All-electric Jeep Grand Cherokee from Amp Electric Vehicles coming to Detroit

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 22, 2011

An all-electric Jeep Grand Cherokee from Amp Electric Vehicles will be unveiled at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show. Amp Electric Vehicles, an expert in producing electric SUVs, is based in Ohio. The proprietary technology that Amp has developed for its SUVs and full-sized vehicles will be used in this special Grand Cherokee. Amp has built a Mercedes M-class EV in the past.

The impending vehicles will be made for production, particularly for the fleet market. Those heading the company want to align the Amp Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Tesla Model S electric saloon. This Jeep model will cost about US$56,000.

Amp’s boss, Jim Taylor, said that this EV based on a world class vehicle and given AMP’s electrification is an electric vehicle that gives everything that SUV consumers could possibly want, including a seamless robust performance, zero emissions and a range that could go as high as 100 miles.

Further details about the Jeep Grand Cherokee EV would be announced at the Detroit show, which starts January 9. Amp aims to introduce more electric models next year.

All surfaces of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are there to help improve aerodynamics, improve fuel savings and make the design look more fluid. All of these help improve drag by 7% compared to the previous model. The 2011 Grand Cherokee drag coefficient is rated at 0.37.

Chrysler Group LLC senior vice president for product design Ralph Gilles says that the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is more focused, refined and sportier than previous models. It has the traditional Grand Cherokee design but has athletic and sculpted elements.

At the front, you have the Jeep’s signature grille with seven slots, circular headlamps and trapezoid-shaped wheel arches. The lower front fascia is removable and allows you to save more on fuel, while also improving off-road capability and on-road performance. It also sports a big chromed appliqué for the Overland and Limited models and you can opt for the tow hooks as well.

When viewed in profile, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a muscular and aggressive profile. The B-pillars have black appliques, giving the daylight opening a modern, sleek and aerodynamic look. You can opt for chromed door handles and mirrors to match the chromed daylight opening trims.

Meanwhile, standard 17-inch wheels give the vehicle outstanding off-road capability. Or you can choose the 18-inch or the 20-inch wheels. The taillights wrap from the rear to the back side of the vehicle, making it look more solid and elegant.

Also, several models have the HEMI V-8 engine, as well as 3.5-inch exhaust tips. Meanwhile those that have the Pentastar V-6 engine will also be getting the smaller 3-inch exhaust. All in all, the 2011 Grand Cherokee has superior on-road performance to complement the brand’s well-known off-road power.

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