plug-in hybrid without compromise on luxury and functionality

plug-in hybrid without compromise on luxury and functionality

MALAGA – The new Jeep Grand Cherokee seals Jeep’s commitment to plug-in hybrid propulsion. Fourth in the ecological range of Jeep 4xe, which includes the Wrangler, Renegade and Compass, the new Grand Cherokee expresses the typical values ​​of Jeep transported in Europe and in the 20-30 years of the new millennium: power, performance and spaciousness as a Jeep should . to be, as elegant and complete as high fashion demands, and designed for the European buyer who loves the outdoors but often lives in the city.

“The Grand Cherokee customer he is a smart person, he is focused on technology and the environment, he likes to travel and drive in an amazing style, but he always wants good space and safety for the family on board,” said Eric Laforge, Head of the Jeep European Brand. “New Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe fully meets European customer requests”.

This SUV – continued Laforge – is “high quality and boldness brought into the future. It completes the Jeep 4xe family, offering more technology and ecology, but always in the name of fun and freedom of movement. Grand Cherokee 4xe is more Jeep than before”.

An elegant flag (4.91 meters long) is a car that moves with surprising agility between off-road and urban environments, as demonstrated in our test drive around Malaga. The plug-in hybrid engine emphasizes the size of the city but also the natural passion of this SUV: the fully electric mode guarantees 51 km of freedom in the city to travel without emissions. But even off the road you can continue in EV mode, enjoying nature in near complete silence. The combined range reaches 700 km, for complete peace of mind on the road.

Grand Cherokee 4xe it combines a supercharged 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder engine, two high-voltage electric motors, an 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission and proven Jeep 4×4 drive systems, delivering 380hp and 637Nm of torque. The 400-volt battery pack contains 96 lithium-ion cells. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds.

Three ways to drive: in addition to the hybrid and electric ones, there is an eSave mode, which gives priority to the 2.0 liter petrol engine, while the battery is reserved for other uses; for example, electric driving on highways or in urban areas where the use of internal combustion engines is limited. The engine shuts off when the power demand is low (such as when the vehicle is stationary or in neutral). Furthermore, whenever the vehicle decelerates, the system first uses the regenerative braking available (up to 0.25G) from the electric motors to slow the vehicle down and charge the battery, reinforced by traditional friction brakes during rapid deceleration. required or when a low pull condition is detected. .

As usual off-road driving, off-road capability is ensured by two four-wheel drive systems: Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II with electronic rear limited slip differential (eLSD). Then there’s the unique Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension, which now has variable electronic damping, which ensures ground clearance of up to 27.5 centimeters and 61 centimeters of crossing capacity. Finally, the Selec-Terrain traction management system allows you to choose the most suitable off-road or on-road settings to optimize 4×4 performance: the device has five driving modes (Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, Mud/Sand) and electronically coordinates the 4×4 torque split, brake and assist system, steering and suspension, throttle control system, gear lever, transfer case and traction control, stability control, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and steering response .

A new proposal from the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is represented by the front axle cutout. When the vehicle senses that road conditions do not require all-wheel drive, the system automatically disengages the front axle and the Grand Cherokee shifts to two-wheel drive, reducing fuel consumption and wear on the transmission due to towing. Four-wheel drive is automatically re-engaged when the car senses the need.

“We succeeded in the mix to increase the Jeep’s standard performance thanks to the lightness of the materials used. Appearance is improved by 9%, comfort and aerodynamics are preserved, the large space is also enhanced in the trunk of 580 liters,” said Eugenio Sellaro Neto, Exterior Designer, Jeep Design Studio.

The design has been completely updated A modern call to luxury. The lean, sculpted exterior of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an updated look, including a Seven Slot front grille that is getting bigger. Aerodynamic performance and efficiency are enhanced by the low, pitched roof. A tapered belt line and large windows brighten the cabin and enhance the exterior. In the interior, priority was given to the continuous horizontal line, to the sculptural lines, to the wooden elements, to the contrast of colors and materials. Attention to detail can be found in the steering wheel and center panel. Diamond shaped seats, premium McIntosh audio, night lighting in selectable color complete the interior.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe it also has the most technological features in its history: more than 110 advanced safety features, including Active Driving Assist with level 2 autonomous driving, level 2 autonomous driving, surround view 360 degree and night vision cameras. There is also the My Navigation service, which includes driving assistance based on maps that are automatically updated via the Internet, to avoid congested roads or waste time.

There are four possible configurations: Limited, Overland, Trailhawk and Summit Reserve, the flagship of all Jeep models in terms of technology and sophistication, including 21″ polished wheels, Palermo leather seats, genuine walnut inserts and a new state-of-the-art McIntosh sound system with 19 specially designed speakers.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee already available in Italy. Prices range from 82,000 to 106,000 euros. Jeep will adhere to special financing regulations.

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