2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Posted on 2013-08-17 by AutoFever
There is no denying the fact that the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is in every way an innovative Jeep altogether. It is one of the most handsome SUVs to come out recently and adheres to all the traits that have made the Jeep the brand that it is, tough and versatile. Both, the interior and exterior have been tweaked to allow the vehicle to adapt to the changing times as well as keep its hardcore off-road ability intact. The transmission has also been changed to an 8 speed automatic. And just like always, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will surely find a favorable audience among the people.
In fact, the most significant change to the Grand Cherokee has been the XF derived 8 speed automatic transmission, and the best part is that it's available across the range in the new model.
With the new transmission, Jeep affirms that the performance and the efficiency of the vehicle will be increased and the driving experience will also improve, because there were a lot of outcries from all and sundry about Grand Cherokee’s outdated 5-speed transmission.
Fans of the Jeep legacy are already clamoring for the 8 speed auto on the latest iteration because they think that this will make the vehicle even better. The best part is that the option is available right from the Laredo to the high Summit versions.
Also, there is an eco mode that enhances the Summit’s fuel efficiency, although, you can disengage that, with the flick of a button.
The fuel average has increased, coming at 37.7mpg, and with low CO2 emissions that allow the Jeep to give a figure of 200g/km. This makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee place itself firm against rivals like 3.0-litre V6 variants belonging to the Volkswagen Touareg & BMW X5.
Apart from this, the Grand Cherokee retains the mid size to larger version of the standard Jeep and also retains the off road lineage that is standard across the Jeep range. You have rear wheel drive options as well as the hard core 4 wheel drive. The Quadra-Track II 4×4 system which is one of the best units around. If towing is your kind of thing then our recommendation would be on the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or the EcoDiesel. If you are hungry for power; you can go to the high powered SRT8 ($62,995) that has a potent 391-inch 470-horse Hemi roaring inside.
The base version of the Grand Cherokee starts at $28,795 which is the Laredo and is well appointed. Higher up is the Grand Cherokee Limited for $35,795 clocking in more upgrades. Still higher is the Overland at $42,995, and ultimately you have the Summit, coming at $50,995 base. The Summit version has everything on offer and then some more.
Visually speaking there is not much change in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and many owners find that this is a good thing, because their older machine still looks good enough. The construction is also lighter due to the use of more alloy deployment, yet the dimensions remained more or less the same. At the front, you are greeted with slimmer headlights, a shorter upper grille, fog lights that are more pronounced and a front fascia that has a slight elevation.
The rear end feature bigger tail lamps with LED lighting, and a bigger and more aerodynamic rear spoiler with a re-sculpted tailgate which gives better rear-ward visibility.
There are new features on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, that add to the visual end as well, like the new and unique 7-panel chrome mesh grille, a 19 speaker sound system with a subwoofer, a leather steering that is beautifully embroidered, Quadra-lift air suspension, safety backup camera system, cooled front seats, heated front & rear seats, real wood trim, power lift-gate, voice recognition aided navigation, XM satellite, chrome trim, 20-inch aluminum polished wheels, a dual pane moon-roof, power mirrors, bi-xenon headlamps, a full size spare and a nice 8.4 inch display with sound. The list extends with safety features, such as adaptive cruise control with the forward collision warning package and all types of airbags possible.
Of course, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee has retained all of the off-road image and prowess from the old models, but because of the changing trends in the design world, the lines are now more soft and more European.
Just like the outside, the interior has not been touched much but having said that, the quality of the materials has been improved. This means that the interior is a more inviting place than before. Also, the rear row is adequate for 3 passengers for the headroom, shoulder room and legroom. What’s more, you also get a 782 liter boot space at the back, which makes things quite convenient.
This means that the five passenger Jeep Grand Cherokee has 36 cu. ft of space at the back, and with the seats folded you can get as much as 70 cu. ft of cargo loading area. In fact none of the Grand Cherokees has the third row of seats at the back, and if you really want those and want to be associated with the Chrysler/Jeep brand, then the Dodge Durango is what you need to look into. It has improved a lot over the years.
Arguably the most striking feature on the inside of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the 8.4 inch infotainment system on the center console.
With the big & bold graphics subsystem you can control almost all the features in the car by the options on the display, such as the air con and the entertainment system. This is extremely useful as you have all your options in one place and you don’t have to worry about diverting your attention from the road.
Additionally, the TFT display can be used to tell the driver almost anything that he or she needs to know, apart from what color of shoes he’s wearing, perhaps. The display can be customized in a hundred different ways with all the information about the vehicle and the environment being known to the driver. Such a wealth of information, and that too customizable is clearly a step ahead. But for the most part, the driver will not be able to notice anything just at a quick glance.
You will notice that the on road mannerisms of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee are right up to the mark and more so with the 8 speed automatic transmission. This piece of machinery makes short work of getting the 3.0 liter V6 engine under the hood to it maximum capability and efficiency. The Grand Cherokee doesn't really set the roads on fire with its acceleration figures and that’s acceptable, considering the engine has to haul a 2.5 tones vehicle. But still, the acceleration figures are 8.2 seconds for a sprint from 0 to 62 m/h. It’s not exciting, but it’s comfortable.
The 8 speed transmission is controlled with a new electric shifter that will take you some time in getting used to, especially when it comes to finding the reverse. But apart from that, you will also have the option of paddle shifters to make the most of your RPM.
But once the jeep has selected its right gear for the situation, there will hardly be anything to complain about on the transmission part and the vehicle does its business in the most unruffled way. Of course, you will find that the engine is a bit coarse, especially when punishing it thoroughly, like using it to get an overtaking maneuver that may not be easy. Otherwise, it’s a dream.
The top of the line Jeep with the air suspension thrown in, rides great and the vehicle seems composed, on its 20 inch wheels. This however, is not the case with the lower standard version, in which case the vehicle seems to wallow around a bit. Not too much though.
Since the steering system of the Jeep Grand Cherokee tends to be on the lighter side, you will find absolutely no problems while maneuvering the heavy vehicle in town. This is converse of highway manners, as the light steering will not be able to communicate the feedback as effectively to the driver.
Of course, one cannot forget the off road DNA of the Jeep line, and for that matter the latest iteration does not stray far from that. The Selec-Terrain algorithm works beautifully on the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. You have pre-configured settings for snow, mud, sand, & rock and there is also the standard auto mode that chooses the best setting. Selec-Terrain utilizes the powers of the braking system, transmission, and the suspension in an electronically unified way so as to achieve the best off-road performance.
The air suspension can work up its own piece of magic too. You can have the suspension to raise the ground clearance to a maximum of 280 mm, from the standard 220 mm. This ensures that your chances of traversing huge rocks are minimal. But Jeep officials themselves acknowledge that most people will never venture that far off the road.
All in all, the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, with its much anticipated 8 speed automatic transmission, is a more worthy proposition than ever before.
The various parameters of technology, design, emissions & all-round drivability, have all been individually taken care of and the Jeep is a more comfortable and robust cruiser now.