Re-engineered Grand Cherokee SRT gets 8-speed gearbox, 8.4-inch screen
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, Chrysler Groups's quickest and most expensive SUV, will receive a new 7-inch, customizable display in the instrument cluster.
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DETROIT — The re-engineered 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT will get an eight-speed automatic transmission, Chrysler Group's newest interior electronics and refreshed styling.
Teamed with its 470-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine, the eight-speed transmission gives the SUV a 44 percent improvement in towing capacity, to 7,200 pounds.
The new powertrain allowed engineers to include other new gadgets to boost performance, including launch control, which improves straight-line acceleration, and an eco mode to boost fuel economy.
The Grand Cherokee SRT is the high-performance brand's best-selling vehicle.
Inside the cabin, the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT will be outfitted with Chrysler's newest UConnect infotainment system on the automaker's 8.4-inch center stack touch screen. The system will display SRT-brand performance pages, allowing drivers to log track times, monitor acceleration and 0-60 mph times and other engine dynamics. Later in the year, a high-definition rear-seat entertainment system will be available.
Chrysler's quickest and most expensive SUV will also get a new 7-inch, customizable display in the instrument cluster. It also receives a redesigned three-spoke steering wheel. Like all other SRT vehicles, the Grand Cherokee SRT will include a free track dayexperience for the buyer, including instruction by professional drivers on track driving techniques.
On the outside, Chrysler's designers have given the 2014 Grand Cherokee new LED lamps, a beefier grille and a new rear spoiler. The power liftgate's window no longer opens separately.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in late spring. Prices have not been announced. The current Grand Cherokee SRT retails for $61,290, including destination. c
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