Plans to continue the success of the remarkable Jeep Grand Cherokee range of 4×4 vehicles have been announced, with details of a formidable new SRT version, the Red Vapor Limited Edition.

Designed to sit competitively in the sports performance sub-SUV segment of the hotly contested 4WD market, the new 6.4-litre V8-powered Grand Cherokee SRT Red Vapor will offer all the presence of Jeep SRT’s legendary muscular sports styling with breath-taking performance. Top speed is 160mph while 0-62mph takes just five seconds.

First shown at last October’s Paris Motor Show, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Red Vapor comes with an assertive and attractive sports appearance, and features a host of desirable equipment befitting of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT badge. Unique exterior and interior styling cues enhance the car’s distinct, high-performance image and set it apart from other sporting SUVs.

As well as Quadra-Trac ‘Active on Demand’ four wheel drive, anti-lock SRT performance disc brakes and active damping suspension, the Red Vapor also offers premium sports styling in the form of body coloured door handles, black roof moulding, body coloured sill extensions and wheel flare extensions. Five-spoke 20-inch Goliath wheels and a specific Black Vapor black chrome finish enhance the exterior while the lower grille, inserts of the upper grille, SRT tailgate badge, side Grand Cherokee badges and bonnet Jeep badge are all glossy black.

The first limited edition of the current Grand Cherokee SRT, Red Vapor is not only available in Metallic Red (Redline). This exclusive car also comes in Bright White and Brilliant Black.

Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear changer complement the exclusive Black Laguna leather and Radar Red suede seats with unique red stitching, luxury front and rear mats and chrome pedals. The SRT badge on Red Vapor’s steering wheel is backlit, and grey chrome replaces the shiny chrome seen on SRT.

The new Red Vapor is also equipped with the 8.4-inch Uconnect™ touchscreen display with integrated 3D navigation, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free technology.

Further standard features include cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, 825-watt Harman-Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and three sub-woofers, power tailgate, and rear light bar.

Powered by Jeep’s proven 461bhp, 6417cc, 16-valve, V8 engine, and connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle controls, the car features Fuel Saver technology to cut fuel consumption and emissions. The engine’s sporty note is enhanced by the innovative Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which uses the audio system to counter any low frequency engine noises.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Red Vapor will cost £64,999 (OTR) when it goes on sale later this week. That represents one of the best performance and equipment levels against price, among the sports SUV sub-segment.

“Styled and targeted to the high performance SUV market and with an exceptional level of equipment on offer, the Grand Cherokee SRT Red Vapor is very attractively priced,” says Damien Dally, head of brand, Jeep UK.

“With its sporting look, powerful performance and excellent value for money, this limited edition of SRT will, I am sure, appeal to a whole new group of discerning customers.”

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