Good news for those of you who felt itchy about waiting until the Detroit auto show to open its doors to the press on Monday to learn about the 2014 Grand Cherokee, as a comprehensive image gallery along with the first info on the refreshed Jeep model were shared on the internet today.
In its current form, the Grand Cherokee has only been in the market since summer of 2010 (as a 2011 model in North America) or about two and-a-half years, yet the facelift brings notable changes to the mid-size model beginning with its appearance.
The front end of the Jeep has been redesigned and now sports newly shaped headlamps similar in styling to those of the latest Chrysler 300 and a less flashy seven-slot grille along with a new bumper.
At the back, we find a new set of LED tail lamps and a redesigned tail gate and bumper that help give the Grand Cherokee a little bit more character on this end.
Inside, the center stack was redesigned and features new HVAC controls and available touchscreens (in 5-inch and 8.4-inch forms) for the infotainment systems, while there's also a new steering wheel and instrument cluster with a 7-inch color TFT vehicle information screen. The transmission lever is also new and was designed after the one used on the Chrysler 300.
Under the skin, Jeep has introduced a new 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on all available engines, including the new for the U.S. market 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel, which is said to return an estimated 30mpg highway (7.8 lt/100km).
Full details on the 2014 Grand Cherokee will be released on Monday.
Photos: Jeep via VWVortex