The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee isn’t quite carrying the weight of the world on its shoulders, but still has quite a deal to live up to.
For quite some time and several generations in a row, the Grand Cherokee wasn’t exactly the most inspiring vehicle and seemed unable to justify its iconic and legendary moniker. Mercifully, the 2011 Grand Cherokee was taken back the drawing board and subsequently hit the market as the complete and total rework the model had quite desperately needed for years.
And this time around, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is entering the affray with a slightly more modest array of tweaks and updates – the total package however is looking as strong as it ever was.
On the exterior the tweaks are debatable in terms of both necessity and value – chances are purists will insist there was nothing wrong with the existing design. However, we’re told that beauty is only skin deep and the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a case-in-point example of this, as the biggest and most important differences of all lie beneath the hood.
From now on, an automatic eight-speed gearbox will come as standard with every Grand Cherokee, which is guaranteed to boost both performance and fuel-economy across the range. That being said, chances are the eco-community on the lookout for the friendliest option of all will find the V6 3.0-liter EcoDiesel version the most pleasing of all, which although coming in at a good $5,000 or so above the equivalent gas engine is guaranteed to keep pumping out the savings long-term.
Admittedly, you’re not going to be able to hide the fact that it’s a diesel from anyone when idling or running at low revs…assuming you’d want to…as this version of the 2014 Cherokee can be a bit on the noisy side. It does get much quieter at higher-revs however and is apparently capable of a decent 30MPG for highway driving, according to Jeep.
Go for the top-tier trim with all the interior goodies and you’ll be looking at near $50,000 for to take home the 2014 Grand Cherokee diesel, but what you’re actually getting is a package of extras that with rival brands like Mercedes would add an extra $10,000 onto the bill.
We’re expecting the standard version of the 2014 Grand Cherokee to arrive before the end of March, followed by the diesel version sometime in the late spring.