Jeep unveiled the Grand Cherokee SRT at the Detroit Auto Show. This year the performance SUV receives an 8-speed automatic transmission, updated exterior and interior aesthetic changes, improved towing capacity, and a new torque vectoring system to improve the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT’s cornering ability.
Thanks to the addition of an 8-speed transmission carried over from the Chrysler 300, the Jeep is more fuel efficient, and accelerates to 60 mph in 5 seconds. The addition of two extra gears also helps to improve the Jeep’s towing capacity, which is up 44% to 7,200 lbs. – equal to that of full-size pickups.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT uses a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 to produce 470 hp and 465 lb-ft, the engine redlines at approximately 6,000 rpm.
Thanks to a re-worked four-wheel drive system, when track mode is selected, the Jeep allocates 70% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. This helps to eliminate understeer and improves the Jeep’s cornering ability.
Just as the standard 2014 Grand Cherokee receives fresh cosmetic changes, so to does the Grand Cherokee SRT. A new slimmer front grill is flanked by new headlights, complete with LED running lights, the rear of the Jeep sees the removal of engine badging, the addition of LED lights in the taillights, and the addition of a spoiler atop the SUV’s now automated lift gate. The interior of the Jeep SRT has been upgraded with carbon fiber inserts, an 8” infotainment display, and reworked gages similar of the ones seen in the Dodge Dart.