The New Cherokee Gets Put To The Test With High Expectations

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Gearing and low end torque

It should be remembered that crawl ratio does not mean everything.  Some of the vital elements for the equation in tractive force are low end torque and size.  Although the V6 and 3.2 liter engine of KL boasts of a more powerful reviving engine than the 4 liter grunty engine of the old KL, it appears that the KL possesses lot of power to climb up steep roads and you can drive it with great confidence while at a low speed.

None of these two vehicles seem to need greater gearing for achieving higher force on to the ground. On the other hand, the cable-driven and linear throttle response of XJ is much more appreciated than that of the KL’s system.

As far as this category is concerned, none of the two vehicles is a clear winner.

Tires

The new Jeep Cherkee is equipped with twenty nine inch tire as compared to the 28 inches tires of the old XJ. However, a 29-inches tire can be fitted into the old XJ without much of a problem. But you may have to juggle and rub white trying to accommodate a bigger tire in the case of the new KL.

When you compare a stock XJ with a stock KL straight from a factory with respect to their tires, none of these 2 vehicles stand at a noticeable advantage. But when you compare the tires of the new Cherokee with that of XJ, the former emerges as a winner.

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Comparing The New Jeep Cherokee Against The Old One

Jeep Cherokee Comparison

The U-Joints and the axle tubes of the old XJ in its front make it quite a robust vehicle as compared to the independent setup of the new Jeep Cherokee with its vulnerable CV boots made of rubber and exposed halfshafts. Since it is made of rubber, in case it gets torn, water can easily enter and subsequently damage the bearings.

The U-Joints are much stronger than the CV axles. Along with these, lower fascia made of plastic material and rocker panel covers made of cheap materials is vulnerable to scratches. Thus, it appears that the old XJ has a better robust package than the new KL though the latter’s underbody skid-plating is much more extensive. However, since the XJ that was tested for robustness did not have any skid plates, as far as this parameter is concerned, it can be regarded as a draw.

Traction

As far as the traction is concerned, the all-new Cherokee from Jeep wins hands down. There is an Axle Rear Drive system in its rear that includes a real mechanical locker. It can help you to move past the steepest grades quite easily.  The KL deploys the ABS system to cause the wheel to brake with lower traction while transmitting the power to its wheel, without losing its strong grip. The setup is also known as Brake Lock Differential and after combining with its rear locker, no one can stop the new KL when it climbs on loose hill. Thus, KL emerges as the clear winner with respect to this parameter.

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Can The New Jeep Cherokee Hold Up Against The Beloved Old One?

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While comparing articulation, not only traction is crucial but the quality of an off-road ride is of great quality. If a vehicle is powered with plenty of articulation, it can ride over the uneven terrains and ensure that you can enjoy a smooth and nice ride without making the vehicle jittery.

A photograph taken during the testing showed the new Jeep Cherokee climbing downhill at a specific angle. The front tire at the passenger side raises above the ground till it is almost at a parallel level with that slope and at that point its right front tire is seen crashing off to the ground. When the same obstacle was imposed on a Jeep XJ, all its tires were firmly positioned for the entire duration, thus resulting in a much more enjoyable ride for its driver.

It is interesting to note that on a terrain which did not max the suspension travel of the all-new Cherokee, its ride was much better than an XJ’s. But as far as the articulation is concerned, an XJ comes out as a winner.

Underbody protection and robustness

There are skid plates located all across the all-new Cherokee KL’s underbody. It is quite a beefy and thick armor to be sure.

You can also avail the XJ with optional skid plates that cover its gas tank, transfer case and steering components. Though the skid plates in an XJ is not quite extensive as that of the skid plating of the new Jeep Cherokee, it is not required that badly.

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An Inside Look At The Jeep Grand Cherokee Part 3

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Though the diesel engine of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is quite powerful, it is not at all overwhelming.  Once the engine is lit, a welcome shove is provided by the torque generated.

The vehicle is simply perfect for driving on the highways. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is steady, as well as, smooth on an open road, particularly when the air suspension is set into an aero mode. The vehicle is comfortable and prompt and its steering is quite well weighted. The suspension is highly compliant too. The Grand’s SRT version offers a pretty good ride to you too around a town.

