Venchurs reveals the Xplore Jeep Grand Cherokee

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 5, 2011

The new Xplore Jeep Grand Cherokke was unveiled by Venchurs today and promises to offer all Jeep enthusiasts a “premium SUV that's more at home on a dirt trail than in front of fancy restaurants.” The first visual impact with the car shows a signature special matte clear titanium grey paint while the first door opened reveals a charcoal leather interior by Katzkin.

As expected these are some minor changes comparing with the modified suspension package and some very serious hardware from Mopar, BF Goodrich and Method Racing.

Moreover, the car will be initially available only as a built-to-order custom vehicles from Venchurs and customers will be able to order it through select Jeep dealerships nationwide along with the Xplore Jeep Wrangler, which was unveiled at the 2011 Easter Jeep Safari.

Venchurs also revealed the fact that each customer who will order an Xplore Jeep will receive a free, one-year Annual Pass to all National Parks and other Federal lands, a one-year membership in Xplore Club and a subscription to Xplore Lifestyle Journal.

Expect more from the latest iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee – now more capable and more refined. When Jeep introduced the Jeep Grand Cherokee in 1992, the brand ushered the rise of the so-called premium SUV segment. Now nearly 18 years and over 4 million sales later, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee still features the brand's four-wheel-drive, towing capability and torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case, but it is now more fuel efficient (up to 11 percent) and boasts of a world-class interior.

Scott Kunselman, Vice President for Jeep/Truck Product Team at Chrysler LLC, remarked that after listening to customers and the market, they were able to create a Jeep Grand Cherokee that combines premium on-road performance and class-leading Jeep capability. Mike Accavitti, Director for Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge Brands, remarked that the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee represents the next step in the evolution of the SUV, laden with unique technologies like Quadra-Lift air suspension – for Jeep off-road capability -- and Selec-Terrain traction control that enables driver to picked the most-suitable drive system for on- or off-road driving conditions.

Underpinned by a rear-wheel-drive unibody platform that also underpins the Mercedes-Benz ML, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee features new front and rear independent suspension systems. Three 4x4 systems -- Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II – are offered for the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Quadra Trac I allows for full-time automatic four-wheel drive operation over various road conditions. The lightweight single-speed Quadra Trac I is designed for improved fuel economy.

Quadra Trac II, meanwhile, features a two-speed transfer case that receives data from an array of sensors to detect tire slip at the earliest possible moment and then take remedial action. Quadra Trac II employs Throttle Anticipate to detect quick movement in the throttle from a stop, allowing it to optimize traction even when any slippage happens.

Once it detects a tire slippage, it would reroute up to 100 percent of available torque to the axle with the most traction. On the other hand, Quadra Drive II features a rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD) for an industry-leading traction capability.

Quadra Drive II could immediately sense tire slip and then sends engine torque to tires with traction. It could also anticipate low traction and promptly adjust to limit or eliminate slip. Selec-Terrain is included as standard on Quadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II.

Press Release


Adrian, MI (June 30, 2011) – Venchurs unveiled the newest XPLORE Adventure Series vehicle today at its headquarters in Adrian, Michigan. The XPLORE Grand Cherokee is a hand-built, special edition Jeep for enthusiasts that want a premium SUV that's more at home on a dirt trail than in front of fancy restaurants. "Over the last 70 years, Jeep has defined true off-road capability and introduced the world to the great outdoors - the Jeep Grand Cherokee is an amazing vehicle," states Jeff Wyatt, CEO of Venchurs.

"We feel privileged to offer this special version designed to deliver more power, capability and satisfaction to faithful Jeep enthusiasts." The XPLORE Adventure Series Grand Cherokee is finished in a signature special matte clear titanium grey paint with a charcoal leather interior by Katzkin. Underneath it features a modified suspension package and some very serious hardware from Mopar, BF Goodrich and Method Racing.

Special color and trim details are featured and more accessories are available. XPLORE Grand Cherokees will initially be available only as built-to-order custom vehicles from Venchurs. Along with the XPLORE Jeep Wrangler, the XPLORE Grand Cherokee is available through select Jeep dealerships nationwide.

Each XPLORE Jeep owner receives a free, one- year Annual Pass to all National Parks and other Federal lands, a one-year membership in XPLORE CLUB and a subscription to XPLORE Lifestyle Journal; a high-quality quarterly featuring amazing places to go, fun things to do and interesting people. For every XPLORE Jeep sold, a donation is made to the National Park Foundation.

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