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Jeep announces 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT

Jeep announces 2014 Grand Cher...
The Grand Cherokee SRT on the street
The Grand Cherokee SRT on the street
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The new Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
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The new Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
Jeep revealing the new Grand Cherokee SRT
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Jeep revealing the new Grand Cherokee SRT
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Another view of the Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
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The side of the Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
A closer look at the Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
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A closer look at the Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
The diagonal view of the Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
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The diagonal view of the Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
Jeep announcing the new Grand Cherokee SRT
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Jeep announcing the new Grand Cherokee SRT
The Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
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The Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
The Grand Cherokee SRT on the street
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The Grand Cherokee SRT on the street
The side quarter view of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The side quarter view of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The front of the Grand Cherokee SRT
The front quarter of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The front quarter of the Grand Cherokee SRT
The back of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The back of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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A closer view of the front of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The side of the Grand Cherokee SRT
The back of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The back of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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An alternate front view of the Grand Cherokee SRT
The Grand Cherokee SRT driving
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The Grand Cherokee SRT driving
The Grand Cherokee SRT towing
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The Grand Cherokee SRT towing
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The drivers view in the Grand Cherokee SRT
The Grand Cherokee SRT steering wheel
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The Grand Cherokee SRT steering wheel
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The center console of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The passenger side of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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Another interior view of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The door of the Grand Cherokee SRT
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The front of the Grand Cherokee SRT on the road
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The rear of the Grand Cherokee SRT as its driving
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The side of the Grand Cherokee SRT as it drives along
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Another view of the front of the Grand Cherokee SRT
The Grand Cherokee SRT towing
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The Grand Cherokee SRT towing
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Another view the Grand Cherokee SRT towing a boat
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Today at the North American International Auto Show, Jeep announced a new version of its Grand Cherokee SRT. The company has made some key improvements to its performance SUV – everything from the interior to the towing capacity of the 2014 model has been tweaked and improved.

The transmission has been bumped up to a new 8-speed automatic in the high-end model. Jeep made this change in an effort to improve fuel economy, which is a trait the automaker is not known for. The new transmission also goes a long way toward improving towing capacity, which has been pumped 44 percent up to 7,200 pounds (3,266 kg).

The diagonal view of the Grand Cherokee SRT on stage
The diagonal view of the Grand Cherokee SRT on stage

The engine features the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology, delivering 470 horsepower (351 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb.ft. (630 Nm) of torque at 4,300 rpm.

Some tweaks to the exterior give the vehicle a little more aggressive look. It maintains some of the styling buyers expect from a Jeep Cherokee such as the seven-slot upper grille, but it's been shortened and given some bi-xenon headlamps along its flank.

The drivers view in the Grand Cherokee SRT
The drivers view in the Grand Cherokee SRT

Much of the new stuff for the 2014 model lands on the interior. Jeep has upped the technology inside with some slick new stuff, such as an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. Because this is an SRT model, this new screen gives access to information such as recent track times, lateral acceleration, and 0-60 mph times. It also comes with a built-in 3G connection, so users can share data with other SRT fans.

The new version of Uconnect also includes a feature that allows streaming of Aha, iHeart, Pandora and Slacker from the user's phone to the car. It additionally provides access to Bing searches and cloud-based voice-to-text messaging.

Also new is a 7-inch multiview gauge cluster. This allows drivers to customize the data seen while driving, which should prove useful on the track or just driving down the street.

Jeep didn't rewrite the book on the SUV with the new SRT, but it brings just enough new goodies to get fans of the performance SUV excited.

Source: Chrysler

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6 comments
Ozuzi
"6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology" Ba-ha-ha I'd like to see them say that with a straight face, on a quiet day if you got up it the fuel gauge screaming toward empty would be louder than the engine. I own a 3.7liter KK Cherokee and half the fancy electrics play up on it, so this thing may be a nightmare
Daishi
The "normal" 5.7L V8 for 2014 is listed at "up to" 21 MPG ( and 360 hp/390 tq) which isn't that bad if "up to" means highway MPG.
My 4.0L 4runner (270 hp/278 tq) is only 17/22 though they aren't generally known for fuel economy.
Synchro
Really, nothing says "I have no taste" like a "performance SUV". Crass, ugly, tasteless, pointless for 99% of its likely owners.
Mirmillion
This is a great truck (in all of its iterations) and it makes the ungainly Range Rover and Range Rover Sport look like what they are: slow and unreliable lumber wagons with nice leather interiors. Ask any Range Rover owner what s/he thinks of their gas mileage or their experience with service history and customer service :-)
Meantime, the eight-speed transmission and ability to shut off cylinders that are not needed should be great for average gas mileage. But its still nice to know that even the smug BMW drivers (who have bought the company advertising hook line and sinker) will pay respect to a faster, and certainly more capable, truck.
Forest Fab
A fuel efficient 6.4l V8 is like an eco-friendly nuclear waste; a product of some PR's imagination. It maybe gulps less gas, but the only way to be fuel efficient is with an underpowered, light, slow car. Not with a performance SUV. Which looks nice by the way, but is totally pointless like any other.
Gargamoth
Thumbs up for the lights gauges and fuel economy. Not impressed with the dash and console. As with any car, it deserves a test drive.