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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

For the MY 2014, will Jeep still have the more antiquated mechanical foot operated "hand brake" or would we find an electronic hand brake instead like it has become common in many cars now.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:56 AM
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For the MY 2014, will Jeep still have the more antiquated mechanical foot operated "hand brake" or would we find an electronic hand brake instead like it has become common in many cars now.
Looks like at least MY2015 for the electronic park brake.
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Looks like at least MY2015 for the electronic park brake.
Was afraid so. Thanks for your fast response.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:27 AM
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

Why do you care about this?
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:44 AM
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The electronic handbrake is only usefull, if:

-it works together with the Adaptive Cruise Control (brakes when you drive down)

-it's fast in 'opening' and 'closing'!

I got actually a fabulous car from a French carmaker with a 3.0 V6 Diesel. The handbrake is in fact electronic. Works fine but tooo much slowly. Almost every time I start to drive, I 'open' it manually. It takes up to 1 - 2 seconds and what happens?
Yep... the car is hanging in its brake!!!

Conclusion: after 30'000 km in the first service, they told me it's important to change the brake disc on the rear axle!!!
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

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Why do you care about this?
Know the foot operated parking brake from my earlier Mercedes. Noticed when test driving the 2012 Jeep GC that its mechanical brake extends quite far into the driver's foot area, much more I felt than in the Mercedes. I also like the Mercedes release knob better than the brake pushdown release of the Jeep. Nothing unacceptable though, just a bit much contrast (rugged) to the otherwise quite polished interior of the Jeep. For the even more polished and upmarket MY 2014 it feels like someone modernized the car but forgot this thing hidden down in the pedals area.

Had a BMW recently as a rental with the electronic parking brake. Very elegant and very functional. I believe Jeep would have done well to pair the new 8-speed electronic shifter with an electronic parking brake, like done e.g. for the Land Rover LR4 (Disco). Having in the new Jeep still this massive metal thing close to your feet and shins isn't ideal.

Understand though that the electronic brake must be more expensive than the present archaic system and would certainly require some design changes. However, if I would have been Manley (which I am not) I would have changed this.

Be it as its is. Nothing too important, would just have been nice.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:01 AM
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The electronic handbrake is only usefull, if:

-it works together with the Adaptive Cruise Control (brakes when you drive down)

-it's fast in 'opening' and 'closing'!

I got actually a fabulous car from a French carmaker with a 3.0 V6 Diesel. The handbrake is in fact electronic. Works fine but tooo much slowly. Almost every time I start to drive, I 'open' it manually. It takes up to 1 - 2 seconds and what happens?
Yep... the car is hanging in its brake!!!

Conclusion: after 30'000 km in the first service, they told me it's important to change the brake disc on the rear axle!!!
That's what you get with a French car. I have a VW with electronic handbrake and it is very smooth and perfect. As long as you have your seatbelt on you just press the accelerator and the car moves away very smooth. As the other person commented you also get extra leg room without the foot break.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:16 AM
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

No electronic parking break?! I thought it was temporarily unconfirmed about 300 pages ago that it would be electronic.

Now I'm getting worried. What else are they going to skimp out on?

Actually, I don't really care as I maybe use a parking brake 3x/year but I can understand why others might want it or also might not want it d/t reliability issues.

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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

I think I had this on a VW rental car and I didn't like the wa it operated. I have the same footbrake as the GC on my 300C I hardly ever use it and never thought that the handbrake would be relevant to me. Unless the handbreak is a really handbreak which you could use for driving I think all solutions due the magic. This really falls into the category ok if it's there but don't care (but others may care ;-).
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Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes

Love all the insight and advanced tidbits. I've been as excited to refresh this forum every day as I was to open presents at Christmas this year!

Milous: Any idea if the ZF 8 speed paddle-shift automatic transmission in the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte is similar to the MY14? That would be bad ass.

Anyone: Will the MY14 have power-fold side mirrors? I live in the city and am always manually closing mine now.

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Regarding the 19-spkr premium audio system, barring any last minute changes, it will be Standard on the Summit, Optional on the SRT, and not available on any other models.
I have read some very unflattering comments about the HK system.

What do people who have heard it think??
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MrMarbles... Supposedly folding will be on the Summit model, not even the SRT. As for the paddle shifters, I think this will be the same as what is on the SRT model.
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