On an average the Grand gives a mileage of about 22.35 miles per gallon for mixed driving. On a highway, the vehicle offers a mileage of about 27.48 miles per gallon while testing that is quite close to what the EPA claims (28 miles per gallon to be precise).

Its EcoDiesel engine takes pride in a similar towing capacity when compared to the Hemi. The latter has a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds in its 4X4 variants and 7,400 in its 4X2 models. The engine offers a superior fuel economy as compared to the gas version of V-6 engines. In fact, the engine delivers the better of the two worlds. Though the price of the EcoDiesel engine is higher than the gas models, the diesel driving features and the additional fuel economy makes it a preferred choice as many experts would claim.

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An Inside Look At The Jeep Grand Cherokee Part 2

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

In continuation with the discussion on the engine of the Jeep Grand Cherokee from the first part… its engine can be paired with 8-speed, automatic transmission and excellent 8HP70 from ZF. Apart from the updates in its powertrain, the Jeep Grand Cherokee also got a face lift as far as its interior is concerned. It has been revamped to include the DIC or Driver Information Center, instrument cluster and a fresh center stack with fresh color choices.

Its DIC is highly configurable now and can use a computer generated picture for the speed readout or that of the speedometer. The instrument cluster in its interior blends a seven-inch TFT or Thin-Film Transistor screen with traditional physical gauges. The screen can be configured in a manner to display various data points explaining the operation of the vehicle.

Chiseled rump and a fresh face are some of the other attributes that have been added on the vehicle’s interior updates. The signature style LED lighting is contemporary in look and is placed on Grand’s rear and front so that it can be easily distinguished when you take it out on a road.

As soon as you push the ignition button first, you will see the instant light on the EcoDiesel. It then settles down to being smooth and quiet. When you start moving, a slight mechanical sound from its engine reminds you that that the existence of gas engine is not there.

The shifts due to its 8-speed is rapid while its transmission responds easily to the throttle inputs and do not get lost even after the presence of so many gears.

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An inside look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee Part 1

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Today’s consumers have started appreciating the fact that car experts have been claiming for several years now. Vehicles that have diesel engines offer a host of benefits irrespective of their makes and models. This is true particularly for the SUVs and trucks.

When the Jeep Grand Cherokee was launched in the years 2007 and 2008, it was a favorite with many. The model was refreshed in the year 2014. Once again, Jeep started to offer its diesel engines to the consumers in the United States. Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with EcoDiesel functionality and has been one of the most discussed diesel vehicles in 2014.

The base price of the vehicle started with $46,195 for the Overland trim, as well as, the 4WD model of Billet Silver where Advanced Technology group was added for $1,995. Its package called Off-Road Adventure II came at 41,095 and the famous 3 Liter EcoDiesel engine for an additional $4,500.  The grand total was $54,780 if $995 as the destination charge is factored into the cost.

One-rung-less Limited trim is the most reasonably priced Grand Cherokee and is powered by a diesel engine. Its 4X2 variant can be availed at $41,990 and the top-tier EcoDiesel Summit 4X2 has a starting price of $53,690. It’s single-turbocharger engine can produce a horsepower of 240 and a torque of 420 pound feet which is quite impressive.

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Jeep SRT Hellcat review- Part 3

Jeep Hellcat Release Date

This is the final part of the review for the Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackHawk. Please read the first 2 parts to find out about its build and engine.

Price

These details are yet to be released but rumors suggest that the 2017 Hellcat will be around $65,000 – $80,000. The price does a bit steep for an SUV but considering that it has 707 hp and is one of most powerful and street-legal SUV, it seems worth it. Not to mention that their competitors offer 150 hp less but have prices around $100,000.

Competitors

The Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackHawk faces competition from the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The Range Rover comes with a 5.0L, V-8 engine that has 550 hp. It’s the fastest SUV released from Land Rover and can hit 60mph in 4,5 seconds. It comes with impressive handling and has recorded an impressive time of 8 minutes and 14 seconds on the Nurburgring track.

