The New Jeep® Grand Cherokee debuts in Europe with More Innovative Technology, Restyled Interior and Exterior, an Improved Engine and More Premium Amenities
– Innovative Hill Descent Control that only Jeep® engineers could deliver
– Improved 4.7-litre V-8 petrol engine delivers improved fuel economy; increased horsepower and torque
– Restyled exterior and interior design stays true to its authentic Jeep character
– Even more innovative, premium amenities including MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System, HID auto-levelling headlamps and heated first- and second-row seats
[WKJeeps.com] Making its European debut, the new Jeep® Grand Cherokee was shown in France to media and brand enthusiasts during the 2007 Euro Camp Jeep event. The Grand Cherokee offers an extremely advanced and flexible Hill Descent Control for greatly improved control in off-road situations. A new Hill Start Assist holds the vehicle automatically on steep hills for a smooth and controlled drive away from a stop. Trailer Sway Control minimizes trailer sway during towing. The new Grand Cherokee also features a new 4.7-litre V-8 engine that delivers an improvement in fuel economy of more than 5 per cent, with a 30 per cent increase in horsepower and a 10 per cent increase in torque. The interior and exterior design is restyled and the new Grand Cherokee also features a host of innovative, premium amenities.
“With the addition of a Jeep-engineered Hill Descent Control, a choice of five engines, two four-wheel-drive systems and more premium amenities than ever before, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee adds more capability and refinement to the benchmark full-size SUV that created the luxury SUV market when it debuted in 1992,” said Thomas Hausch, Vice President, International Sales – Chrysler Group.
Jeep-engineered Hill Descent Control
Jeep engineering designed the Hill Descent Control system to mimic the downhill control and flexibility afforded by the ultra-low gearing found in a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with its 4:1 ratio transfer case and 6-speed manual transmission. This gearing provides for six speeds of controlled hill descent.
Operational in the 4WD Low position, Hill Descent Control provides downhill assistance at a controlled rate of speed with more precision and smoother operation than simply using the brakes. By means of electronic brake control, Hill Descent Control supplements the gear reduction and engine braking that a traditional mechanical low-range transfer case provides. Unlike most of its competitors, the new Grand Cherokee with Hill Descent Control offers extremely smooth transitions between speeds and allows the driver to use the throttle and brakes without turning the system off, with a smooth and controlled return to the preset speed after the driver releases the throttle or brakes.
In the Grand Cherokee, once Hill Descent Control is activated with a push of a button in the centre stack, preset speeds can be selected by using the transmission shifter. For ease of operation, after the Hill Descent Control button is engaged, Grand Cherokee’s Hill Descent Control is activated and deactivated automatically, as the system senses changes in topography. The system works whether the vehicle is driven in forward or reverse.
The preset maximum speeds are:
1st gear: 1.6 km/h
2nd gear: 4 km/h
3rd gear: 6 km/h
4th gear: 9 km/h
5th gear or D: 12 km/h
Reverse (R): 1.6 km/h
Neutral (N): 4 km/h
Hill Descent Control was engineered to provide the smoothest transitions possible, even from a complete stop on extremely steep and slippery surfaces.
Hill Descent Control is standard on all Grand Cherokee models except SRT8.
Hill Start Assist
The Hill Start Assist system provides the driver time to transition from brake to throttle to achieve a smooth launch on a grade. The system will hold brake pressure for two seconds upon the driver’s release of the brake pedal. The Hill Start Assist system decreases wheel pressure in response to increasing throttle to provide a smooth launch. This system is extremely helpful when driving in urban as well as off-road areas with steep hills.
Hill Start Assist is standard on all Jeep Grand Cherokee models except SRT8.
Trailer Sway Control
Trailer Sway Control minimizes trailer sway (an alternating yaw of the vehicle) and improves handling in adverse towing conditions caused by crosswinds and traffic, provides trailer stability and increases towing safety.
