Chrysler Group is set to unveil the reengineered version of its flagship sports utility vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The Grand Cherokee for model year 2014 boasts of new eight-speed automatic gearbox, a new optional diesel engine and carmaker’s latest Uconnect 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system.
Designers implemented a slight restyle in the Grand Cherokee's front fascia and rear taillights. Designers also added new front and rear LED lighting and larger tail lamps. Chrysler will also be displaying a re-engineered and restyled SRT version of the Grand Cherokee, blessed with the eight-speed transmission.
The latest restyling and reengineering works came less than three years since the vehicle was modified in 2010. Manley, head of the Jeep brand, remarked that he remembers the days when they used to launch a vehicle and leave it for six years, and then wonder why their segment share had downsized by half.
The Grand Cherokee is the latest rear-wheel-drive Chrysler vehicle to be fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission, following large sedans and Ram 1500 pickups. According to Chrysler, the transmission will enhance driving dynamics and fuel economy as well as help cut down road noise. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 as the standard engine, while the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is available as an option.
Interested customers in the United States could avail of an optional 3.0-liter diesel engine that returns 240 hp of output and 420 pounds-feet of torque. For the 2014 model year, Jeep will divide its top-end Grand Cherokee trim -- the Overland Summit -- into two distinct trim levels: Overland and Summit.
The lower-end Laredo and Limited trims are still available. To enhance the SUV’s fuel economy, Jeep has installed an Eco mode on all levels of the 2014 Grand Cherokee. The Eco mode adjusts the eight-speed automatic's shift schedule as well as raises and lowers the SUV. For Grand Cherokees equipped with a V-8 engine, the Eco mode enables cylinder deactivation.