NEW: 2014 Jeep Cherokee & Harman Kardon High Efficiency Audio System

Our staff snapper Neil Denham just got back from Italy to test out the brand new Jeep Cherokee – fitted with the Harman Kardon High Efficiency Audio System. See a range of his ace images on our Facebook page.

The new Jeep features a raft of ace new features including: New exterior design with LED headlamps and enhanced, handcrafted interiors, a brand new eight-speed automatic transmission with multiple off-road modes to suit any surface including three 4x4 systems, Quadra-Lift air suspension and Jeep Selec-Terrain and Selec-Track traction management systems, new 8.4-inch touchscreen with 7-inch customer configurable cluster display and advanced UConnect (designed by Harman) with voice commands, "the most complete array of advanced safety features" including new Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation and new Selec-Speed Control and a brand new model range with Laredo, Limited, Overland and SRT - now complemented by a more exclusive Summit top-of-the-range model.
The Uconnect system by Harman enables off-board connectivity to entertainment and other content through the Connected Media Centre (CMC). It is faster and has increased voice recognition capabilities – so much so, AOL Autos in the US named it Technology of the Year in 2012. It is set to be rolled out in other models including the Viper and some Fiats later this year.
The new Cherokee also has a wide choice of engines including one diesel and three petrol lumps: An efficient 3.0-litre turbo, direct-injection V-6 Common-rail diesel engine fitted with Multijet II Technology and the 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6, the legendary 5.7-liter V-8 and the powerful 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine that powers the high-performance SRT model, as tested. 
We were impressed by the finish of the new car, the styling and, as usual, the of-road ability. That SRT model is rapid too – propelling the heavy Jeep superbly. 

On top of this there's also a brand new Premium Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, offering unbelievable sound quality – and volume! Jeep say: "Harman Kardon contributes to the unique driving experience delivered on-board the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Harman engineers have ensured an exclusive approach in the development of the sophisticated audio system that surrounds the occupants of Grand Cherokee in high-definition sound." 
The system is a brand new 7.3, 825-watt Harman Kardon Surround Sound audio system with Logic 7 technology is an exclusive feature of both the top-of-the-range Summit model and the high-performance SRT model. The system delivers maximum audio performance, innovative technology and engineering excellence. It features: 19 High Performance, High Efficiency GreenEdge Loudspeakers in a 7.3 speaker playback architecture including 9 Tweeters, 5 Mid-Range Speakers, 2 Mid-Woofers and 3 subwoofers. High Voltage Class D amplifier with Tracking Power Supply (TPS) and 11 channels of amplification with Logic 7 multichannel surround-sound technology.


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