Re: 2014 Grand Cherokee - Features & Changes
Finally got to check out the '14 in person.
First, gotta say, it still is a handsome vehicle despite our own valid debates about the pros and cons of various refinements. Well done Jeep.
Second, the most common thought was that Chryco was listening to this board at JG via all our most popular mods to the gen1 WK2. See the lesser chrome both fore and aft, lack of side mouldings, sharkfin antenna, dual v6 exhaust, improved dash visibility, darker wood interior trim, folding mirrors, etc. Well done Jeep Garage.
Third, the new dash instrumentation and new AV screen are absolutely kick arse. I hope the 8 speed has similar impact, but did not have a chance to ride the pony so no comment. I did not care for the button initiated electronic console shifter when test driving a C300, and it still looks a bit odd in the '14 JGC, though one may get used to it in short order.
Surprises: I actually liked the roundish/Durangoish rear end upgrades more than expected, but was disappointed that the tail lamps added more chrome surrounding the reverse lenses and that the rear Jeep logo is roughly 15% larger than the 11-13's (I may not have noticed the logo but it is chromed and I'm a we don't need no stikin badges kinda guy). While I still don't like the smiley winged grill or the funky Overland headlamp finish, the front end looks much better than photos, and the Limited/Laredo headlamps with blacked out reflector housings are sharp. Thumbsup to the 10-spoke 18" wheelset that looks like the outline of a 5-spoke SRT rep.
There were a ton of 13's on the lot and more 14's than one would expect in early March. We all win. Go get some of any flavor.
2011 JGC Oland Hemi / Borla Catback Proto / Hemifever Tune on DS Trinity / Flyin Ryan PTB / Volant CAI / Bwoody Sway Links / BT Catch Can & Underhood Kit / Jon's Tinted Tails / SRT8 Hood, Steering Wheel, Shiftknob, Pedals / Firestone Dest AT's & Winter 18's / Focal 165 Component Fronts, Alpine PDX 5 Amp, Rockford Fosgate P3 10" Sub & Fiberglass Enclosure / PS2 Grill, Mirrors & Liftgate Strip / Tow Hooks & Skids / JW Speaker LED Foglights / Debadged, Tint, Clear Bra / Sharkfin / Vled & Putco LED's / JRoll Uber-Tech Cabin Filter / RA & Yak Roof Rack / Lit Sills, Slush & Cargo Mats