Jeep unveils refreshed 2014 Grand Cherokee

1/14/2013
BY TYREL LINKHORN
BLADE BUSINESS WRITER
Jeep CEO Mike Manley unveils the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee equiped with a diesel engine at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Jeep CEO Mike Manley unveils the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee equiped with a diesel engine at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

DETROIT -- Jeep introduced a refreshed 2014 Grand Cherokee early today at the North American International Auto Show that promises more refinement and better fuel economy.

All 2014 Grand Cherokees will get a new eight speed automatic transmission. Jeep is also offering for the first time a diesel engine in the Grand Cherokee.

"This powerplant is everything our customers have been asking for," said Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2013 North American International Auto Show

The new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine will give the 2014 Grand Cherokee 30 miles per gallon on the highway -- a significant boost from the 23 mpg highway rating of the current gasoline model.

The new eight-speed transmission should improve fuel economy across the board.

Compass and Patriot will also get a new six speed automatic transmission.

Jeep was the first automaker to hold its press conference today to kick off a two-day media preview. More unveiling, including those from Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota are to follow today.

The public show opens Saturday.