Sensors monitor the vehicle’s movement relative to the driver’s intended path. The vehicle yaw sensor recognizes sway. Once the system determines the sway is increasing and is not a result of the driver’s steering input, Trailer Sway Control applies brake pressure on one front wheel to counteract the yaw induced by the trailer and smoothly applies brake pressure to the other wheels to slow the vehicle. As the trailer sways to the other side of the vehicle, Trailer Sway Control will increase pressure to the opposite side of the vehicle. The technology will continue to apply alternating brake pressure and reduce engine torque until the trailer sway is under control.
Trailer Sway Control is included with the optional Trailer Tow Group.
Five Engine Offerings
The 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a choice of five engine offerings:
Award-winning 3.0-litre common rail diesel V-6 engine – Available on Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and Overland
3.7-litre V-6 petrol engine – Standard on Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
New 4.7-litre V-8 petrol engine – Standard on Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
5.7-litre V-8 HEMI® petrol engine – Available on Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, standard on Overland
6.1-litre HEMI V-8 petrol engine – Standard on Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
The new 4.7-litre V-8 petrol engine is more than 5 per cent better regarding fuel economy while increasing power and torque compared to the previous 4.7-litre engine. The new engine incorporates two spark plugs per cylinder (the only Chrysler Group engine to do so, other than the 5.7-litre HEMI), increased compression ratio, improved cylinder-head port flow and revised combustion chamber, valvetrain and camshaft profile. The result is 227 kW , a 30 per cent increase, and 453 Nm of torque, a 10 per cent increase over the previous 4.7-litre V-8 engine.
The new 4.7-litre V-8 also offers refinements, primarily from significant revisions to the induction system and reduced accessory-drive noise through lower accessory drive speed. Engine smoothness at idle is enhanced with a new camshaft design, two spark plugs per cylinder and a revised valve-lash adjuster system.
Innovative Premium Amenities
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee includes a variety of premium amenities that are new for 2008, including the new MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System that has a built-in navigation, audio, entertainment and communication system. MyGIG enables customers to use touch-screen or voice commands to control all of the features, and includes a 20-gigabyte hard drive where music and photos can be stored. There’s space reserved on the hard drive for approximately 1,600 songs; that’s over 100 hours of music. There also is a voice-memo recorder feature.
Also new on the Jeep Grand Cherokee are High-intensity Discharge (HID) auto-levelling headlamps. HID headlamps provide approximately three times the light output of conventional reflector lamps for improved night-time illumination. The auto-levelling feature automatically adjusts the headlamps to the vehicle pitch depending on the load and number of passengers in the vehicle. This feature also benefits oncoming traffic as the system prevents drivers from being distracted by glare from the headlamps. The auto-levelling feature is only available with HID headlamps.
ParkView™ Rear Back-up Camera (with or without navigation), ParkSense® Rear Back-up System, rain-sensing wipers, memory seats and mirrors, iPod connectivity and 18-inch aluminum wheels also are part of the vehicle’s available features.
New Exterior and Interior Design
With its upright and substantial posture, the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s design offers an athletic and contemporary appearance. The grille has been lengthened, and the headlamps are more circular for a more dominant and expressive front view. New HID headlamps, optional on Limited and standard on Overland, includes an internal optic lens for the park/turn function. Fog lamps also have also been repositioned for enhanced performance. Off-road enthusiasts will be pleased with the new two-piece front fascia, allowing for the entire lower piece to be removed before hitting the off-road trails.
On the inside, the vehicle’s two-tone instrument panel features a new level of refinement with bright accents, a soft-touch surface and updated styling. A new tilt and telescoping steering column is standard, with a new steering wheel that includes bright accent bezels, which house the electronic vehicle information centre’s switches. The Limited model’s steering wheel adds two-tone leather and bright chrome accent rings, and the Overland features a real wood rim for added luxury. Also new is the updated line of instrument clusters that feature new brighter LED illumination, with the Limited and Overland models receiving a modern and elegant treatment where, when the vehicle is started, the dark-tinted lens fades to reveal chrome-ringed black gauges that are surrounded by a bright silver accent field. The new floor console has improved cup holders and the Limited and Overland models get a new leather-wrapped and chrome-accented parking brake handle. The door panels have new armrests for improved ergonomics and comfort. New for the Overland model are the new dark slate gray perforated leather seats that feature accent piping for an even more upscale look.
