There aren’t too many folks with fond memories of the past winter, but you can count the team behind the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee among them. Just consider this quote from Mike Manley, president and CEO of the Jeep brand: “Particularly in one of the harshest winters on record, we’re delighted that the influential members of the New England Motor Press Association have once again recognized the all-weather capability of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Our new EcoDiesel engine and eight-speed transmission further add to the blend of capability, refinement and fuel efficiency that have made Grand Cherokee the most awarded SUV ever.”
This latest honor from NEMPA was recognition as the “Official Winter Vehicle of New England,” a title that the Grand Cherokee has now captured for four years in a row.
The new diesel powertrain did certainly help, especially as it enables the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee to ring up an EPA line of up to 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25 mpg combined. Of course, that kind of superior fuel economy doesn’t help the Jeep flagship handle the worst of winter’s weather. To tackle those conditions, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers features like:
- Three different 4X4 setups, including the Quadra-Drive II system with rear electronic limited-slip differential, capable of sensing potential low traction conditions and proactively adjusting torque for enhanced capability
- Quadra-Lift air suspension, highlighted by five different settings that range from 7.1 inches of ground clearance in Park mode, for easy ingress/egress, to 11.3 inches of altitude in Off-road 2 for extreme conditions
- Selec-Terrain traction control with separate driver-selectable modes for sand, mud, snow and rocks, as well as a setting to automatically adjust for optimum performance in all conditions
Added Craig Fitzgerald, president of NEMPA: “Grand Cherokee continues to manage New England’s snow and ice with highly competent handling and traction, an excellent ride and a comfortable, tasteful interior, with proper cold-weather amenities. Wherever it goes and whatever its assignment, the Jeep Grand Cherokee stands out in the crowded SUV and crossover segments.”
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