The Jeep Grand Cherokee is facing mild updates and a short 2013 model year because Jeep wants to get the thoroughly breathed-on 2014 model into buyers' driveways. Our spy photographers caught a parade of the 2014 models with swirly wrapping covering a tweaked front end sporting narrower upper and lower grilles, a new fog light treatment and perhaps a bit more curvature overall. The interior was masked off, but a larger touchscreen is expected to grace the center console.

Among the expected new options are a 241-horsepower, 406-pound-foot, 3.0-liter diesel V6 that European Grand Cherokee buyers have been enjoying for some time now, as well as a ZF eight-speed automatic that's likely meant to partner with the Pentastar V6. Although the changes we know of so far might not seem to be worth all the hubbub, they should provide measurable added refinement to an already-polished vehicle that is still selling very well.

We expect to see it at this January's Detroit Auto Show, and production is predicted to begin in May 2013.


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      EB110Americana
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should have left the front end alone as it was already attractive, and instead focused their resources on updating those minivan-looking taillights. This is the one area where I prefer the previous generation Grand Cherokee. I'd say Jeeps deserve more vertical taillamps, but I don't care for a similar design on the Durango either.
        oxygn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EB110Americana
        Agreed, the tail lamps need a different look. If anything I'd be curious if there are any decent after-market replacements.
          oxygn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @oxygn
          Here's a quick mock up of what I would want the new tail lights to look like: http://imgur.com/hI0Fp (based on the ~1996 jeep grand)
        Thomas D Hilton III
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EB110Americana
        The Tail lamps are getting LED treatment. to much work and $$ to update the overall shape of the Lamps
      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey jeep! Your core group of diehard fans are still waiting on a diesel wrangler option, money in hand.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they put the 8 speed on the new diesel and offer it with AWD. That would be a fairly perfect daily driver in my book.
      frost54661
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering there are other photos out there showing the Jeep with the "E" gear selector with the dual exhaust tells me that the 8 speed will come to V-8 models along with the V-6 model. (I'd change the "likely" to "will partner" and add in "will come with HEMI models" regarding the 8 speed) The 2013 RAM 1500 will have the 8 speed with the V-6 and HEMI V-8 models.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      The big news is the eight speed and tech updates. I just took delivery of a 2012 Chrysler 300 with the eight speed and V-6 and the combo exceeds my expectations. I told my daugther, who is trading her Lexus in for a Grand Cherokee, to wait for the 2014, the combination is that good. Glad they didn't mess with the looks, the Jeep is stunning, the interior outstanding and needs little to improve this SUV. The 2014 has will have no competition and with its build quality record at the top of the class, every SUV buyer should look no further than the Grand Cherokee
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      This SUV was a big time winner for Chrysler, so updating an already successful well made product is an even bigger WIN in my books.
        mchlrus1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cadillacftw
        I wish they would have slightly updated the tail lights.
          lostboyz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          Who says they won't? You can't base everything off of some mules
          Corey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          Right!!! Why it doesn't have amber turn signals in place of the stop/turn combo is beyond me - especially when they have the clear "space" below it.......
          oxygn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mchlrus1
          I actually went ahead with a rough cut-and-paste job on what I would want to new tail lights to look like: http://imgur.com/hI0Fp (based on the ~1996 jeep grand)
      Driver
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is the deal with "inside" turn signals? Why can't they build them on the outside/corner, or have side blinkers like euro vehicles? I just want to drill that fender and stick a bulb for blinkers.
        jimothy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Driver
        Doesn't it have both? The outer lamps with yellow lenses are turn signals, are they not?
      DontCheatBeHonest
      • 2 Years Ago
      New grill is a nice touch but as the sweeds said it ,"But it doesnt work ".
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Already?
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        Four years is too soon for you?! The ZJ saw changes after 3 years, the WJ - 3 years for the Limited grille and more changes the year after, the WK - also 3 years. In anything, this one in the late bloomer for the Grand Cherokee life cycle.
      scionxd48
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a similarity to when they updated the Patriot with narrower grille openings, but in this case, the grille openings are wider, as well.
      oaktreemi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have been test driving the new diesel. Great vechicle with lots of pep. The CEO is on a path to build the best quality vechicles in the industry. I believe he will succeed in this mission.
      gearhead18
      • 2 Years Ago
      The one on the black rims looks like it's ricking an original ZJ grille... I like it
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