2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The Grand Cherokee SRT is Jeep ’s real hero car, and the only one to compete effectively with the super-SUV benchmark from Porsche . The Jeep ’s drastic SRT makeover is arguably the most effective across the Chrysler range by blending the huge Hemi V-8’s torque with the sure-footed and quite advanced Grand Cherokee platform.

A change across the board from “SRT8” to “SRT” for all the performance trims prepares the range for its next generation of super and turbocharged SRT models - with forced induction making the SRT6, SRT4 etc cylinder counts much less meaningful.

The SRT conversion makes the Grand Cherokee one of the most entertaining models out of Auburn Hills, with all the track attitude and road muscle of the Viper but far fewer tradeoffs in daily driving.

As almost a totally distinct model from the Grand Cherokee range, the SRT version is new for 2014 with the latest interior tech upgrades, a new eight-speed auto transmission, and the tasteful headlight LED accents that were new this year on the base models.

Combined with the menacing nose graphic of the Grand Cherokee SRT, the additional LED lights update the nose appearance nicely. A black lower bumper shroud makes the SRT seem mean even with the lights off, with its 20-inch wheels and giant tires looking very prominent from all angles.

The real news with this latest Jeep is new launch control programming for the cutting-edge autobox that should offer an even quicker sprint than the last model’s 5.1-second rush to 60 mph. Smoothness, economy, and tow ratings are also all up across the board, making this Grand Cherokee SRT quite an appealing prospect for hot-rod SUV shoppers.

Will the loss of the "8" on the badge hurt its street cred versus the Range Rover Sport? Is the price premium and five-seat layout a problem versus the Ford Explorer Sport ?

Click past the jump for all the latest images and details of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

Driving Impressions

Exterior

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has always been the best-looking version of this new model series, thanks to its full nose restyle and deep, Viper -inspired reverse hood vents. Custom panels and sill extensions do wonders in profile and from the rear, where the 2014 model now sports 4-inch black exhaust outlets — a la the Audi RS6 Plus .

Most noticeable is a nose that now matches the rest of the Grand Cherokee’s new LED headlight design. The lower LED slashes in the bumper are kept for this SRT revamp, as are the black chrome nostrils in the lower flanks.

Copious airflow management is needed to keep the heavy Jeep’s Brembo brakes cooled, and lower bumper vents channel air directly onto the red calipers.

Three wheel options are offered for 2014, with the standard block-spoke 20-inch rims in a polished finish that looks very expensive. On the road, they look far better than chrome wheels, but are not as current as the silver or black "Spider Monkey" design options available for an extra $595.

The only other exterior choice is the trailer towing group, which is now offered on the SRT Grand Cherokee without any of the special rigging previously needed for the 2007 generation’s center exhaust. Towing is also improved with the new transmission, and the SRT can now pull 7,200 pounds.

This sounds good until you realize that is the same max as the 3.6-liter V-6 Grand Cherokee model . Even so, very few people will tow anything heavier on a regular basis.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Exterior Dimensions:

Wheelbase (in.) 114.8
Length (in.) 191.3
Width (in.) 77.1
Height (in.) 69.1
Front Track Width (in.) 63.7
Rear Track Width (in.) 64.3
Minimum Ground Clearance (in.) 8.3
Curb Weight (Pounds) 5,150
Drag Coefficient 0.39

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Standard Exterior Features:

  • Dual exhaust with active valves and dual 4-in. oval black chrome tips
  • Adaptive bi-xenon HID headlamps
  • Auto headlamp leveling system
  • Auto high beam control headlamps
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Daylight opening (DLO): bright
  • Exhaust tips: black chrome
  • Headlamp washers
  • Hood: SRT exclusive with heat extractors
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Power liftgate
  • Premium fog lamps
  • Rear step pad with gloss black accent
  • SRT Badges (rear liftgate)
  • SRT Sill extension, body-color
  • SRT Spoiler: rear, body-color
  • 20x10-inch Forged aluminum wheels, polished, five-spoke “Goliath” style

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Exterior Options:

  • Trailer-tow Group IV — Class IV receiver hitch, seven- and four-pin wiring harness, full-size spare tire ($995)
  • 20x10-inch Forged aluminum, Satin Carbon, split five-spoke “Spider Monkey” style ($595)
  • 20x10-inch Forged aluminum, Black Vapor Chrome, split five-spoke “Spider Monkey” style ($595)

Interior

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The interior takes a big step in the right direction for 2014, with genuine carbon-fiber inlays and perforated leather and suede for all the major surfaces.

A new performance-seat option brings large shoulder supports and better adjustments with its new leather color (and increase in quality). The upgraded leather trim color is called Sepia and is available to replace the standard black leather/black suede combination for $1,995 extra.

