According to Jeep, Grand Cherokee SRT owners know exactly what they want. Even though their segment is relatively small, they expect Jeep to continue to offer what a vehicle that has Jeep’s legendary capability, is powerful and functional, but is luxurious and stylish. Jeep has delivered again.
The new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT stands out with more aggressive appearance and styling enhancements. Its signature, seven-slot upper grille with black screen insert has been shortened and is flanked by slimmer, adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps that are surrounded by a signature LED light treatment.
The grille itself is brawnier and the headlamps feature a unique black background to distinguish SRT from other 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new styling moves the headlamp washers into the headlamp housing, rather than on the bumper, for a cleaner more functional appearance.
A new Grand Cherokee badge along the vehicle’s sides feature a more distinct, more pronounced font.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT’s front light treatment is mirrored in back and features larger tail lamps with signature LED lighting. The tail lamps use a black surround to create the illusion of floating lamps.
A more aerodynamically efficient rear spoiler is integrated into the new, one-touch liftgate that features a new SRT badge that no longer carries the number of engine cylinders. The liftgate is operated electronically with the push of a button and the flipper glass has been eliminated, improving rearward visibility and reducing weight.
A major enhancement on the SRT is the new Uconnect and radio touchscreen. The 8.4-inch display shows a long list of SRT-exclusive Performance Pages, including recent track times, lateral acceleration, 0-60 mph times and much more. All data is shown in full-color and can now be shared with other SRT enthusiasts via a built-in 3G connection.
The same screen provides Uconnect Access Via Mobile, an all-new feature that makes it possible to stream their favorite music into the vehicle using the acclaimed apps Aha, iHeart, Pandora and Slacker.
The display also gives you access to Bing Internet searches and facilitates cutting-edge cloud-based features such as voice texting for the transmission of text messages using natural speech. A new electronic T-handle shifter provides the flexibility for you to choose a transmission shift schedule independent from the Selec-Track system. Drive and Sport shifting can be selected via the T-handle with no effect on the chosen suspension, stability control and driveline torque split settings.
A redesigned, SRT-exclusive heated three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom features often-used comfort, convenience and connectivity controls and redesigned paddle shifters. It has been designed and positioned to provide the best view of the new gauge cluster that now features a 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument display. This new screen lets you select from a multitude of layout and information to be shown in the center of the gauge cluster.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT Laguna leather interior is available in two distinctive colors: Torque (black) and a new Sepia combination. True carbon fiber trim accent sweeps across the driver’s door, instrument panel and front passenger door.
Perhaps the biggest news for the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is an all-new 8HP70 eight-speed automatic. Fully electronic, it features on-the-fly shift-map changing. For an even sportier, more driver-controlled experience, the new transmission can be manually shifted using the redesigned steering-wheel paddle controls.
The new eight-speed automatic transmission is specifically engineered to optimize shift quality and shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The intelligent software takes into account variables including engine torque gradients, kick-down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, grade changes, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map.
Additional parameters integrated into the control strategy include vehicle speed control, electronic stability control interaction and temperature. The result is automatic shifting that is ideally attuned to the performance requirements of almost any driving demand.
A button on the center stack engages Eco Mode for improved fuel economy using Fuel Saver Technology that optimizes the new transmission’s shift schedule and deactivates four cylinders when conditions allow.
The new transmission is mated to the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology delivering 470 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm and helps deliver greatly enhanced towing performance of 7,200 pounds. That’s a 44-percent improvement over the 5,000-lb. towing capacity from the previous model.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT can sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in 16.3 seconds, can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, has a top speed of 160 mph, and brakes from 60-0 mph in 116 feet.
Activated by a button on the console, a launch control system mimics a professional driver’s inputs to optimize Grand Cherokee SRT’s performance by adjusting engine, transmission, driveline, stability control, and suspension for a textbook launch. The result is improved and more consistent straight-line acceleration.
Performance is further accentuated by a change in transfer case proportioning and dynamic controls for the Selec-Track system when the vehicle is in Track Mode. When this mode is selected, 70 percent of the engine’s torque is delivered to the rear wheels for better responsive from mid-corner to exit.
The Grand Cherokee SRT uses a short- and long-arm independent front suspension, with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive damping and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a multi-link design with coil spring, Bilstein ADS, aluminum lower control arm, independent upper links, plus a separate toe link, and a stabilizer bar.
Software improvements to the retuned Selec-Track system further distinguish the five dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow, enabling you to choose a vehicle setting that more ideally meets your requirements and ambient conditions.
Brembo brakes, deliver excellent performance requiring only 116 feet to come to a full stop from 60 miles per hour, thanks to six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15 inches up front and 13.8 inches at the rear.
Whether driving on a twisting mountain road or running flat out on a test track, the new Grand Cherokee SRT is a delight to drive. As you might expect, acceleration is quick, smooth and satisfying. Cruising at 100 mph is effortless and coming to a panic stop from that speed will test your ability to tolerate significant "g" forces.
Ride quality has not been sacrificed for the sake of good handling dynamics. Both are remarkably good. Combining SRT's performance, its elegant cabin and its host of comfort and convenienve features makes for a unique vehicle that is sure to please even the most demanding Jeep buyers.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT will be available in the following exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat and Redline Pearl Clear Coat.
Uconnect Access is all-new to the Grand Cherokee SRT. Enabled by embedded cellular technology, the system affords direct communication with local 9-1-1 service personnel at the touch of a button
The available 825-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon offers world premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt tracking power supply 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks. For more information, visit http://drivesrt.com.
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is $62,995 (plus $995 destination)