2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

Pricing for Jeep’s updated-for-2014 Grand Cherokee SUV has found its way online, appearing first on a Jeep forum. Pricing for the mildly refreshed Grand Cherokee is, for the most part, unexciting and predictable, but the leaked info gives away one exciting tidbit: how much the SUV’s newly optional diesel V-6 engine will cost. The short answer is that it will cost quite a bit. 

If the source of the info on the forum is legit, buyers can look forward to shelling out an extra $4500 for the Jeep’s new 240-hp, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. Pricing for the Grand Cherokee’s two-wheel-drive/diesel combo wasn’t provided, but we assume the diesel will require the same outlay whether it’s powering the rear wheels or all four. From the looks of things, the diesel won’t be available on the Grand Cherokee’s volume and entry-level Laredo trim level; buyers will need to step up to the $38,790 Limited-spec model to unlock the ability to pay even more for the diesel V-6. When pressed for comment, a Jeep representative wouldn’t confirm the veracity of the diesel pricing, but did provide the base prices for each 2014 Grand Cherokee trim level:

  • Laredo: $29,790 + $2000 for four-wheel drive
  • Limited: $36,790 + $2000 for four-wheel drive
  • Overland: $43,990 + $3000 for four-wheel drive
  • Summit: $48,990 + $3000 for four-wheel drive

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So the diesel’s price might not be official yet, but given that the base prices provided to us by Jeep match those in the forum post, it’s a pretty safe bet the $4500 figure is correct. If you’re wondering why the diesel costs so much, it’s because diesel engines cost more to produce; just look at the diesel iterations of cars like the Volkswagen Jetta (ignoring the VW’s base, de-contented four-cylinder model) or Audi Q7—both models’ oil-burners cost buyers between $4050 and $5200 extra.

By Alexander Stoklosa