2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee: New Diesel Delivers 420 Lb-Ft, 30 MPG

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Jeep officially revealed an updated version of its hot-selling Grand Cherokee this morning at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. The high-brow SUV features a number of mechanical enhancements and luxury additions.

Of course the biggest news is the inclusion of diesel power. Chrysler is offering a 3.0-liter compression-ignition engine in the popular Grand Cherokee. Jeep brand President and CEO Mike Manley said it’s “everything our customers have been asking for.”

The powerplant delivers a prodigious 420 lb-ft of torque and an impressive 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The dual overhead-cam, 24-valve V6 should allow the Grand Cherokee to tow up to 7,400 pounds.

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But what good is a great engine if it’s not matched with an equally capable transmission? To deliver the goods Chrysler went with a technologically advanced eight-speed automatic gearbox supplied by the fine folks at ZF. It’s standard across the model range.

Thanks to that transmission and other refinements the Grand Cherokee is more fuel efficient than ever. The base 3.6-liter V6 is estimated to deliver 25 miles per gallon on the highway. Towing performance has also been improved by 24 percent to 6,200 pounds with that engine. The Hemi-V8-powered model is also more economical than before.

Don’t worry performance fans, the SRT version has been bolstered as well. Chrysler representatives say it will accelerate faster and deliver up to 30 percent better fuel efficiency than the outgoing model. Sounds like progress to us.

“We guarantee it’ll be one of the quickest vehicles we’ve ever made at SRT” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of the SRT brand.

Beyond these underhood hardware upgrades passengers are treated to a host of new features. From a new front end with LED-embellished headlamps, to a new rear fascia and a capless fuel filler.

GALLERY: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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