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Jeep shifts new Grand Cherokee into 8-gear auto

July 05, 2013
Jeep shifts new Grand Cherokee into 8-gear auto

A new eight-speed transmission now drives the entire Grand Cherokee range, significantly reducingfuel consumption and emissions while improving acceleration, enabling smoother and faster gearshifting, and enhancing the on- and off-road driving experience.

The new Grand Cherokee range will go on sale to the Australian market during July 2013, with astarting price of $43,000 for the new Laredo 4x2 model. The top of the range Overland 3 litre diesel has a suggested retail price of $71,000.

A new eight-speed automatic transmission is the headline feature of the new Grand Cherokee rangeand is fitted across the entire model line-up, pairing with both the 3.0-litre diesel and 3.6-litre petrolV6 engines, as well as both V8 engine offerings.

The main touch point for the new eight speed transmission is a new electronic T-handle shifter,which provides flexibility for the driver to choose between Drive and Sport transmission shiftschedules via the T-handle.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in Laredo, Limited, Overland and SRT specificationlevels, with the Laredo grade now offering 4x2 and 4x4 variants for the first time.

The new Grand Cherokee offers some of the most advanced safety features available, includingupdated Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation and all-new Selec-Speed Control.

Jeep capability comes courtesy of three four-wheel drive systems Quadra-Trac II, Quadra-DriveII and the SRT-exclusive Quadra-Trac the Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension and the Selec-Terrainand Selec-Track traction management systems.

With the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, weve taken one of the industrys most highly acclaimedSUVs and elevated it to an even higher level, Veronica Johns, President and CEO Fiat ChryslerGroup Australia said.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee range offers a choice of four key powertrains: the three-timeWards 10 Best Engines-winning 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, the efficient 3.0-litre direct-injectioncommon rail turbo diesel V6, the legendary 5.7-litre V8 and the powerful 6.4-litre Hemi V8 enginethat powers the high-performance SRT model.

All petrol engines available on the new Grand Cherokee meet Euro 6 emission standards.

3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 engine

The new Grand Cherokee is available with the latest iteration of the efficient 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6engine, which now produces maximum power of 184 kW at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 570Nm at 2,000 rpm, which is 20 Nm more than the previous model and accessible almost 30 per centlower in the rev range (previously 550 Nm at 2,800 rpm).

Combined with the new eight-speed transmission, fuel economy for the combined cycle is 7.5L/100km, which represents a 10 per cent improvement in comparison to the previous model,despite the increases in power and torque.

Compact and lightweight, the 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine features a 1,800-bar common-rail fuelinjection system, a compressed graphite iron 60-degree block with aluminium cylinder heads and atwo-piece structural aluminium oil pan.

The cylinder heads are constructed of aluminium and featurea chain-driven, dual overhead-camshaft design with four valves per cylinder, while cast-iron exhaustmanifolds have been utilised.

Additional emissions controls include a close-coupled diesel oxidation catalyst and standard dieselparticulate filter. Euro 5+ emissions are met through an exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) system thatincludes an EGR valve with DC motor and a high-performance EGR cooler with bypass valve.

The new Uconnect with 8.4-inch touchscreen and satellite navigation (Uconnect 8.4N) is standardon Grand Cherokee Limited, Overland and SRT models. Uconnect with 8.4-inch touchscreen(Uconnect 8.4) is standard on Laredo 4x4 models, while the new entry-level Laredo 4x2 model isequipped with a new Uconnect 5.0-inch touchscreen display system (Uconnect 5.0).

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers three distinct 4x4 systems: Quadra-Trac II, Quadra-Drive IIwith rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) and the exclusive-to-SRT, Quadra-Trac activeon-demand four-wheel-drive system, also featuring rear ELSD.

Quadra-Lift air suspension, which is standard on Overland and optional on Laredo and Limitedmodels, enables the ride height of the Grand Cherokee to be raised to a maximum ground clearanceof 287 mm.

In addition to its standard safety equipment, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC) withElectronic Rollover Mitigation (ERM), ABS with off-road calibration, Brake Traction ControlSystem (BTCS) and seven airbags (advanced multi-stage driver and front passenger, front seat sideairbags, side curtain airbags for front and rear occupants, driver knee airbag), the new GrandCherokee offers upgraded Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation, Adaptive CruiseControl, ParkView rear back up camera with dynamic grid, ParkSense park assist system and newSelec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control and Hill Descent Control, assisting the driver whenclimbing and descending steep grades.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): This system decreases the vehicles pre-set cruise-control speedwhen closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle pulls into the same lane.ACC will accelerate to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into anotherlane.

The system will also maintain a driver adjustable distance between the vehicle and the one infront of it and is particularly useful when driving in adverse meteorological conditions or in situationsof reduced visibility. On the Overland and SRT models, ACC is included in the standard AdvancedSafety Technology Group.

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