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Jeep Grand Cherokee Updated and Upgraded for 2014

Jeep Grand Cherokee Updated and Upgraded for 2014

By Jeff Youngs, January 28, 2013
As the Jeep Grand Cherokee heads into its fourth year since a complete redesign in 2011, it receives a significant update designed to secure its competitive footing in the midsize SUV class. Laredo, Limited and Overland trim levels continue, joined by a new 2014 Grand Cherokee Summit that sits at the top of the lineup. The performance-oriented Grand Cherokee SRT also returns, dropping the "8" from the former "SRT8" nameplate in the process.

Starting with the exterior, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee receives new front and rear styling with LED running lights in front and larger LED taillights in back. The tailgate loses its flip-up rear window for 2014, and all models except for the Laredo are equipped with dual exhaust outlets.

Inside, the 2014 Grand Cherokee has a redesigned central control panel equipped with standard Uconnect 5.0 touch-screen display. For the first time, Uconnect 8.4--with a large color 8.4-inch touch screen--will be offered for the Grand Cherokee. When Uconnect 8.4 is included in the Jeep, it can be upgraded with new Uconnect Access technology, which offers embedded cellular service through Sprint, effectively creating a smartphone embedded in the Grand Cherokee's dashboard. When service is activated, it offers Internet search capability, Internet radio streaming, voice-dictated text-messaging and text-message translation, and more.

Additionally, the new 2014 Grand Cherokee is offered with a reconfigurable Thin Film Transistor (TFT) gauge display. The new Grand Cherokee Summit model is equipped with premium leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim panels, and imitation suede pillar and roofliner trim. The Summit also adds heated and ventilated front seats and 19-speaker premium audio system.

Jeep makes changes under the 2014 Grand Cherokee's hood, too. All engines are now bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission operated using a new T-shaped e-Shift electronic gear selector. A new Eco Mode is also standard for all engines. Combined, these two modifications improve the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee's fuel economy ratings across the board.

The Grand Cherokee continues to offer a 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine and a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 engine. For 2014, buyers can also choose a new 3.0-liter V-6 clean diesel engine rated to generate 240 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Jeep says the diesel engine gets between 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, depending upon whether or not it is paired with an optional 4-wheel-drive (4WD) system. Maximum driving range with the diesel engine is 730 miles, according to Jeep.

Models with 4WD can be equipped with a new Selec-Speed Control system that allows the driver to modulate acceleration and braking over rugged terrain using only the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee can also be optioned with a new forward-collision warning with Crash Mitigation system, and with new cross-path detection technology.

In addition to this long list of modifications to the new Grand Cherokee, the performance-oriented 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT receives some specific upgrades of its own.

In addition to the new styling changes, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is equipped with standard bi-xenon adaptive headlights with integrated washer jets, and the rear spoiler is redesigned. Inside, a new SRT flat-bottomed steering wheel is heated and equipped with new shifter paddles. Buyers can opt for a new Black/Sepia 2-tone interior treatment as well as for what Jeep calls True Carbon Fiber trim.

The Grand Cherokee SRT's 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 engine carries over for 2014, now paired with an 8-speed automatic and a new fuel-saving Eco Mode system. Towing capacity is increased from 5,000 pounds to 7,200 pounds, and a revised Selec-Track system now delivers 70% of the engine's power to the Jeep's rear wheels when Track mode is selected.

Speaking of track-ready performance, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is equipped with a new standard Launch Control system while the Brembo braking components carry over. Owners with Uconnect Access can share Performance Pages data, including acceleration and cornering figures, with SRT enthusiasts thanks to the system's 3G mobile Wi-Fi hotspot technology.

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