I've been searching for my wife's next vehicle since November, and finally placed the order this past Saturday. From Stellantis, we considered a SRT Durango, a Wagoneer and a GCL. We test drove a SRT Durango and also took a Wagonner and a GCL home for an extended test drive. We found the Wagoneer to be just too large for her, but she really loved the tech in it. So when we took a GCL home for a weekend, I made sure it was a Hemi equipped Summit with the same tech as the Wagoneer ... and she was sold.
Here is what I ordered:
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee-L Summit Reserve
Velvet Red two-tone
2nd row 60/40 split
Advanced ProTech Group IV
High Altitude Package
Luxury Tech Group V
5.7L V8 Hemi
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Unfortunately the eLSD is still on delete
I was hoping if we waited until Q2 to order, it would be available again. But I just got the Order Confirmation notice and it's showing as deleted.
Back in 2016, I ordered a Durango R/T for the wife to replace her then 2012 Durango Crew which we bought new in 2012 (11 years of driving Durangos!).
One of the 1st things she wanted done on the R/T was dual (SRT style) rally stripes added to give it a more aggressive look. I also added an aFe Momentum cold air kit, as well as an unlocked Diablo PCM with Hemifever tuning. She loves this vehicle, and it's been great for the past 7 years. We're only replacing it due to the mileage getting up there (112k right now), the 8yr MaxCare expiring at 120k, and all the new tech which is now available. We strongly considered an SRT Durango as the replacement, but the tech is so outdated in that platform now we decided to move on to something else. I can only imagne how dated the Durango tech will feel in another 4-5 years from now.
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We're definitely car people, and she really likes a more aggressive look to what she drives, hence opting for the high altitude package. So she was asking about doing something to the GCL after we receive it, but we don't think rally stripes would suit the GCL look like they do the Durango.
I've found a few hood designs for the WK2 platform which might be a good fit to accomplish this, but not much on the WL's yet. Of the few I did find she likes the Demon design ...
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And also this one, which is a functional 'ram air' design vs just heat extraction like the Demon; although I'm not sure if they make this one for the WL platform
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Definitely open to input on hoods, or other ways of tastefully giving it a more aggressive look, if anyone has ideas?
The other thing she commented on was the exhaust note. She loves the Durango R/T's exhaust growl when she steps into the throttle along with the aFe CAI installed. Although the GCL Summit we took home for the weekend had the Hemi, when she stepped into it, she found the exhaust note leaving her wanting. I'm not sure if it's just because she's so used to the R/T and will get used to the GCL SR after a while though.
The aFe CAI I bought for the Durango R/T was actually the one for a 2016 Grand Chreokee; since they didn't offer one for the Durango at the time. So I may be able to move it over, unless the WL platform is different under the hood than the WK platform.
I also see aFe makes the Vulcan catback
which doesn't seem overly obnoxious (from watching videos from folks who have installed it). This might be a good option if she decides it's just too quiet.
All in all, I think we'll be pleased with the choice ... now it's just a waiting game!