New Jeep® Grand Cherokee 2014: A technological evolution of the species
- New eight-speed automatic transmission.
- New exterior design with LED headlamps and enhanced, handcrafted interiors.
- New 8.4-inch touchscreen, new 7-inch TFT customer configurable cluster display.
- Advanced safety features including new Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation and new Selec-Speed Control.
- Three 4×4 systems, Quadra-Lift air suspension and Jeep Selec-Terrain and Selec-Track traction management systems.
Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal – Since its market introduction in 1992, Jeep® Grand Cherokee has been delivering the values of freedom, authenticity, adventure and passion of the brand. The premium large SUV of the Jeep lineup, the Grand Cherokee represents the standard in terms of power, comfort, innovation and craftsmanship.
With the introduction of Grand Cherokee, more than two decades ago, Jeep invented the premium Sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment and set new standards. Today, after nearly 5 million sales worldwide, the most awarded large SUV ever continues to evolve and features a new exterior and interior design, new advanced technological contents and enhanced on-road and off-road manners thanks to its all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Fitted as standard across the entire lineup, the new transmission significantly reduces consumption and emissions while improving acceleration and securing smoother and faster gear shifting.
New exterior and interior design features uniquely characterize each single trim level of the 2014 lineup and include new bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs), new wheel designs and new interior/exterior colour combinations.
Handcrafted interiors now deliver even more refinement to the Jeep flagship thanks to the use of premium leather and high-quality wood. The introduction of a new three-spoke steering-wheel adds to the exclusive character of the cabin.
New contents are also offered in terms of infotainment, offering the new UConnect with 8.4-inch touchscreen and satellite navigation and the all-new for the brand 7″ TFT customer configurable cluster display. Exclusive feature of the high-performance Grand Cherokee SRT model is a state-of-the-art nineteen-speaker, 825-watt Harman Kardon surround sound audio system.
Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of three four-wheel drive systems – Quadra-Trac II, Quadra-Drive II and SRT-exclusive Quadra-Trac, the Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension and the Selec-Terrain and Selec-Track traction management systems.
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the most advanced safety features, including updated Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation and all-new Selec-Speed Control: both complement the vehicle’s already rich array of standard active and passive safety systems.
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be introduced locally in August and will be available in the Limited, Overland and SRT trim levels.
For 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee receives an updated style: all trim levels have been given a more premium look and are readily recognisable at a glance. The signature seven-slot grille is shorter in height, the headlights are slimmer and the lower front fascia has been slightly elevated while the fog lights have been raised and are more pronounced. Altogether, these changes give the front end of the Grand Cherokee a more elegant, sportier appearance while still preserving Jeep’s signature features.
The main design enhancement for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the new high-intensity discharge bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRL), offered as standard on all trim levels. The SRT model features adaptive HID bi-xenon headlights with LED lighting.
The rear of the new Grand Cherokee has also received changes and boasts new, larger tail lights with LED lighting, a larger and more aerodynamic rear spoiler, new bumpers and a re-sculpted tailgate that offers greater visibility. Lower rear fascias are now model-specific, and dual exhaust tips are now standard on both Limited and Overland models.
A new design of the wheels and new colour combinations complete the main exterior styling found on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and further enhances its image of quality.
Grand Cherokee Limited models have bright door handles and a chrome trimmed dual exhaust outlet. An all-new chrome trim also outlines the lower front fascia opening and the rear bumper.
Grand Cherokee Overland features several body-colour design cues including the lower fascia trim on the front and rear of the vehicle. The body-colour trim carries over to the wheel arches and wheel surrounds. The lower rocker panels also receive a body colour treatment. Overland models boast polished 20-inch five-spoke aluminium wheels with Mineral Grey painted pockets.
In line with its sporty character, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT model features a black, seven-slot radiator grille. The adaptive, bi-xenon headlights feature a unique black background to distinguish the SRT from other 2014 Grand Cherokee models. This black treatment contributes to further highlight the unique aggressive SRT appearance.
The SRT’s front treatment is mirrored at the rear for a cohesive styling appearance: here the tail lights with signature LED lighting offer a black surround to further emphasize the SRT’s performance heritage. Also new for 2014 is a more aerodynamically efficient rear spoiler integrated into the all-new, one-touch liftgate adorned with new SRT badge. Rather than relying on a manual lever, the liftgate is operated electronically with the push of a button.
Exclusive to SRT are standard 20-inch Black Vapor Chrome aluminium wheels with five-spoke design. Aggressive 20-inch five-spoke bright polished Goliath aluminium wheels are optionally available only on the SRT trim level.
Grand Cherokee open-air options
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features the CommandView dual-pane power sunroof that extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle, allowing for perfect views both on- and off-road. CommandView comprises two glass panels with the front panel opening rearward providing a glass surface that is twice the area offered by any traditional roof. The fixed rear panel allows light and open viewing for second-row
passengers. The system comes standard with a power sun visor. CommandView is standard on Overland and SRT models and is optionally available on Limited models.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee interiors are enhanced thanks to the use of high quality materials and model-specific colour combinations. The revised centre stack features a new UConnect 8.4″ touch-screen. Controls for radio and climate are found below the screen and have knobs and buttons which are easy to identify and use. The centre console reveals a new leather-wrapped electronic shifter for the eight-speed transmission.
