New Jeep Grand Cherokee Launched in Europe

By: Evander Klum

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee, making its launch in Europe, was shown in France to media and brand enthusiasts during the 2007 Euro Camp Jeep event.

The Jeep comes with an extremely advanced and flexible Hill Descent Control for greatly enhanced control in off-road situations. Holding the vehicle automatically on steep hills is a new Hill Start Assist for a smooth and controlled drive away from a stop. During towing, trailer sway is reduced because of the Trailer Sway Control. The new Grand Cherokee also comes along with a new 4.7-litre V-8 engine that yields a refinement in fuel economy of more than 5 per cent, with a 30 per cent jump in horsepower and a 10 per cent hike in torque. Redesigned interior and exterior are also visible on the vehicle. Other than those, the new Grand Cherokee also features a wide array of innovative, premium amenities.

Thomas Hausch, Chrysler Group's Vice President for International Sales said that the addition of all those features and more, such as the choice of five engines and two four-wheel-drive systems, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee adds more capability and improvement to the standard full-size SUV that created the luxury SUV market when it was launched in 1992.

The Jeep-engineered Hill Descent Control is built to echo the downhill control and flexibility that are 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 controlled hill descent for six speeds.

The Hill Descent Control is operational in the 4WD Low position. It supplies downhill assistance at a controlled rate of speed with more accuracy and smoother operation than by merely using the brakes. Hill Descent Control supplements the lessening of gear and engine braking that a traditional mechanical low-range transfer case provides. This is done by means of electronic brake control. And not like most of its rivals, 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. Best of all, this is achieved with a smooth and controlled return to the preset speed after the driver releases the throttle or brakes.

We need to see other parts like , air conditioning system, axle, and catalytic converter, and test drive it to conclude what really a new Jeep Grand Cherokee is.

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