Jeep treks sport and utility to SUV market

2013-03-26T16:20:00Z 2013-03-28T18:59:10Z Jeep treks sport and utility to SUV marketBy Jim Jackson Times Correspondent
March 26, 2013 4:20 pm  • 

Chrysler Group connects the Rubicon to the Autobahn with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Jeep Grand Cherokee is the quintessential multipurpose vehicle wrapped in stately sheet metal that delivers class and capability to the premium sport utility segment.

For 2014, Jeep revamps its top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee with a fresh design and new eight-speed automatic transmission, three 4x4 traction systems and Selec-Terrain management system.

A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine with 240 horsepower joins the current 3.6L 290 hp V6 and 360 hp 5.7L V8 engine lineup.

Fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon/city and 30 mpg/highway is estimated for 4x2 3.0L EcoDiesel models with 17/city and 25/highway achieved on 3.6L gasoline versions. The 5.7L reaches mileage of 14/city and 22/highway.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee paired with four-wheel drive (4WD) lowers highway fuel economy on average two miles per gallon while city mileage remains generally constant.

Best-in-class towing of 7,400 pounds is realized with Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel and V8 engines. The standard 3.6L engine tows 6,200 pounds.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee features three available 4x4 systems.

Quadra-Trac I delivers full-time 4WD without any switches or levers pulled. Quadra-Trac II uses a two-speed transfer case to sense tire slip with corrective action sending up to 100 percent of available torque immediately to the axle with the most traction.

Quadra-Drive II with a rear electronic limited-slip differential instantly detects tire slip and smoothly distributes engine torque to tires with traction.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with Quadra-Lift air suspension that adds up to 4.2 inches of lift for more ground clearance when needed.

A Selec-Terrain system operated by a dial on the center console offers five different driving condition selections to conquer sand, mud, snow or rock terrain. An Auto setting automatically adapts to on- or off-road surfaces.

“Jeep buyers are very loyal to the brand with ownership that often crosses generations,” says Shannon Franzen, sales consultant for Thomas Jeep in Highland. “A majority of our Grand Cherokee customers choose four-wheel drive models.”

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats five occupants in Laredo, Laredo E, Limited, Overland and Summit trim levels spanning a price spectrum from $28,795 for Laredo 4x2 models up to $50,995 for a Summit 4x4. Add $995 for freight.

High-Octane Jeep

Jeep lovers interested in high-performance can opt for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT priced at $62,995.

The Grand Cherokee SRT is punctuated by a 6.4L Hemi V8 that builds 470-hp with an 8-speed automatic transmission grounded to a full-time four-wheel drivetrain.

Grand Cherokee SRT pulls 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. It also pulls a 7,200-pound tow load.

A new standard launch control feature and selectable Sport and Track mode gives this racetrack thoroughbred impressive legs on pavement.

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