2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
March 14, 2013
Filed under Trucks For Towing
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has received new lights and trim. But the big news is the availability of a thrifty and torquey turbodiesel engine, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission across the board.
Three engines are now available. The base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is rated 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, while the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 puts out 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The new 3.0-liter turbocharged Ecodiesel V6 is rated 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission improves performance and mileage. Both the Ecodiesel and Hemi V8 have a tow rating of 7,400 pounds. Also there are three different four-wheel-drive systems available.
The V6 4×4 EPA ratings are 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, while the 4×2 Hemi V8 is rated 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The Ecodiesel is EPA city rated 22 mpg for the 4×2 and 21 for the 4×4; the highway mileage for the 4×4 is 28 mpg and the 4×2 hits 30 mpg.
There are four trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland and the new top Summit. There’s a 120-volt AC power outlet by the front console. The dash features a standard 7-inch TFT screen between a trio of gauges. An optional 8.4-inch touchscreen is available with satellite radio, Bluetooth and Uconnect that includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, voice-to-text message dictation to your smartphone and other apps. An available dual-screen rear seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray playback replaces the roof-mounted screen.
Quadra-Lift air suspension allows four drive heights and a low park mode. Quadra-Lift is optional on Limiteds and standard on Overland and Summit.
The entry-level Laredo starts at $29,790 with destination charges. Overland includes a Luxury Group II, Quadra-Lift suspension and more for $43,990. The top Summit version lists for $48,990, which includes nearly all high-tech, safety and luxury items. Vehicles should be on sale mid-summer 2013.