Jeep Planning a Cherokee SRT? Oh Yes, Please

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The new Jeep Cherokee hasn't even gone on sale yet and there's already talk of a high-performance SRT variant.

Only a couple weeks agothe Toledo, Ohio, Jeep plant begin production of the all-new 2014 Cherokee, and yet there's already discussion about a possible high-performance SRT variant. Consider us sold. According to Allpar, a high-placed Chrysler source has confirmed a Cherokee SRT is very much on the way. Although no specifics were given, it's entirely possible that the Cherokee SRT could be powered by Maserati's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces over 400 horsepower. Although that would surely increase the price tag too much.

A more likely possibility would see the a turbocharged 3.0-liter Pentastar V6 under the hood that, with a single turbo, could spit out 375 hp, and 410 hp with a twin turbo. A nine-speed automatic gearbox will also likely be on hand as well as all-wheel drive. Another powertrain possibility would see the Cherokee SRT have Chrysler's 2.4-liter turbo four, but that's probably not going to happen considering the standard Cherokee has a 3.2-liter V6 offering 300 hp. Either way, SRT has proven itself plenty of times over and we doubt it'll begin letting us down now. No word just yet regarding a possible launch date.

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