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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Preview

1/23/2013
Fast Facts:
  • New name: "SRT" without the "8"
  • Revised front styling with LED lighting
  • Updated tailgate; new rear spoiler
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Eco Mode for improved fuel economy
  • Launch Control system
  • Revised Selec-Track delivers extra power to rear wheels in Track Mode
  • Towing capacity increased to 7,200 pounds
  • Black/Sepia 2-tone cabin treatment
  • SRT steering wheel with revised paddle shifters
  • Uconnect Access smartphone integration and telematics system
  • Forward-collision warning technology
  • Rear cross-path detection technology
  • Includes one free day of SRT Track Experience driving instruction
  • Built in Detroit

Introduction
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a performance-tuned version of the Grand Cherokee SUV. This year, Jeep makes numerous upgrades to the Grand Cherokee SRT, from updated styling and a new transmission to new connectivity and safety technologies.

Exterior Features
For 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT receives modified front and rear styling. Revisions to the front of the vehicle include the grille and bi-xenon adaptive headlights with LED running lights, black backgrounds, and integrated washers. The rear is equipped with larger LED taillights with a black surround, new rear spoiler design, and a one-piece tailgate with a one-touch release button, eliminating the lift-glass function on the previous model. A new Grand Cherokee badge is applied to the sides of the SUV.

Interior Features
Jeep is offering its new Uconnect 8.4 Access system in the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT. The system incorporates SRT Performance Pages, which offers detailed data regarding 0-60 mph acceleration times, lateral acceleration in g-force, and track lap times. The data can also be shared with SRT enthusiasts through the system's built-in 3G mobile Wi-Fi hotspot connection.

Additionally, the Uconnect 8.4 Access system is equipped with embedded cellular service supplied by Sprint for a monthly service fee, making it the equivalent of a smartphone inside the vehicle. The service fee supports music applications including voice text-messaging and text-translation, Internet search via Bing, and applications for Aha Radio, iHeart Radio, Pandora, and Slacker.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT also offers a new 7-inch color instrument display that the owner can customize. A redesigned, flat-bottomed, heated 3-spoke SRT steering wheel is new, and it offers improved vehicle feature controls and redesigned paddle shifters.

Carbon fiber trim accents the Jeep's interior, which includes premium leather in black or a new Black/Sepia 2-tone treatment.

Optional Features
Jeep offers a 19-speaker, 825-watt premium surround-sound audio system for the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT. Additional extras include summer performance tires, full-size spare tire, dual-panel sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, and a tow package.

Under the Hood
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is equipped with a 6.4-liter V-8 engine generating 470 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is equipped with Fuel Saver Technology that shuts down half of the engine's cylinders under low-load or coasting conditions to help conserve fuel.

A new Eco Mode is also designed to increase gas mileage, and it is included with the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT model's new 8-speed automatic transmission. Replacing the former 5-speed automatic, the new 8-speed transmission is equipped with a new T-shaped electronic shifter with a Sport mode, and it employs software designed to recognize road surface topography and how the vehicle is being driven to deliver optimized shift points. Towing capacity is increased from 5,000 pounds to 7,200 pounds.

Software improvements for the Selec-Track system better distinguish the five driver-selected driving modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow. A Launch Control system ensures what Jeep refers to as a "textbook" launch, and when the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is placed in Track Mode, 70% of the engine's output is delivered to the rear wheels.

As on the 2013 model, the 2014 Grand Cherokee is equipped with Brembo 6-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers, clamping vented brake discs. Jeep claims this model will stop from 60 mph in 116 feet.

Safety
For 2014, the Grand Cherokee SRT is offered with Uconnect Access, which provides a direct connection to 911 operators. Additionally, it can be equipped with forward-collision warning, rear cross-path detection, and blind-spot monitoring technology.

Technology
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT model's Uconnect Access technology is like having a smartphone embedded into the SUV's dashboard. A monthly service fee is required, and the system provides voice-to-text messaging capability as well as the ability to have text messages read to the driver. Uconnect Access also allows Bing Internet search and operation of mobile applications right from the 8.4-inch color touch screen.

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