Jeep is planning an upgraded Grand Cherokee for the 2014 model year, and since the automaker is anxious to get the freshened model out to customers, the popular sport utility will have a shortened 2013 model year. According to Automotive News, dealers are just now ordering the 2013 models, and they are scheduled to start production in August.

The biggest change for 2014 will be the availability of a 3.0-liter diesel V6, which we previewed just over one year ago. In the European Grand Cherokee, this engine produces 241 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque – seriously good power numbers for Jeep's stalwart utility vehicle.

Additionally, Automotive News reports that a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic is on deck for 2014. Details are scarce right now, but this transmission will likely be paired with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, just like in the 2013 Ram 1500 and the current Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee is slated to debut in January, likely at the Detroit Auto Show, with sales to start shortly thereafter.


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      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      One step closer to a diesel Wrangler... c'mon... Diesel Wrangler with a pickup bed out back... c'mon baby...
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fresh model getting even fresher. I like it.
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably the best Jeep model to come out of Chrysler in a long time.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the new Grand Cherokee, excellent vehicle.
      PJA48142
      • 2 Years Ago
      Newbski, I'm with you, I'd love to see this happen at a reasonable price. Heck I'd like to see Fiat supplying diesel engines across Chryslers lineup. Sadly, you'll probably only be able to have the motor on a Limited with a high priced option package instead of a nice simple Laredo....
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PJA48142
        Marchionne wants to use diesel technology to meet future CAFE regulations, so you'll see the VM Motoi 3.0 V6 CRD spread across multiple SUV's and trucks to spread costs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, Ram 1500, etc. Of course it'll be available in the bottom trim, it just depends on how much the diesel price will be. I am guessing $2-3k more over the gas engine.
      newbski
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a little scared on the price. I just want a CRD 4x4, nothing fancy. I think it will be around $38k+ range.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I honestly think this will be my next ride. Diesel of V6, comes down to price.
      gfviperman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thought the 8 speed tranny was coming in 2013....
        Bill Burke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gfviperman
        It is, along with adaptive speed control, a larger and improved touch screen, lane change warning and possibly revised sheet metal front and rear.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is good news for my family since we have decided to trade our 2010 Lexus for a new Grand Cherokeee. We are waiting for the 8 speed transmission which we have in our 2012 Chrysler 300 which has proven to be a wonderful addition worth waiting for. January can't come too soon.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Drove this car for a few hours - I couldn't believe how well it drives. Making it better? That's having your cake and eating it too.
        CanIGetAWhatWhat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        Did you test the V6 or the V8?
          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @CanIGetAWhatWhat
          The V6. It was pretty smooth and didn't feel underpowered. The steering and suspension were surprisingly pleasant and relatively precise. I compare this to an Explorer I drove a month before (I have to rent cars for work a lot). That thing was quite the opposite - I'll leave it at that.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        My Mom has a 2012 JGC, and the ride is incredibly good. It's also really quiet. It's EASILY one of the best riding vehicles I've been in for quite some time.
      MattMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have a '12 Limited, exactly like the one pictured. Great all around vehicle. Looking forward to the oil burner!
      bullitt2605
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see Chrysler on the right track I have been tainted on them for a long time due to Dealer experiences I have had but maybe they are worth a look now.
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