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Old 11-24-2010, 10:32 AM
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Consumer Reports, bastions of a straightforward, no-frills automotive testing regime focused on the consumer, compares in its December 2010 issue the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 2010 Toyota 4Runner, both of which were completely redesigned within the last several months. Interestingly – and despite the fact that the Jeep has not yet had enough time to set a reliability score – the testers at CR have seen enough from the Grand Cherokee to vault it over its rival from Toyota, which scored too low to recommend.

The magazine praises the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee for its comfortable on-road ride and quiet interior while heaping discontent on the 4Runner in the exact same categories. When it comes to prowess off the beaten path, Toyota's body-on-frame 'ute regains some ground, though CR is quick to point out that the Jeep handles the rough stuff equally well when equipped with the right options, such as low-range gearing and the available Quadra-Drive II 4-wheel-drive system with its height-adjustable suspension.

Also drawing ire from CR's testers is the Toyota 4Runner's interior with "leather seats [that] look like vinyl," "cheap-looking plastics." The 4Runner was also lacking some notable features one would expect at its $37,425 asking price. Want to read more from CR regarding its comparison of two classic sport utility vehicles?
Consumer Reports: Redone Grand Cherokee Speeds Ahead Of Toyota 4Runner

The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee midsized SUV earned a Very Good road test score and outscored its traditional rival, the Toyota 4Runner, which earned a Good score, in a recent face-off between the 2 vehicles conducted by Consumer Reports.

The Jeep's ride, quietness and interior won it points, though it was hampered by its emergency handling. By contrast, the 4Runner, redesigned for 2010, fell short on the road (though it showed terrific off-road prowess) and scored at the bottom of its class.

The Grand Cherokee is the 1st new model that Chrysler has released post-bankruptcy, and it's based on the next generation Mercedes-Benz ML.

"The Grand Cherokee is a big improvement over the previous model, with refinement on par with models that cost a lot more," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Conn. "The 4Runner, which still uses a body-on-frame design, is disappointing on the road. The 4Runner doesn't let you forget you're driving a truck."

Prices for the vehicles were $39,010 for the Grand Cherokee and $37,425 for the 4Runner.

The Grand Cherokee is too new to have reliability data and the 4Runner scored too low in CR's testing to Recommend it. CR only Recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on CR's Annual Auto Survey of its more than 7 million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

The Grand Cherokee rides well and is quiet and steady on the highway. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X 4WD ($39,010 Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price as tested), is powered by a 290-hp 3.6- liter V6 engine that is smooth and gets 18 mpg overall in CR's own fuel economy tests. During CR's emergency handling tests the Jeep was difficult to control in the avoidance maneuver. The 5-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. Braking is Very Good. Cargo room can be increased by folding the rear seatbacks.

The 4Runner's ride has constant body motions and body lean is pronounced in corners, even at a leisurely pace. Its overly light steering is slow to respond. The Toyota 4Runner SR5 4X4 ($37,425 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 270-hp, 4.0-liter, V6 engine that is punchy and gets 18 mpg overall. The five-speed automatic transmission is responsive. Braking is Very Good. Cargo room can be increased by folding the rear seatbacks.

INSIDE THE CABINS

The Jeep has the more upscale interior of the two SUVs, with soft-touch panels and nicely detailed leather seats. The Toyota is more utilitarian, with hard, cheap-looking plastics. The leather seats look like vinyl.

Drivers sit up high in the Jeep and have plenty of room. The tilt-and-telescope steering wheel helps most drivers to find a good position. The front seats are supportive but firm and have full power adjustments.

You sit close to the floor in the Toyota, and the seat's short cushion compromises thigh support. There is ample room, and the tilt-and-telescope wheel and driver's power, lumbar-support adjustment were appreciated. Headroom is tight even for average-sized drivers. The cabin's low roof and high dash encroach on visibility and make you feel a bit claustrophobic.

The rear seats of the Jeep and Toyota are roomy enough for 2 or 3 adults, but the Jeep's seats were more supportive. The seatbacks recline in each. The 4Runner offers a small 3rd row as an option.

Gauges are large and backlit in the Jeep, and most controls are simple and straightforward. Radio and climate controls are mounted high and within easy reach, but the radio is controlled mostly by tapping an intricate and awkward touch screen instead of simple buttons.
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too bad its a pig. the 4runner v6 is as fast as the GC w/hemi v8. other than that i would pick the new GC over the 4runner every time
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Well i won't call in ugly, but it isn't the good old Jeep anymore
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By the way even new Jeep Patriot isn't that great either - don't know what's up with Jeep these days anyway!
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Presss release with more pics http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/20/2...w-york-reveal/

A Jeep Grand Cherokee that's electronically limited to 155 miles per hour? A Jeep (JEEP!) that runs from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds? We must be talking about the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. No longer stuck drooling on our computers, we have finally had the chance to drool on its deep red paint in the flesh here at the New York Auto Show.

Jeep President and CEO Mike Manley had said he would have a hard time keeping a smile off his face when the SRT8 comes out. His glowing praise of the super-sport utility vehicle is to be expected. However, it's hard to argue with the numbers and the smiles on our own faces after seeing the thing. Under the hood sits a new 6.4-liter Hemi V8, which produces 465-horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. That's an improvement of 45 units in both categories.

Compared to the standard Grand Cherokee, the SRT8 wears a host of sporty exterior upgrades. Glowing LED lights and chrome accents pop in the front fascia. Under the bulging fenders sit a set of somewhat fussy 20-inch wheels wrapped with sticky Pirelli P Zero run flat tires while, out back, the massive four-inch exhaust tips promise a menacing bark.

Sports-car inspired touches continue inside the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8. Paddle-shifters sitting on the steering column help the driver gain an extra ounce of control. That driver will be held in place thanks to the leather and Alcantara-covered seats. Sitting between the speedometer and tach is the Performance Pages display, which is an invitation to constantly try to set new "high scores."

The 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the fastest Jeep ever produced. Mr. Manley cited that, though the top speed is limited to 155 mph, "you may know somebody...". We hope that we'll get to know this SRT8 real soon. High-res gallery below, press release waiting after the jump.








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wish the work on the rear was a bit more stated. the previous exhaust setup really set off the SRT. the new could easily be lost in the crowd.
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I think the older ones looks nicer
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Ive been dying to know how this would turn out...hot. I do miss the center exhaust but that was probably changed because of peoples complaints that it couldnt tow with that set up
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So wrong (for the times) and yet feels so right!

Need some LED tails and badder looking wheels.
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Ummm...I don't like it. Love the standard versions...very elegant looking. This one looks kinda horrid with the cheezy front spoiler and the too-small looking wheels.
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Drove one of these when i was car shopping and was very impressed. Sure glad i didnt get one now...

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee base price plummets by over $3,000



If you've just purchased a new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you have our sincere congratulations, but you also might not want to read this post any further.

The 2012 Grand Cherokee, which goes on sale next month, will reportedly benefit from a $3,220 price decrease versus the 2011 model. This means that the base Laredo trim level with two-wheel drive will now carry an MSRP of $26,995. It also means that the resale value of your 2011 model has likely just taken a pretty severe whack.

Jeep introduced the all-new Grand Cherokee for the 2011 model year, and thus, only minor changes have been made for the 2012 model. The 5.7-liter V8 is now mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, rather than the aging five-speed, and models equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will now come with electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering. These enhancements are good for very minor increases in fuel economy – likely no more than a single mpg here or there.

The folks at Kicking Tires point out that the lower base price may be a reflection of higher price points for option packages and the removal of once-standard equipment. For example, the 2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo came standard with an eight-way power seat, whereas the 2012 model does not. What's more, the Laredo's leather seating package now costs a whopping $5,300 instead of $4,000.

Elsewhere in the Chrysler lineup, the 2012 Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 receive price decreases of $250, and the 2012 Dodge Journey costs a substantial $1,450 less than the 2011 model.
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I see the marketing guys have been really busy. I guess the whole Chrysler lineup will have price "adjustments" like these. As was pointed out however, once comparably optioned, the real price will change little.
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How did I miss the reveal of the Jeep SRT8

I think there'll be plenty of aftermarket options for bigger wheels and somebody out there is going to offer a valence and/or exhaust with the central outlets.
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On the plus side, there's opportunity for huge discounts on left over 2011 models! I'd rather have a 2011 5.7 Overland Summit anyway...the 6sp transmission is actually the same as the old 5sp but the 2nd passing gear (there are actually (2) 2nd gears with different ratios in the xmission...one for upshifting and one for a downshift when passing) is now engaged sequentially, therefore making it a 6sp through programming.
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I was just in traffic next to a 2012 Jeep SRT with Michigan Manufacturer plates.

Holy hot shit batman! This thing looks MEAN in person...I love the wheels...hawtness.
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Review: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8

