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Re: Official 2014 photos released!

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Well put.

The reality is, they'd have done better by just adding the 8.4" screen and (maybe) the 8 speed transmission.

I do agree a lot of members were lowing the amazingness of the '14s over the top before the reveal, and I think a lot of the negativity towards it is because it doesn't at all live up to the hype. One only needs to look at any thread discussing purchasing to see the hordes coming out to say "OMG YO WAIT FOR THE 14s!!!!1!" And now the 14s have been reealed, and it's a huge let down, we all know it is, but some people just don't want to accept it.

I wanted to be blown away by the '14. I wanted it to be so amazing I had to run out and trade up into one. But it's not - it's a minimal increase in fuel economy and a major decrease in desirability.

Just goes to show you just how good a job Jeep did on the original WK2.

The 2014 was only supposed to be a refresh and thats what it is. While some including myself like some of the exterior styling on the current model better the 2014 does have many improvements. The interior is way better with the new 8.4" screen and the new instrument cluster and you can get the summit without that saddle interior. The 8 speed transmission is a big improvement no question about that. I know some have been trying to convince themselves that the 5 speed is better but thats so ridiculous that it almost doesn't deserve a response. I do wish they had kept the crome brow across the back and the crome beltline molding and headlights that were the same size.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:04 AM
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Re: Official 2014 photos released!

The more I look at it the more I realize its the headlights that are out of place. The new bumper would probably get the nod if it was color matched and if it filled in the gap.

I honestly like the back of the 13's better as it doesn't "pop" as much and looks bland. Maybe it simply needed to retain the texture instead of being smoothed out.

I wonder what the response would have been if they hadn't over sold the refresh and simply improved the interior, added the 8 speed and refined the traction control tuning. Probably a standing ovation from just about everyone.



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Old 01-15-2013, 01:37 AM
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Re: Official 2014 photos released!

WHY are you two assuming a few peoples opinions on JeepGarage and more importantly...YOURSELVES speaks for EVERYONE here and the general public. Your opinions are just that YOUR opinions. We get it...you dont like it...move on and talk about your 11-13...for gods sake please! Ive seen basically the same posts from a few of you the entire day. BUT...here at the actual show...the NAIAS show for 2013...the 14' GC is a HUGE....off the charts, smash hit! I overheard a comment from CNN that" Jeep will not be able to build enough of these to suit the public demand" I have heard that all day!
Do you guys REALLY think the current model would continue to sell IF it looked the same but added the 8 speed? ChryCo is the experts and they didnt. Sergio made the comment today that ChryCo products will BE cutting edge and class leading at all times. So revamps like this will be common place at ChryCo under Sergio. No more 3-4 years between refreshes...that came straight from Sergio! Jeep COULD NOT continue underits OLD ways and thats what some people here want. Jeep would be dead with some people here making design choices......

Please reserve your comments until you see it in person! It is a stunning vehicle in person!
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WHY are you two assuming a few peoples opinions on JeepGarage and more importantly...YOURSELVES speaks for EVERYONE here and the general public. Your opinions are just that YOUR opinions. We get it...you dont like it...move on and talk about your 11-13...for gods sake please! Ive seen basically the same posts from a few of you the entire day. BUT...here at the actual show...the NAIAS show for 2013...the 14' GC is a HUGE....off the charts, smash hit! I overheard a comment from CNN that" Jeep will not be able to build enough of these to suit the public demand" I have heard that all day!
Do you guys REALLY think the current model would continue to sell IF it looked the same but added the 8 speed? ChryCo is the experts and they didnt. Sergio made the comment today that ChryCo products will BE cutting edge and class leading at all times. So revamps like this will be common place at ChryCo under Sergio. No more 3-4 years between refreshes...that came straight from Sergio! Jeep COULD NOT continue underits OLD ways and thats what some people here want. Jeep would be dead with some people here making design choices......

Please reserve your comments until you see it in person! It is a stunning vehicle in person!
Amen!!
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Re: Official 2014 photos released!

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Do you guys REALLY think the current model would continue to sell IF it looked the same but added the 8 speed? ChryCo is the experts and they didnt. .... Jeep COULD NOT continue underits OLD ways and thats what some people here want. Jeep would be dead with some people here making design choices......

Please reserve your comments until you see it in person! It is a stunning vehicle in person!
I will respectfully disagree with you and I have seen it in person.

Yes, a brand needs to innovate and they hit it out of the park with the first version. The disconnect is that the changes they made here are very polarizing compared with the 11-13 WK2 look and those changes are not going to appeal as much to the market that ate up the earlier version.

Just because changes were made, it doesn't mean those were the RIGHT changes. We see a lot of brands sputter including Jeep over the years for these same mistakes. Sadly they may have lost that little something extra they had the first time around.
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Re: Official 2014 photos released!

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It truthfully looks like a large Compass.
Again, some people like that, but IMO on the higher end models they should look a little higher end than that.
I do think the previous grille looked better.
Not a photoshop guy, just trying to imagine how it would look with an old grille:
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Not bad -- both the Photoshop job and the way the grille looks. It would be interesting to see how it looked without the smiley lines partially edited out.

I actually like the new grille as-is on the lower trims and darker colors, but that would make for an interesting option.

Wonder if MOPAR would make that design available? If not, perhaps someone else.
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It would be interesting to see how it looked without the smiley lines partially edited out.
Not quite right due to curvature of the bumper, but here is a try:


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Wonder if MOPAR would make that design available? If not, perhaps someone else.
Why not in a some special edition?
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I will respectfully disagree with you and I have seen it in person.

Yes, a brand needs to innovate and they hit it out of the park with the first version. The disconnect is that the changes they made here are very polarizing compared with the 11-13 WK2 look and those changes are not going to appeal as much to the market that ate up the earlier version.

Just because changes were made, it doesn't mean those were the RIGHT changes. We see a lot of brands sputter including Jeep over the years for these same mistakes. Sadly they may have lost that little something extra they had the first time around.
who will be right or wrong when they sell 200k+ of these babies? Sergio made the comment yesterday that they cant build enough grand cherokees. lets just set back and see what happens....they are expecting 250k globally
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who will be right or wrong when they sell 200k+ of these babies? Sergio made the comment yesterday that they cant build enough grand cherokees. lets just set back and see what happens....they are expecting 250k globally
I will be happy to admit I was wrong if they can achieve that.
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Not quite right due to curvature of the bumper, but here is a try:



Why not in a some special edition?
That is interesting.. I'm personally still not a fan of the new headlight design, but I feel like I could be happy enough with that. The new '14 grille really screws with the aesthetics IMO.
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