbocharged version of its
optional 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6. A single-turbo 3.2-liter V-6 could
make around 375 hp, while a twin-turbo version could make around 410 hp.
Another option for Chrysler could include a turbocharged version of
the base 2.4-liter I-4. Given that the 2014 Cherokee shares its platform
with the Dart, bestowing the Cherokee SRT with a turbocharged 2.4-liter
I-4 making a bit more than 300 hp might make the most sense. That way,
Chrysler could spread the costs of building a specialized engine between
the Cherokee and Dart SRT4, which would likely sell in much bigger
numbers than the Jeep.