2005 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee ......
expect it in Australia around March/April 2005
21st April, 2004
The all-new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee will offer improved capability and superior on-road ride and handling in a well-appointed package with a number of premium amenities.
The newest generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is designed, engineered and built to master every imaginable day-to-day driving condition, whether on paved or unpaved surfaces.
“The Jeep Brand continues to be the only American brand dedicated solely to the sport-utility market,” said Jeff Bell, Chrysler Group Vice President – Jeep. “Customers expect every Jeep to set the standard for off-road capability, and the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will not disappoint. What is unexpected is that the Jeep Grand Cherokee will also be the leader in on-road performance excitement.”
New Engines Delivering Superior
Jeep Grand Cherokee is the ﬁrst sport-utility vehicle to offer the Multi-Dis-placement System (MDS). MDS deactivates half the cylinders of the 5.7-litre HEMI during cruising and light acceleration to increase fuel economy by up to 20 percent, depending on driving conditions. Ninety percent of peak torque is available from 2400 to 5100 rpm for excellent performance while trailer towing, traveling off-road as well as city and highway driving. A sophisticated Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system tailors throttle response to pedal movement based on operating conditions, and maintains more consistent vehicle speed on rolling grades when cruise control is active than the former mechanical throttle control system.
With approximately seven percent less displacement, the 3.7-liter V-6 produces more peak power than the 4.0-litre I-6 engine it replaces, while producing comparable torque. The engine also provides smoother, quieter operation, added durability, and contributes to better packaging. This engine, ﬁrst introduced on Jeep Liberty and Dodge Ram models, shares many design features with the 4.7-litre Power Tech V-8 engine.
All-New Suspension and Steering System Provides
Best-in-Class Ride and Handling
The new ﬁve-link rear suspension geometry, including a track bar, also improves lateral stiffness to match that of the front suspension for optimum handling.
The innovative Dynamic Handling System (DHS) is standard with the 5.7-litre HEMI engine – a Chrysler Group ﬁrst application of a hydraulic-controlled active stabilizer system. DHS delivers a high level of driver conﬁdence by signiﬁcantly reducing body roll, resulting in sportier handling when turning or maneuvering, while providing a smoother ride when traveling straight ahead.
Also offered for the ﬁrst time, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving maneuvers on any type of surface. Using signals from sensors throughout the vehicle, the system determines the appropriate brake and throttle adjustments for directional stability of the vehicle.
Grand Cherokee’s new rack-and-pinion steering system imparts a more precise steering feel translated to the driver through fewer linkages than a recirculating ball steering system. Even with the 2.5-inch increase in track, Grand Cherokee’s nimbleness and tight turning diameter are maintained with the new steering system.
All-New Five-Speed Automatic Offers Premium
Both transmissions feature Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver interactive shift control for the ﬁrst time on Grand Cherokee. The shifter provides fully-automated shifting when in the “drive” position, or the driver can manually select each gear by simply moving the shifter left and right from the “drive” position. This gives the driver control to precisely match any on-road or off-road driving requirement.
A new stamped steel transfer case skid plate mounts to the transmission cross member and fuel tank skidplate to provide off-road protection to the transfer case.
Legendary Grand Cherokee Size, Styling and
All-New Interior Provides Next Generation
The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be produced at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, starting in the third quarter of 2004. Assembly for markets outside North America will begin in the ﬁrst quarter of 2005 at the Magna Steyr assembly plant in Graz, Austria.
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