http://www.leftlanenews.com/jeep-gra...t8-review.html

Review: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
By Mark Elias

Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2011 @ 11:45 am

Just plain silly. But we wouldn’t want it any other way. Putting a 392 Hemi underhood and Brembos at all four corners. That’s all part of the package in the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. But wait, there’s more.
We managed to truck it over to our test track partners at Palm Beach International Raceway for an afternoon seeing to on the quarter mile. Is this a case of window dressing from Chrysler Group’s SRT division, or does the reborn Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 really deliver the goods? Follow us as we check it out.
What is it?
A five passenger mid–size SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is probably one of the more notable fruits that resulted from the brief marriage between Daimler and Chrysler Corporation. Sharing the platform from Mercedes–Benz’s new M-Class has made this Grand Cherokee one of the best versions ever.
We just think it’s having a bit of an identity crisis trying to figure out if it’s a hot-rod or a Home Depot getter. Why not both?
What’s it up against?
The SRT8 matches up pretty well against BMWs X5 M, Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes-Benz’s ML63 AMG. They all happen to be within the same weight range, but the Jeep comes in a little shy in the horsepower category. But being lighter than a couple of the others does seem to count for some of this model’s success.
That it manages to sneak in for substantially less coinage makes it one of the fastest bargains on four wheels.
Any breakthroughs?
At 12-city/18-highway mpg, the Jeep SRT8 will never be considered a gas sipper. In an attempt to make the best of a not so great situation, parent Chrysler Group has equipped the 6.4-liter Hemi engine with standard fuel-saver technology and cylinder deactivation, as well as an active valve exhaust system that allows the engine’ s four–cylinder operations to kick in earlier for a nearly 13–percent increase in efficiency on the highway. Jeep is claiming an extended range of 450 miles on one tank of fuel.
But the real breakthrough occurs once you slam the skinny pedal to the floor.
How does it look?
Like a Jeep Grand Cherokee that has been hitting the gym on a regular basis. A new front fascia, with aggressive air intakes below the bumper, and LED running lights help to set off the SRT8′s leading edge. Ground effects side-sills run the length of the door area and help to join body-colored fender flares into a singular cohesive appearance.
On the backside, a rear spoiler adds downforce to the trailing edge, while four-inch exhaust dumps protrude through the rear splitter–like fascia. Set off everything with a set of four 20-inch split-spoke alloy wheels and you are looking at one bad–assed Jeep.
And on the inside?
The SRT8′s interior is an amalgam of metal, plastic, carbon fiber, leather and suede. A flat-bottomed Jeep–branded steering wheel with detents for the thumbs and paddle shift levers, to let your fingers do the walking, lead things off. A simple dual–gauge binnacle gives the driver all the pertinent info he or she needs. Our tester was equipped with Chrysler’s media center, which includes a 6.5–inch touch-screen display. A nice added touch is the one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
The leather seats with suede microfiber inserts were nicely bolstered and kept us in place at all times. Free of fatigue, we managed to arrive at our destinations refreshed and ready to go. In fact if you do get fatigued behind the wheel of an SRT8, perhaps you shouldn’t be behind the wheel of it in the first place. A
nd just in case you happen to forget where you are, large SRT8 embroidery on the seats gives you a quick reminder. The 60-40 rear split seats offered plenty of legroom for adults and children, alike, and also offered a 110-volt household plug to charge computers, cell phones, Mr. Coffee, etc., while on the road.
We especially liked the attention to detail vis-à-vis the four metal runners on the cargo area floor.
Compared to the previous Grand Cherokee SRT8, this interior feels like it could have come from the Bentley studios. It’s that good.
But does it go?
Like lightning. Call it the Flying Brick, if you like, but an SUV doesn’t normally move this quickly. Powered by Chrysler’s 6.4–liter (392 cubic inches) Hemi V8, it manages to produce 470-horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. It uses Chrysler Group’s aforementioned Fuel Saver Technology and active valve exhaust system for four-cylinder operation on the highway once this Jeep is at cruising speed. According to Chrysler, it’s good for a 13-percent increase in efficiency.
The five–speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick control and steering wheel–mounted paddle shifters gave us complete control over whether we wanted to stick it or not. We were surprised at the lack of a six-speed tranny, but we could learn to live with this, we suppose. The Selec-Track (an allusion to the Selec-Trac transfer case used on some more traditional Jeeps) controller operated the full-time AWD, which can be set to allow a 50-50 torque-split for snow, and a 35-65 split for the street and the track. Seeing that we never towed, nor saw South Florida snow during our week with the Jeep, we kept the controller in sport and automatic modes. For the record, this Grand Cherokee can actually haul a trailer right out of the dealership; the outgoing model’s center exhaust required some serious surgery for a trailer hitch.
The sprung weight of the SRT8 is supported by a short/long arm setup in front, and a multi-link suspension in the rear. A Bilstein Adaptive Damping Suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bars at front and rear finishes it off. During spirited driving, it was clear that this is an SUV that truly hangs around for the turns rather than phone in its performance. It’s a bit unnerving when a ‘ute actually is encouraging you to press further to find the limits in a turn. Get in a bit too hot, and the big six-pot Brembo brakes with 15-inch rotors in front, and 13.78-inch platters in back, help to bring things under control again.
Jeep claims 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, and a run on the quarter in the mid-thirteens. On the dragstrip at Palm Beach International Raceway, we were about a half second off the pace, seeing a best of 14.05 seconds at 98.49 mph. We’re still impressed, to say the least.
Why you would buy it:
It’s a great vehicle in which to haul ass and the family, too.
Why you wouldn’t:
Momma prefers a minivan, and if Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy…
Leftlane’s bottom line:
Chrysler Group’s SRT division comes to market with an SUV that runs with competitors costing many thousands more.
New found attention to details, both inside and out, make this a must-have for those in the market.
2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 4�4 base price, $54,470. As tested, $55,295.
Destination, $825.
Words and photos by Mark Elias.
Source: LLN

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I was just in traffic next to a 2012 Jeep SRT with Michigan Manufacturer plates.

Holy hot shit batman! This thing looks MEAN in person...I love the wheels...hawtness.
You are right, this thing looks mean.
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I was at the car show yesterday, kinda disappointed there wasn't a Jeep SRT-8 there.
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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee


Pictures released early courtesy of Jeepgarage.org











Sales launch: January/February 2013

Order banks open: January 15th, 2013

Production launch (except SRT): January 22, 2013

Production launch SRT: February 11, 2013

Production launch North America diesel models: March 25, 2013

Models:

Laredo
Laredo E
Limited
Overland
Summit
SRT

What's New - key features
  • Refreshed front & rear fascias, grille
  • 3.0L Diesel engine option for north america - Limited, Overland and Overland Summit models (30 mpg hwy est.)
  • 845RE 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (w/3.6L)
  • ZF 8HP70 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission with paddle shifters (w/3.0L diesel, 5.7L and 6.4L)
  • New electrical architecture system

What's New - interior
  • 115V power inverter - updated, works with popular gaming systems
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go feature
  • Air conditioning, automatic dual zone (now Standard on all models)
  • Center console CD player (optional)
  • Center stack redesign with new HVAC controls
  • "ecall" - one-touch 911 access, Roadside Assistance Services & crash notification (via rearview mirror button)
  • Harman Kardon 19-speaker Performance Audio System now available on Summit model (Standard
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  • HD Radio (DAB/DMB - Digital Audio Broadcasting, Digital Multimedia Broadcast for export markets)
  • Instrument cluster redesign with 7" color TFT premium vehicle information screen (all models)
  • Paddle shifters, steering wheel mounted (all models)
  • Radio, 5" touchscreen, Uconnect AM/FM/CD/MP3/ SiriusXM (model RA2, Standard on Laredo and Limited)
  • Radio, 8.4" touchscreen (model RA3, software upgradeable to add Harmon Kardon navigation at any time) (Optional on Laredo E and Limited)
  • Radio, 8.4" touchscreen screen with Harman Kardon navigation, featuring one-step destination entry, 3-D city models, landmarks, and digital terrain modeling, dead-reckoning with gyro and more (Optional on Limited, Standard on Overland, Summit and SRT)
  • Performance Pages screens, advanced (SRT only)
  • Real open-pore wood bezels (Overland and Summit)
  • Select-Speed Control (with Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control)
  • Start button, illuminated
  • Seat-mounted Blu-Ray DVD Players with higher resolution screens and HDMI inputs (late availability)
  • Suede headliner (Summit)
  • Third-generation flexible Uconnect radio platform with voice recognition technology for handsfree mobile phone, music, texting and navigation operation
  • Under seat lighting (front footwell, all models)
  • Rear-seat footwell and rear door-pocket ambient lighting (Overland)

What's New - exterior
  • Adaptive headlamps (Summit and SRT)
  • Badge, SRT, new style, no longer includes "8"
  • Capless fuel filler
  • Exhaust tips, chrome dual outlet (Limited, Overland, Summit; all engines)
  • Exhaust tips, black chrome dual outlet (SRT)
  • Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation
  • Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps (all models except Laredo)
  • High-pressure Headlamp washers (Standard on Summit, new for SRT)
  • Lane departure warning
  • Launch control (SRT only)
  • LED taillamps (all models)
  • Lower rear fascias that are unique for each model
  • Mirrors, Chrome, power fold, with approach lamps (Overland and Summit)
  • Park sensors, front, for SRT8
  • Redesigned tailgate for improved aerodynamics and visibility (flipper glass eliminated)
  • Remote lock or unlock truck doors, start vehicle, and flash lights from any distance via the web or a smartphone application
  • Selec-Track system, retuned
  • Sharkfin antenna, body-colored
  • Improved towing for V6 models (>6,000 lbs.) and SRT (>7,000 lbs.)

Grilles:

Laredo - body-color grille, ? insert
Limited - body color grille with chrome rings, black vertical slats insert
Overland - body-color grille with chrome rings, black honeycomb insert
Summit - body-color with chrome rings, chrome honeycomb insert
SRT8 - black grille with chrome rings, black honeycomb insert


New Interior Colors

Jeep Brown (Overland and Summit)
Indigo Blue/Jeep Brown (Overland)
Sepia/Black (SRT)

Exterior Colors (* new)

Laredo / Limited / Overland

Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
Black Forest Green Pearl Coat
Bright White Clear Coat
Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat
Cashmere Pear Clear Coat*
Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat
Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat*
Maximum Steel Clear Coat
Pacific Blue Pearl Coat*
True Blue Pearl Coat*

Summit

Auburn Pearl Coat*
Bright White Clear Coat
Brilliant Black Crystal Clear Coat
Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat
Granite Crystal Pearl Coat*
SRT8

Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
Bright White Clear Coat
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat
Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat
Granite Crystal Pearl Coat*
Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat
Redline Pearl Clear Coat*

Next generation Garmin navigation system features

New, Customized User Interface - Garmin introduces a new color configuration and design of its user interface that is customized to Chrysler and Dodge vehicles and provides a more refined look and feel.

Navigation for Uconnect brings the ease of use of Garmin into an original equipment, in-dash radio. The navigator includes highly detailed maps of the United States, Canada, and Mexico with more than eight million points of interest, as well as many cutting-edge features found in the newest Garmin devices. This includes spoken turn-by-turn directions, one-shot address entry via voice command, lane assistance, junction views, speed limit and current speed, a trip computer and mileage log as well as customized vehicle icons that looks like a Chrysler or Dodge vehicle. In addition to displaying the navigation interface and maps on thein-dash screen, the system also makes use of a second display, positioned behind the steering wheel, to easily let the driver see important information, such as next turn, at a glance.

3D Buildings, Landmarks and Terrain Realistic 3D views of buildings and key landmarks throughout major U.S. cities provide drivers better orientation. Using topographic map data, the new Garmin system also displays 3D terrain views of landscape elevations, helping drivers to see what lies ahead.

Trip Planner, myTrends™ and Multi-Route View A new Trip Planner feature allows users to easily plan trips with multiple stops, view routes in an overview screen and edit destinations at any time. myTrends automatically remembers frequent and favorite route destinations based on driving habits and predicts them at certain days and times without the user needing to enter an address. When starting a trip, the new Multi-Route View displays route options, such as fastest and shortest, in one convenient overview map, including time and distance for each, so users can pick their preferred route.

