- May 14, 2014
-- Here are a few of the highlights included in a "Car & Driver" article on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. For any questions or information regarding the SRT Grand Cherokee or to Pre-Order please contact Blackwell Automotive at 1-800-917-8756 or online at www.blackwellautos.com
The 470-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that’s found in today’s Grand Cherokee SRT8 is still here, but it’s now mated to the ZF 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the musty old five-speed. Gearswaps can be controlled by “newly redesigned, more pronounced, ergonomically efficient” paddle shifters. The new automatic features two shift modes, Drive and Sport, which alter the transmission’
s characteristics independently from the vehicle’s five Selec-Track modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Snow, and Track. Torque distribution in the five modes ranges from 50/50 in Snow and Tow to 30/70 in Track.
The eight-speed will rev-match downshifts and shifts quickly enough that Jeep says acceleration times will slightly improve. (We achieved a 0–60 run of five flat and a quarter-mile of 13.7 seconds in our most recent test of the GC SRT8 (http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2012-bmw-x5-m-vs-...
).) Times will also be helped by the addition of launch control, which is activated by a button on the center console. (With cute Christmas tree graphics!) It optimizes torque distribution, engine speed, gearshifts, the stability-control system, and suspension stiffness to achieve the most eyeball-flattening launch. Further enhancements are made to the SUV’s practicality, as Jeep says the new gearbox allows for 7200 pounds of towing capacity versus last year’s 5000. Another new feature for 2014 is Eco mode. It fiddles with the shift schedule and more aggressively deactivates four cylinders when the engine isn’t under heavy strain.
Exterior changes are basically limited to those also made to the standard 2014 Grand Cherokee: lights, a slightly different grille, and a resculpted liftgate, which is now power-operated.
The interior gets the Chrysler Group’s 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment interface featuring the latest iteration of Uconnect (http://blog.caranddriver.com/chrysler-introduces-updates-...
). What’s special about the SRT’s version is that it can display performance-
centric data, including lap times, lateral acceleration figures, and 0-to-60-mph numbers. Coming in at a slightly smaller seven inches is the new customizable instrument display housed in the gauge cluster. A new SRT-exclusive heated three-spoke steering wheel and two new leather colors—Torque, which is what Jeep is calling black, it seems, and Sepia—are on the roster, too.
The SRT gets a blacked-out seven-slot grille, blacked-out headlamp bezels, and blacked-out lower fascias. A new rear spoiler, a new 20-inch base wheel design, and LED signatures in the new active bi-xenon headlamps round out the rest of the updates.