Another new feature of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the new three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel featuring sections of fine wood on Overland models. Optimised in terms of driving position, it features buttons for managing radio, cruise control, telephone and voice commands in complete safety. All trim levels come with paddle gear shifters mounted on the back of the steering wheel as standard.
Designers took inspiration from legendary locations and terrains from around the world when creating the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s interior. Each Grand Cherokee model has its own unique style of luxury and ambiance based on specific materials and colour patterns.
2014 Grand Cherokee interiors were inspired by the cultures and environments of Morocco, New Zealand, Nepal, Grand Canyon and by the Italian Mount Vesuvio.
Available on the entire model lineup, the Morocco interiors feature Black monotone seats, instrument panel, consoles and door panels. A Black walnut wood trim finish adorns the dash and doors of the Limited model.
The New Zealand interior is a two-tone Black and Light Frost. Nador Brown Walnut interior wood trim finish adorns the instrument panel and door panels and eases the contrast between the two-tone upper and lower interior. The aluminium door handle and dash vent bezels, like the trim on the centre console, feature a slight gold hue. Heated, leather seating is standard on Limited.
Standard equipment of the Overland model includes a contrasting stitched-leather instrument panel and seats. Open-pore wood is one of the prominent design cues found on the dash and doors of Grand Cherokee Overland models, and adds a distinct touch of modern luxury. Wood trim is also found on the top portion of the leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Besides the Morocco interior, the Overland model offers Vesuvio and Nepal interiors featuring two all-new colour schemes: Jeep Brown and Indigo Blue – inspired by the blue-hued dark grey walls of Mount Vesuvius – for the former; Jeep Brown and Light Frost for the latter – paying tribute to the geographic diversity found in
the Asian country of Nepal. Open-pore brown Zebrano or Black wood is found on the instrument panel and door panels of both interior choices.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT model offers an exclusive Laguna leather and Alcantara interior.
SRT’s refined cabin features race-inspired technology and exclusive appointments, including true carbon fibre trim accents, adorn the instrument panel, driver’s and front passenger’s doors and the redesigned, SRT-exclusive heated three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom that features a bevy of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls and more pronounced, more ergonomically efficient paddle shifters. An all-new Launch Control button is situated behind the new T-handle shifter on the centre console: standard on the SRT models, this functionality delivers enhanced and consistent acceleration performance.
The most significant interior enhancement on the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is the new Uconnect with 8.4-inch touchscreen display featuring SRT-exclusive Performance Pages, a distinctive functionality specific to racing technology. Performance Pages provides the drivers instant feedback on steering input measurements, power, torque, 0-100 km/h time, 100-0 km/h braking distance and more.
ENGINEERING 4×4 systems
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a choice of 4×4 systems: Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II with rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD) and the exclusive-to-SRT, Quadra-Trac active on-demand four-wheel-drive system, also featuring rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD).
The standard Quadra-Lift air suspension system allows the ride height of the Grand Cherokee to change up to a maximum ground clearance of 280mm.
Thanks to the availability of these systems, the 2014 Grand Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep capabilities and the safety of the four-wheel drive when travelling on poor grip on-road surfaces.
Quadra-Trac II full-time four-wheel drive system features a two-speed transfer case that implements BTCS (Brake Traction Control System) on the front and rear axle for best-in-class off-road performance. Its two-speed transfer case uses the inputs coming from a variety of sensors in order to determine tyre slip at the earliest possible moment and takes the corrective action. The system also uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximizes traction before slippage occurs. When wheel slippage is detected, as much as 100 % of the available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction. The system operates in two ranges: in the 4WD High, torque is automatically directed to the front and rear axle in a variable rate; when switching to the 4WD Low, using the console-mounted switch, the system splits the torque with a 50/50 ratio between the front and rear axles. With a 2.72 gear reduction ratio, the 4WD Low provides the unsurpassed tractive performances that are necessary in extreme off-road conditions.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland model is fitted with Quadra-Drive II four-wheel drive system. With a rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD), Quadra-Drive II delivers industry-leading tractive capability and off-road performances. The core of the system is the central transfer case and an electronically controlled clutch pack for active torque distribution. On dry pavement and in normal tractive conditions, the central transfer case splits 48% of the available torque on the front axle and 52% on the rear one. On slippery surfaces, the system automatically redirects engine torque between the front and rear axles based upon real-time driving conditions, providing the vehicle with responsive tractive performance. The system also uses electronic controls that multiply traction on the four wheels and avoids losses of grip in case of sudden acceleration. The system includes the 4WD High and 4WD Low ranges. The 4WD Low has a 2.72 gear reduction ratio for extreme off-road conditions.
