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Jeep Upgrades Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee SRT for 2014

New EcoDiesel will deliver 30 mpg.

by on Jan.14, 2013

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee's towing capacity jumps by 44%, to 7,200 pounds.

Barely three years after delivering a dramatic redesign of its big Grand Cherokee, Jeep is tinkering with success and while the updates for 2014 include a number of new safety and security features, an enhanced infotainment system and a new mileage-boosting 8-speed automatic, perhaps the biggest story for the upcoming model-year will be the addition of an all-new EcoDiesel.

A number of the updates, including the 8-speed gearbox, will be shared with the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT performance model which, for the next model-year, will see its rated towing capacity jump by a significant 44%.

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“It’s going to be a big year for product from Jeep,” proclaims the maker’s general manager, Michael Manley.

The updates to the various Grand Cherokee models will coincide with some big revisions to the Jeep Compass and Patriot compact crossovers that also debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


Is Chrysler’s SRT Brand Awesome or Anachronism?

TheDetroitBureau takes a closer look.

by on Jul.19, 2011

Is the Challeger SRT8 392, with its new 6.4-liter V8. awesome or just an anachronism?

Chrysler has brought performance back in a big way with its SRT brand, launching four new models—the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, and the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8—but can the company bank on it?

Is SRT awesome or just an anachronism?

As SRT brand CEO told last week, the company believes that there’s a business case for large performance cars, and that these vehicles bring buyers into showrooms, and many of those buyers end up buying cars like the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200.

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In theory, halo cars have always drawn customers into showrooms and auto show displays, and car enthusiasts love them. But in order for halo cars to do more than just attract eyeballs, the rest of the lineup has to be great, as well.