Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Add Jeep to the list of automakers looking to ingratiate themselves to the Chinese market. The American automaker has announced plans to offer a special edition Grand Cherokee SRT8 exclusively to the Chinese market.

Yeah, what’s new, right?

Called the Hyun Black Edition, the special make Grand Cherokee SRT8 is actually no different from the SRT8 Vapor Edition Jeep announced earlier this year. The SUV will retain the Brilliant Black paint finish to go with plenty of chrome accents, tinted bi-xenon headlights, a gloss black painted grille, black badging that we, presume will be the only difference in the Hyun Black Edition from the Vapor Edition, and a new set of 20" aluminum wheels.

Performance capabilities will also be similar because the Hyun Black Edition is expected to be powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces a stout 470 horsepower and 465 pounds-per-feet of torque, allowing the SUV to hit 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 160 mph.

For all the impressive qualities of the Grand Cherokee SRT8 Hyun Black Edition, there is one caveat: the model is currently available for order in China with a price of 1.19 million yuan. That, dear friends, is around $190,000 based on current exchange rates. It’s a figure that’s almost four times as much as the Vapor Edition Grand Cherokee.

Yikes.

We’ve seen some pretty zany graphics done on a lot of cars over the years. What we haven’t seen before is a zipper. Yeah, a zipper.

Somehow, though, Jeep and Mopar managed to do that to a Grand Cherokee . It’s called the Cherokee Half & Half and as the name evidently suggests, it’s so named because of the dual identity Jeep and Mopar wanted to convey to the SUV. Hence, the use of an actual oversized Mopar zipper attached to the front bumper. SEMA would be so proud.

On one half of the Grand Cherokee is actually a perfectly fine, albeit non-customized Deep Cherry Pearl Coat Grand Cherokee Laredo. As for the other half of the SUV, that’s where Mopar used a plethora of its own accessories to illustrate a "before-and-after" look to the Grand Cherokee. Even the wheels are of different sizes with the regular model boasting of 17" wheels whereas the Moparized side was fitted with 20" chrome wheels.

This odd example of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was also translated in other parts of the exterior, including chrome on the mesh-grille insert, tube steps, mirror caps, a hood air deflector and fog lamp bezels. The SUV also has a trailer hitch with a wiring harness, front tow hooks, a bright license plate frame, roof rack cross bows and, and a luggage carrier - or half of it, as we should say.

Moving to the interior, one half is normal and the other part comes dressed with Mopar goodies, including a premium Katzkin Tuscany Leather interior, logo door-sill guards, a bright pedal kit, all-weather mats, a cargo tray, and a cargo net.

Talking about weird aftermarket projects, this one’s definitely on top of that list.

Jeep is showing up to the 2012 Paris Auto Show with the very cool Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Limited Edition. The special edition will go on sale = in October 2012 and will be offered exclusively in a Bright white exterior finish.

The new Limited Edition will be distinguished by a gloss-black grille surround, a black mesh grille texture, a black Jeep logo on the hood, and a black badge on the front door. The car will be offered with a very cool set of 20" Black Vapor Chrome, five-spoke alloy wheels with chrome inserts. For the interior, Jeep added a leather-wrapped perforated heated steering wheel with mounted paddle shifters, sports seats wrapped in Nappa leather, and carbon fiber insertions on the instrument panel and door trim.

Under the hood, customers will find the same 6.4 liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers a total of 468 HP and a peak torque of 465 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission featuring both steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. This setup will sprint the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds and up to a top speed of 159 mph.

The list of standard equipment is pretty impressive and includes a Command View dual-pane sunroof and a Uconnect multi-media infotainment and navigation system with voice-activated Bluethooth UConnect Phone.

After debuting the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Concept back in April, Jeep has unveiled the production version which is set to arrive in showrooms in October 2012. According to Jeep, the Trailhawk is the perfect "evidence that even the most awarded SUV ever, and the most capable Grand Cherokee ever, can get even better."

