Chrysler Group has added a few tweaks in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 which will be showing at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. Owners will enjoy top range add-ons from the new revisions which include the new eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smoother, more refined shifting and improved fuel economy and also Innovative Eco Mode that optimizes new transmission’s shift schedule and expands range of Fuel Saver Technology activation for further fuel economy gains.
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.
Drivers will also enjoy the new electronic T-handle shifter that gives ease and options 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.
The powerhouse features the enormous 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with Fuel Saver Technology delivering 470 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 465lb-ft of torque at 4,300rpm. The towing performance has improved to 7,200 pounds marking a 44 percent improvement over the 5,000lb towing capacity from the previous model.
Behind the T-handle shifter you find a button that marks the new feature of 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. As if not enough, you also have a Selec-Track system when the vehicle is in Track Mode and in this mode, 70 percent of the engine’s torque is delivered to the rear wheels for a more pronounced rear-wheel-drive experience, one will notice a more responsive state from mid-corner to exit.
As for the suspension system, the Cherokee features 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. This will come handy with the Selec-Track system that gives the driver five dynamic modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track, and Snow.
The exterior features the traditional seven-slot upper grille with black screen insert that has been shortened and is flanked by slimmer, adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps that are surrounded by a signature LED character lamp treatment. Moving around you find the 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.
Chrysler is offering the Cherokee in the following 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.
Once inside, a 8.4 inch display strikes you, it’s the new Uconnect 8.4AN radio touchscreen displaying SRT-exclusive Performance Pages, including recent track times, lateral acceleration, 0-60 mph times, access to Bing among others. Also offered is the SRT-exclusive heated three-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom designed and positioned to provide optimal view of the new gauge cluster that now features a 7-inch, full-color, customizable instrument display.
Music lovers will enjoy the 825-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon offers featuring a 32-volt tracking power supply (TPS) 12-channel Class D amplifier.