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Jeep to get six-speed automatic

Even as Jeep Wrangler steps up to a five-speed, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee will come with a six-speed automatic, most likely the 65RFE, according to source MooseEater. In addition, Jeep will switch to an electro-hydraulic power steering system on V6 models, cutting weight and parasitic engine losses.

Grand Cherokee Overland will, late in the model year, get new 20 inch polished wheels (optional), while some Laredo models will get 18 inch polished aluminum wheels (optional). Jeep will also change the various option packages, adding an 18″ tire-and-wheel delete to Laredo X, separating some options on some models, and changing wheel designs.

The Grand Cherokee SRT8, already announced, will also be available. Chrysler claims a 0-60 of 4.8 seconds, mid-13 quarter miles, and an estimated 13% increase in gas mileage over the prior Jeep SRT8 despite a boost to 465 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. New Pirelli 295/45ZR-20 tires deliver skidpad results of up to 0.9 g, and buyers will be able to get a luxury package similar to Overland.

The Wrangler itself will move the premium 18 inch Anniversary Model wheels to a free-standing option on Sahara; and add a Max Tow package including the 3.73 axle, hitch, and wiring.

The 2012 Compass and Patriot expand the popular North All Season Group to FWD models, and make remote start available with the off-road CVT. The Patriot also adds fog lamps to the North group.

Liberty continues with package and feature modifications.

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