We've always been big fans of the high-performance Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, so we were pleased to learn that Chrysler released info on the newly refreshed 2014 model today. Revealed at the North American International Auto Show, the updated SRT features a few key changes that should make this sinister SUV even faster.
First and foremost, the SRT's old five-speed automatic has been replaced by a new, performance-tuned eight-speed. The engineers at Chrysler tell us this will improve both acceleration and fuel economy while retaining smooth shift points. A new "track mode" setting also sends more torque to the rear wheels, which will help bring the rear end around in tight corners. Though the tried-and-true 6.4L HEMI V-8 remains largely untouched, the new transmission should liven things up considerably.
Another cool feature we're glad to see added to the SRT is launch control. This supercar tech lets the driver hit near-perfect 0-60 times with the press of a button and a stomp of the gas pedal. And, when you're not lighting up the tires, a new Eco mode sips fuel for highway cruising. On top of all this, towing capacity is up a whopping 44 percent to 7,200 pounds.
Finally, the interior and exterior have received some new details, with a new SRT-specific steering wheel, larger shift paddles, and blacked-out light housings and trim. There's also a new 7-inch customizable LCD instrument panel and 8.4-inch Uconnect dash touchscreen for the tech lovers out there. Flanked by real carbon fiber trim, the central Uconnect screen features SRT Pages, which show performance data like 0-60 times and lateral G's.
Suffice to say, we can't wait to get our hands on it and put it through its paces.