New Routing Features and Enhancements Garmin's new navigation system includes a couple of new features that improve routing. trafficTrends™ predicts traffic conditions and recommends routes using historical traffic data and recurring trends at any given time or day. Garmin's new point addressing technology enhances routing accuracy, for example, where several addresses of a housing complex are combined into a group of house numbers. The new system can now identify each individual house number and navigate there. Additionally, Garmin significantly improved the routing algorithms to provide even fasterroute calculations and destination searches.

Broader Junction View Coverage Garmin's exclusive junction view database now includes nearly 60,000 junction views in the U.S. and Canada, 25 times more than in previous versions. photoReal Junction View realistically displays road signs and junctions along the route with photographic detail to clearly mark the correct lane to be in for interchanges and exits.

Powernet electrical architecture

The new Powernet system allows both high- and low-speed data networks to be equipped with as many as 40 individual modules, all designed to improve vehicle performance and enhance the comfort and safety of driver and passengers. Within the Powernet high-speed network, each module (e.g., electronic stability control) processes its individual data and transmits the appropriate commands within the vehicle to activate any additional systems (e.g. anti-lock brake system and cruise control). Uconnect leverages Powernet to deliver fast response time, and share critical information between the 8.4-inch touchscreen and the vehicle information center. The Powernet architecture also is the backbone that supports the Uconnect Access services and applications, including the vehicle health report and remote services.


Uconnect Access: A Powerful New Platform That Provides Multiple Ways to Connect

The Uconnect Media Centers R3 and R4 provide the 2014 Grand Cherokee with a built-in cellular connection so vehicle occupants are automatically connected to a variety of new services and the internet with WiFi hotspot capability. The new Uconnect Media Centers provide a direct connection to emergency services when the new 911 button found on the rearview mirror is pushed. Grand Cherokee customers also will automatically receive regular vehicle health reports and be able to remotely lock or unlock truck doors, start the vehicle, and flash lights from any distance via the web or a smartphone application.

Owners will be able to access select, certified in-vehicle applications. Driving-relevant applications will be introduced over time and are designed specifically for in-vehicle use. The certified applications are easily controlled with natural voice recognition or steering wheel controls to keep drivers focused on the road. The responsive 8.4-inch touchscreen includes the award-winning user interface designed by Chrysler Group Human Machine Interface engineers, featuring large icons and visual cues allowing consumers intuitive control of system features.

Uconnect Media Centers Are Always Current

Grand Cherokee owners will be confident to know their vehicle is designed to be forward-thinking, providing the freedom to upgrade to the latest features and services, without having to replace their factory installed Uconnect systems. Applications are updatable over the air and are downloaded directly to the Uconnect Media Center, so features remain current. Owners will be able to continually evolve their in-vehicle connectivity experience by downloading app updates or new applications as they become available directly to the Uconnect Media Center from inside the car, via the 8.4-inch touchscreen.

The new Uconnect Access system features best-in-class functionality, integrating new entertainment content and is the first time Jeep will offer HD Radio to its customers. Jeep customers also will have access to SiriusXM satellite radio, handsfree mobile phone operation, handsfree navigation, handsfree texting with compatible phones and handsfree control of music. Additionally, new connected services and applications provide real-time access to information and content that customers want and need while on the road. Uconnect is designed to provide drivers and passengers with relevant, focused and contextual information that is not distracting and easy to use, allowing drivers to remain focused on the road.

Also enhancing driver convenience, Uconnect features one-step voice command of navigation, the ability to check real-time fuel prices and listen and respond to text messages, combined with familiar knobs for climate and comfort controls.

A Variety of Ways to Control Your Content

Uconnect Access controls are placed on the steering wheel. Customer research has shown a preference towards audio controls located at the rear of the steering wheel. Audio system controls, including next station, radio preset and previous station or track, are located on the left. Volume up or down and change audio source are located on the right. This means drivers can keep their hands on the wheel while they enjoy a variety of entertainment content sources.

Media Console Offers a Variety of Options

Neatly integrated within the upper storage tier of the center console, a new multimedia input includes USB, SD card and auxiliary connections. The USB allows control of iPod or other media device through the large touchscreen displays and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. A more powerful 2.5 amp, USB port and 12-volt outlet also provide mobile recharging for electronic devices. In addition, MP3 and WMA audio files on a USB memory device may also be played and controlled via the Uconnect system.

Sprint Provides Wireless Platform for Next Generation Uconnect Access

Sprint is the strategic wireless partner for the next generation Uconnect Access system. The integrated wireless technology inside the Grand Cherokee enhances the driving experience by offering new connected services and applications. The services delivered through the partnership will be easy to learn, easy to use and will offer a seamless experience with the Jeep owner's digital life. An increasing number of features in the 2014 Grand Cherokee will rely on enhanced user interfaces including voice capabilities and commands to help limit driving distractions and keep the focus on the primary driving task.


New 7-inch Vehicle Information Center

Filling the gauge cluster in front of the driver is an available 7-inch, color, premium vehicle information screen, featuring a new customizable function that enables customers to personalize information inside the instrument cluster. Similar to the premium Uconnect Systems, select 7-inch instrument cluster background screens are branded with a Jeep theme. Jeep's new information display is designed to visually communicate information, using graphics and text, quickly and easily.

The vehicle information display offers drivers a wide range of customization options, from a basic digital speed read out to specific vehicle status information. Operation of the display is clearly communicated to users with easy-to-understand icons and instructions. Using buttons on the steering wheel, drivers can customize the screen with as much or as little information as they desire. The system is intuitive and can be arranged for a variety of views. Up to three analog vehicle status gauges can be added to the display. The main screens found inside the instrument cluster menu are: digital speed, vehicle information and fuel economy, trip A information, trip B information, trailer-tow information, audio, stored messages and screen customization. Additionally, the four corners of the display can be customized to show information at a glance, including current fuel economy, outside temperature, time and compass direction.

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Finally the diesel. 30mpg.

Looks very nice. Should look at this instead of a XC60, F23A4
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I LOVE the new headlights

I love the new shift handle

I DONT LOVE the new wheels. The wheels from the 2013 were just awesome.
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Finally the diesel. 30mpg.

Looks very nice. Should look at this instead of a XC60, F23A4
I like it but the SRT8 comes in @ $20k more than the XC60 T5. ....besides, no freebie trip to Europe. (Maybe possible to get a freebie to Detroit but, I'd rather keep that one to a day trip....with 'day' being the operative word.)

Hopefully that G-Force meter is an indicator of how well it handles.....which is hopefully better than a 12 MDX (SH-AWD not withstanding).
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<center>Press Release - January 2013</center> http://www.wk2jeeps.com/wk2menu.htm
<center>2014 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT: A Powerful Performer Cloaked in Luxurious and Muscular Skin</center>
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smoother, more refined shifting and improved fuel economy
  • Innovative Eco Mode optimizes new transmission's shift schedule and expands range of Fuel Saver Technology activation for further fuel economy gains
  • Towing capacity rating improved 44 percent, up to 7,200 pounds
  • Improved and retuned Selec-Track system delivers more torque to the rear wheels in Track Mode for optimal rear-wheel-drive characteristics
  • New, standard launch control delivers enhanced and consistent acceleration performance
  • Aggressive, upscale exterior appearance enriched with new signature LED lighting
  • Stunning array of advanced safety equipment includes Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
  • Luxurious interior offers new levels of advanced user-friendly technology and connectivity highlighted by an 8.4-inch touchscreen that accommodates SRT's exclusive Performance Pages, plus a 7-inch programmable multiview gauge cluster
  • All-new Uconnect Access Via Mobile streams preferred music into the vehicle via smartphone
  • Introducing breakthrough cloud-based voice texting and Bing connected search via Uconnect Access
  • Enables direct, one-touch connections with local 9-1-1 service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and Uconnect specialists
  • Features state-of-the-art safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning and Rear Cross Path detection

January 14, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT owners have come to expect - and appreciate - a vehicle that is powerful and refined, luxurious and functional, muscular and stylish. For 2014, Grand Cherokee SRT checks all of those boxes - while also delivering unexpected delights.
Enhancements for the 2014 model year include an all-new, fully electronic eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers improved fuel economy, significantly improved towing capacity, hardware and software revisions that further heighten Grand Cherokee SRT's fun-todrive factor during a daily commute or for more spirited driving on the race track.
Outside, the new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT sports styling that is even more aggressive than the previous model. Design enhancements for 2014 include a new signature LED character lamp treatment, a brawnier grille, a new, one-touch liftgate and a new rear spoiler.
Inside, Grand Cherokee SRT customers are treated to a new 8.4-inch touchscreen that displays a wealth of SRT-exclusive Performance Pages data. A new launch control button is situated behind the new T-handle shifter on the center console, and a redesigned SRT-exclusive threespoke, heated steering wheel with more ergonomically efficient paddle shifters, features a host of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls.

Awe-inspiring Powertrain
For 2014, Grand Cherokee SRT owners get three additional gears from their transmission: an all-new 8HP70 eight-speed automatic. Fully electronic, it features on-the-fly shift-map changing.
The most significant powertrain improvement on the new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is the allnew 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. Fully electronic, the 8HP70 features on-the-fly shift-map changing, with manual shifting capability using newly redesigned, more pronounced, ergonomically efficient steering-wheel paddle controls.
More than 90 individual shift maps optimize shift quality and shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The intelligent software takes into account variables including engine torque gradients, kick down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, grade changes, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map.
Additional parameters integrated into the control strategy include vehicle speed control, electronic stability control interaction and temperature. The result is automatic shifting that is ideally attuned to the performance requirements of almost any driving demand. During development testing at the Nelson Ledges Road Course in Ohio, SRT engineers achieved 6/10ths of a second faster lap times (over the 2013 SRT8 model) as a result of the new eightspeed automatic transmission.
The legendary 0-60 miles per hour (mph) acceleration of the Grand Cherokee SRT will be slightly improved due to the quicker shift speeds and ¼ mile time will also see a marginal improvement due to closer gear spacing. This more ideal spacing allows the 470hp 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 to stay in the optimum part of its power band creating what feels like never-ending acceleration.
However, there is an even more dramatic improvement in 30-70 mph and 50-90 mph real world acceleration as the new eight-speed transmission can drop down multiple gears (while rev matching) to reach the optimum ratio in milliseconds for better overall performance and drivability.
The transmission efficiency and wide ratio spread provide the best possible fuel economy by operating at a lower engine rpm in both city and highway environments. The addition of more gear ratios also helps reduce the gaps normally associated with upshifting and downshifting, resulting in nearly imperceptible gear changes.
Internally, the transmission has four gear sets and five shift elements (multi-disc clutches and brakes). Only two shift elements are open at any time. With fewer open shift elements, drag losses due to multiple parts rotating relative to one another are reduced, improving fuel efficiency.
Of course, even SRT owners sometimes appreciate driving more fuel efficiently. For those times, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT features an innovative Eco Mode that optimizes the transmission's shift schedule and expands the range of Fuel Saver Technology, which - when conditions are right - deactivates four cylinders to conserve fuel.
Eco Mode is available in Selec-Track auto mode. Throttle mapping, transmission shift schedules and Fuel Saving Technology work in combination to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.
The new eight-speed transmission also helps to deliver greatly improved towing performance of 7,200 pounds - a 44-percent improvement over the 5,000-lb. towing capacity from last year.
The eight-speed transmission is mated to the proven and powerful 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology delivering 470 horsepower (351 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb.-ft. (630 N.m) of torque at 4,300 rpm.
For improved and more consistent track performance, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT features a launch control system controlled by a button situated just behind the new T-handle shifter on the center console. Launch Control mimics a professional driver's inputs to optimize Grand Cherokee SRT's performance and brings engine, transmission, driveline, stability control, and suspension in line for a textbook vehicle launch.
"For our customers who are not race car drivers, the new launch control system is the next best thing. Grand Cherokee SRT owners will appreciate how much more consistent their acceleration times will be," Ruedisueli said.
To further emphasize the racing experience, the launch button features a "Christmas Tree" graphic, similar to what is used at drag strips to initiate standing starts. The vehicle stays in launch mode until the driver lifts his or her foot off the throttle, at which time it defaults into the previous active operating mode.
Yet another performance enhancement for 2014 is a "rev match" downshift function. When the driver downshifts, the engine controller will blip the throttle to minimize the jerkiness typically associated with this maneuver. The result is improved performance and greater stability when downshifting at the traction limit.