The Jeep is versatile in the back with a standard split-folding seat and a second row that reclines to less of a torturous angle for long trips.

There is an extra sporty steering wheel exclusive to the SRT, and Viper -style G-force and lap timer displays add cool points when driving hard.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Performance Displays Demo:

SRT’s new Performance Pages offer extra information on how the SRT is handling in extreme conditions, like a track day. Various lap timers, G-force meters, and additional dials offer some of the cool factor of the Nissan GT-R and Porsche Sport Chrono package to the super Jeep via its giant 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Standard Interior Features:

  • Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/ACCESS/NAV - 8.4-Inch Touch Screen Display, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/ 1-Yr Radio Subscription
  • 9 Amplified Speakers with Subwoofer, 506-Watt Amplifier
  • Remote SD Card Slot, Remote USB Port, Dual Remote USB Port - Charge Only
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
  • Uconnect Access via Mobile
  • Leather Seats with Perforated Suede
  • Heated Front Seats, Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Second-Row Seats
  • Power 8-Way Driver Seat w/Memory and 8-Way Pass Seat
  • Driver / Passenger Power 4-Way Lumbar Adjust
  • Memory for Radio, Driver Seat and Mirrors

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Interior Options:

  • Rear Blu-ray Entertainment Center (late availability) ($1,995): Rear-seat video system, dual screen (seat-mounted) Blu-ray system with independent HDMI/Auxilary inputs
  • High Performance Laguna Leather Seats - Sepia ($1,995)
  • Panoramic moonroof ($1,595)
  • Harmon Kardon audio ($1,995): 19 Premium Speakers Including Subwoofer, Harman Kardon Logic7 GreenEdge Amplifier

Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The big news for the SRT Grand Cherokee’s powertrain is the all-new eight-speed automatic that replaces the previous (Mercedes-sourced) five-speed box on all of Chrysler’s Hemi models.

Thrilled to be out from under Mercedes thumb for the transmission, Chrysler is building its own licensed versions of the ZF ’high-power’ 8-cog shifter used by BMW and Jaguar, among others.

The new transmission improves fuel economy and sprint times for all the model’s it has enhanced so far, which is great news for this super sport version in the SRT SRT . A new launch control system is better able to pre-load the torque converter for explosive starts, while top speed is still an impressive 160 mph.

This year’s Grand Cherokee SRT8 can hit 60 mph in about 5 seconds, and the new transmission will match or exceed the previous pace.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Performance Details:

Engine 6.4-liter 16-valve V-8 With Hemispherical Combustion
Transmission 8-Speed Auto W/ Paddle Shift
Powertrain Layout From-engine, Four-wheel-drive
Power 470 @ 6,000
Torque 465 @ 4,300
0-60 mph (seconds) 5, est
Top Speed 160 mph
EPA Fuel Economy MPG (City/Highway/Combined) 13/15/19
Max Tow Rating (Pounds) 7,200

Safety

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The Grand Cherokee SRT adds a number of new safety features for 2014, including active safety tech up front with Forward Collision Mitigation and in back with rear cross path detection. Both technologies are unobtrusive and quite helpful in daily driving.

Paired with the SRT’s standard front/rear parking sensors and backup camera: the SRT is a very easy for anyone to park safely.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Safety Features:

  • Active head restraints
  • Advanced multistage front air bags
  • Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
  • Child seat anchor system with child seat upper tether anchor
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) with brake assist
  • Enhanced accident response
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Four-wheel traction control
  • Hill-start Assist (HSA)
  • Keyless Enter-N-Go with Sentry Key theft deterrent
  • ParkSense front and rear park assist system
  • ParkView rear backup camera
  • Rain Brake Support
  • Ready Alert Braking
  • Security alarm
  • Supplemental front seat side air bag
  • Supplemental side curtain front/rear air bags
  • Tire-pressure monitoring (TPM) display

Pricing and Availability

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is available from early winter 2013 as a 2014 model, with a base price of $64,190 included destination charges.

Model MSRP
Grand Cherokee SRT $64,190

Competition

Range Rover Sport

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The latest Range Rover Sport can finally keep up with the Jeep GC SRT in a drag race. Despite beating the Jeep Jeep SRT on Top Gear USA — the Range Rover Sport was greatly assisted by its professional racing driver: Tanner Foust.

In dry and official runs, the old RRS could not crack 6 seconds to 60 mph, whereas the new model slams it home in just over 5 seconds. The new model also offers a 5+2 third row as an option, and numerous fancy leathers and woods. Pricing starts in the Jeep GC SRT neighborhood but quickly races up to $90,000 with some options.

