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Old 11-17-2013, 10:17 AM
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I didn't know I would have to take the wheel wells to the dry cleaners as part of the maintenance.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:44 PM
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Re: Changes for 2015?

I am surprised that we have not seen any info regarding changes for the MY2015.
Surely there must be some rumors of changes for the next model, that will be released in 7 months ?
I am hoping for full LED lighting and a Electronic Parking Brake instead of the silly pedal.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:45 AM
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Re: Changes for 2015?

I am hoping that the "Windshield Wiper De-Icer" feature found on the new Cherokee will be added to the WK2 in 2015.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:45 AM
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Re: Changes for 2015?

I can think of a number but how about automatic selection of Park if the START button is pressed when stopped ? I had a couple of experiences of hitting the START button in my '12, and had it drive off as I got out because it does not turn off if not in Park.

Or flash the lights when you press LOCK on exiting but have it sound the horn a few beeps if something fails & it does not lock (as when a door is not shut properly).

ps the reason the typewriter shift went away was simple: federal regulations that mandated the P-R-N-D-L sequence (see FMVSS §571.102 ) this has changed somewhat since introduction but still says "If a steering-column-mounted transmission shift lever is used, movement from neutral position to forward drive position shall be clockwise. If the transmission shift lever sequence includes a park position, it shall be located at the end, adjacent to the reverse drive position." Read the whole text and the reasons for a number of things including display of the gear position becomes evident.

pps I love this " For passenger cars, multi-purpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses with a GVWR less than or equal to 4,536 kg (10,000 pounds), the vehicle's propulsion system can propel the vehicle in the normal travel mode in all forward and reverse drive gears without the engine operating." Know they are referring to hybrids but still...
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Re: Changes for 2015?

Jeep just did a major refresh for 2014. Maybe they will add a couple new colors or delete some. Dont see Jeep do anything to the interior or exterior.

They might introduce the "Max Wedge" twin turbo V6 gas engine as a replacement for the V8 as result of stricter govt regs in 2016 or 2017.

My bro was in LA and hit the auto show and was talking to some Chrysler and Jeep reps after hours in a nearby bar. They were discussing Chrysler's answer to Ford and GM's twin turbo V6s. They referred to it as the "Max Wedge".
Also hinted a new V8 is in the works to compete with Ford and GMs more modern V8s.
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Re: Changes for 2015?

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Jeep just did a major refresh for 2014. Maybe they will add a couple new colors or delete some. Dont see Jeep do anything to the interior or exterior.
Agreed ^. They will probalby come up with some special edition, new colors, badges etc. Nothing drastic unless it is super easy. It is selling well why mess around with it. Also Jeep Cherokee (smaller brother) will probably eat into some of the sales. Whatever people like it or not it actually is a well made small SUV. Hated the look initially but every time I see it in person it grows on me (looks sharp especially in dark colors).

One thing that I would expect is some of the Jeep Cherokee technology form Adv Tech Package (Lane Departure Warning and Parallel Parking Assist) to trickled down to Grand Cherokee.
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I wouldn't mind seeing more user selectable options in the settings menu. An example would be when I lock the jeep I want the parking lights to flash, not the headlights.
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Re: Changes for 2015?

Wish list:

1) Electronic E Brake
2) A real manual HVAC system (i know, beating a dead horse). If you want auto, then set a degree number. But also a REAL manual setting with variable/ bars/ graph settings (thick red is hot, thick blue is cold...it's not that difficult).

I'll keep on dreaming
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Re: Changes for 2015?

My suggestions:

1. Make headlight washers an option on all Grand Cherokees, maybe part of the All Weather Capability Group, or somehow so people can get it who really need it, like those of us in Colorado where they put down sand, gravel and mag chloride that makes a huge mess. I have them on my Audi, and although it uses a fair amount of washer fluid, it makes a huge difference when you really need to see in bad weather. I REALLY miss not having this on my new Overland to the point that I am trying to source the pieces to add it myself. Why is it only on the Summit? I can understand where people in other markets may not want or even like the operation of the system, so make it configurable in the setting so it can be disabled if desired.

2. Repeat number 1. To the Jeep engineer types. Do some high altitude testing in winter out here like the other manufacturers do (Audi has a "secret" test facility close to me) and see how HIDs work in nasty weather. Honestly, I would rather take my old '00 A6 out in the really bad stuff than the Jeep just for this reason. Yes, this is a hot spot for me.

3. Uconnect is great. More user selectable functions with a simple/smart way to back out or reset changes if people mess things up, like a "save vehicle configuration" function with a way to name how you have configured the vehicle.

4. Shifter function. It really takes some getting used to on the '14s. There must be a better way... I love the paddles. Don't mess with them.

5. Smart steering wheel controls are great. Learn from Ferrari's Manettino. Technology transfer anyone? Selec-Terrain on the steering wheel? Hmmm.

6. Long term - twin turbo V6. Better than Hemi power with less weight, better weight distribution and gas mileage. I would have bought it in a heartbeat over the Hemi. Max Wedge? Eh. Think of something new. Have we lost all imagination?

7. Don't do direct injection until you get the PCV system/valve deposit issues nailed. Other manufacturers are still struggling with it. I'm glad my V8 DOESN'T have it.

8. No more incandescent bulbs anywhere. Get rid of the HIDs too - they are too pricey and complex. LEDs EVERYWHERE with smart control. Great light, more efficient and dead reliable. Win, win, win.

9. Go on a diet. Send this puppy to America's Biggest Loser and drop 1k lbs. OK, maybe unrealistic, but 500. There are LOTS of opportunities here.

10. Why is there all that wasted space under the load floor in the back? Reserved for hybrid batteries or something?
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Re: Changes for 2015?

Perhaps the 2015 JGC could be reliable. Perhaps it could have superior fit and finish. Perhaps Jeep/Chrysler could substantially improve quality control.
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Re: Changes for 2015?

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I can think of a number but how about automatic selection of Park if the START button is pressed when stopped ? I had a couple of experiences of hitting the START button in my '12, and had it drive off as I got out because it does not turn off if not in Park.

Or flash the lights when you press LOCK on exiting but have it sound the horn a few beeps if something fails & it does not lock (as when a door is not shut properly).
I believe the WK2 already alerts a driver for certain issues when locking (like leaving the headlights on). And I don't believe the vehicle will confirm locking (with a beep and/or flash) unless it actually does.

They can only go so far in attempting to make modern vehicles idiot proof. Even then, someone will go and come out with a better idiot.
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Perhaps the 2015 JGC could be reliable. Perhaps it could have superior fit and finish. Perhaps Jeep/Chrysler could substantially improve quality control.
Jeep has a long tradition to uphold. I'll bet the fit and finish today is every bit as good as it was on the first Jeep that rolled off the line in 1941.

As for reliability, today's Jeep is based on a design that only had to last until it was blown up, squished by a tank, or caught on fire from a tracer round hitting the gas tank.

People who appreciate tradition are buying Jeeps today, in record numbers.


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