Jeep announces Grand Cherokee ‘Sports Line’

Article by Christian A., on October 19, 2012

The Jeep range of 4x4 vehicles is expected to continue. Already, information about an impressive new Grand Cherokee ‘Sports Line’ version, the S-Limited, has been released. The new Grand Cherokee S-Limited is intended to compete with the ‘sports-styled’ premium SUV segment of the crowded 4WD market.

It will have the muscular sporty styling that Jeep is known for but it won’t have the big capacity petrol engines that power the performance versions like the 6.4-litre V8-powered Grand Cherokee SRT.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee S-Limited will get a bold but appealing sports appearance, getting numerous styling cues from the new SRT version. Meanwhile, it offers several of the more popular product features from the other models of the Grand Cherokee range when it comes to fuel economy, 4x4 capability, safety, technology and comfort.

It is built with incredible style and craftsmanship, with the skilful use of real carbon fibre trim to showcase how the S-Limited is designed from the start to provide greater style and equipment to achieve a better price than its rivals. The new S-Limited’s interior has a leather-covered heated steering wheel and ventilated sports-styled Nappa leather seats. The cabin gets a sporty, performance-oriented appearance with its bright, racing style pedal pads.

Additional standard features include the following: Quadra-Lift air suspension, Quadra-Trac II four wheel drive system, cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, Uconnect navigation, black gloss 20-inch alloy wheels, 825-watt Harman-Kardon audio system with 19 speakers and three sub-woofers, power tailgate, and distinctive black grille and rear light bar.

The new Grand Cherokee S-Limited is powered by Jeep’s proven 237bhp, 2987cc V6 CRD diesel engine with new-generation, 1.8-bar injectors and MultiJet II technology developed by Fiat Powertrain. The new Grand Cherokee S-Limited starts selling this month and has a price tag of £44,595 (OTR).

Even if the new Grand Cherokee comes in a design language that is obviously more modern, it continues to be immediately recognizable as a Jeep. This is mainly due to the seven-slot grille and the classic wheel arches shaped like a trapezoid. By having a windscreen that is steeply raked and combined with a high waist line, the resulting appearance is sportier and even more muscular.

In addition, since the vehicle has an aerodynamic shape, it is able to attain a low coefficient of drag. In order to enhance not only the departure and approach angles but even the break-over angles, Jeep made sure that the new model would have short overhangs for both the front and the rear. This also resulted in the new model being able to have exceptional off-road ability.

Should it become clear that the terrain is about to become tougher, it is possible to remove the spoiler in the front. Once this is done, the new Grand Cherokee’s approach angle gets an additional 4 degrees. When it comes to the dimensions, this new model is longer and wider by 7 cm compared to the previous model. Wheelbase has been extended as well and the additional 13 cm meant that boot space is increased and leg-room in the rear is improved as well.

Talking about space, the cargo area is able to offer a maximum of 782 liters even with the seats all in place. This is larger by 11% than the model it will be replacing. Aside from the excellent amount of space for the luggage, there is also the full-sized spare wheel. Though the tailgate can be power operated, this is only offered for the Overland variant. The interior is topnotch as well with the use of elegant appointments and fine details. Detail was not compromised especially with the quality of the fit and finish.

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