The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will be offered with both V6 and V8 engines and will add a series of updates that will make it significantly better than the standard Grand Cherokee. These updates include a Quadra-Lift air suspension, with nearly 11 inches of ground clearance; Selec-Terrain traction control system with five settings: Snow, Rock, Sand/Mud, Sport and Auto; a Rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential; and
Quadra-Track II or Quadra-Drive II (just for the V8 models).

Customers will distinguish the new Trailhawk Edition from the standard model thanks to its new signature red Trailhawk and Trail Rated badging and tow hooks, black-surround headlamps, unique gray grille surround, side mirrors, rear light bar, 4x4 badge, and five-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheels. The model will be offered in five exterior colors - Bright White, Brilliant Black, Mineral Gray, Maximum Steel, and Deep Cherry Red - combined with a black hood decal with a red accent stripe. For the interior, Jeep will add black leather and performance suede seats with red accent stitching and front and rear Mopar slush floor mats.

The most powerful Jeep vehicle ever - the Grand Cherokee SRT8 - is preparing to enter the 2013 model year with the addition of two new special editions: the Vapor and the Alpine. Both of these new editions will sport unique exterior features and a Black Vapor Chrome finish on the split 5-spoke wheels.

As their names suggest, the new Alpine Edition features a very cool, bright white paint finish, while the Vapor is painted in a brilliant black. The Black Vapor wheels on both models join unique gloss black exterior appointments, including a Jeep hood badge, a Grand Cherokee door badge, a front grille surround and inserts, a rear light bar, and a step pad.

Jeep has kept its usual 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine under the hood which delivers 470 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. With this power, the SRT8 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, runs the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, and hits a top speed of 160 mph.

The 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is priced at $59,995 and the new Alpine and Vapor special edition packages only add an additional $2,495 to the price, making these special editions a bargain at $62,490.

Okay, so there are two things that I really love, besides my family and close friends, of course. Those two things are cars (obviously) and football. With my love of football comes my love of fantasy football, much to my wife’s chagrin.

Well, the folks over at Shopautoweek have taken both of my loves and put them together in the form of automotive fantasy football. They chose a lineup of cars to make up the offensive side of a football team.

The team consists of a full assortment of offensive linemen, which you actually don’t have in most fantasy football leagues: a quarterback, fullback, running back, tight end, and two wide receivers. They even went as far as putting out a scouring report listing why they selected each car for these respective positions.

We do disagree with some of their selections, but overall it is a good effort. So check out the full infographic after the jump and let us know in the comments section what cars you would put on your team.

Source: ShopAutoWeek
Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been in the spotlight lately, with Teknikens Värld claiming that the vehicle failed their Moose test (or Elk test) miserably. Chrysler called "bullshit" on that claim, but it’s not going to be so easy convincing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that their latest safety concerns are bogus.

The NHTSA is investigating the SUV because of two complaints they received from Grand Cherokee customers. Apparently, there have been some under-hood fires that have caused the destruction of both vehicles. The sources of the fires are unknown at this point, but one customers stated that a hose ruptured when the vehicle was traveling at low speeds: "Mechanic received directive from Chrysler on a fix. He made the fix as directed, but the new hose quickly burst on him during testing," the owner wrote to the agency. The other owner’s complaint was that he "glanced in the rearview mirror and noticed smoke outside the vehicle. He pulled over and exited the vehicle, when suddenly massive flames erupted from under the hood."

We’re not very sure how this investigation will affect the Grand Cherokee, but if these claims lead to a recall, there will be almost 107,000 Grand Cherokee units affected.

Source: NY Times

The guys over Teknikens Värld recently got a little more than they bargained for when they performed a Moose test (or Elk test) with the brand-spanking new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee . The Moose test determines how a vehicle acts when the driver evades a suddenly appearing obstacle, such as an animal or a child, and the Grand Cherokee didn’t exactly get to the top of the class.