Thanks to the rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD), Quadra-Drive II instantly detects rear tyre slip and smoothly distributes torque across the axle. In some cases, the vehicle will anticipate low traction and adjust in order to proactively limit or completely eliminate slip.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT features standard Quadra-Trac active on-demand four-wheel-drive transfer case. This 4×4 system uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tyre slip and take the corrective action. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximizes traction before slippage occurs. When tyre slippage is detected, the system can transfer up to 100% of available torque to one rear wheel with better grip. The transfer case also enhances handling by proportioning torque between the front and rear axles to maintain the driver’s intended path.
The new Grand Cherokee SRT also features Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) on the front differential and a rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD). ELSD contributes to eliminate rear wheel slip and distributes torque to the wheel with grip, improving the vehicle’s handling.
Quadra-Lift air suspension
Enhanced on-road dynamics and benchmark off-road capability deliver to the driver optimum ride performances both when driving on the road as well as when mastering off-road trails. To achieve this result, Jeep Grand Cherokee uses an array of sophisticated systems including Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Terrain traction control and new Selec-Speed Control.
Both Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and Overland models feature Quadra-Lift air suspension as standard that allows the ride height to be manually adjusted by the driver using the console controls. Ground clearance can be adjusted to five levels and reaches a maximum height of 280 mm.
- Normal Ride Height (NRH): This is the standard ride position. A clearance of 220 mm offers improved fuel efficiency and maximum comfort during on-road driving.
- Off Road 1: This setting lifts the vehicle an additional 33 mm from NRH to reach a ground clearance of 254 mm, for clearing off-road obstacles.
- Off Road 2: This setting ensures legendary Jeep off-road capability by adding an extra 66 mm to NRH and reaching the highest ground clearance of 280 mm.
- Park Mode: This setting lowers the vehicle by 40 mm from NRH for easy ingress/egress and loading. NRH and Park Mode can be selected by the driver to control ride height.
- Aero Mode: This setting lowers the vehicle by 13 mm from NRH. Aero Mode is controlled by vehicle speed and perfectly adjusts the aerodynamics for optimal performance and fuel economy.
In Eco Mode, the vehicle is lowered to Aero Mode level to further enhance the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s aerodynamics and secure optimum fuel efficiency.
Quadra-Lift air suspension adds up to 104 mm of lift supported by four-corner air springs for premium ride comfort.
With the front air dam removed and the Quadra-Lift air suspension, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 35.8-degree approach angle, a 29.6-degree departure angle and a 23.5-degree breakover angle.
Selec-Terrain traction control system
The class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system with five different driving programmes has been refined on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Standard on all Grand Cherokee models except SRT, this
sophisticated system has been enhanced through the introduction of the new Selec-Speed Control, in combination with the Off road package. New Selec-Speed Control allows the driver to control the speed of the vehicle, both uphill and downhill, using the steering wheel paddle shifters instead of requiring the use of the accelerator or brake pedals.
In addition, the Sport Mode – found on the Selec-Terrain controller of the 2013 models – is now engaged via the shift lever to provide improved on-road ‘fun-to-drive’ capability.
Standard on Limited and Overland, Selec-Terrain traction control system allows the driver to choose the most suitable driving mode to safely tackle any surface.
Through the use of algorithms that enable unsurpassed control and capability, Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates and optimizes up to 12 systems on any terrain providing enhanced vehicle control including: drivetrain control module, electronic brake controller, electronic stability control (ESC), transmission controller, powertrain controller, Hill-Ascent and Hill-Descent Control and the new Selec-Speed Control.
Thanks to Selec-Terrain, the driver can choose between five different driving programmes to achieve the best driving experience on all terrains:
- Sand: Traction Control and Quadra-Lift operate to prevent tyre slip on sand. Torque is tuned for optimal performance.
- Mud: Traction Control and Quadra-Lift operate to prevent tyre slip and torque is tuned for optimal performance.
- Auto: The system automatically adapts to any on- or off-road situation.
- Snow: Traction is adjusted for ultimate performance over snow-covered roads.
- Rock: Quadra-Lift suspensions reach the maximum height of 280 mm. In this mode, the transfer case, differentials and accelerator coordinate to provide maximum low-speed control.
Jeep Selec-TracTM system
Fitted only on the Grand Cherokee SRT model is a retuned Selec-Track system. This system interacts with several different systems (stability control, active damping, transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, Electronic Limited Slip Differential performance, throttle control and cylinder de-activation) to automatically tune the dynamics of the vehicle according to customers’ habits and driving condition. Drivers
can manually choose between the following dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow – for specific driving performances. On 2014 SRT models, software improvements to Selec-Track further distinguish the five dynamic modes, enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that more ideally meets their requirements and ambient conditions. Drivers will find the torque split change in Track Mode provides a vehicle that is more responsive from mid-corner to exit and one that delivers faster lap times at their favourite track.
Jeep Grand Cherokee is widely known for its outstanding on-road driving dynamics, thanks in part to its front and rear independent suspension. Variable-rate rear springs deliver improved on-road handling and comfort.
The independent front and rear suspension features isolated front and rear suspension cradles along with variable-rate rear springs to deliver improved on-road handling and comfort while complementing the vehicle’s legendary off-road capability. The rear suspension also allows the spare tyre to be stored inside the vehicle as opposed to underneath.
The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT rides on a short- and long-arm (SLA) independent front suspension with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive damping suspension (ADS), upper and lower-control arms (“A” arms), and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is a multi-link design with coil spring, Bilstein ADS, aluminum lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber), plus a separate toe link and a stabilizer bar.
The SRT-tuned, active Adaptive damping suspension is managed by Selec-Track.
Jeep Grand Cherokee is powered by three petrol engine options: the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, the legendary 5.7-litre V8 and the powerful 6.4-litre HEMI® V8 engine that powers the high-performance SRT model. All petrol engines available on the new 2014 Grand Cherokee meet Euro 6 emission standards
The efficient 3.0-litre turbo, direct-injection V6 Common-rail diesel engine fitted with Multijet II Technology will be available at a later date.
New eight-speed automatic transmission
Grand Cherokee’s new eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with all engine variants. The new eight-speed transmission ensures reduced consumption and emissions, while delivering quicker acceleration and a more precise and smooth shifting.
Fitted for the first time on a Jeep model, the new eight-speed automatic transmission also enhances Grand Cherokee’s ride quality to new levels. Several individual shift maps adapt to specific driving conditions to optimize shift quality. Its intelligent software takes into account variables including acceleration, engine torque gradients, kick-down events and travelling speed to determine the appropriate shift map. The result is automatic shifting ideally attuned to the performance requirements of almost any driving demand with an eye to fuel economy.
Fully electronic, the eight-speed automatic features on-the-fly shift map changing, with manual shifting capability and Electronic Range Select using steering-wheel paddle controls.
The transmission efficiency and wide ratio spread provide the best possible fuel economy by operating at a lower engine rpm in both city and highway environments. The addition of more gear ratios also helps reduce the gaps normally associated with upshifting and downshifting. Internally, the transmission has four gear sets and five shift elements (multi-disc clutches and brakes).
Also new for the 2014 Grand Cherokee and distinguishing only the SRT trim level, is the Launch Control system paired to the new eight-speed automatic transmission. Launch Control mimics a professional driver’s inputs to optimize Grand Cherokee SRT’s performance by bringing engine, transmission, driveline, stability control, and suspension in line for a textbook launch. Controlled by a button behind the new T-handle shifter on the centre console, it delivers improved and more consistent straight-line acceleration. The performance experience of the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is further accentuated by a change in transfer case proportioning and dynamic controls for the Selec-Track system when the vehicle is in Track Mode. When this mode is selected, 70% of the engine’s torque is delivered to the rear wheels for a more pronounced rear-wheel-drive experience. Grand Cherokee SRT drivers will notice a vehicle that is more responsive from mid-corner to exit. Additional news for the 2014 SRT model is the new electronic T-handle shifter that provides the flexibility for drivers to choose a transmission shift schedule independent from the Selec-Track system. Drive and Sport shifting can be selected via the T-handle with no effect on the chosen suspension, stability control and driveline torque split settings.
3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine
Jeep Grand Cherokee has featured the first application of the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine of Chrysler Group. This 3.6-litre V6 engine features a design with double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and a high-pressure die-cast aluminium cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration. It also features Variable-valve Timing (VVT) and delivers 210 kW of power at 6,350 r/min and 347 Nm of torque at 4,300 r/min, providing fuel economy of 10.4 L/100 km on the combined cycle.
The 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine is fitted on Limited and Overland models of the 2014 Grand Cherokee lineup.
5.7-litre Multi-displacement System (MDS) V8 engine
In addition to the V6 petrol engine, Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with the legendary 5.7-litre Multi-displacement System (MDS) V8 engine. Featuring VVT, this V8 engine delivers 259 kW at 5,200 r/min and 520 Nm of torque at 4,200 r/min. 5.7-litre MDS engine ensures fuel efficiency of 13 L/100 km on the combined cycle.
The 5.7-litre engine’s fuel-saving MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth, efficient four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V8 mode when more power is in demand. This optimizes fuel economy when V8 power is not required, without sacrificing vehicle performance or capability.
Jeep Grand Cherokee offers unsurpassed trailer tow capability of up to 3 500 kg when paired to the 5.7-litre V8 engine.
The 5.7-litre MDS V8 engine powers the Overland models of the 2014 Grand Cherokee.
6.4-litre HEMI® V-8 engine with Fuel Saver
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is powered by the powerful 6.4-litre HEMI® V8 engine fitted with Fuel Saver Technology. Fuel Saver alternates a four-cylinder mode of the HEMI engine when less power is needed and a V8 mode when more power is in demand in order to optimize fuel economy and decrease overall emissions. The 6.4-litre HEMI engine delivers 344 kW at 6,250 r/min and 624 Nm of torque at 4,100 r/min and ensures
Grand Cherokee SRT’s benchmark performance of 0-100 km/h in 5 seconds, top speed of 257 km/h and braking from 100-0 km/h in 35 m.
New Eco Mode
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features the new Eco Mode that contributes to its improved fuel economy. Eco Mode optimizes the Grand Cherokee transmission’s shift schedule as well as throttle sensitivity to maximize fuel economy. Eco Mode is automatically engaged upon vehicle startup. A button on the centre stack allows driver’s to disengage Eco Mode if sportier performance is desired.
In addition, Eco Mode activates Quadra-Lift air suspension system to further enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics, for optimum fuel efficiency. Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation on the V8 models, optimizes fuel economy further. This technology engages efficient four-cylinder mode when V8 power is not required.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers state-of-the-art safety and security features that further highlight that technological innovation is deep-rooted in the DNA of the Jeep flagship.
In addition to its standard safety equipment, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM), ABS with off-road calibration, Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) and 7 airbags (front seats multistage, sidebags, side-curtain front and rear, driver kneebag), the new 2014 model offers upgraded Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop functionality
(available later this year), ParkView rear back up camera with dynamic grid and new Selec-Speed Control with Hill-Ascent Control and Hill-Descent Control, assisting the drivers when climbing and ascending steep grades.
Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation: this device uses radar sensors to check whether the vehicle is approaching the car in front too rapidly and, if necessary, sends a signal to the driver so that he can intervene to avoid a collision. FCW is now updated to brake automatically and hold brake pressure for 1.5 seconds if the driver does not immediately take the corrective action necessary to prevent the collision with the cars in front. In addition, if the driver is not braking enough, Advanced Brake Assist (ABA) cooperates with the system, to increase the braking and avoid or mitigate the impact. This last feature of the system activates only when he driver acts on the brake and cancels intervention of the ABA if the driver removes his foot from the brake.
Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation is included in the Advanced Technology Group that is optional on Overland models. The FCW system is also part of the standard safety equipment available on Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with Stop: The system decreases the vehicle’s pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle pulls into the same lane. ACC will accelerate to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into another lane. The system will also maintain a driver adjustable distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it and is particularly useful when driving in adverse weather conditions or in situations of reduced visibility. ACC is included in the standard Advanced Technology Group on the SRT models and is optional on the Overland versions. By year’s end, Adaptive Cruise Control will be enhanced with the Stop functionality that brings the vehicle to a stop without the intervention of the driver.
ParkView rear backup camera dynamic grid: Provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle, assisting the driver before reversing at low speeds. The screen contains dynamic grid lines that follow the steering movements and move accordingly in order to aid the driver when maneuvering into parking spaces or narrow areas. The image is displayed on the UConnect navigation screen when the transmission is shifted into Reverse. This feature is standard on all models.
New Selec-Speed Control: the device operates with the Hill-Ascent Control and the Hill-Descent Control functions to allow the driver to control the speed of the vehicle, both uphill and downhill, using the steering wheel paddle shifters instead of requiring the use of the accelerator or brake pedals.
Selec-Speed Control is offered with the Off Road Group available on Limited and Overland models.
CONNECTIVITY & INFOTAINMENT
New UConnect 8.4
2014 Grand Cherokee’s standard equipment for on-board comfort and infotainment delivers customers an array of innovative advanced technologies, useful for transforming every single journey into an experience of absolute pleasure. Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with the new UConnect system, featuring an 8.4″ touchscreen which shows, clearly and directly, all information necessary for driving and on-board comfort.
In addition, in order to grant maximum safety and ease of use, the new Grand Cherokee features audio and connectivity controls on the spokes of the steering wheel and an innovative voice-activated hands-free device. These features allow the drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and interact with the instruments easily
The Uconnect 8.4 is designed to facilitate a fully integrated infotainment experience within one solution, meaning all feature components including GPS, voice recognition functionality and additional entertainment features are built into a single hardware platform instead of being delivered as separate components.
HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group, developed the new Uconnect infotainment system for Chrysler and Fiat vehicles. Premiering in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the new platform takes a significant step forward from its predecessor. The Uconnect infotainment system features faster response times, increased voice recognition capabilities and more realistic navigation than systems previously on board.
From the driver’s seat, everything the driver sees, touches – and even speaks to using voice commands – is enhanced to increase function, connectivity and responsiveness. Not only does it work better, it looks better packaged in more premium materials and elegant graphics.
With a spacious 8.4-inch touchscreen, the new platform offers more screen real estate for drivers to access the main infotainment features, including radio, mobile phone, media player, i-Pod or smartphone and
navigation (where fitted). The platform delivers faster response times and sharper navigation and also offers drivers more extensive voice recognition capabilities – ensuring features can be accessed by voice control without compromising safety. A 3D-terrain model, 3D-cities and 3D-landmarks make navigation more realistic than ever. Entering destinations is a “one-shot” action, with the city, street and building number all in one natural sequence.
