Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 gets new gearbox and lower U.S. price

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012 gets new gearbox and lower U.S. price

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee had debuted only this year, and now the 2012 model seems to be coming with a few changes, the major one being price — at least in the U.S. market.

According to reports, the base model Laredo, which comes as a two-wheel drive in the U.S. market has got it’s base price slashed by the equivalent of over Dhs 10,000. That also means some of the standard equipments in the earlier model becoming options. Other changes include the 5.7-litre V8-powered Grand Cherokee now being mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and the 3.6-litre V6-powered Grand Cherokee benefiting from an electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering.

We are uncertain of the price variations getting reflected in the GCC market. Nevertheless, the GCC-spec 2012 model should be here in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries by the end of this year.

Keep track of prices and updates in the Jeep Grand Cherokee buyer guide.

What do you think?



  1. Adding to the news, 2012 Dodge Durango 5.7L version is also going to be / mated to a 6-speed automatic as well. Seems like Chrysler holds back features, just to have some updates for the following year.

  2. in jan the base model at central motors in abu dhabi was 125K and now i guess its around 138K…

  3. Trading Entp are selling the basic for AED 129k with a few freebies thrown in.
    I was under the impression the 2012 JGC would get an eight speed gearbox like the 2012 Charger and 300C

    • ^^ I was thinking the same thing. Whatever happened to that ZF 8-speed transmission?

      Maybe they’ll keep it for the SRT8s on the Charger/300/Jeeps, but us poor V6 guys will have to stick with the 5-speed Pentastar V6. And the 5.7s weren’t even being considered for this, so only chance is to go for an SRT8 … Another reason to upgrade!

  4. The eight speed could be hard to be installed in SUVs for performance reasons, the 6 speed should be fine though. the problem here is with the dealer, they are giving the dodge chrysler cars at non competitive prices, the challenger costs around 210 K which is at least 30-40 K higher than direct competitors like mustang and camaro

    • Volkswagen have installed an eight speed box in their SUV, and the performance and fuel returns are execeptional. I’ve read some road testers reports on the Grand Cherokee and the write ups are good, the only downsides being the cheap looking interior and that five speed box, which implies that Jeep were in a rush to get the Grand Cherokee into the market place.

  5. Hi all,
    I need some help on finding a good car that could seats 7-8 people, preferably an SUV but a minivan would also be ok. I’m not sure what to go for, so I’m coming for advice here. I have a budget of anything up to 150 thousand AED, the car should also have at least “acceptable” fuel economy figures. So please tell me what you would all recommend.
    Cheers John

    • In terms of fuel economy, best are Honda Odyssey, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse.

    • Thanks Mashfique, I’m stuck between the traverse and the explorer so I’m taking both out for a test drive soon. Thanks again, and if you know about any other car too that would be great because i need a tie breaker.
      Cheers John

    • In my opinion, if going for the New Explorer that’s better than the Traverse if the old model Traverse is better.

  6. Guys,

    I am planning to go ahead with Jeep GC Limited against the 2012 Ford Explorer and Toyota Prado.

    Insight me , If my decision is fine 🙂



  7. mash, any idea whether the 2012 version with the new gear box has arrived. i spoke to one of the sales guys but he couldnt have been dumber!!

    this is the 2nd time actually that jeep sales staff (trading enter.) is completely unfriendly, unqualified and un informed. great car manufacturer, but the folks working for them here are *************


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