2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee now on sale; 8spd auto, RWD option

July 5, 2013

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee range has landed in Australia, bringing lower entry prices, a new eight-speed auto, a revised interior, and a new rear-wheel drive base model.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Starting out the new range is the Laredo 4×2. It comes with the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine producing 210kW and 347Nm. It’s matched up to a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission feeding power to only the rear wheels. This is the first rear-wheel drive Grand Cherokee to be offered in Australia.

As you would expect, with less load on the engine, the 4×2 is slightly more fuel efficient than its 4×4 brothers. On the combined cycle, it’s been rated at 10.1L/100km, as opposed to 10.5L/100km in the 4×4 versions with the same engine.

Other changes for the new lineup include a revised exterior design, with LED daytime running lights, new LED headlights and taillights, a tighter front fascia with a shorter main grille and raised fog lights. There’s also a larger rear spoiler and some new alloy wheel designs.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo rear

Inside, there’s a fresh three-spoke steering wheel, and a Uconnect 8.4-inch multimedia interface as well as a 7.0-inch TFT display within the instrument cluster. The top-spec SRT muscle machine is also available with a Harman Kardon 875-Watt 19-speaker stereo.

Engine specifications remain largely unchanged from the outgoing model, with four options on offer; a 210kW Pentastar V6 petrol, a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel with 184kW, a 5.7-litre petrol V8 with 259kW, and the brute SRT which comes with a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 with 344kW. All variants come with the eight-speed auto.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland interior

With a new entry-level variant comes a new entry-level price. The Grand Cherokee range now kicks off from a very reasonable $43,000, which is around $2000 cheaper than the previous entry model.

Full prices for the new range are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

Laredo 4×2 – 3.6L V6 petrol – 210kW/347Nm – 8-speed auto – $43,000
Laredo 4×4 – 3.6L V6 petrol – 210kW/347Nm – 8-speed auto – $46,000
Laredo 4×4 – 3.0L V6 diesel – 184kW/570Nm – 8-speed auto – $51,000
Limited – 3.6L V6 petrol – 210kW/347Nm – 8-speed auto – $56,000
Limited – 3.0L V6 diesel – 184kW/570Nm – 8-speed auto – $61,000
Limited – 5.7L V8 petrol – 259kW/520Nm – 8-speed auto – $61,000
Overland – 3.6L V6 petrol – 210kW/347Nm – 8-speed auto – $66,000
Overland – 3.0L V6 diesel – 184kW/570Nm – 8-speed auto – $71,000
Overland – 5.7L V8 petrol – 259kW/520Nm – 8-speed auto – $71,000
SRT – 6.4L V8 petrol – 344kW/624Nm – 8-speed auto – $77,000

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.