You can tell it’s the eve of a major auto show because another manufacturer’s embargo has been broken. This time Jeep is the victim. Information on the 2014 Grand Cherokee has just been leaked onto the interwebz and AutoGuide is bringing you the latest.
The luxury SUV will receive a number of enhancements, some of which were expected, others not. Most importantly, a fuel-efficient 3.0-liter diesel engine will be offered in the truck. It’s estimated to deliver 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The Gods at Chrysler have apparently been listening, on oil-burning Grand Cherokee is something fans have been praying for.
The other huge bit of powertrain news involves the gearbox. As expected, this top-shelf Jeep is receiving an eight-speed automatic transmission. The popular ZF unit is used in numerous luxury cars on the market today, not to mention the new Ram 1500 pickup truck.
Aside from these major technical enhancements, the ’14 model is also getting some reworked styling. The Grand Cherokee’s already attractive design has been hardened-up slightly thanks to a new grille. The rear fascias are unique to each model and LED taillamps are standard across the board. It also gets adaptive headlamps, a capless fuel filler and lane-departure warning. A host of new exterior colors are available.
For techies, a new smartphone application allows owners to lock, unlock or start the vehicle from anywhere. The navigation system and instrument cluster have been overhauled as well.
GALLERY: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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