The purpose of this test - done at very low speeds - was to determine how well the SUV’s active safety system would work. At only 39.5 mph, the Jeep Jeep Grand Cherokee went up on two wheels, in the middle of the maneuver. If it wasn’t for the professional driver behind the wheel, it would have easily rolled over. As many can imagine, not everyone that purchases vehicles have professional driving skills, so at the hands of probably most Jeep Grand Cherokee owners, the result could be deadly. According to Teknikens Värld’s Linus Pröjtz, this is an unacceptable result for a 2012 SUV, and we would have to 100% agree with this.

By comparison, SUVs like the Volkswagen Touareg and the Volvo XC90 did well at even greater speeds of 43.5 mph. To make matters worse, when Teknikens Värld performed the Moose Test on the previous generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it passed the test with no problems at all.

This information should certainly not fall on deaf ears, especially the ears of Chrysler heads.

UPDATE 07/09/2012: Teknikens Varld’s tough review of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee immediately caught the attention of Chrysler heads and the company is none too pleased with the results. Their displeasure doesn’t stem from the Grand Cherokee’s failure, though. According to Chrysler, several attempts were made by Chrysler Group engineers to recreate the two-wheeled escapade of Varld’s test, to no avail. Chrysler then joined Teknikens Varld’s team to see if they could recreate the terrible result and they also could not. Turns out, the Jeep used in Varld’s first Moose test was loaded beyond its weight specifications. The Grand Cherokee’s weight limitations are clearly stated on the vehicle and in the owner’s manual.

All is good in our world again.

Hit the jump to read the full statement from Chrysler.

UPDATE 07/10/2012: It looks like Teknikens Varld is not going to give up. After Chrysler attacked them and said their test was not accurate, the Swedish magazine posted a second part to their test in which they explained how the Grand Cherokee failed the evasive maneuver test. According to them, the car they tested was loaded according to the specifications for the maximum load in the Swedish registration certificate and was riding on standard equipment tires. Also, all systems, such as chassis settings, air suspension, and similar, were in normal mode. Even so, in each test they performed, the car either went up on two wheels or was close to overturning. We’re assuming Chrysler is going to have something to say about this as well. The drama continues!!

UPDATE 07/13/2012: The guys from Teknikens Varld are seriously not going to give up! Today they have posted a new part to their Grand Cherokee moose test in which they advise customers not to buy the new Jeep Grand Cherokee until Jeep/Chrysler solves the problems. We are pretty curious to find out what Jeep has to say about this.

If you liked the Jeep Grand Cherokee Sports Concept unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, you will be very happy to know that the company has finally decided to come out with a production version. Thanks to a very positive consumer response, Jeep has announced that the new Grand Cherokee S Limited will go on sale starting September 2012.

The new Grand Cherokee S Limited follows the same design language of the concept: distinctive styling cues and Black accents for the exterior, Nappa leather and carbon fiber elements for the interior, and a 241 HP 3.0-litre V-6 turbo-diesel engine under the hood.

This special edition will also be equipped with Quadra-Trac II 4x4 system with two-speed transfer case and Brake Traction Control System (BTCS), as well as lots of premium safety features, including: Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-path detection.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited.

A few days ago, Jeep announced that they would unveil six new vehicles at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Now, the company has unveiled the first official details on the concept. The first of them is the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk - a concept car that takes the car’s off-road capabilities to a new level, but also adds a more aggressive look.

The Trailhawk Concept is painted in Stone White and is combined with Mineral Gray on the grille surround, lower front applique, mirror caps, and rear light bar. Red is thrown into the equation on the grille mesh, front and rear tow hooks, Jeep logos on wheel center caps, and bolt holes in the alloy wheels. The concept will also get black headlamp surrounds, black exterior front and rear badging, Red "Trail Rated" badges on the front fenders, and a unique "Trailhawk" badge on the rear tailgate.

A more aggressive stance was provided thanks to the addition of a new set of 18" 5-spoke alloy Mineral Gray wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor off-road tires. Jeep has also added additional side-wall protection and modified Mopar rock rails – engineered to fully protect the lower body from rugged rocky terrain.


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