At first blush, the 2014 Grand Cherokee isn’t a tremendous departure from the model that debuted for 2012. Subtle styling tweaks are apparent, but it’s what’s in the cabin and under the hood that are cause for excitement.
If you were turned off by the old Grand Cherokee SRT8, the addition of a modern transmission, paddle shifters you’ll actually want to use, and a host of infotainment upgrades are enough to give it a second look.
The twin grilles, with the traditional seven-slat up top and the gaping maw along the bottom is just odd. It looks like a meth-addled piranha. One of the more interesting styling cues we see is the way the top half of the upper grille curves along with the hood, giving the Cherokee a sleeker, more aerodynamic look than previous Jeeps. That part we like.
To prove its capability, we did what you’re supposed to do with a Wrangler, and got it really, really, really muddy.
Even with the SRT8 in its tamest setting, there’s no denying that this 6.4-liter V-8 is a real charmer. In low-rpm, light-throttle situations, it’s quiet while still feeling willing and able to get to speed quickly. Giving it more boot results in effortless acceleration and a deep, meaningful exhaust note that is as American as apple pie. Despite its raciness, though, the throttle response is very manageable around town. It doesn’t feel overly sharp in Auto, and were it not for the sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel and heavily bolstered seats, we may have mistaken our SRT for a more mundane Grand Cherokee.
Called the Trailhawk, it debuted as a concept at the Moab Easter jeep Safari last spring. We’re happy to announce this isn’t just some badge-and-sticker job. Its eighteen-inch wheels are wrapped in Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear tires, for extra durability. It’s built to last as well, with a solid-steel rock guard protecting the underbody (on top of the Grand Cherokee’s standard protections). Power comes from either Chrysler’s award-winning Pentastar V-6 or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.
On one hand the Grand Cherokee offers plenty of utility to back up its SUV credentials. It is a deceptively big vehicle (larger than it looks in photographs) that provides generous space for five full-size adults, plus a capacious cargo area. Some manufacturers would probably try to make an SUV this size into a somewhat compressed-feeling 7-seater, but Jeep has taken the wiser path of sticking with five seats, while giving each passenger (and said passenger’s luggage and gear) a just-right amount of room. This would be a fine vehicle for longer road trips—especially for those who like to take occasional off-road excursions along the way.
The spy photographers over at Autoblog just recently caught this, a camoflauged 2014 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee, out and about on the road.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 we’ve been patiently waiting for has arrived in New York. The 2012 model, which will go on sale the third quarter of this year, promises to be the fastest Jeep yet.
If there is one vehicle that is key to Chrysler’s survival, there is a good chance that it is the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee has always been a popular choice, especially in the Snow Belt, due to its off-road ability, large but easy-to-handle size, and general coolness. For 2011, the resilient GC gets some new sheet metal, and importantly, an all-new 3.6-liter V-6 motor. Jeep offered us a week behind the wheel, and during that time, we pushed it to the max both on- and off-road.
Dodge has just announced its revamped three-row SUV offering, the personality- (and chrome) laden 2011 Durango.
Today, Jeep released photos and video of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee ahead of its production launch this Friday.
Jeep has announced pricing on the 2011 Grand Cherokee, and it will cost $465 less than the outgoing model. The starting price for the Laredo 4×2 is $30,995, while the four-wheel version starts at $32,995.
Sometimes, a slight refresh can be a big step forward for an automaker. Take this new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, for example. Parent company Chrysler really needs to prove that it can make attractive, fuel-friendly, good-quality vehicles, otherwise the automaker will indeed have a tough time staying afloat over the next year. And from the looks of the new Grand, we don’t think it’s going to disappoint.