Based on spy photos the Detroit News appears to have received from a reader, Jeep's hot-rod mid-size SUV may soon be able to pull your boat. According to their report, the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 has been spotted with the dual center-mounted exhaust outlets moved to one-per-side, and the test mule was seen pulling a trailer. Jeep hasn't revealed any power numbers for the next Jeep SRT8, but we have to believe they should at least match the current Grand Cherokee SRT8's 425 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. Last time we looked that was plenty of pulling power for most suburban enthusiasts. [Detroit News]
Is it certain this SRT is a 2009? I wouldn't expect major changes for the '09 with the new platform coming out for MY2010.
I think adding the hitch, as much the center exhaust is cool, will help the vehicle. One of the gripes from some, and why they went with the TBSS, is the ability to tow something with it. A fast ute is meant for more sport than utility sure, but you still want to be able to haul something if need be.
I think Jeep should offer a RWD only version like Chevy does for the TB, it wouldn't be as quick since they'd have to limit torque off the line like they do in the LX SRT cars but it'd offer more options. Maybe do the center exhaust as an option in lieu of a 6,000lb. tow package or something.