2012 SEMA Preview: Jeep Grand Cherokee Half & Half

Article by Christian A., on October 17, 2012

Mopar Performance parts and accessories gave a makeover to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Half & Half. Mopar also cleverly demonstrated the before and after by placing a zipper graphic down the center of the vehicle. This giant-size Mopar zipper was attached to the front bumper and is suggestive of the dual-identity of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Half & Half.

On one side, there’s a totally fine 2013 Deep Cherry Pearl Coat 2013 stock Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. While on the other side, there’s a highly “Moparized” Grand Cherokee that shows potential customers how the vehicle could look when it’s fitted with hundreds of thousands of Mopar parts and accessories to select from to customize your ride.

The wheels also display the one-of-a-kind “split-screen” effect of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Half & Half. The side with the stock features has standard 17-inch wheels. Meanwhile, 20-inch chrome wheels are used on the “Moparized” side of the vehicle. Mopar also gave the chrome wheels a crisp and cool appearance. Mopar used chrome on the mesh-grille insert, tube steps, mirror caps, hood air deflector and fog lamp bezels.

The exterior has also received a trailer hitch with wiring harness, front tow hooks, bright license plate frame, roof rack cross bows and luggage carrier. Even the interior is evenly divided between stock and “Moparized”.

The Mopar segment of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Half & Half uses accessories such as Grand Cherokee logo door-sill guards, a bright pedal kit, all-weather mats, cargo tray, cargo net, premium Katzkin Tuscany Leather interior and remote-start capabilities.

The company gave the guarantee that all of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokees that have either the Quadra-Lift or the off-road will be Trail Rated. What this simply means is that the vehicle is able to perform is various challenging off-road scenarios. This is based on five important performance categories, all of which are consumer-oriented. These are articulation, ground clearance, maneuverability, traction, and water fording. It has been revealed as well that a total of three 4x4 systems will be offered for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The first is the Quadra-Trac I which is able to deliver anytime a full-wheel drive without the need for any levers or switches. What happens is that the system itself is the one that makes sure operation is smooth despite what the current road condition may be. Also light-weight, this single-speed case has been proved to be highly efficient and thus help improve fuel economy. Second is the Quadra-Trac II, a two-speed transfer case. For this version, it makes use of sensors to obtain data and determine if a tire slip is about to occur and thus make the necessary action to correct it.

One feature it has is known as the Throttle Anticipate which is able to detect any quick movement in the vehicle’s throttle, especially from stop. Once it does so, it makes sure that traction is maximized even before the slippage happens. However, if it is not possible to prevent tire slippage, the system immediately puts 100% of the available torque to the axle that currently has the most traction. Selec-Terrain is fitted as standard with this system.

Third system is the Quadra-Drive II. With an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential in the rear, there is no question that it is able to offer the best tractive capability in the industry. Once the system determines a tire slip has occurred, it distributes effortlessly the torque to the tires having traction. There are even situations wherein the system determines and anticipates that low traction is occurring and makes the necessary adjustment to limit, if not prevent, the slip from happening. Like the Quadra Trac II, the Quadra Drive II also has the Selec-Terrain included as standard.

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