April 7, 2004
New York auto show
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee revealed
New York, New York – Today, DaimlerChrysler will unveil the new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the New York auto show. The new Grand Cherokee will be newly available with the 5.7 litre Hemi V8 with 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. A 3.7 litre V6 will replace the 4.0 litre inline six cylinder engine, and the 4.7 litre V8 will continue to be offered. As well, three new full-time four-wheel-drive systems will be available on the Grand Cherokee.
“Customers expect every Jeep to set the standard for off-road capability, and the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will not disappoint,” said Jeff Bell, Chrysler Group Vice President. “What is unexpected is that the Jeep Grand Cherokee will also be the leader in on-road performance excitement.”
Its Quadra-Trac I 4WD system utilizes a single-speed transfer case to provide full-time four-wheel drive with no transfer case lever to shift or driver interaction required. Quadra-Trac II incorporates a new transfer case that provides full-time active four-wheel drive, which anticipates and prevents wheel slip for optimum traction during a wide range of conditions. This model will also include electronic shift with a true low-range gear and neutral for towing Grand Cherokee behind another vehicle. Quadra-Drive II uses Electronic Limited Slip Differentials (ELSD) which replace the Vari-Lock progressive axles used on the Quadra-Drive system from previous generation Jeep vehicles.
A new independent front suspension provides the driver with a greater sense of precision and control, more precise steering, and reduces vehicle weight and head toss, says the company. Front suspension wheel travel is increased 13 percent over the previous generation vehicle, and a tight turning diameter of 37.1 ft. is improved over the current Jeep Grand Cherokee to provide more nimble handling.
New five-link rear suspension geometry, including a track bar, also improves lateral stiffness to match that of the front suspension for optimum handling.
A Dynamic Handling System (DHS), a hydraulic-controlled active stabilizer system, is standard with the 5.7-litre Hemi engine. DHS significantly reduces body roll. 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. As well, the Grand Cherokee’s new rack-and-pinion steering system imparts a more precise steering feel than the previous recirculating ball steering system.
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.