Jeep revealed a revised 2014 Grand Cherokee with a new V6 diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Fiat controlled off-road expert authority also showed a factory tuner version. “With an exterior that is even more aggressive while remaining upscale and functional, along with a luxurious interior cabin that offers new technology and connectivity, the new Grand Cherokee SRT remains at home on the road or on the racetrack,” said Mark Trostle, head of design at SRT.
For mainstream buyers, a new 3-liter “EcoDiesel” V6 engine is claimed to deliver a “best in class” 30 miles per gallon, with a driving range of more than 730 miles, with best-in-class towing at 7,400 pounds also claimed for Jeep’s flagship crossover. Grand Cherokee’s 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine is said to deliver 25 mpg highway and more than 600-miles driving range; the 5.7-liter V8 is said to return 21 mpg during highway driving.
Three optional 4×4 systems carry over – Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. An optional Quadra-Lift air suspension and a Selec-Terrain traction management system will also be offered. New steering wheel paddle shifters offer improved driver control both on- and off-road, including Electronic Range Select when using Selec-Speed Control in extreme off-road situations.
Outside the exterior is mildly freshened with optional bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. The interior is also upgraded with leather, “open-pore” wood trim and new colors.
Built in Detroit, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available in Laredo, Limited, Overland and a new – and no doubt expensive – Summit model.