2014 Grand Cherokee SRT8 vs 2007 Grand Cherokee SRT8

We can easily say that when one vehicle gets a big update even before its mid point of product cycle, means that we will be facing with major issues. However, when we include the minor cosmetic tweaks, the changes made to the Grand Cherokee SRT are really not so big. For example, we can just mention the SRT8 moniker that has been binned.

2014 Grand Cherokee SRT8 – What we find in the today’s Grand Cherokee SRT8 (470-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 – that was introduced with the 2007 Grand Cherokee SRT8) is still present with the difference that it has been mated to the eight speed automatic transmission ZF 8HP70 and was luckily not replaced with the musty old five speed.

Also, what the new SRT8 brings is the possibility of controlling gearswaps by new and more pronounced paddle shifters. It also brings new two shift modes which are Drive and Sport and which alter the transmissions of the vehicle independently from the  five Selec-Track modes: Auto, Sport, Tow, Track and Snow.

Some other enhancements have also been made to the SUV’s practicality. For example, the new gearbox allows 7200 pounds of towing capacity. It is also very important that we mention the new feature for 2014 – Eco mode.

When it comes to exterior changes, they are basically limited to lights, a slightly different grille, and a re-sculpted power operated  lift-gate. Also, this includes changes on headlamp bezels, lower fascias, rear spoiler and the car also gets a new wheel design and new LED signatures in the bi-xenon headlamps.

And as far as it goes to the interior, the major updates include a 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment interface and  a 7 inch customizable instrument display.

2007 Grand Cherokee SRT8 – from the other side, we have the 2007 model that was in fact the first Jeep tuned by SRT.  We already mentioned earlier that what is under the hood remained the same even with the new 2014 model, with some slightly changes/additions.

The 2007 model was the first to bring rearview camera as an option, however the basic package already included an unique instrument panel with aluminum accents together with access to most engine functions on an LED display.

The 2007 Jeep Cherokee SRT8 model was in fact only a bit upgraded and changed, due to all today’s technical developments, and we got a 2014 SRT8 model.

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