New UConnect with 8.4″ touchscreen and satellite navigation is standard on Grand Cherokee Overland and SRT models.
All new Grand Cherokee trim levels also include an instrument panel with a new 7-inch user-configurable multiview display, with TFT liquid crystal technology. The easy-to-use instrument cluster displays the basic information a driver needs at his or her fingertips but also allows the driver to add information they desire. The cluster can be configured one hundred different ways for the ultimate, driver-customized experience. Navigation, speed, audio and fuel economy info, as well as useful information provided by on-board Jeep system such as Selec-Terrain modes can all be displayed in the 7-inch screen, keeping the driver’s eyes – and attention – closer to the road.
Front-seat occupants aren’t the only ones who benefit from high-tech displays. From 2014, second-row passengers will also be able to treat themselves to video entertainment via an optional seatback Blu-ray video system. This new system will play standard DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs, and has inputs for high-definition media interface (HDMI) cables or RCAs for each screen integrated into the seat backs. Wireless headphones are included as is a wireless remote.
Connectivity and touchscreens involve rapidly changing technology and ever-increasing consumer expectations – both of which have a significant impact on the overall quality assessment of new vehicles. The Uconnect team constantly evaluates consumer feedback, placing a high priority on designing systems that are intuitive for both tech-savvy customers as well as tech-averse drivers who prefer hard knobs to adjust the climate or radio station.
Premium Harman Kardon surround sound audio system
Harman Kardon contributes to the unique driving experience delivered on-board the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. HARMAN engineers have ensured an exclusive approach in the development of the sophisticated audio system that surrounds the occupants of Grand Cherokee in high-definition sound.
The new 7.3, 825-watt Harman Kardon Surround Sound audio system with Logic 7 technology is an exclusive feature of the high-performance SRT model. The system delivers maximum audio performance, innovative technology and engineering excellence.
This state-of-the-art system features:
- 19 High Performance, High Efficiency GreenEdge Loudspeakers in a 7.3 speaker playback architecture including 9 Tweeters, 5 Mid-Range Speakers, 2 Mid-Woofers and 3 subwoofers.
- High Voltage Class D amplifier with Tracking Power Supply (TPS) and 11 channels of amplification with Logic 7 multichannel surround-sound technology.
Logic 7™ processing: a milestone in audio technology
Logic7 multichannel surround-sound technology has set a new standard for acoustic precision and authenticity, contributing to a completely new surround-sound experience in automobiles.
Originally developed over the course of many years for professional recording studios, Logic 7 processing has been the first choice of discerning music lovers for their homes before it became available for cars. This unique technology has become indispensable, particularly in the automotive industry, because it delivers authentic, three-dimensional listening pleasure to all seat’s occupants thanks to its 19 High Performance GreenEdge loudspeakers.
GreenEdge®: The Sound of Efficiency
Harman Kardon GreenEdge audio systems offer superior sound quality and high SPL output levels with minimum energy consumption. The systems utilize unique amplifier and speaker technologies delivering substantial increases in component and system efficiency levels.
GreenEdge amplifiers outperform traditional amplifier efficiency by up to 55 % – representing a net efficiency of more than 90 % in many cases. The acoustic transparency and dynamic response have been significantly improved at the same time in comparison with conventional systems.
GreenEdge® High Efficiency loudspeakers
The compact high efficiency transducers make an important contribution to energy savings, requiring less input power. The high-efficiency speaker designs ensure higher sound pressure levels (SPL) with a dramatic increase in dynamic sound quality. The speakers are tuned for maximum efficiency and perfectly matched to the amplifier output stage. This match enables the speakers to deliver outstanding acoustic transparency and dynamism. Using innovative, lightweight materials, such as Aramid fibre and an array of highly efficient design solutions also ensures optimized low mass products.
The 11 Channel High Voltage GreenEdge Class D amplifier is managed by a tracking power supply, which responds instantly to precise demand for current over its 11 independent channels. The 7.3 speaker playback architecture ensures state-of-the-art multi-seat surround sound processing.
New 7.3, 825-watt Harman Kardon Surround Sound audio system is standard on the SRT model.
Built in Detroit
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, which has been the site of Grand Cherokee production since its introduction in 1992.
Beginning in October 2009, in preparation for production of the present generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee, JNAP went through a complete transformation as part of World Class Manufacturing (WCM), an extensive and thorough process aiming at restoring the facility to its original and maximum functionality. JNAP employees began planning and executing hundreds of projects aimed at improving the work environment, maximizing quality, minimizing waste and preparing for the new product. They made significant changes in workplace organization and logistics systems, found ways to improve quality, and addressed ergonomic issues.
The first unit of the current generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled off the line at JNAP in May 2010.
The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in the South African market from August in Limited, Overland and SRT trim levels.
The 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine is available on Limited and Overland trim levels of the 2014 Grand Cherokee lineup, whilst the 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine is fitted exclusively to Overland. The high-performance SRT model is powered by the powerful 6.4-litre V8 HEMI engine delivering 344 kW. The new, 8-speed automatic transmission is paired with all engine derivatives in the new Grand Cherokee lineup.
Exterior paints for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee include 11 colour options: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Redline Pearl Coat (SRT models only), Cashmere Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat and True Blue Pearl Coat. Also the interior of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in several distinctive new colours: Black, Light Frost, Jeep Brown, the two-tone Jeep Brown with Indigo Blue and Light Frost combinations and the SRT-exclusive colours, Torque and Sepia. Additionally, the new 2014 Grand Cherokee features 4 new wheel designs.
Pricing for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee South Africa is as follows:
3.6 Limited R584,000.00
3.6 Overland R646,990.00
5.7 Overland R679,990.00
The 3.0-litre CRD pricing will be announced closer to date of launch.
BRAND & SALES
Built on more than 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people seeking extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
Internationally, to meet consumer demand, all six Jeep models are available in left and right-hand-drive versions and with petrol and diesel powertrain options. Thanks to this comprehensive portfolio, Jeep brand’s global sales have increased more than 100% since 2009, with a 160% increase in international markets.
With over 700 000 units sold worldwide, the year 2012 brought record sales for the Jeep brand, with sales achieving the highest level in the brand’s history, and recording a 19% increase versus 2011.
The flagship Grand Cherokee was the top-selling model, contributing to this sales record with more than
220 000 units globally.
Approximately 5 million Grand Cherokee vehicles have been sold since its first introduction in 1992. Since 2009, Jeep Grand Cherokee’s sales have increased more than 200% in the U.S. and 250% outside North America.
Locally, Jeep has been one of the brands with the strongest growth last year: in the January – December 2012 period more than 7 237 Jeep vehicles were sold with almost a 40% increase in comparison to 2011. Jeep Grand Cherokee was the top-selling Jeep model in the South African market, posting a growth of 47% year-on-year.
The Jeep vehicle lineup for South Africa consists of Compass, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, Patriot and Cherokee. Chrysler South Africa (Pty) Ltd sells and services vehicles in 45 dealerships throughout South Africa.
Jeep® Grand Cherokee
All dimensions are expressed in millimetres unless otherwise indicated. The information is based on data available on the date of publication.
|Vehicle type||4-door sport-utility vehicle|
|Assembly plant||Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP), Detroit, USA|
|EPA vehicle class||Multi-purpose vehicle|
|3.6-litre V6 DOHC ENGINE|
|Availability||Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit|
|Type and description||60-degree, V-type, liquid cooled|
|Displacement||3 604 cm3|
|Bore and stroke||96.0 × 83.0|
|Valve System||Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers|
|Injection||Sequential, multi-port, electronic|
|Engine||Aluminium deep-skirt bloc, aluminium cylinder heads|
|Power||210 kW at 6,350 r/min|
|Torque||347 Nm at 4,300 r/min|
|Maximum speed||6,350 r/min (electronically limited)|
|Fuel requirement||Unleaded, 87 octane|
|Emission controls||Dual three-way catalytic converters with heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features|
|Fuel consumption and emissions||10.4 litres/100 km (combined cycle) and 244 g/km of CO2|
|Assembly plant||Trenton South Engine Plant, Trenton, MI, USA|
5.7-litre V8 ENGINE with MDS
|Type and description||90-degree, V-type, liquid cooled|
|Bore and stroke||99.5 × 90.9|
|Valve System||Variable valve timing (VVT), pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves, eight deactivating and eight conventional hydraulic lifters all with roller followers|
|Injection||Sequential, multi-port, electronic|
|Engine||Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminium alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers|
|Power||259 kW at 5,200 r/min|
|Torque||520 Nm at 4,200 r/min|
|Maximum speed||5 800 r/min (electronically limited)|
|Fuel requirement||Recommended: unleaded mid-grade, 89 octane, acceptable: unleaded regular, 87 octane|
|Emission controls||Dual close-coupled three-way catalytic converters, quad heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features|
|Fuel consumption and emissions||13 litres/100 km (combined cycle) and 304 g/km of CO2|