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Outstanding ride, handling and capability
The Grand Cherokee SRT rides on a short- and long-arm (SLA) independent front suspension with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive damping suspension (ADS), upper- and lower-control arms ("A" arms), and a stabilizer bar.
The rear suspension is a multi-link design with coil spring, Bilstein ADS, aluminum lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber), plus a separate toe link, and a stabilizer bar.
Software improvements to the retuned Selec-Track system further distinguish the five dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow, enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that more ideally meets their requirements and ambient conditions. When Track Mode is selected, 70 percent of the engine's torque is delivered to the rear wheels for a more pronounced rear-wheel-drive experience. Grand Cherokee SRT drivers will notice a vehicle that is more responsive from mid-corner to exit and one that delivers faster lap times at their favorite track.
Drivers can manually choose between the five dynamic modes for specific driving conditions:

  • Auto: provides the most compliant ride and automatically adapts to any road situation using the adaptive damping suspension tuning
  • Sport: provides enhanced body control for a sporty, fun-to-drive ride for the street
  • Tow: provides a safe reduction in pitch and bounce for enhanced towing capability
  • Track: provides the high-performance, firm, "track-tuned" suspension option to lock down body motion for the ultimate handling experience
  • Snow: provides the most conservative dynamic mode, so the vehicle will safely stay in-line in inclement winter weather conditions
The torque split distribution on the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT - front to rear - is as follows:
Auto 40% 60%
Sport 35% 65%
Tow 50% 50%
Track 30% 70%
Snow 50% 50%

"With the improved and retuned Selec-Track system in the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT, it's like having five distinctly different vehicles. In Auto mode, for example, drivers get a vehicle that delivers a smooth, comfortable ride. Set it to Sport mode, however, and everything - stability control, adaptive damping, transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, Electronic Limited Slip Differential performance, throttle control and cylinder de-activation - instantly gets tuned for a significantly more dynamic driving experience. The result is a vehicle that can carry a family in full style and comfort and a vehicle that can blast around the track," Ruedisueli explained.

Benchmark braking
The new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT delivers excellent braking performance, requiring only 116 feet to come to a full stop from 60 miles per hour (mph). Credit belongs to red-painted, Brembo six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15 inches (front) and 13.8 inches (rear).

Aggressive and functional exterior
The Grand Cherokee SRT sports exterior styling enhancements for 2014. Its signature, seven-slot upper grille with black screen insert has been shortened and is flanked by slimmer, adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps that are surrounded by a signature LED character lamp treatment. The grille itself is brawnier and the headlamps feature a unique black background to distinguish SRT from other 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee models while further accenting their jewel-like appearance.
The new styling also enabled designers to incorporate the headlamp washers into the headlamp housing for the first time - rather than on the bumper - for a cleaner more functional appearance.
A new Grand Cherokee badge along the vehicle's sides feature a more distinct, more pronounced font.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT's front light treatment is mirrored in back for a cohesive styling appearance, and features larger tail lamps with signature LED lighting. To further emphasize SRT's performance heritage, the tail lamps feature a black surround, creating the illusion of floating lamps.
Also new for 2014 is a more aerodynamically efficient rear spoiler integrated into the all-new, one-touch liftgate that features a new SRT badge that no longer carries the engine cylinder number reference. Rather than relying on a manual lever, the liftgate is operated electronically with the push of a button. For 2014, the flipper glass has been eliminated, greatly enhancing rearward visibility and reducing weight.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT will be available in the following exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat and Redline Pearl Clear Coat.


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Race-inspired and high-performance interior
The most significant interior enhancement on the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is the new Uconnect 8.4AN radio touchscreen. The 8.4-inch display shows a wealth of SRT-exclusive Performance Pages, including recent track times, lateral acceleration, 0-60 mph times and much more. All data is shown in full-color and can now be shared with other SRT enthusiasts via a built-in 3G connection.
The same screen accommodates Uconnect Access Via Mobile, an all-new feature that makes its debut. With it, customers can stream their favorite music into the vehicle using the acclaimed apps Aha, iHeart, Pandora and Slacker.
The display also affords drivers access to Bing Internet searches and facilitates cutting-edge cloud-based features such as voice texting - the transmission of text messages using natural speech.
On the center console, drivers will find a new, leather-wrapped T-handle shifter for the eightspeed transmission that allows the driver to select two driving modes including Drive and Sport. Also new is the redesigned, SRT-exclusive heated three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom that features a bevy of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls and more pronounced, more ergonomically efficient paddle shifters.
The new steering wheel is designed and positioned to provide optimal view of the new gauge cluster that now features a 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument display. This new screen allows drivers to select from a multitude of layout and information to be shown in the center of the gauge cluster.
True carbon fiber trim accent sweeps across the driver's door, instrument panel and front passenger door.
The available 825-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon offers world premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt tracking power supply (TPS) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multidimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT Laguna leather interior is available in two distinctive colors: Torque (black) and a new Sepia combination.

Enhanced security, convenience and occupant safety
Uconnect Access is all-new to the Grand Cherokee SRT. Enabled by embedded cellular technology, the system affords direct communication with local 9-1-1 service personnel at the touch of a button - no waiting for go-between call-center operators.
In addition, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT showcases advanced safety features from Forward Collision Warning - which alerts the driver to rapidly approaching traffic - to Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, which aid drivers when changing lanes or in parkinglot situations.

Quality: Improving the most awarded SUV ever
How do you improve the most awarded SUV ever? The Jeep and SRT teams start by listening to their customers.
"We're very happy with the long list of product and quality accolades the Jeep Grand Cherokee has earned," said Doug Betts, Senior Vice President - Quality, Chrysler Group. "But the most important feedback comes from customers telling us what they'd like to see improved. We are constantly looking at feedback and responding with improvements."
Key upgrades for the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup include an eight-speed automatic transmission to improve performance and fuel economy plus the newest Uconnect system that balances advanced technology and connectivity features with easy-to-use controls and voice commands.
From the driver's seat, everything the driver sees, touches - and even speaks to using voice commands - is enhanced to increase function, connectivity and responsiveness. Not only does it work better, it looks better packaged in more premium materials and elegant graphics. This includes a redesigned steering wheel that is optimized for driving position while also providing control buttons for frequently used features like radio, cruise control, phone and voice-activated commands. Customer feedback helped designers and engineers determine the ideal location for fingertip controls so that drivers could comfortably keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Another significant interior change for Grand Cherokee is the availability of the new Uconnect Access 8.4AN touchscreen. Connectivity and touchscreens involve rapidly changing technology and ever-increasing consumer expectations - both of which have a significant impact on the overall quality assessment of new vehicles. The Uconnect team constantly evaluates consumer feedback, placing a high priority on designing systems that are intuitive for both tech-savvy customers as well as tech-averse drivers who prefer hard knobs to adjust the climate or radio station.
For the past two years, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has earned the title as the Total Quality leader for the medium-size SUV segment by Strategic Vision. The honor is based on new vehicle owner surveys that holistically assess consumers' good and bad experiences with their new vehicle. Similarly, the Jeep team values all comments from customers - especially feedback that leads to enhanced quality and customer satisfaction.

Manufacturing: Built in Detroit
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is built at the 3-million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, which has been the site of Grand Cherokee production since its introduction in 1992. To meet consumer demand, a third crew of 1,100 workers was added at JNAP in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The year 2012 brought record sales for the Jeep brand worldwide, with Grand Cherokee contributing approximately 220,000 units globally, with 52,000 units from international markets. Since 2009, Jeep Grand Cherokee sales have increased more than 200 percent in the U.S., and 250 percent outside North America.

SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks. For more information, visit drivesrt.com


<center>Press Release - January 2013</center>
<center>2014 Jeep® Grand Cherokee - The Most Awarded SUV Ever Gets Even Better For 2014</center>
  • New 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivers best-in-class 30 miles per gallon (mpg), driving range of more than 730 miles and best-in-class towing capability of 7,400 pounds
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission boosts fuel efficiency across all powertrains while improving Grand Cherokee's legendary 4x4 performance with a lower crawl ratio
  • More luxurious than ever: world-class craftsmanship includes a new Grand Cherokee Summit model
  • More than 60 advanced safety and security features; most in class
  • Legendary Jeep® capability courtesy of three 4x4 systems, class-exclusive Quadra-Lift air suspension and class-leading Jeep Selec-Terrain traction management system with new Selec- Speed Control
  • Array of advanced user-friendly technology features including new 8.4-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch customer configurable multiview cluster display, Uconnect Access and cloud-based voice texting

January 14, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee completely redefines the premium SUV, delivering consumers an unprecedented combination of best-in-class fuel economy and driving range, available clean-diesel technology, a choice of leading powertrain options, legendary benchmark capability, world-class craftsmanship, premium on-road driving dynamics, and a host of advanced user-friendly technology and safety features.
"With the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, we have taken the industry's most highly acclaimed SUV and elevated it to an even higher level," said Mike Manley, President and CEO - Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Jeep has proudly separated Grand Cherokee even further from its competitors by enhancing its unique elegance, efficiency, capability and technological features. Consumers will clearly find the new Jeep Grand Cherokee to be even more of a pleasure to drive - on any and all roads, on the most demanding trails, and in all weather conditions."
For 2014, Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers a best-in-class 30 miles per gallon (mpg) highway courtesy of a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine for North America and a new eight-speed transmission. The new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 boasts an unmatched driving range of more than 730 miles.
A new eight-speed transmission drives the new EcoDiesel, as well as Grand Cherokee's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine - now achieving up to 25 mpg highway and more than 600-miles driving range - and its 5.7-liter V-8, now achieving up to 21 mpg highway.
Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of three available 4x4 systems, Jeep's Quadra-Lift air suspension system and class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds, and an improved crawl ratio of 44.1:1 for 2014.
A new, refined exterior design - complete with available new bi-xenon headlamps with signature LED daytime running lamps (DRL) - provides an even more premium appearance. Interior luxury is achieved with premium amenities including Natura leather, exotic open-pore wood trim and new color offerings.
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes even more safety and security features - more than 60, including Front Park Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Selec-Speed Control - as well as an array of advanced user-friendly technology features for North America such as Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen radio with integrated climate and infotainment controls, a 7-inch customer configurable multiview display cluster, Uconnect Access Via Mobile and cloud-based voice texting.
Built in Detroit, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit models.

Powertrain: Best-in-class fuel economy
Among all of the many new 2014 Jeep® Grand Cherokee features, two in particular contribute to vastly improved fuel economy and driving performance: a new, clean, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The result: Jeep has taken the most awarded SUV in history and raised the benchmark even further, achieving fuel economy up to 30 miles per gallon (mpg) in EcoDiesel form, and improved fuel economy, drivability and overall performance across the Grand Cherokee lineup.
"Grand Cherokee customers are very demanding - they want superior capability and efficiency," said Bob Lee, Chrysler Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering - Chrysler Group LLC. "The clean 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine coupled with the eight-speed transmission meets the tough Jeep customer requirements by providing an exceptional combination of high torque across the rpm range and outstanding fuel economy."
Jeep Grand Cherokee's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine is expected to achieve 30 mpg highway with a driving range of more than 730 miles. The award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 25 mpg, with a best-in-class range of more than 600 miles. And the legendary 5.7-liter V-8's fuel economy improves 5 percent, now achieving 21 mpg.

New 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6
Enthusiasts in North America have been clamoring for a diesel-powered Grand Cherokee and Jeep has delivered. Producing a class-leading 240 horsepower and massive 420 lb.-ft. of torque, the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel is capable of towing 7,400 pounds - more than any competitor's V-8 equipped SUVs. With a 30-percent increase in fuel economy and a 56-percent increase in torque versus the Pentastar V-6 engine, the EcoDiesel achieves 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway in 4x2 models. This allows for a best-in-class driving range of more 730 miles. Full-time 4x4 models have fuel economy figures of 20 city and 28 highway.
The new, 50-state legal, clean 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine produces low CO2 emissions. MultiJet II common-rail injection and Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) help this new engine achieve these results.
The 24-valve, dual-overhead-cam engine features a block and bed plate crafted from strong compacted graphite iron (CGI), which contributes to stiffness without penalizing performance.
The clean 3.0-liter EcoDiesel's 60-degree cylinder banks enable more efficient packaging, while effectively balancing the potent inertia generated by torque-rich diesels.
Driver and passengers alike can expect a smooth, quiet ride on any journey. The new engine's 1-4-2-5- 3-6 firing order helps manage rotation so neatly it needs no balance shaft to deliver the level of refinement for which the Grand Cherokee is known.
Further contributing to quieter performance, as well as optimal fuel economy and emissions reduction, is the clean diesel's common-rail fuel-injection system. Its 29,000-psi (2,000-bar) pressure is unmatched by any solenoid-based system.
Swirl-control intake ports benefit from a variable-geometry turbocharger and intercooler that ensure the required engine response, whether merging on-road or surging off-road.
Temperature extremes are also addressed. The new engine's turbo is water-cooled to handle searing heat, while low-voltage ceramic glow plugs accommodate quicker cold-weather starts.
Other key features and benefits include:

  • Finger-follower actuated valves with hydraulic adjusters
  • Chain-driven camshafts
  • Piston-cooling oil jets
  • Water-cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) for Tier II, Bin 5 and ULEV II compliance
  • B5 biofuel compatibility
  • 50-state emission compliance

New eight-speed automatic transmission
All three Jeep Grand Cherokee engines are now attached to Chrysler Group's new eight-speed automatic transmission, which provides better fuel economy, quicker acceleration and smoother shifting. Another benefit is a lower crawl ratio of 44.1:1 to aid in climbing over - or through - tough obstacles when equipped with a two-speed transfer case. This is a 46 percent improvement over the previous model's crawl ratio.
"The eight-speed transmission - with a wide ratio spread, high numerical first-gear ratio, quick shifting and aggressive torque-converter lockup - is a major contributor to meeting the Grand Cherokee's ambitious performance targets," said Mircea Gradu, Vice President and Head of Transmission Powertrain and Driveline Engineering. "And it does so without compromising fuel economy."
Robust enough to accommodate the Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel's prodigious torque, the new-for-2014 gearbox delivers not only the promise of durability, but its precise shift schedule enhances ride quality to luxury-car levels.
Fully electronic, the eight-speed automatic features on-the-fly shift map changing, with manual shifting capability and Electronic Range Select using steering-wheel paddle controls. More than 40 individual shift maps for specific conditions optimize shift quality and shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The intelligent software takes into account variables including engine torque gradients, kick-down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, grade changes, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map. Additional parameters integrated into the control strategy include vehicle speed control, electronic stability control interaction and temperature. The result is automatic shifting ideally attuned to the performance requirements of almost any driving demand.
The transmission efficiency and wide ratio spread provide the best possible fuel economy by operating at a lower engine rpm in both city and highway environments. The addition of more gear ratios also helps reduce the gaps normally associated with upshifting and downshifting.
Gear changes are nearly imperceptible due to the evenly spaced gear steps between each gear ratio. Internally, the transmission has four gear sets and five shift elements (multi-disc clutches and brakes). Only two shift elements are open at any time. With fewer open shift elements, drag losses due to multiple parts rotating relative to one another are reduced, improving fuel efficiency.

3.6-liter Pentastar V-6
Twice named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines, Grand Cherokee's standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine boasts 25 mpg on the highway for 2014 - a 9 percent jump from the prior model year.
The standard flex-fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine generates 290 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Combined with the new eight-speed transmission, Pentastar-equipped Grand Cherokees are now able to tow 6,200 pounds, a 24 percent increase over the previous year. The transmission also helps the V-6 models to achieve 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway on 4x2 and 4x4 models. This allows the Grand Cherokee to have best-in-class driving range of more than 600 miles for gasoline-powered SUVs.
Grand Cherokee's 3.6-liter V-6 engine features a double-overhead cam (DOHC) and high-flow intake and exhaust ports, which in combination with variable valve timing (VVT) via dual independent cam phasing, allow optimum volumetric and combustion efficiency over the full speed and load range. This results in an exceptional, flat torque curve along with high specific power. The engine's torque exceeds 90 percent of its peak value from 1,600 to 6,400 rpm, which provides customers outstanding drivability and responsiveness.
Structural, intake and exhaust areas of the 3.6-liter V-6 engine are designed to deliver low levels of overall noise and achieve specific sound quality goals that meet discerning customer requirements.
An environmentally friendly oil filter system with optional integrated oil cooler is used to help protect the environment via incineration of the filter element. The use of long-life spark plugs and a high-energy coil-on-plug ignition system also helps reduce cost of ownership.

Renowned 5.7-liter V-8
Fuel economy improvements are not exclusive to Jeep Grand Cherokee's V-6 powertrains. The 5.7-liter V-8 engine produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb.- ft. of torque, and boasts best-in-class towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. Now mated to the new eight-speed transmission, and owing in part to VVT and Chrysler Group's seamless Fuel Saver cylinder-deactivation technology, the V-8 models now offer improved fuel economy of 15 mpg city and 21 mpg while 4x4-equipped models get a bump to 14 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
The 5.7-liter engine's VVT improves fuel economy in two ways. First, it reduces the engine's pumping work by closing the intake valve later. Second, it increases the expansion process of the combustion event. This allows more work to be transferred to the crankshaft instead of being rejected out of the exhaust port as heat. VVT improves engine breathing, which further improves engine efficiency and power.
The 5.7-liter engine's Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder-deactivation seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand. This optimizes fuel economy when V-8 power is not required, without sacrificing vehicle performance or capability.

Eco Mode further improves fuel efficiency
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a new Eco Mode that contributes to its improved fuel economy. Eco Mode optimizes the Grand Cherokee transmission's shift schedule and - in V-8 models - Fuel Saver Technology with cylinder deactivation as well as throttle sensitivity to maximize fuel economy. The Eco Mode also manages interactive deceleration fuel shut-off (IDFSO), which cuts fuel delivery when the vehicle is coasting to reduce fuel consumption.
In addition, the Eco Mode activates the vehicle's air suspension system (if so equipped), lowering the Jeep Grand Cherokee to "Aero Ride Height" earlier to improve fuel economy.
Eco Mode is automatically engaged upon vehicle startup. A button on the center stack allows driver's to disengage Eco Mode if more spirited performance is desired.

Capability: Legendary, from Jeep
Go Anywhere 4x4 systems

  • Class-exclusive Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension system with best-in-class ground clearance
  • User-friendly adjustable ride height changed with a push of a button
  • Refined Jeep Selec-Terrain system offers five terrain settings for any road and weather condition
  • Choice of three 4x4 systems: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II with rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD)
  • New Selec-Speed Control: Hill-descent Control and new Hill-ascent Control for navigating steepest grades with minimal drive input
  • Premium on-road manners courtesy of a front and rear independent suspension and an ultra-stiff body structure
  • New crawl ratio of 44.1:1
Since its complete redesign for the 2011 model year, Jeep® Grand Cherokee has received numerous accolades for its premium on-road driving dynamics, given its exceptionally stiff body structure and front and rear independent suspension. Combining that luxurious on-road performance with Jeep's seemingly unending level of capability results in a driving experience that is unquestionably unmatched, on any road or trail. "No one offers the incredible balance of comfortable, premium everyday on-road driving with the long list of true capability features found in the Grand Cherokee," said Ray Durham, Vehicle Line Executive - Rear-wheel-drive SUVs, Chrysler Group LLC. "Features such as Selec-Speed Control, Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain combine to provide Jeep Grand Cherokee's discerning customers the most technologically advanced, safe and ultra-capable SUV."
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features three available 4x4 systems (Quadra-Trac I, Quadra- Trac II and Quadra-Drive II), an available Quadra-Lift air suspension and a Selec-Terrain traction management system, all of which instill Grand Cherokee with its legendary Jeep capability.
Quadra-Trac I delivers full-time four-wheel drive without any switches or levers to pull. The system provides smooth operation of the vehicle over a variety of road conditions. This light-weight singlespeed case is both proven and efficient for enhanced fuel economy.
The Quadra-Trac II's two-speed transfer case uses input from a variety of sensors to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and takes corrective action. The system also uses throttle anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximizes traction before tire slippage occurs. When wheel slippage is detected, as much as 100 percent of available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction.
Quadra-Drive II, with a rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD), delivers industry-leading tractive capability. The system instantly detects tire slip and smoothly distributes engine torque to tires with traction. In some cases, the vehicle will anticipate low traction and adjust in order to proactively limit or eliminate slip.
Selec-Terrain is standard with Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II.

Air suspension
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee rises above the road and rocks with the rugged Quadra-Lift air suspension system. The Quadra-Lift system features five height settings for optimum ride performance:

  • Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8.7 inches of clearance offers improved fuel economy as well as improved aerodynamics during on-road driving
  • Off-road 1: Lifts the vehicle an additional 1.3 inches from NRH for added height in clearing obstacles (10.0 inches)
  • Off-road 2: Delivers legendary Jeep off-road capability and provides an additional 2.6 inches from NRH for 11.3 inches of ground clearance
  • Park Mode: Lowers the vehicle 1.6 inches from NRH for easy ingress/egress. NRH and Park Mode are driver selectable allowing the driver full control over vehicle ride height
  • Aero Mode: Lowers the vehicle 0.6 inches from NRH. Aero Mode is controlled by vehicle speed and adjusts for optimal performance and fuel economy. The vehicle will also lower to Aero Mode when in Sport Mode.
When the vehicle is operating in Eco Mode, it lowers itself to Aero Mode when vehicle speeds are between 52 mph and 56 mph for 20 seconds, or exceeds 56 mph, further enhancing Jeep Grand Cherokees aerodynamics for optimum efficiency.
Quadra-Lift adds up to 4.2-inches of lift span supported by four-corner air springs that provide a cushioned, premium ride. Quadra-Lift operates automatically, or may be controlled manually with console controls.
With the front air dam removed and the available Quadra-Lift air suspension, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 35.8-degree approach angle, a 29.6-degree departure angle and 23.5-degree breakover angle.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is also available with load-leveling shocks. When payload is added to the vehicle, the shock's gas pressure increases until the vehicle reaches NRH. Advantages to load-leveling shocks include improved load handling and trailer-tow performance. Loadleveling shocks are available with trailer-tow packages that do not already have the Quadra-Lift air suspension.
With the front air dam removed and the available Quadra-Lift air suspension, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 35.8-degree approach angle, a 29.6-degree departure angle and 23.5-degree breakover angle.

Selec-Terrain
In addition to the Quadra-Lift air suspension, the Grand Cherokee's class-leading Selec-Terrain traction control system allows customers to choose the on- and off-road setting for optimum performance. This feature electronically coordinates up to 12 different powertrain, braking and suspension systems, including throttle control, transmission shift, transfer case, Hill-descent Control and Selec-Speed Control.
The Selec-Terrain system has been refined for 2014 and offers five different driving conditions to achieve the best driving experience on all terrains:

  • Sand: Traction control and Quadra-Lift operate with sensitive response to wheel spin, and torque tuned for optimal performance in sand
  • Mud: Traction control and Quadra-Lift operate with sensitive response to wheel spin, and torque tuned for optimal performance in mud
  • Auto: Automatically adapts to any on- or off-road situation
  • Snow: Vehicle traction adjusts for ultimate performance over snow-covered roads
  • Rock: Quadra-Lift air suspension system raises to maximum height of 11.3 inches, while the transfer case, differentials, and throttle coordinate to provide low-speed control
Sport Mode, previously found on the Selec-Terrain controller, is now engaged with the shift lever. Sport Mode provides enhanced on-road "fun-to-drive" capability.
Selec-Terrain, coupled with the Quadra-Lift air suspension, offers drivers an adjustable suspension span that delivers Trail Rated performance.

Selec-Speed Control with Hill-ascent and Hill-descent Control
Allows drivers to control Grand Cherokee's speed both up and down steep, rugged grades with the steering wheel paddle shifters - without the need for throttle or brake pedals (late availability on EcoDiesel).

Jeep Trail Rated
All 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with the Off-road groups are Trail Rated. The Jeep Trail Rated badge on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.
New for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an increased crawl ratio of 44.1:1 compared to 30.2:1 (3.6- liter V-6) of the previous generation, a 46 percent improvement.
Jeep Trail Rated is a unique methodology used by Jeep Engineering to measure and predict off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Through a combination of natural and controlled field tests, Jeep Trail Rated provides a consistent measurement of off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Only Jeep vehicles are Trail Rated.

Design: Head-turning, premium craftsmanship
Aggressive yet refined exterior implies capability and luxury

  • New signature LED lighting defines Jeep® Grand Cherokee day or night
  • Award-wining Grand Cherokee interior offers even more technology and luxury
  • Individual models more readily identifiable for 2014, including new Summit model
  • New soft-touch leather and trim, premium real wood and unique upscale color combinations
When the current-generation Jeep® Grand Cherokee made its debut, it impressed consumers with its cohesive, upscale design that was still able to convey the rugged capability expected in a Jeep vehicle. For 2014, Grand Cherokee takes its successful recipe to a new level of opulence and strength in both exterior and interior design.
"We've elevated the Grand Cherokee with an even more premium, yet even more rugged appearance for 2014," said Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design - Chrysler Group LLC. "Jeep Grand Cherokee is as rugged and capable as ever, boasts a luxurious new design update and is packed with premium ornamentation and technological features that are frankly unexpected, but welcome, in the full-size SUV segment."
All trim levels of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee have been given a more premium look, and are more readily identifiable at a quick glance. On all Grand Cherokee models, the upper grille is shorter in height and the headlamps are slimmer. The lower front fascia has been slightly elevated and the fog lights have been raised and are more pronounced within the fascia design. Together, these changes give the front of the Grand Cherokee a more substantial appearance while still preserving the vehicle's ground clearance at its lower edge.
Of course, Grand Cherokee retains Jeep's classic seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches.
The rear of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features new, larger tail lamps with signature LED lighting, a larger rear spoiler to aid in efficient aerodynamics and a re-sculpted tailgate that offers greater rear visibility, and a more pronounced Jeep badge, now found directly on the tailgate between the tail lamps. Lower rear fascias are now model-specific, and dual exhaust tips are standard on all Limited, Overland and Summit models.

On-road refinement: Premium driving dynamics
Jeep Grand Cherokee is widely known for its outstanding on-road driving dynamics and quietness, thanks in part to its front and rear independent suspension. Variable-rate rear springs deliver improved on-road handling and comfort that complements the vehicle's off-road capability. Premium on-road manners are enhanced with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone.
The independent front and rear suspension features isolated front and rear suspension cradles along with variable-rate rear springs to deliver improved on-road handling and comfort while complementing the vehicle's legendary off-road capability. The rear suspension also allows the spare tire to be stored inside the vehicle as opposed to underneath.
Grand Cherokee's steering also has been carefully calibrated for the right amount of assistance whether cruising the parking lot or a twisty two-lane mountain road. Electrohydraulic assistance is used on EcoDiesel and Pentastar V-6 models.

Dimensionally sound
The vehicle's 114.8-inch wheelbase creates generous interior room and gives passengers expansive rear-seat knee and leg room, and large front door openings and rear doors open 78 degrees for better access to the interior.
Inside, premium seating includes room for five passengers. A standard fold-flat front-passenger seat provides improved cargo storage room (Laredo models).
For added passenger comfort, rear seats recline 12 degrees. There also is a 12-degree forward angle to allow 24 degrees of variation.
Cargo volume behind the second row measures 36.3 cu. ft. and includes a storage unit with a rechargeable flashlight and grocery hooks on both sides. The spare tire compartment includes removable dual storage bins for secure storage of muddy gear or other items.
The power rear liftgate is standard or available on all 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee models.

Quality: Improving the most awarded SUV ever
How do you improve the most awarded SUV ever? The Jeep team starts by listening to its customers. "We're very happy with the long list of product and quality accolades the Jeep Grand Cherokee has earned," said Doug Betts, Senior Vice President - Quality, Chrysler Group LLC. "But the most important feedback comes from customers telling us what they'd like to see improved. We are constantly looking at feedback and responding with improvements."
Key upgrades for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee include an eight-speed automatic transmission to improve performance and fuel economy plus the newest Uconnect system that balances advanced technology and connectivity features with easy-to-use controls and voice commands.
From the driver's seat, everything the driver sees, touches - and even speaks to using voice commands - is enhanced to increase function, connectivity and responsiveness. Not only does it work better, it looks better packaged in more premium materials and elegant graphics. This includes a redesigned steering wheel that is optimized for driving position while also providing control buttons for frequently-used features such as radio, cruise control, phone and voice-activated commands. Customer feedback helped designers and engineers determine the ideal location for fingertip controls so that drivers could comfortably keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Another significant interior change for Grand Cherokee is the availability of the new Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen. Connectivity and touchscreens involve rapidly changing technology and ever-increasing consumer expectations - both of which have a significant impact on the overall quality assessment of new vehicles. The Uconnect team constantly evaluates consumer feedback, placing a high priority on designing systems that are intuitive for both tech-savvy customers as well as tech-averse drivers who prefer hard knobs to adjust the climate or radio station.
For the past two years, Jeep Grand Cherokee has earned the title as the Total Quality leader for the medium-size SUV segment by Strategic Vision. The honor is based on new vehicle owner surveys that holistically assess consumers' good and bad experiences with their new vehicle. Similarly, the Jeep team values all comments from customers - especially feedback that leads to enhanced quality and customer satisfaction.

