Jeep has revised the SRT version of the Grand Cherokee for the 2014 model year. Debuting in Detroit, the updated high-performance SUV comes with Chrysler 300-like headlamps, updated LED taillights and a new look for the tailgate. We also notice the black bezels for the adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, an SRT-specific upper-front black grille, new alloys, redesigned rear spoiler and a fresh front bumper. Inside it adopts a more premium T-handle shifter for the automatic transmission, a heated steering wheel and a restyled three-spoke SRT-only steering wheel featuring paddle shifters.
Jeep has also updated the center console with an 8.4-inch touchscreen part of the car’s infotainment system. There’s also a new instrument panel boasting a 7-inch display which can be customized.
At the heart of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the same HEMI V8 6.4-liter engine pumping out 470 hp at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 465 lb-ft at 3,400 rpm. The 5-speed auto has been dropped in favor of a new 8-speed auto which has increased the SUV’s towing capacity by a whopping 44 percent to 7,200 pounds.
In addition, the flagship Grand Cherokee variant has a tweaked Selec-Track system with five dynamic modes, while the Track Mode sends 70 percent of the torque to the rear axle to enhance a sportier driving experience. We should also mention the Eco Mode which can optimize the shift scheduled of the transmission, while the Fuel Saver Technology can turn off four of the cylinders for a better fuel efficiency.