Ford Explorer Sport EcoBoost

Ford Explorer Sport

The Explorer Sport is a much cheaper option than either of the above models, with pricing that can barely be optioned above $47,000 with everything included. The Ford is down over 100 horsepower versus the SRT Jeep, but rarely feels slow thanks to its snappy twin turbochargers. The Explorer Sport needs about 6.5 seconds to hit 60 mph, but also brings seven seats versus the Jeep’s five-person maximum.

Conclusion

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

With pricing that is only about $11,000 above the top Grand Cherokee Summit 5.7-liter, the SRT Grand Cherokee is arguably the most successful revamp yet versus the LX-based models like the 300C and Charger/Challenger. At least in this latest generation of models, the four-wheel-drive system’s beautiful integration with the new eight-speed is quite impressive indeed.

By helping performance Jeep loyalists to pick the best combination of technology, drivetrain and axle ratio from the Jeep catalog: the SRT is a fantastic choice and is quite easy to find on a dealer lot thanks to its one available configuration.

Thinking of the huge and devoted customer-base Jeep enjoys, the SRT’s price is not much compared with what can be spent on a custom Wrangler with a V-8. Within this millions-strong group of previous and current owners, having a super-premium model tier makes sense to keep them with the brand.

Merging the Jeep badge with Porsche -baiting performance is just the start of this versatile crossover’s adventures on road, trail and track.

LOVE IT
  • New LED headlights and dark grille trim looks cool and more expensive than other Jeep GC’s
  • Also love the twin hood scoops and full body kit, black exhausts... it just looks good overall
  • New cockpit materials look great with genuine carbon-fiber in a tasteful weave
  • Price includes an SRT track day
LEAVE IT
  • Mileage is improved versus last year, but not by much
  • Huge 0.39 drag coefficient proves how powerful SRT engine is at 160 mph top speed
  • Perhaps an SRT exchange program needed?

Press Release

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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

  • New eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smoother, more refined shifting and improved fuel economy
  • Innovative Eco Mode optimizes new transmission’s shift schedule and expands range of Fuel Saver Technology activation for further fuel economy gains
  • Towing capacity rating improved 44 percent, up to 7,200 pounds
  • Improved and retuned Selec-Track system delivers more torque to the rear wheels in Track Mode for optimal rear-wheel-drive characteristics
  • New, standard launch control delivers enhanced and consistent acceleration performance
  • Aggressive, upscale exterior appearance enriched with new signature LED lighting
  • Luxurious interior offers new levels of advanced user-friendly technology and connectivity highlighted by an 8.4-inch touchscreen that accommodates SRT’s exclusive Performance Pages, plus a 7-inch programmable multiview gauge cluster
  • All-new Uconnect Access Via Mobile streams preferred music into the vehicle via smartphone
  • Introducing breakthrough cloud-based voice texting and Bing connected search via Uconnect Access
  • Enables direct, one-touch connections with local 9-1-1 service providers, roadside assistance dispatchers and Uconnect specialists
  • Features state-of-the-art safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning and Rear Cross Path detection
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT owners have come to expect – and appreciate – a vehicle that is powerful and refined, luxurious and functional, muscular and stylish. For 2014, Grand Cherokee SRT checks all of those boxes – while also delivering unexpected delights.

Enhancements for the 2014 model year include an all-new, fully electronic eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers improved fuel economy, significantly improved towing capacity, hardware and software revisions that further heighten Grand Cherokee SRT’s fun-to-drive factor during a daily commute or for more spirited driving on the race track.

Outside, the new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT sports styling that is even more aggressive than the previous model. Design enhancements for 2014 include a new signature LED character lamp treatment, a brawnier grille, a new, one-touch liftgate and a new rear spoiler.

Inside, Grand Cherokee SRT customers are treated to a new 8.4-inch touchscreen that displays a wealth of SRT-exclusive Performance Pages data. A new launch control button is situated behind the new T-handle shifter on the center console, and a redesigned SRT-exclusive three-spoke, heated steering wheel with more ergonomically efficient paddle shifters, features a host of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls.

Awe-inspiring powertrain

For 2014, Grand Cherokee SRT owners get three additional gears from their transmission: an all-new 8HP70 eight-speed automatic. Fully electronic, it features on-the-fly shift-map changing.

For an even sportier, more driver-controlled experience, the 8HP70 eight-speed transmission can be manually shifted using newly redesigned, more pronounced, ergonomically efficient steering-wheel paddle controls.

The Grand Cherokee SRT features a new Eco Mode for 2014 that optimizes the new transmission’s shift schedule and extends the range of Fuel Saver Technology, which deactivates four cylinders when conditions allow. A button on the center stack allows driver’s to engage Eco Mode for improved fuel economy.

The new eight-speed automatic transmission is specifically engineered to optimize shift quality and shift points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. The intelligent software takes into account variables including engine torque gradients, kick-down events, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, grade changes, friction detection and downshift detection to determine the appropriate shift map.

