This is indeed a case of not knowing how much we wanted something until it arrived. We've been big fans of the Jeep Grand Cherokee ever since the new model arrived a couple of years ago, and while the update you see here might seem just a slight refresh, it's actually much more than that.

For starters, the 2014 Grand Cherokee marks the return of a diesel model here in the States, with Chrysler's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 under the hood, churning out 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, all of the Grand Cherokee's usual off-road goodies are on hand, with moderate tweaks to make it an even more capable vehicle when the going gets rough. Both the gasoline-fed 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 get the new eight-speed auto, as well.

The high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT also trudges on into the new model year, with very subtle tweaks found underneath the aggressive, slightly redesigned sheetmetal. The 6.4-liter Hemi V8 also gets eight-speed gearing, which Chrysler says will improve not only 0-60 times, but mid-range performance as well. Bring it on, we say.

Inside, the 2014 Grand Cherokee gets a slightly redesigned cockpit, with a new three-spoke steering wheel incorporating paddle shifters, an electronic gear selector and Chrysler's award-winning 8.4-inch UConnect touch-screen infotainment system.

We like what we see, and if these changes only improve upon the Grand Cherokee that we've grown quite fond of, then we expect good things when the 2014 model goes on sale later this year. For the full smattering of info, check out our deep dive coverage.


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      chrono00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly, the EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee makes this a must-buy for me. 21 MPG City and 30 MPG Highway? That is impressive for a mid-size SUV that isn't a crossover and doesn't sacrifice what an SUV is. That and it has an eight-speed transmission and great looks to match.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrono00
        The EcoDiesel is really interesting to me, but because of that 405lb-ft number, not because of the fuel economy. The diesel is a performance upgrade with no hit to your running costs, not really an economy upgrade. It'll cost more, and you probably won't make back the investment.
      A M
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nicely done Chrysler. Let's see how the diesel option pricing shakes out.
      Wintrode
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now put the Diesel and 8 speed in the Durango please.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wintrode
        There is no more Durango after this year, but the basic engineering will become the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and that will have the diesel.
        Vinuuz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wintrode
        Completely agreed. And in the RAM 1500 too.
      TheBigKlosowski
      • 1 Year Ago
      The more I see the front end the sadder I get. This was on my shopping list as in the 2012 trim its a stunning 'poker. See them all over Colorado. This is really bad though. Just absolutely awful front grill.
      Krenlok68
      • 1 Year Ago
      The overall shape is still handsome, but that front end...specifically the grille/headlight area...looks cheap. It looks like they shrunk the headlights and then pulled the grille over to cover the rest of the opening. Tacky.
      Nemebean
      • 1 Year Ago
      30 mpg highway AND it can tow 7400 lbs? Sign me up!
      TheBigKlosowski
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the diesel option. The Chrysler 300 headlights kill it for me. Looks scrunched and out of proportion like a cheap aftermarket kit.
      Matthew Trotman
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are slowly but surely moving up, that 8-speed is what they always needed
      Shibes
      • 1 Year Ago
      The headlight are hideous. There is a very large piece of black rubber or plastic where there should be a a headlight. Idjits.
      gerbdog7
      • 1 Year Ago
      hey over9000. You will have to deliver a boatload of newspapers to afford either
      JamesC
      • 1 Year Ago
      8-speed for Charger V8s too?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now they should think about a Diesel Wrangler.
        OffRoaderWrangler
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        I don't know. They sell every Wrangler they make....that means they have to charge more than a fully loaded Rubicon to make it worth it....will all of these "diesel wrangler" people want one at that price point?
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