The Cayenne is currently setting the standards for SUV performance with it’s 4.8L V8 engine and 550 pounds of twist. It handles like a sports car and has better 60mph time than the Range Rover at 4.1 seconds. It also has a greater top speed at 173mph.

Both these cars make for great driving but are at least $30,000 more expensive than the Hellcat. They also have lesser horsepower and a higher 60mph time. With all this in mind, the Hellcat looks like a steal.

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Jeep SRT Hellcat review- Part 2

Jeep Hellcat Release Date

This is part 2 of a 3-part review. Please read Part 1 before continuing.

Interior

The interior is set to be styled the same way as others in the Hellcat family with a few small changes. The steering wheel will become a flat-bottom unit with a slightly thicker rim. The seats will have heating and cooling along with more aggressive sculpting for more comfort. The rest of the features expected to be standard with a touch screen infotainment system, an upgraded stereo and a U-connect system for navigation.

The rear is packed with plenty of cargo which can be improved even further thanks to the folding rear seats. Enhanced safety bags and seat belts are also expected to improve safety.

Performance

Like the rest of the Hellcat series, the TrackHawk will come with a 6.2L, V8 engine with 707 horsepower and 650 pound feet of torque. A ZF 8-speed automatic transmission system ensures that the power is equally distributed all wheels.

This mean that the Hellcat can go from 0-60 in 4 seconds with a top speed of around 200 mph.

If this is too much to handle, you can opt for the Grand Cherokee base version that comes with a 6.4L V8 engine that produces only 475 horsepower and a top speed of 160 mph. This is the current engine on the Grand Cherokee SRT, so you can get all the features of the Hellcat with a little lower power that you can handle.

You can continue reading this review in the next part. To see what the Jeep SRT Hellcat can do in real life, just drive in to Pine Belt.

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Jeep SRT Hellcat review- Part 1

Jeep Hellcat Release Date

Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed that a brand new Grand Cherokee Hellcat is in the making. The new version is set to be called Jeep Grand Cherokee TrackHawk and is estimated to start production in July 2017. For those unfamiliar with the term, Jeep uses naming terms like TrailHawk for hardcore off-road models. Here is an in-depth look at the car to get you prepared for the launch:

Exterior

The exterior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat is similar to that of Charger Hellcat.

Reports suggest that the TrackHawk will be built on the same skeletal system as the Mercedes Benz M-Class. However, the engineers are facing problems protecting the drive-line from the powerful engine’s torque bombs.

The exterior is set to have the 3 signature scoops on the hood and will upgrade to a larger front end for better airflow and cooling.

Other visual changes include bigger wheels and wheel flares, bigger brakes, smoked headlamp glass and a light body kit. All of this will make it comfortable to ride on all terrains.

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Trims and Special Features of the Jeep Wrangler

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The new Jeep Wrangler is an addition to the brand’s robust collection of specific models along with the inclusion of the Backcountry, 75th Anniversary and Black Bear Editions. Its Sahara trim has a few aesthetic updates with a new interior option in Olive Green. Some new colors are also available that is quite noteworthy for the Wrangler.

The Jeep Wrangler of 2016 is available in two body styles; the 4 passenger, 2-door Wrangler and the 5-passenger, 4-door Wrangler Unlimited. Each of these two body styles are available today in 3 core levels namely Rubicon, Sahara and Sport. There are special extra models based on these above mentioned trims. A convertible roof made with vinyl material is standard on both. However, a hardtop with conveniently removable panes just on top of the front seals is also available.

The Wrangler Sport’s standard equipment include off and on road tires, wheels measuring 16-inches, skid plates, spare tire, fog lamps, manual mirrors, removable doors, adjustable driver sear and many more. Its Power Convenience Group includes features such as keyless entry, power locks and window, auto dimming mirror and a security alarm among others.

The Sport S package is available with 2-doors only and includes alloy wheels measuring 17-inches, leather-wrapped sophisticated steering wheel, air-conditioning, audio interface touch screen, satellite radio, heated front seats, media player interface and a USB port.

The Sahara package adds the items included in the Power Convenience Group, automatic headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, hood insulation to reduce noise, satellite radio and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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