The new Grand Cherokee will arrive in dealerships outside of North America in the second half of 2007.
New Jeep® Grand Cherokee S Limited Debuts for export markets
Select Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8® exterior and interior details combined with the efficiency of the 3.0L V-6 CRD or the 4.7-litre V-8 petrol engines
Revised 4.7-litre V-8 offers 5 per cent better fuel economy and 30 per cent more horsepower
[March 4, 2008 – WKJeeps.com] The all-new Jeep® Grand Cherokee S Limited debuts at the 78th International Motor Show in Geneva. This package combines the high-performance appearance of the SRT8® model with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine or the recently revised 4.7-litre V-8 petrol engine. All Jeep Grand Cherokee models received styling refinements just a few months ago, and the new S Limited further broadens customer appeal.
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited includes the following equipment:
Unique front fascia with body-colour air dam and chrome lower appliqué
SRT8 grille with a body-colour frame and wire-mesh texture
Unique side sill mouldings
Deep tinted windows (where available)
All-new 18-inch, aluminium Arrowhead wheels with mineral-grey pockets
S Limited exterior name badge
In addition, the roof rack, is deleted and moulding covers are installed for a smooth roof appearance.
“The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the original premium SUV, and it is our best-selling Jeep model year after year,” said Thomas Hausch, Vice President – International Sales, Chrysler LLC. “Compelling offerings like the S Limited continue to increase the value and options that we offer to customers.”
The interior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited includes the SRT8 steering wheel, shifter knob and aluminium-finish bezels for the centre stack, floor console and front door switches.
Exterior colour choices include Brilliant Black Crystal, Bright Silver and Steel Blue. All interiors are monotone Dark Slate Gray.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited is available with two engines choices. The thoroughly modern 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine is fitted with Bosch high-pressure fuel injection (1600+ bar), a variable geometry turbocharger, four valves per cylinder, dual overhead camshafts and Piezo injectors with a 0.1 millisecond response time. Maximum power is 160 kW (218 hp DIN), and peak torque is 510 Nm (376 lb.-ft.) from 1600 to 2400 rpm.
The new 4.7-litre V-8 petrol engine is 5 per cent more fuel efficient while increasing power and torque compared to the previous 4.7-litre engine. The new engine incorporates two spark plugs per cylinder (the only Chrysler LLC engine to do so, other than the 5.7-litre HEMI), increased compression ratio, improved cylinder-head port flow and revised combustion chamber. It also features revised valvetrain components and a new camshaft profile. The result is 223 kW (303 hp DIN), a 30 per cent increase over the previous 4.7-litre V-8 engine, and 445 Nm (328 lb.-ft.) of torque, an 8 per cent increase.
The new 4.7-litre V-8 engine also offers refinements, primarily from significant revisions to the induction system. Accessory-drive noise has been reduced through lower accessory-drive speed. Engine smoothness at idle is enhanced with a new camshaft design, two spark plugs per cylinder and a revised valve-lash adjuster system.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited will begin to arrive in European dealerships in the first quarter of 2008.
Recent refinements to all Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles means that all models sold in 2008 will be available with more premium features including the MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System that has full-screen navigation, audio, entertainment and a communications system. MyGIG enables customers to use touch-screen or voice commands to control all of the features, and it includes a 30-gigabyte hard drive where music and photos can be stored. There is space reserved on the hard drive for approximately 1,600 songs – that’s over 100 hours of music.
Also new on the Jeep Grand Cherokee are High-intensity Discharge (HID), auto-levelling headlamps. These headlamps provide approximately three times the light output of conventional reflector lamps for improved night-time illumination. The auto-levelling feature automatically adjusts the headlamps to the vehicle pitch depending on the load and number of passengers in the vehicle. This feature also benefits oncoming traffic as the system prevents drivers from being distracted by glare from the headlamps. The auto-levelling feature is only available with HID headlamps.
Additional premium features available on Jeep Grand Cherokee include ParkView™ Rear Back-up Camera (with or without navigation), ParkSense® Rear Back-up System, rain-sensing wipers, memory seats and mirrors and iPod® connectivity (iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries).