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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee to be cut short by 2014 models

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The Chrysler Group is planning a refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee for the 2014 model year and because of that, the 2013 Grand Cherokee models will have a very short production and sales cycle before being overshadowed by the new models.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected to arrive shortly after making its public debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ushering in a new 8-speed automatic transmission with the 3.6L Pentastar V6 along with a new diesel engine option. There is currently no diesel option for the American Grand Cherokee and the models fitted with the Pentastar V6 feature an outdated 5-speed automatic transmission. There is no definite, official timeline from Chrysler but according to the folks at Automotive News, but the 8-speed transmission will arrive very early in the 2013 calendar year with the new diesel Jeep coming shortly after. Supposing that they arrive during the 1st quarter of 2013, the 2014 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee will be on sale as much as 9 months ahead of the calendar year that matches the model year.

For comparison, the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee went on sale earlier this month with production for the new model year expected to begin in August. That gives the 2013 model year halo Jeep five months lead time ahead of the 2013 calendar year but the refreshed Grand Cherokee will have almost double that. This means that the Chrysler Group will likely be expecting massive model year sales for the 2014 Grand Cherokee, especially when considering the planned improvements in fuel economy thanks to the new diesel engine option and the new automatic transmission.

The new 8-speed transmission coming to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is designed by German transmission experts ZF Friedrichshafen AG but this new gearbox will be built at the Chrysler Group’s Kokomo Indiana plant. A similar 8-speed transmission is available in the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger and compared to the previous 5-speed transmission for those two vehicles (when equipped with the V6 option), fuel economy improved by 1mpg around town and 4mpg on the open road.

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We would expect that the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee will continue to offer the 5.7L Hemi V8 along with the new diesel and the Pentastar V6. Discussions with Chrysler insiders who prefer to remain nameless have indicated that he 5.7L Hemi could soon see a bump in power but with so little real competition (in terms of power), the Chrysler Group may leave the Hemi alone to focus on the other two engine options.


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If the deisel engine is the same as in the 2012 European GC then it is 3.0L not 3.6L , very nice too and I get 32 mpg overall.
this was posted on in april 2012....wk2 forum 2014 advanced info thread!
My guess the 3.0 Ltr fiat motor will be the chosen motor for the American market just like europe & Australia , the Grand will have very minor changes the ZF transmission Front apron re styling , wing mirror indicators , maybe led lights & wheels . Why change what sells & works worldwide . The diesel motor is powerful , economical , cleaner , quiter than ever before . Drive the WK and you wouldn't know it was a diesel . I have the WH limited with the Mercedes 3.0 ltr diesel in a 2006 build , great truck .