Additional parameters integrated into the control strategy include vehicle speed control, electronic stability control interaction and temperature. The result is automatic shifting that is ideally attuned to the performance requirements of almost any driving demand.

The new transmission is mated to the proven and powerful 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 and helps deliver greatly enhanced towing performance of 7,200 pounds – a 44-percent improvement over the 5,000-lb. towing capacity from the previous model.

For 2014, the new electronic T-handle shifter provides the flexibility for drivers to choose a transmission shift schedule independent from the Selec-Track system. Drive and Sport shifting can be selected via the T-handle with no effect on the chosen suspension, stability control and driveline torque split settings.

Also new for 2014 is a launch control system that mimics a professional driver’s inputs to optimize Grand Cherokee SRT’s performance by bringing engine, transmission, driveline, stability control, and suspension in line for a textbook launch. Controlled by a button behind the new T-handle shifter on the center console, the result is improved and more consistent straight-line acceleration. The performance experience of the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is further accentuated by a change in transfer case proportioning and dynamic controls for the Selec-Track system when the vehicle is in Track Mode. When this mode is selected, 70 percent of the engine’s torque is delivered to the rear wheels for a more pronounced rear-wheel-drive experience. Grand Cherokee SRT drivers will notice a vehicle that is more responsive from
mid-corner to exit.

Outstanding ride, handling and capability

The Grand Cherokee SRT rides on a short- and long-arm (SLA) independent front 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 lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber), plus a separate toe link, and a stabilizer bar.

Software improvements to the retuned Selec-Track system further distinguish the five dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow, enabling drivers to choose a vehicle setting that more ideally meets their requirements and ambient conditions. Drivers will find the torque split change in Track Mode provides a vehicle that is more responsive from mid-corner to exit and one that delivers faster lap times at their favorite track.

Benchmark braking

The new 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT delivers excellent braking performance, requiring only 116 feet to come to a full stop from 60 miles per hour (mph). Credit belongs to red-painted, Brembo six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15 inches (front) and 13.8 inches (rear).

Aggressive and functional exterior

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The Grand Cherokee SRT sports exterior styling enhancements for 2014. Its signature,
seven-slot upper grille with black screen insert has been shortened and is flanked by slimmer, adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps that are surrounded by a signature LED character lamp treatment. The grille itself is brawnier and the headlamps feature a unique black background to distinguish SRT from other 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee models while further accenting their jewel-like appearance.

The new styling also enabled designers to incorporate the headlamp washers into the headlamp housing for the first time – rather than on the bumper – for a cleaner more functional appearance.

A new Grand Cherokee badge along the vehicle’s sides feature a more distinct, more pronounced font.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT’s front light treatment is mirrored in back for a cohesive styling appearance, and features larger tail lamps with signature LED lighting. To further emphasize SRT’s performance heritage, the tail lamps feature a black surround, creating the illusion of floating lamps.

Also new for 2014 is a more aerodynamically efficient rear spoiler integrated into the all-new, one-touch liftgate that features a new SRT badge that no longer carries the engine cylinder number reference. Rather than relying on a manual lever, the liftgate is operated electronically with the push of a button. For 2014, the flipper glass has been eliminated, greatly enhancing rearward visibility and reducing weight.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT will be available in the following exterior colors: 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 interior

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

The most significant interior enhancement on the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT is the new Uconnect 8.4AN radio touchscreen. The 8.4-inch display shows a wealth of SRT-exclusive Performance Pages, including recent track times, lateral acceleration, 0-60 mph times and much more. All data is shown in full-color and can now be shared with other SRT enthusiasts via a built-in 3G connection.

The same screen accommodates Uconnect Access Via Mobile, an all-new feature that makes its debut. With it, customers can stream their favorite music into the vehicle using the acclaimed apps Aha, iHeart, Pandora and Slacker.

The display also affords drivers access to Bing Internet searches and facilitates cutting-edge cloud-based features such as voice texting – the transmission of text messages using natural speech.

On the center console, drivers will find a new, leather-wrapped T-handle shifter for the eight-speed transmission that allows the driver to select two driving modes including Drive and Sport.

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Also new is the redesigned, SRT-exclusive heated three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom that features a bevy of comfort, convenience and connectivity controls and more pronounced, more ergonomically efficient paddle shifters.

The new steering wheel is designed and positioned to provide optimal view of the new gauge cluster that now features a 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument display. This new screen allows drivers to select from a multitude of layout and information to be shown in the center of the gauge cluster.

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

The available 825-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon offers world premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt tracking power supply (TPS) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.

The 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT Laguna leather interior is available in two distinctive colors: Torque (black) and a new Sepia combination.


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