A new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is on sale, tempting SUV buyers with a long list of improvements, but we have heard news that a modern 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is on its way.
The 2014 model which was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show came with some impressive changes, such as a newly designed exterior, an updated interior with some new features, a new V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the car got some flaks from the people it was designed to please immediately it got on the markets. There were some complaints about the SRT model’s stiff ride quality and the regular model’s below-average braking distances. We have also heard some complaint about the price; according to some buyers, the 2014 Cherokee is too expensive when compared to its competitors.
2014 vs 2015 Grand Cherokee
How will the 2015 model compare with the current 2014 model? A comparative study of cars is always a tough call, especially if little is known of one of them.
Even though we really do not know much about this incoming car, it is really not wrong at all to try figure out some of its details. We cannot just make some random expectation; we can make some deductions about the Grand Cherokee 2015 model based on what buyers and critics complained about in the current model of the car.
Just like the 2014 model, the five-passenger, 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee midsize SUV is expected to be offered in five body styles: Laredo, Limited, Summit, Overland and SRT.
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior and Exterior Feature
Although in some quarters, the styling of the 2014 Cherokee model were described as being “over-the-top”, the truth is that the exterior design gives a breath of fresh air at a time when designers seem to have forgotten the basics of styling. The exterior and interior styling may be improved for the 2015 model year but from all indications, there won’t be any drastic change to the styling of the car. We expect Jeep Grand Cherokee 2015 to take a cue from the Dodge Dart and feature a digital gouge cluster, as one of its few interior upgrades.
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine option
According to some Jeep experts, the automaker will replace the standard front-wheel drive on the current model with an all-wheel-drive system in the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2015. A nine-speed automatic transmission and an engine that oozes power are also mentioned as strong possibilities.
However, we do not know much about the engine that will come and its exact output. There are speculations that the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee may take a cue from its fellow Fiat subsidiary and use a 400-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 engine, but we believe this would be a little too much for a small vehicle like the Cherokee. We have also heard of the possibility of it using a 2.4-liter boosted engine. This is also unlikely since the 300 horsepower output expected from this engine will be way too low to entice fans.
The most likely of scenarios is for the car to come with the existing Pentastar V-6 engines— 3.0 or 3.6-liter— which can be tuned to become better performing, using a pair of turbochargers. An optional 360-hp 5.7-liter V8 engine may also be offered. The EPA estimates are expected to remain at 17/24/19 mpg for the All-Wheel Drive.
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety
In the area of safety features, the Grand Cherokee is already at the top of the ladder in its segment, and we doubt if there will be any major addition to its safety feature list. The Grand Cherokee 2015 model is expected to come with familiar safety features like the front side and side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, antilock disc brakes, hill ascent and descent control, and stability and traction control.
With few changes expected in the 2015 Grand Cherokee, buying the already available 2014 model may be a smart move if you cannot wait for the incoming model.