|Assembly plant||Trenton South Engine Plant, Trenton, MI, USA|
6.4-litre HEMI V8 ENGINE with FUEL SAVER TECHNOLOGY
|Type and description||90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled|
|Displacement||6 417 cc|
|Bore and stroke||103,9 x 94,5|
|Valve System||Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves with sodium-filled exhaust valves and hollow stem intake valves, 16 conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller tips|
|Injection||Sequential, multi-port, electronic, returnless; automatic features Fuel Saver mode|
|Engine||Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers|
|Power||344 kW @ 6 250 r/min|
|Torque||624 Nm @ 4 100 r/min|
|Maximum speed||6 800 r/min (electronically limited))|
|Fuel requirement||Premium 91 octane — recommended|
|Emission controls||Dual close-coupled three-way catalytic converters, quad-heated oxygen sensors and internal engine features|
|Fuel consumption and emissions||14 litres/100 km (combined cycle) and 327 g/km of CO2|
|Assembly plant||Saltillo Engine Plant, Saltillo, Messico|
|TRANSMISSION: ZF AUTOMATIC, EIGHT-SPEED WITH OVERDRIVE|
|Availability||All engine options|
|Description||Automatic 8-speed with driver-interactive manual control via steering wheel paddle shifters and electronically-modulated torque converter clutch|
|QUADRA-TRAC II TRANSFER CASE|
|Availability||Standard with 3.6-litre engine|
|Type||Two-speed, electronically shifted|
|Operating mode||Full-time AWD Low (Lock)|
|Low Range Ratio||2.72:1|
|Torque Split, Front/Rear||Variable|
|QUADRA-DRIVE II TRANSFER CASE|
|Availability||Standard on Overland (never with the 3.6-litre V6 engine)|
|Type||Two-speed, electronically shifted|
|Operating mode||Full-time active 4×4, AWD Low (Lock) with rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD)|
|Low Range Ratio||2.72:1|
|Torque Split, Front/Rear||Variable|
|QUADRA-TRAC TRANSFER CASE|
|Availability||Standard with 6.4-litre HEMI engine (SRT model only)|
|Type||Single-speed, On demand, electronic proportioning|
|Operating Mode||Full-time 4WD|
|Torque Split, Front/Rear||Variable – 40/60 Auto, 50/50 Snow and Tow, 35/65 Sport and 30/70 Track|
|Availability||Standard with Quadra-Trac II|
|Axle ratios||3.45:1 – 3.6-litre engine|
|Differential type||Electronic Limited-slip Differential (ELSD)|
|Availability||Standard with Quadra-Drive II|
|Axle ratios||3.09:1 — 5.7-litre engine; 3.70:1 — 6.4-litre engine|
|DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES|
|Wheelbase||2 915 (2,914 SRT)|
|Front track||1 628 (1,618 SRT)|
|Rear track||1 634 (1,633 SRT)|
|Overall length||4 828 (4,846 SRT)|
|Body width (without mirrors)||1 943 (1,954 SRT)|
|Overall height (at top of antenna)||1 802 – with mechanical suspension/1 792 – with air suspension/1 749 SRT|
|Approach angle||26.3 degrees – with mechanical suspension; 35.8 degrees – with Quadra-Lift in Off-Road 2 and front air dam removed|
|Ramp breakover angle||18.8 degrees – with mechanical suspension; 23.5 degrees – with Quadra-Lift in Off-Road 2 and front air dam removed|
|Departure angle||26.5 degrees – with mechanical suspension; 29.5 degrees – with Quadra-Lift in Off-Road 2 and front air dam removed|
|Frontal area||2.88 m2 (2.93 m2 SRT)|
|Drag coefficient||0.371 (0.39 SRT)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||93.5 litres|
|Shoulder room||1 491|
|Hip room||1 449|
|SAE volume||1.55 m3|
|Shoulder room||1 474|
|Hip room||1 428|
|SAE volume||1.4 m3|
|Behind Rear Seat (to the roof)||782 litres|
|Behind Front-row Seats with
Rear Seats Folded (to the roof)
|Layout||Longitudinal front engine, 4-wheel drive|
|Front||Short – and long-arm independent (SLA), coil or air springs, gas-charged twin-tube shock absorbers, stabilizer bar|
|Rear||Multi-link independent rear suspension, coil springs with twin-tube or Nivomat shock absorbers or air springs with twin-tube shocks, aluminium lower control arm, independent upper links, rear stabilizer bar|
|Front||Short – and long-arm independent (SLA), coil springs, Bilstein Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS), upper- and lower-control arms (“A” arms), stabilizer bar|
|Rear||Multi-link rear suspension, coil spring, Bilstein Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS), aluminium lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber) plus a separate toe link, stabilizer bar|
WHEELS AND TYRES
|Limited: 18×8 (P265/60R18) – optional: 20×8 (P265/50R20)|
|Overland: 20×8 (P265/50R20)|
|SRT: 20×10 (P295/45ZR20)|
|WEIGHTS (kerb weight)|
|3.6–litre||2 266 – 2 354|
|5.7–litre||2 382 – 2 499|
|6.4–litre||2 417 – 2 458|
|3.6-litre V-6||1 588 (2 812 for Overland)|
|5.7-litre V-8||3 500|
|6.4-litre V-8||2 949|
|3.6-litre||5.7-litre||SRT8 6.4-litre HEMI|
|Acc. 0–100 km/h||8.3 sec||7.3 sec||5 sec|
|Top speed (km/h)||206||225 km/h –210 km/h with 18″||257|
|Fuel consumption (l/100 km, EU-standard)|
|CO2 combined cycle (g/km)||244||304||327|
|Emissions class||Euro 6||Euro 6||Euro 6|