Formerly known as the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, the newest version will drop the “8″ in the nomenclature. Despite only being two years old, the Grand Cherokee SRT definitely received some upgrades worth mentioning. If you interested in practicality with a touch of power and speed in an SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is worthy of a look. Read on and tell us if you agree.
Bold New Looks and Features
The marketing team at Chrysler Group had no shortage of options from which to choose when deciding how to sell the new Grand Cherokee SRT. The best way to describe it would be as follows: Luxury meets performance on the road, off-road, and even on the track. Any way you look at it, the Grand Cherokee SRT continues to improve over its product cycle, and the newest model doesn’t disappoint.
The exterior didn’t get a lot of changes from last year’s model; of course, it is now sporting the “SRT” logo in lieu of the “SRT8.” The body maintains the same basic exterior as before, but with small tweaks to make it look more aggressive than ever. The headlights are slightly smaller and the upper grill has been shortened as well. The background of the lights, grills, and other spaces in the front are totally blacked out, and gives the SRT an entirely new look from just a couple of small changes while still maintaining the classic Jeep Grand Cherokee feel.
The taillights of the SRT are larger and outlined in black, giving them a distinctive, mean look. The SRT also features a new rear spoiler and base 20 inch wheels.
The interior of the Grand Cherokee SRT got a pretty big overhaul, and if you are a fan of technology, you will absolutely love this redesigned cockpit. First, the 8.4″ Uconnect display was added, giving the jeep a world of technological functionality. From this screen, many options can be accessed that are specific only to the SRT line of vehicles, such as recent track times, lateral acceleration and 0-60 mph times. The system is in full color and has a 3G connection for sharing on social media. Users can also stream radio from apps like Pandora, Slacker, and iHeart, as well as perform internet searches and get guided directions. The interior has also been visually redesigned, most notably the new paddle-style shifter.
Performance and Specs
The 2014 model still sports the 6.4 liter, 470 horsepower Hemi V-8 found in last year’s SRT8. The big change is it’s pairing: the old classic 5 speed has been swapped for the new ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. Now controlled via the redesigned, ergonomically efficient paddle shifter, gear changes can be controlled with much less effort. The new tranny features two shift modes: drive and sport. When coupled with the vehicle’s 5 traction modes, a world tweak-ability becomes apparent. The SRT has been timed at right around 5 seconds from 0-60 mph. Another new feature is “Eco mode,” which alters the shift pattern and reduces the reduces the active cylinders to four when not under heavy strain. The towing capacity has also been upped to 7,200, which is 2,200 more than last year.
If you are looking for technological and practical yet powerful and sleek SUV, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT may just be for you. The new upgrades add a lot of new features, however the SRT stays true to it’s roots, and with the new 8-speed, overall performance off-road and on-track has been increased. Eco-mode ensures that added performance won’t affect your gas mileage too bad. Overall, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is exactly what we hoped it would be: powerful, balanced, and technologically advanced, the ultimate combination of luxury, comfort, and power.