Grand Cherokee open-air options
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features the CommandView dual-pane sunroof that extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle, allowing for perfect views both on- and off-road. CommandView is comprised of two glass panels with the front panel opening rearward providing additional light and fresh air to first-row passengers. The rear panel, which is fixed, allows light and open viewing for second-row passengers. The system comes standard with a power sun shade for those who may not want direct sunlight. CommandView is standard on Overland and Summit models and available on Limited.
A traditional sunroof is available on Laredo and Limited models.

Exterior
Unique exterior styling for each Grand Cherokee model
Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo models are identified by its body-color grille and chrome headlight treatment. Body-color side mirrors and door handles are also Laredo exclusives. All lower rocker trim is dark gray. Standard wheels are five-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels painted Tech Silver. Available aluminum 18-inch wheels with a twin five-spoke design are painted Satin Silver. The rear fascia features the new signature tail lamp design along with dark gray lower trim and a single chrome exhaust outlet.
Grand Cherokee Limited models keep the dark gray lower rocker trim and add a body-color grille with chrome grille slot frames and headlight treatment. Bi-xenon headlamps with Grand Cherokee's signature LED running lights are available. Chrome trim outlines the lower fascia opening and skid plate. The wheels on Limited are aluminum 18-inch with a twin five-spoke design and are finished in Satin Chrome. Polished 20-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray-painted pockets are optional. The Limited's rear fascia features a chrome trimmed bumper sill protector and dual chrome exhaust outlets.
All Limited (and Overland and Summit) models feature standard chrome side mirrors and door handles.
Grand Cherokee Overland models feature bi-xenon HID headlamps with signature LED daytime running lights, chrome tow hooks in the lower fascia and body-color lower fascia trim. The body-color trim carries over to the wheel arches and surround the polished 20-inch five-spoke polished aluminum wheels with Mineral Gray-painted pockets. The lower rocker panels and trim on the rear fascia also become body color.
The new luxurious Grand Cherokee Summit model tops the range and receives many unique styling cues. The bi-xenon HID signature headlamps are adaptive, and swivel in conjunction with the steering wheel. This improves visibility around bends and turns and is a brand new safety feature for Grand Cherokee. High-pressure headlamp washers are standard.
Between the lamps is a chrome finish on the upper grille's mesh pattern.
The entire lower fascia is unique and features a pronounced chrome trim similar in design to the Grand Cherokee SRT model. The front bumper is larger and features a slimmer opening for the projector fog lamps compared with other models. The lower lip is a contrasting dark gray. Larger, body-color wheel arch moldings are similar to the SRT model, but the Summit has a dark gray lower rocker trim panel with a chrome strip that runs along the top edge of the rocker. This chrome accent helps to visually lengthen the side view of the new Grand Cherokee. Satin clear coat 20-inch aluminum wheels are a unique-to-Summit twin five-spoke design.
The rear fascia is dominated by dual rectangular exhaust outlets and dark gray lower body cladding. These features are unique to Summit models, as is a new Summit badge on the lower right side of the tailgate.
Exterior color options for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee are: Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Brilliant Black Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Pacific Blue Pearl Coat, Cashmere Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat, True Blue Pearl Coat and Auburn Pearl Coat (Summit models only).
New premium LED lighting
A key exterior feature of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is its signature front and rear LED lighting. These unique lights allow Grand Cherokee to be instantly recognizable, night or day, from a great distance. Standard on Overland and Summit, and available on Limited, are new bi-xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps (adaptive on Summit) that are outlined with signature LED running lamps. The LEDs start at the inner upper edge at the grille, and follow the outer edge of the light. A slight kink upward occurs at the bottom edge of the LED lights as it nears the inner edge. This also allows for the Summit model's hidden headlamp washers to be placed within the headlamp housing as opposed to a separate nozzle located on the bumper.
The signature headlamps also feature full LED turn indicators.



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Interior
Refined premium design with world-class craftsmanship
The award-winning interior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is elevated for 2014 and is clearly one of the most technically advanced in the industry, while boasting an array of upgraded premium soft-touch materials.
"From a mechanical and technological standpoint, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee reaches a new level of refinement, so we needed to create a premium interior that pushes the boundaries of interior design even further," said Klaus Busse, Head of Interior Design - Chrysler Group LLC. "Inspired by locations around the globe, we employed colors, tones and textures that not only portray the go-anywhere nature of Jeep, but that also enhance the luxury experience.
Immediately noticeable is the revised center stack featuring the new 5-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreens. Controls for radio and climate are found below the screen and have easily identifiable knobs and buttons. Following the integrated center stack down onto the center console reveals a new T-handle shifter for the eight-speed transmission. This advanced e-shifter is wrapped in leather and gives Grand Cherokee a leading-edge feel to the cockpit.
Another recognizable change is a new three-spoke steering wheel. Wrapped in leather, it features sections of real wood on Overland and Summit models. All Grand Cherokee models will have standard paddle shifters mounted on the back of the steering wheel.
The new steering wheel perfectly frames the new customer configurable multiview gauge cluster that now features 7-inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) technology on every Grand Cherokee model. This screen allows drivers to select from a multitude of layouts and information that can be displayed in the center of the gauge cluster, enhancing personalization of the interior.
Designers took inspiration from legendary locations from around the world when creating the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee's interior. Each Grand Cherokee model has its own unique style of luxury and ambiance based on materials and color patterns.
Grand Cherokee Laredo and Limited interiors were inspired by the cultures and environments of Morocco and New Zealand. The Black interiors were inspired by the Moroccan lifestyle seen at night with its warm metallic golden accents. The seats, instrument panel, consoles and door panels are a Black monotone and feature a Miknasa Walnut interior trim finish.
The New Zealand interior is two-tone Black and Light Frost. Nador Brown Walnut interior trim finish with light anodized driftwood adorns the instrument and door panels and eases the contrast between the two-tone upper and lower interior.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited models have a slight gold hue to their brushed aluminum look and add Capri leather seating, bright sill scuff plates and bright metal accents to the bottom edge of the wood interior finishes.
Open-pore wood is one of the prominent design cues found on the dash and doors of Grand Cherokee Overland models, and adds a distinct touch of modern luxury along with three interior color choices unlike anything ever seen in a Jeep vehicle. Wood trim is also found on the top portion of the leatherwrapped steering wheel.
A new interior color scheme, Jeep Brown and Indigo Blue, is inspired by the blue-hued dark gray walls of Mount Vesuvius, and features two-tone perforated Nappa leather seating with contrasting bright piping and stitching. The dark, rich Indigo Blue leather is found on the seat backs and bottoms, steering wheel, the center of the front armrest and the lower instrument and door panels. Dark Jeep Brown is found on the upper half of the stitched-leather instrument panel, the inner edges of the seat bolsters, the outer edges of the front center armrest and on the door upper panels. Contrasting bright stitching also lines the door panels and center arm rest. Open-pore brown Zebrano wood with contrasting silver trim is found on the instrument panel door panels.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Jeep Brown and Light Frost interior derived from the geographic diversity found in the Asian country of Nepal. The perforated Nappa leather seats, center console, and the lower instrument and door panels are finished in Light Frost with the steering wheel and upper instrument and door panels finished in Jeep Brown. Open-pore brown Zebrano wood with contrasting silver trim is found on the instrument panel door panels, and the trim surrounding the shifter, dash vents and door handles takes on a silver hue.
The Grand Cherokee Overland is also available with a Black Nappa leather interior with open-pore Nador Brown Walnut wood trim and contrasting silver trim.
A final touch to the interiors in Overland models is the addition of ambient rear-seat footwell lighting.
Grand Cherokee Summit models continue to carry the torch for premium interiors in the SUV segment. Premium Natura-Plus leather seating with heated, ventilated and memory front seats are featured in Summit, and are available in Black or Jeep Brown with copper accents. The Jeep Brown interior is inspired by the warm brown and amber hues seen in the Grand Canyon in the southwestern United States. Summit Brown open-pore wood is found on the instrument and door panels, and copper leather stitching adorns the leather-covered instrument panel, seats, doors and center armrest.
Also unique to Summit is a suede-like material covering the A-pillars and headliner, and bright trim surrounds the door-mounted speaker grilles.
Another impressive feature found on Summit models is a 19-speaker, 825-watt high-performance Harman Kardon surround sound audio system. This state-of-the-art system features a 12-channel amplifier and three sub-woofers, and surrounds the occupants in high-definition sound.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is still a utility vehicle, and several storage and convenience features have been designed into the rear cargo area including a grated, protective floor accented with a durable and bright finish. The spare tire has a dedicated space underneath the cargo floor that also contains two removable bins ideal for storing beverages or muddy gear. Also in the rear cargo area is a storage unit with a re-chargeable flashlight. Grocery hooks are placed on each side of the rear cargo compartment, and cargo capacity with rear seats up is 36.3 cu. ft. and 68.3 cu. ft. with rear seats folded flat.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee interior is available in four distinctive new colors: Black, Light Frost, Jeep Brown with Indigo Blue (Overland only) and Jeep Brown (Overland and Summit).

Safety and Security: Class-leading number of advanced features
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers more than 60 advanced safety and security features - highest in its class.
New safety features include Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation and Selec-Speed Control, which includes both Hill-ascent Control and Hill-descent Control, assisting drivers with climbing and ascending steep grades.
Among Grand Cherokee's 63 advanced safety and security features are standard electronic stability control (ESC) that delivers four security features to improve overall vehicle handling and performance both on- and off-road: Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) reacts and applies brakes during extreme situation, while available Selec-Speed Control and Hill-start Assist (HSA) work with standard trailersway control (TSC) to enhance off-road and towing capabilities.
In addition, standard front-row active head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags and standard seat-mounted side thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.
Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, which aid drivers when changing lanes or in parking lot situations, are also available

Advanced Technology: Segment-leading offerings
A host of technologies for connectivity, convenience, safety and security

  • Introducing Uconnect Access Via Mobile - Direct, one-touch connections with emergency service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and vehicle information specialists
  • Advanced embedded cellular technology delivers breakthrough cloud-based voice texting, Bing connected search and on-demand Wi-Fi hot spot capability
  • New premium navigation with 3D landmarks, one-shot voice command recognition and SiriusXM Travel Link
  • Signature LED exterior lighting improves visibility
  • New Uconnect 8.4-inch center-stack display and customer configurable multiview gauge with 7- inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) screen
  • Available seat-back Blu-ray DVD system (late availability) and high-performance Harman Kardon 825-watt audio system with 19-speakers
An eight-speed transmission and EcoDiesel engine are not the only new technologies in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee - 5-inch and 8.4-inch touchscreens, Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, adaptive head lamps (Summit only), the latest generation of Uconnect Access and a customizable dynamic gauge cluster heighten Grand Cherokee's premium nature while also adding state-of-the-art safety features.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first Jeep product to receive Uconnect Access.
"The easy-to-learn, easy-to-use interface found on the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has become a hallmark of the Uconnect brand," said Marios Zenios, Vice President - Uconnect Systems and Services, Chrysler Group LLC. "Customers will see this manifested again in the advanced connectivity features available in the new Grand Cherokee - a safe vehicle made safer by our emphasis on handsfree functionality."
Advanced safety features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system with Crash Mitigation alerts the driver if they're approaching a vehicle in front too quickly, and Adaptive Cruise Control will keep the Jeep Grand Cherokee at a driver-selected distance from the vehicle in front when cruise control is engaged.

