Disguised Jeep Grand Cherokee Spotted in Chicago


We've been surprised a few times when automakers have driven camouflaged cars undergoing testing by our offices in downtown Chicago. Generally, car companies go to great lengths to keep these secret cars as far away from automotive journalists as possible.

This morning, though, Jeep was keeping its distance by driving on Michigan Avenue, which is a few blocks from our office.

While stopped at a stoplight, one of our team members snapped this shot of a lightly camouflaged Jeep Grand Cherokee.

It features SRT wheels and exhaust, but our smartphone sniper said it didn't sound like an SRT when accelerating away from the stoplight.

Another editor posited that it might be a diesel or aluminum 392 V-8 under the hood.

All of us agreed that the Jeep might be undergoing some front- and rear-end alterations, especially to the lights. Maybe there will be more LED treatments in store for next year's Grand Cherokee.


Or, it could just be the limited Vapor appearance packages we reported on in August. But with only 400 of these planned for production, we're not sure why anyone would test it on Chicago's rough roads.

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Maybe Jeep is preparing an SRT Design model. You know where it looks and feels like and SRT but it's just visual (ie, standard 5.7 V8 Hemi).


Maybe they are doing an urban canyon GPS test.
That is one of the nearest location where such test can be conducted from Auburn Hills headquarters.


The new Grand Cherokee looks absolutely great! It looks more muscular than the previous model. I'm just curious what will the new version be like.

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