NAIAS 2013: Jeep launches revised Grand Cherokee

NAIAS 2013: Jeep launches revised Grand Cherokee image

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Get the ball rolling, Jeep-style

Jeep kicks off their new year with the launch of a vital model at the 2013 North American International Auto Show: the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

“With the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, we have taken the industry’s most highly acclaimed SUV and elevated it to an even higher level,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.

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The new 2014 Grand Cherokee is positioned in the premium SUV market, and is claimed to deliver better fuel economy, range, clean diesel tech, advaced powertrains, capability, craftsmanship, improved driving dynamics, technology and safety.

The design has been refined and revised, and is highlighted by new headlamps with LED daytime running lamps. Interior luxury is achieved with premium amenities including Natura leather, exotic open-pore wood trim and new color offerings.

For 2014, Jeep Grand Cherokee gets a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine for North America and a new eight-speed transmission; a combination touted to deliver 30 miles per gallon, or 12.7 kilometers to the liter. With a full tank, Jeep claims the new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 can yield a driving range of up to 730 miles or 1,175 kilometers.

The Grand Cherokee’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine has also been uprated for better economy to achieve a claimed 25 mpg (10.6 km/l) on the highway, while the bigger 5.7-liter V-8 can return up to 21 mpg (8.9 km/l).

The Grand Cherokee still headlines the best of Jeep's off-road terrain tech such as the Quadra-Lift air suspension system and the Selec-Terrain traction management system. The Grand Cherokee also gets an extensive list of safety features such as Front Park Assist, Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Selec-Speed Control.

Jeep Grand Cherokee production remains in Detroit, Michigan, and can be specified in Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit variants.

“Consumers will clearly find the new Jeep Grand Cherokee to be even more of a pleasure to drive – on any and all roads, on the most demanding trails, and in all weather conditions,” concluded Mike Manley, President and CEO of Jeep.