Uconnect Access Via Mobile (for North American markets)
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee's unique Uconnect Access system is based on powerful embedded cellular technology that leverages Chrysler Group's strategic partnership with Sprint. The advanced service-delivery platform affords the kind of stability that enables direct communication when it's needed most.
Some competitive systems use built-in cellular capability to connect with concierge call centers. Others alert emergency services personnel directly, but they do so through mobile phones, which are subject to unstable connections or, when collisions occur, breakage.
Uconnect Access connects vehicle occupants directly with police, fire department or ambulance service dispatcher with the push of the "9-1-1" button on the Grand Cherokee's rear-view mirror.
Uconnect Access applies the same logic to roadside assistance. One push of the "ASSIST" button summons help directly from Chrysler Group's roadside assistance provider, or the Vehicle Customer Care Center.
Further peace of mind comes from Theft Alarm Notification, which alerts owners via SMS text message or e-mail whenever their vehicles' security alarms are activated. For the greatest convenience and flexibility, up to five people can be notified.
Additional Uconnect Access security features include the ability to remotely sound a vehicle's horn and flash its lights - measures enabled by the Uconnect mobile app that could serve as potential crime deterrents or simply to locate a vehicle at night or in a crowded parking lot. For even more convenience, remote door-locking and unlocking and remote start can be performed with the Uconnect mobile app or via the Jeep owners website.
From the behind the wheel, Uconnect Access is an efficient tool that reduces driver distraction with various means of managing in-vehicle connectivity - the newest of which is Uconnect Access Via Mobile.
In the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, customers can put away their smartphones, keep their hands on the steering wheel and still interact with their devices in the ways to which they are accustomed. Media apps from Pandora to iHeart Radio to Slacker are all available via voice command - a function of Uconnect's powerful, cloud-based voice recognition capability.
Flexibility is such that, with Pandora, for example, drivers can register their "likes" and "dislikes" for music using steering-wheel controls, with the app's graphics displayed on Uconnect's distinctive 8.4- inch touchscreen.
Additional convenience is achieved when Uconnect sync's a customer's existing app so their favorite artists and stations will be readily available.

Handsfree (for North American markets)
Uconnect Access also allows the driver to execute many of the normal functions such as climate, audio and Bluetooth, all by voice. The cloud also enables voice texting, a breakthrough feature of Uconnect Access. Again leveraging the Sprint network, paired, Bluetooth-equipped cell phones that use the Message Access Protocol (MAP) can:

  • Receive a text message
  • Announce receipt of the text
  • Identify the sender
  • Read the message aloud
To respond, drivers can simply dictate. The cloud helps the system's voice-recognition system assemble the response and "read" it back for accuracy before sending. Verbatim. No memorizing preapproved messages such as, "I'm on my way."
And it can all be done handsfree.
The same advanced voice-recognition protocol simplifies the often-problematic process of entering navigation-system destinations with both hands on the wheel. In the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the system will accept continuous, single-sentence instructions, such as: "Navigate to Arches National Park, Moab, Utah."
On-road travel is made easier by new 3D maps with graphic representations of well-known landmarks and terrain features.
What if the drivers are unsure of the destination? They can pull over and use the Grand Cherokee as a Wi-Fi hot spot. Or keep driving and access the powerful Bing search engine via voice command. Uconnect navigation then calculates a route, but if the driver wants to provide a heads-up, the system stores the destination's telephone number for handsfree calling.

Technology for even more safety and security
Jeep engineers also integrated advanced safety features in the new Grand Cherokee to help prevent crashes and protect occupants. A Forward Collision Warning system with Crash Mitigation alerts the driver with a flashing light atop the instrument panel and an audible tone when the vehicle senses that it is approaching too quickly to the vehicle in front. It is intended to alert the driver to react to the situation to prevent a possible crash. Crash Mitigation pressurizes the braking system in anticipation of a panic stop. This allows the driver to have full braking power as soon as they press the pedal to help prevent a collision. If the driver does not react to the Forward Collision Warning audible/visual alert the system also will provide a brake pulse followed by partial braking to help the driver avoid or mitigate a pending collision. The driver is still required to apply the brake to stop the vehicle.
Adaptive cruise control will keep the Jeep Grand Cherokee at a driver-selected distance from the vehicle in front when the cruise control is engaged. This allows a safe distance between vehicles with enough time for the driver to react should the vehicle in front slow rapidly. The adaptive cruise control system automatically adjusts the Grand Cherokee's speed using the throttle and brakes to maintain the pre-subscribed distance.
Daytime running lights (DRL) are now standard on all models, and Grand Cherokee Summit models now come standard with adaptive bi-xenon high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps that swivel in the direction of a turn. This allows drivers better nighttime visibility in turns.
One of the key exterior features of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is its signature front and rear lightemitting diode (LED) lighting. These unique lights allow Grand Cherokee to be instantly recognizable, night or day, from a great distance. Standard in Overland and Summit, and available on Limited, are bixenon headlamps (adaptive on Summit) that are outlined with LED running lamps. The LEDs start at the inner upper edge by the grille, and follow the outer edge of the light. A slight curve upward occurs along the bottom row of the LED lights as it nears the inner edge. This also allows for the hidden headlamp washers to be placed within the headlamp housing as opposed to a separate nozzle located on the bumper.
The signature headlamps also feature full LED turn indicators.
The LED lights in the rear tail lamps follow the same pattern as the headlamps. A red ring of LED lamps follow the outline of the stop lights and illuminates when the headlamps are on. The lower portion of the tail lamp assembly is outlined in chrome and houses the reverse lights.

Technology for convenience
Immediately noticeable upon entering the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee's cabin are new touchscreens integrated into the center stack. Standard on Laredo and Limited models is a new 5-inch touchscreen that controls audio, climate, phone and other vehicle functions such as the heated seats or how long the headlamps stay on after the ignition has been turned off. The high-resolution screen is intuitive to use, yet Jeep designers still installed redundant controls for audio and climate below the touch screen.
Standard on Overland and Summit, and available on Laredo and Limited models, is an 8.4-inch touchscreen that controls navigation, audio, climate, phone, vehicle functions and the new Uconnect Access system. This system provides large, easy to read graphics with intuitive, easy to use controls.
The most looked at area of the interior, the instrument cluster, was also given a premium high-tech appearance with the new dynamic gauge cluster. Featuring a customer configurable multiview 7-inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) liquid-crystal display, the cluster can be configured one hundred different ways for the ultimate, driver-customized experience. Navigation, audio and fuel economy info, as well as Selec-Terrain modes and warning indicators can all be displayed in the 7-inch screen, keeping the driver's eyes - and attention - closer to the road.
Enabled by LED technology more commonly found in consumer electronics, the display's pixel illumination is more precisely controlled, which makes for "blacker" blacks and more vivid colors. Such advancement allows crisper graphics, which are critical to the kind of instant recognition drivers need to maintain proper focus on the task at hand: driving.
Front-seat occupants aren't the only ones who benefit from high-tech displays. Second-row passengers can treat themselves to video entertainment via an available seatback Blu-ray video system (delayed availability). This new system will play standard DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs, and has inputs for high definition media interface (HDMI) cables or RCAs for each screen integrated into the seat backs. Wireless headphones are included as is a wireless remote.
For the ultimate audio experience, Summit models feature a 19-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon audio system. Renowned as being a leader in the audio industry, this amazing Harman Kardon system features:

  • 9 tweeters
  • 5 mid-range speakers
  • 2 mid-woofers
  • 3 subwoofers
  • 12-channel Class D amplifier
Featuring GreenEdge speaker and amplifier technology, the system outperforms traditional amplifier efficiency by up to 55 percent.
Manufacturing: Built in Detroit
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is built at the 3-million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, which has been the site of Grand Cherokee production since its introduction in 1992. To meet consumer demand, a third crew of 1,100 workers was added at JNAP in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The year 2012 brought record sales for the Jeep brand worldwide, with Grand Cherokee contributing approximately 220,000 units globally, with 52,000 units from international markets. Since 2009, Jeep Grand Cherokee sales have increased more than 200 percent in the U.S., and 250 percent outside North America.
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The legendary 0-60 miles per hour (mph) acceleration of the Grand Cherokee SRT will be slightly improved due to the quicker shift speeds and ¼ mile time will also see a marginal improvement due to closer gear spacing. This more ideal spacing allows the 470hp 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 to stay in the optimum part of its power band creating what feels like never-ending acceleration.

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Ahh missed that...I wonder if that will make up the difference in the 6.1 Jeep SRT having been faster than the 6.4. I hope so!!! Fucking love this thing! There are at least two somewhere near me that I see on the roads all the time.
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Looks great!

Not feeling the front end on the non SRT versions.
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Ahh missed that...I wonder if that will make up the difference in the 6.1 Jeep SRT having been faster than the 6.4. I hope so!!! Fucking love this thing! There are at least two somewhere near me that I see on the roads all the time.
When I take my daughter to ballet class on Saturdays, we pass a local Jeep dealership with three on the lot (last count). The one sitting there in Brilliant Black serenades me each time.

Changing gears, I'm going to file this one under 'Yep! I thought so':

As he showed off the refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Compass this morning (but not the new Jeep Liberty, which I really hope will stay as just a jacked up Alfa Romeo Giulieta because I'd totally fucking buy that), Jeep CEO and president Mike Manley made a surprising admission: Jeep now cares about the vehicles they make. Well, that's good news!

As he was touting the benefits of the new six-speed automatic transmission in the Compass and Patriot, Manley said Jeep used to come out with a new car, fail to give it any updates over a six year period, and then "let it die a slow death in our showrooms. That is no longer the case."

It must be true, considering all the new features on the updated Grand Cherokee, like a torque-tacular new diesel engine. Glad you guys have finally started caring, Jeep. We certainly paid for it.
I'm glad they appear to have received (and read) the memo.
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