20.02.2012

Jeep® Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept: stand-out from the crowd exterior design and performance appeal combine with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre CRD engine


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New design study combines distinctive look and sporty appearance with the efficiency of the 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine. The Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept boasts unique exterior featuring one-of-a-kind black-gloss 20-inch aluminium wheels, distinctive styling cues and 'Black' exterior treatments. The new sports concept is powered by the efficient  3.0-litre V-6 turbo-diesel engine fitted new Multijet II technology and delivers 241 hp of power and 550 Nm of torque (190 hp and 440 Nm of torque with the available low-output version of the 3.0-litre).  

This year at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show, Jeep® showcases the European première of Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept: a design study developed to explore the stylistic potential of the Jeep flagship. The new sports concept features a unique exterior with distinctive design cues and Black accents. The result: a Grand Cherokee boasting a distinct, aggressive flair and combining exclusive sporty appeal to the efficiency of the new 3.0-litre V-6 turbo-diesel engine with Multijet II technology.

The exterior of the production-intent sports concept features a more streamlined appearance thanks to the introduction of new roof molding covers that replace the roof rack. The vehicle's grille surround appears in gloss black, and mesh grille texture in Platinum Chrome. Black headlamp bezels and deep-tint sunscreen glass increase its sporty look. A Platinum Chrome lower fascia applique´ completes the unique front-end appearance. The new production-intent sports concept rides on 20-inch tires that surround one-of-a-kind Black-gloss aluminum wheels to add to its aggressive, performance-oriented appearance. A Black liftgate light-bar continues the "blacked-out" theme throughout the vehicle's exterior. The unique exterior look includes black chrome dual exhaust tips.

The interior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept is enhanced by a leather-wrapped perforated heated steering wheel and ventilated sports-styled Nappa leather and suede seats. Real carbon fiber accents are integrated into the instrument panel and door trim panels. Bright, racing style brake and pedal pads add to the sporty, performance look inside the cabin.

Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept is powered by the efficient 3.0-litre V-6 turbo-diesel engine with new-generation, 1.800-bar injectors and Multijet II technology developed and patented by Fiat Powertrain. The 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine produces maximum power of 177 kW (241 hp) at 4,000 rpm and torque of 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) at 1,800-2,800 rpm and it is paired to the five-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Range Select (ERS). The 3.0-litre CRD powertrain is also offered in a low-output version, with 140 kW (190 hp) of power at 4,000 rpm and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque across 1,600-2,800 rpm.

The new production-intent sports concept is equipped with the sophisticated Quadra-Trac II® 4x4 system with two-speed transfer case and Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) on both the front and rear axle to ensure benchmark off-road capability. Quadra-Trac II's two-speed transfer case uses the inputs coming from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible time and take corrective actions. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximizes traction before slippage occurs. When tire slippage is detected, 100-percent of the available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction. Ultimate off-road capabilities are accomplished through the assistance of standard Hill Descent Control, for maximum downhill control, and Hill Start Assist, granting a smooth launch on a grade.

The equipment for on-board comfort and infotainment offers the latest technology and aims at transforming every journey in an absolute pleasure. In addition to UConnect® multimedia infotainment and navigation system with 6.5-inches touchscreen, 30 gigabyte hard disk, USB compatibility, AUX port, DVD video and voice activated Bluethooth UConnect Phone, the production-intent sports concept offers a state-of-the-art audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon®. This 825-watt, 19-speaker, 1 subwoofer premium audio system offers world premier innovation. It features a 32-volt TPS (Tracking Power Supply) 12-channel amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept offers a vast array of advanced safety and security features, that further highlight that technological innovation belongs to the DNA of the Jeep flagship. In addition to the standard safety equipment including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Electronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM), ABS with off-road calibration, Brake Traction Control System (BTCS) and 7 airbags (front seat, sidebags, side-curtain front and rear, seat-mounted), the sports concept adds the following premium safety features: Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-path detection. These advanced safety systems assist the driver with unique features thanks to the following characteristics:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control: the system decreases the vehicle's pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle pulls into the same lane. The system will accelerate to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into another lane;
  • Forward Collision Warning: using forward-facing radar sensors, this system detects when the vehicle may be approaching another vehicle too rapidly and alerts the driver so the driver can determine what action must be taken in order to prevent the vehicle from a collision;
  • Blind Spot Detection. The system uses dual ultra-wideband radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes, or if being passed by or passing unseen vehicles. The system notifies the driver of vehicle(s) in their blind spot via illuminated icons on the sideview mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime;
  • Rear Cross-path detection: in parking lot situations, this system warns drivers backing out of parking spaces of traffic moving toward their vehicle. It activates any time the vehicle is in Reverse. The driver is notified of vehicle(s) crossing behind the vehicle via illuminated icons on the sideview mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime.

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