Introducing the 2014 Jeep WK2 Grand Cherokee SRT8

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Press Release – January 2013


2014 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT: A Powerful Performer Cloaked in Luxurious and Muscular Skin

  • New eight-speed computerized transmission delivers smoother, extra refined shifting and improved gasoline economic system
  • Innovative Eco Mode optimizes new transmission’s shift schedule and expands vary of Fuel Saver Technology activation for additional gasoline economic system positive aspects
  • Towing capability ranking improved 44 p.c, as much as 7,200 kilos
  • Improved and retuned Selec-Track system delivers extra torque to the rear wheels in Track Mode for optimum rear-wheel-drive traits
  • New, normal launch management delivers enhanced and constant acceleration efficiency
  • Aggressive, upscale exterior look enriched with new signature LED lighting
  • Stunning array of superior security tools consists of Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
  • Luxurious inside gives new ranges of superior user-friendly know-how and connectivity highlighted by an 8.4-inch touchscreen that accommodates SRT’s unique Performance Pages, plus a 7-inch programmable multiview gauge cluster
  • All-new Uconnect Access Via Mobile streams most popular music into the car through smartphone
  • Introducing breakthrough cloud-based voice texting and Bing linked search through Uconnect Access
  • Enables direct, one-touch connections with native 9-1-1 service suppliers, roadside help dispatchers and Uconnect specialists
  • Features state-of-the-art security applied sciences resembling Forward Collision Warning and Rear Cross Path detection

January 14, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT homeowners have come to anticipate – and admire – a car that’s highly effective and refined, luxurious and useful, muscular and trendy. For 2014, Grand Cherokee SRT checks all of these bins – whereas additionally delivering sudden delights.

Enhancements for the 2014 mannequin yr embody an all-new, absolutely digital eight-speed computerized transmission that delivers improved gasoline economic system, considerably improved towing capability, {hardware} and software program revisions that additional heighten Grand Cherokee SRT’s fun-todrive issue throughout a each day commute or for extra spirited driving on the race observe.

Outside, the new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT sports activities styling that’s much more aggressive than the earlier mannequin. Design enhancements for 2014 embody a brand new signature LED character lamp therapy, a brawnier grille, a brand new, one-touch liftgate and a brand new rear spoiler.

Inside, Grand Cherokee SRT prospects are handled to a brand new 8.4-inch touchscreen that shows a wealth of SRT-exclusive Performance Pages information. A brand new launch management button is located behind the new T-handle shifter on the heart console, and a redesigned SRT-exclusive threespoke, heated steering wheel with extra ergonomically environment friendly paddle shifters, includes a host of consolation, comfort and connectivity controls.

Awe-inspiring Powertrain

For 2014, Grand Cherokee SRT homeowners get three extra gears from their transmission: an all-new 8HP70 eight-speed computerized. Fully digital, it options on-the-fly shift-map altering.

The most important powertrain enchancment on the new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is the allnew 8HP70 eight-speed computerized transmission. Fully digital, the 8HP70 options on-the-fly shift-map altering, with handbook shifting functionality utilizing newly redesigned, extra pronounced, ergonomically environment friendly steering-wheel paddle controls.

More than 90 particular person shift maps optimize shift high quality and shift factors for gasoline economic system, efficiency and drivability. The clever software program takes into consideration variables together with engine torque gradients, kick down occasions, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, grade adjustments, friction detection and downshift detection to find out the acceptable shift map.

Additional parameters built-in into the management technique embody car pace management, digital stability management interplay and temperature. The result’s computerized shifting that’s ideally attuned to the efficiency necessities of virtually any driving demand. During growth testing at the Nelson Ledges Road Course in Ohio, SRT engineers achieved 6/10ths of a second quicker lap occasions (over the 2013 SRT8 mannequin) because of the new eightspeed computerized transmission.

The legendary 0-60 miles per hour (mph) acceleration of the Grand Cherokee SRT can be barely improved because of the faster shift speeds and Ľ mile time can even see a marginal enchancment because of nearer gear spacing. This extra preferrred spacing permits the 470hp 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 to remain in the optimum a part of its energy band creating what looks like endless acceleration.

However, there may be an much more dramatic enchancment in 30-70 mph and 50-90 mph actual world acceleration as the new eight-speed transmission can drop down a number of gears (whereas rev matching) to achieve the optimum ratio in milliseconds for higher total efficiency and drivability.

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The transmission effectivity and large ratio unfold present the very best gasoline economic system by working at a decrease engine rpm in each metropolis and freeway environments. The addition of extra gear ratios additionally helps cut back the gaps usually related to upshifting and downshifting, leading to practically imperceptible gear adjustments.

Internally, the transmission has 4 gear units and 5 shift parts (multi-disc clutches and brakes). Only two shift parts are open at any time. With fewer open shift parts, drag losses because of a number of components rotating relative to at least one one other are lowered, bettering gasoline effectivity.

Of course, even SRT homeowners typically admire driving extra gasoline effectively. For these occasions, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT options an modern Eco Mode that optimizes the transmission’s shift schedule and expands the vary of Fuel Saver Technology, which – when circumstances are proper – deactivates 4 cylinders to preserve gasoline.

Eco Mode is obtainable in Selec-Track auto mode. Throttle mapping, transmission shift schedules and Fuel Saving Technology work together to attain most gasoline effectivity.

The new eight-speed transmission additionally helps to ship vastly improved towing efficiency of seven,200 kilos – a 44-percent enchancment over the 5,000-lb. towing capability from final yr.

The eight-speed transmission is mated to the confirmed and highly effective 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology delivering 470 horsepower (351 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb.-ft. (630 N.m) of torque at 4,300 rpm.

For improved and extra constant observe efficiency, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT includes a launch management system managed by a button located simply behind the new T-handle shifter on the heart console. Launch Control mimics an expert driver’s inputs to optimize Grand Cherokee SRT’s efficiency and brings engine, transmission, driveline, stability management, and suspension in line for a textbook car launch.

“For our prospects who are usually not race automobile drivers, the new launch management system is the subsequent neatest thing. Grand Cherokee SRT homeowners will admire how far more constant their acceleration occasions can be,” Ruedisueli mentioned.

To additional emphasize the racing expertise, the launch button includes a “Christmas Tree” graphic, related to what’s used at drag strips to provoke standing begins. The car stays in launch mode till the driver lifts his or her foot off the throttle, at which era it defaults into the earlier lively working mode.

Yet one other efficiency enhancement for 2014 is a “rev match” downshift perform. When the driver downshifts, the engine controller will blip the throttle to attenuate the jerkiness sometimes related to this maneuver. The result’s improved efficiency and better stability when downshifting at the traction restrict.


Outstanding trip, dealing with and functionality

The Grand Cherokee SRT rides on a short- and long-arm (SLA) impartial entrance suspension with coil springs, Bilstein adaptive damping suspension (ADS), upper- and lower-control arms (“A” arms), and a stabilizer bar.

The rear suspension is a multi-link design with coil spring, Bilstein ADS, aluminum decrease management arm, impartial higher hyperlinks (rigidity and camber), plus a separate toe hyperlink, and a stabilizer bar.

Software enhancements to the retuned Selec-Track system additional distinguish the 5 dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow, enabling drivers to decide on a car setting that extra ideally meets their necessities and ambient circumstances. When Track Mode is chosen, 70 p.c of the engine’s torque is delivered to the rear wheels for a extra pronounced rear-wheel-drive expertise. Grand Cherokee SRT drivers will discover a car that’s extra responsive from mid-corner to exit and one which delivers quicker lap occasions at their favourite observe.

Drivers can manually select between the 5 dynamic modes for particular driving circumstances:


  • Auto: gives the most compliant trip and robotically adapts to any street state of affairs utilizing the adaptive damping suspension tuning
  • Sport: gives enhanced physique management for a sporty, fun-to-drive trip for the avenue
  • Tow: gives a protected discount in pitch and bounce for enhanced towing functionality
  • Track: gives the high-performance, agency, “track-tuned” suspension choice to lock down physique movement for the final dealing with expertise
  • Snow: gives the most conservative dynamic mode, so the car will safely keep in-line in inclement winter climate circumstances

The torque cut up distribution on the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT – entrance to rear – is as follows:

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Auto 40% 60%
Sport 35% 65%
Tow 50% 50%
Track 30% 70%
Snow 50% 50%

“With the improved and retuned Selec-Track system in the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT, it’s like having 5 distinctly totally different automobiles. In Auto mode, for instance, drivers get a car that delivers a easy, snug trip. Set it to Sport mode, nevertheless, and all the things – stability management, adaptive damping, transmission shift technique, switch case torque proportioning, Electronic Limited Slip Differential efficiency, throttle management and cylinder de-activation – immediately will get tuned for a considerably extra dynamic driving expertise. The result’s a car that may carry a household in full type and luxury and a car that may blast round the observe,” Ruedisueli defined.

Benchmark braking

The new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT delivers glorious braking efficiency, requiring solely 116 toes to return to a full cease from 60 miles per hour (mph). Credit belongs to red-painted, Brembo six-piston (entrance) and four-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors in any respect 4 corners measuring 15 inches (entrance) and 13.8 inches (rear).

Aggressive and useful exterior

The Grand Cherokee SRT sports activities exterior styling enhancements for 2014. Its signature, seven-slot higher grille with black display screen insert has been shortened and is flanked by slimmer, adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps which are surrounded by a signature LED character lamp therapy. The grille itself is brawnier and the headlamps function a novel black background to tell apart SRT from different 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee fashions whereas additional accenting their jewel-like look.

The new styling additionally enabled designers to include the headlamp washers into the headlamp housing for the first time – quite than on the bumper – for a cleaner extra useful look.

A brand new Grand Cherokee badge alongside the car’s sides function a extra distinct, extra pronounced font.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT’s entrance mild therapy is mirrored in again for a cohesive styling look, and options bigger back lights with signature LED lighting. To additional emphasize SRT’s efficiency heritage, the back lights function a black {surround}, creating the phantasm of floating lamps.

Also new for 2014 is a extra aerodynamically environment friendly rear spoiler built-in into the all-new, one-touch liftgate that includes a new SRT badge that not carries the engine cylinder quantity reference. Rather than counting on a handbook lever, the liftgate is operated electronically with the push of a button. For 2014, the flipper glass has been eradicated, vastly enhancing rearward visibility and decreasing weight.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT can be obtainable in the following exterior colours: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat and Redline Pearl Clear Coat.


Race-inspired and high-performance inside

The most important inside enhancement on the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is the new Uconnect 8.4AN radio touchscreen. The 8.4-inch show exhibits a wealth of SRT-exclusive Performance Pages, together with current observe occasions, lateral acceleration, 0-60 mph occasions and far more. All information is proven in full-color and might now be shared with different SRT fans through a built-in 3G connection.

The similar display screen accommodates Uconnect Access Via Mobile, an all-new function that makes its debut. With it, prospects can stream their favourite music into the car utilizing the acclaimed apps Aha, iHeart, Pandora and Slacker.

The show additionally affords drivers entry to Bing Internet searches and facilitates cutting-edge cloud-based options resembling voice texting – the transmission of textual content messages utilizing pure speech.

On the heart console, drivers will discover a new, leather-wrapped T-handle shifter for the eightspeed transmission that enables the driver to pick two driving modes together with Drive and Sport. Also new is the redesigned, SRT-exclusive heated three-spoke steering wheel with a flat backside that includes a bevy of consolation, comfort and connectivity controls and extra pronounced, extra ergonomically environment friendly paddle shifters.

The new steering wheel is designed and positioned to offer optimum view of the new gauge cluster that now includes a 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument show. This new display screen permits drivers to pick from a large number of format and data to be proven in the heart of the gauge cluster.

True carbon fiber trim accent sweeps throughout the driver’s door, instrument panel and entrance passenger door.

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The obtainable 825-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT efficiency audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon gives world premier innovation, that includes a 32-volt monitoring energy provide (TPS) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers excellent acoustics and brings multidimensional, high quality sound for all inside occupants.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT Laguna leather-based inside is obtainable in two distinctive colours: Torque (black) and a brand new Sepia mixture.

Enhanced safety, comfort and occupant security

Uconnect Access is all-new to the Grand Cherokee SRT. Enabled by embedded mobile know-how, the system affords direct communication with native 9-1-1 service personnel at the contact of a button – no ready for go-between call-center operators.

In addition, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT showcases superior security options from Forward Collision Warning – which alerts the driver to quickly approaching site visitors – to Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, which support drivers when altering lanes or in parkinglot conditions.

Quality: Improving the most awarded SUV ever

How do you enhance the most awarded SUV ever? The Jeep and SRT groups begin by listening to their prospects.

“We’re very proud of the lengthy checklist of product and high quality accolades the Jeep Grand Cherokee has earned,” mentioned Doug Betts, Senior Vice President – Quality, Chrysler Group. “But the most necessary suggestions comes from prospects telling us what they’d prefer to see improved. We are always suggestions and responding with enhancements.”

Key upgrades for the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup embody an eight-speed computerized transmission to enhance efficiency and gasoline economic system plus the latest Uconnect system that balances superior know-how and connectivity options with easy-to-use controls and voice instructions.

From the driver’s seat, all the things the driver sees, touches – and even speaks to utilizing voice instructions – is enhanced to extend perform, connectivity and responsiveness. Not solely does it work higher, it seems to be higher packaged in additional premium supplies and chic graphics. This features a redesigned steering wheel that’s optimized for driving place whereas additionally offering management buttons for often used options like radio, cruise management, telephone and voice-activated instructions. Customer suggestions helped designers and engineers decide the preferrred location for fingertip controls in order that drivers may comfortably hold their palms on the wheel and eyes on the street.

Another important inside change for Grand Cherokee is the availability of the new Uconnect Access 8.4AN touchscreen. Connectivity and touchscreens contain quickly altering know-how and ever-increasing shopper expectations – each of which have a major impression on the total high quality evaluation of latest automobiles. The Uconnect workforce always evaluates shopper suggestions, inserting a excessive precedence on designing programs which are intuitive for each tech-savvy prospects in addition to tech-averse drivers preferring arduous knobs to regulate the local weather or radio station.

For the previous two years, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has earned the title as the Total Quality chief for the medium-size SUV phase by Strategic Vision. The honor is predicated on new car proprietor surveys that holistically assess customers’ good and dangerous experiences with their new car. Similarly, the Jeep workforce values all feedback from prospects – particularly suggestions that results in enhanced high quality and buyer satisfaction.

Manufacturing: Built in Detroit

The new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is constructed at the 3-million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, which has been the web site of Grand Cherokee manufacturing since its introduction in 1992. To meet shopper demand, a 3rd crew of 1,100 staff was added at JNAP in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The yr 2012 introduced file gross sales for the Jeep model worldwide, with Grand Cherokee contributing roughly 220,000 items globally, with 52,000 items from worldwide markets. Since 2009, Jeep Grand Cherokee gross sales have elevated greater than 200 p.c in the U.S., and 250 p.c exterior North America.

SRT Track Experience

Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT car obtain at some point {of professional} driving instruction as a part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximise their driving data and abilities on the avenue or observe. For extra data, go to SRT Track Experience

2014 SRT Specifications (PDF)
2014 SRT Feature availability (PDF)
2014 Safety and Security (PDF)

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