What Is It?
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
What's Special About It?
Refreshed styling, first-ever diesel engine option and eight-speed automatics across the board.
What Edmunds Says:
Jeep is branding the 2014 Grand Cherokee's all-new 3.0-liter diesel V6 "EcoDiesel," and it says so on the badges: although, strangely not on the engine cover, which simply says "Diesel."
The new diesel-engine Grand Cherokee unveiled at the Detroit auto show today got as much attention as the restyled SRT8 high-performance variant of the Grand Cherokee. The diesel option is "everything our customers have been asking for," Jeep said today. They've been asking for 7,400 pounds of towing, apparently, and up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway (although the four-wheel-drive models do 28 mpg on the highway).
All 2014 Grand Cherokees will benefit markedly from an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission (it pushes the 3.6-liter V6 to a 25-mpg highway rating) and a new "Eco" driving mode, even for the thunderous SRT8. Ralph Gilles, Chrysler chief designer and CEO of the SRT brand, said the Eco switch, which rearranges gearshift strategy, tempers throttle response and all manner of other things that generally annoy, is good for a 6 percent efficiency gain for the SRT8.
The styling refresh for the Grand Cherokee isn't totally subtle, particularly for the SRT8 and its "Black Death" (Gilles' words, not ours) treatment for the projector-beam HID headlights. There's a definite higher grade to the materials on the upper-trim Summit and SRT models Chrysler showed, and the standard 7-inch TFT screen in the new gauge cluster offers a multitude of configurations.
Base Price: TBA
Engine: 3.0-liter turbodiesel DOHC V6
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
Power: 240 horsepower at 3,600 rpm, 420 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm
Fuel Mileage: 21 city/30 highway (2WD); 20 city/28 highway (4WD)
Dimensions: 189.8-inch length, 84.8-inch width, 69.3-inch height, 114.8-inch wheelbase