Subtle is not a word that’s often associated with Jeep. After all, the brand was born from military power, matured bashing through back woods, and despite recent vehicles that stray from the “trail rated” off-road prowess the brand is famous for–we’re looking at you, Compass–brash is still part of the game.
So the styling updates to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee captured by our spy photographers are surprising in that they’re almost invisible. The headlights, for example, look just the same until you get up close and realize they look like they were stolen off a Chrysler 300. The taillights are similarly redesigned, with just a subtle tweaking of the shape to differentiate them. The front bumper is slightly reshaped, and the Jeep-signature seven-bar grille is actually toned down. This actually continues a longstanding Grand Cherokee trend. The original was a toned-down version of the compact Cherokee, and over the years it has grown steadily “softer” in appearance, while still retaining its off-road ability. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is simply continuing with this tradition.
But that’s just styling. There’s a lot more in store under the hood and inside for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. A new eight-speed transmission will be offered in all models, and Chrysler will leverage its Fiat ties for an Italian-built 3.0-liter diesel engine. Inside will be a redesigned dash with a larger 8.4-inch uConnect touch screen, and the same multiple-configuration center-dash LCD screen as in the Dodge Dart.
We expect the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee to make its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show in January.