2012 Jeep Grand CherokeePosted: December 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 New Car Models, Jeep | Leave a comment »
Jeep is an automobile marque of Chrysler (itself a subsidiary of Fiat). The first Willys Jeeps were produced in 1941 with the first civilian models in 1945, making it the oldest off-road vehicle and sport utility vehicle (SUV) brand. It inspired a number of other light utility vehicles, such as the Land Rover, which is the second oldest 4-wheel-drive brand. The original Jeep vehicle, that first appeared as the prototype Bantam BRC became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the US Army and Allies during World War II, as well as the post war period. Many Jeep variants serving similar military and civilian roles have since been created in other nations.
In his review about 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the autochannel says about Jeep brand:
Built on 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in Laredo (at $27.490 for 4×2 drivetrain and $29.490 for 4×4), Laredo X (at $34.295 for 4×2 and $36.295 for 4×4), Limited (at $36.795 for 4×2 and $39.295 for 4×4), Overland (at $43.095 for 4×2 and $42.995 for 4×4) and Overland Summit ($39.495 for 4×2 and $46.595 for 4×4) trims. A high-performance SRT8 version (at $54.470, only 4×4) joins the Grand Cherokee lineup for 2012.
Standard equipment of 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglamps, cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a CD-player and an auxiliary audio jack. An optional package adds a power driver seat, satellite radio, an iPod interface and keyless entry/ignition. The Security and Convenience package includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a cargo cover, Bluetooth and remote engine start. A back-up camera, leather upholstery and a premium sound system with nine speakers is also available.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited gets all the Laredo’s optional equipment plus 18-inch wheels, aditional chrome trim, rear-parking sensors, automatic wipers, bi-xenon headlights, auto-dimming exterior mirrors and more. The Limited model’s options include a power and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering-wheel and ventilated front seats.
The Overland gets all the Limited’s option plus the variable-height Quadra-Lift air suspension and special exterior and interior trim that includes a mesh grille, perforated leather seating and a wood/leather steering wheel. The Overland Summit tops it off with additional exterior chrome accents, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and blind-spot/rear cross-path detection system.
The high-performance 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes with most of the Overland’s luxury features along with an exclusive V8 engine, color-keyed grille, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED running lights, paddle shifters and carbon-fiber cabin accents.
All trims of 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee (except the SRT8) are powered by a 290-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque 3.6-liter V6 engine, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. 4×2 models have a rating of 17 mpg city and 23 miles per gallon highway while 4×4 models achieve 16 mpg city/ 23 mpg highway. Optional is the legendary 5.7-liter MDS V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic. This engine delivers 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. All 4×4 models see improved fuel economy ratings of 13 miles per gallon city and 20 mpg highway. 4×2 models have a rating of 14 mpg city/ 20 mpg highway. The MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V8 mode when more power from the 5.7-liter MDS engine is requested.
The new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT 8 packs a new 6.4-liter V8 engine with 470 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. EPA fuel economy is rated at 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.
The combination of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system and the Jeep Selec-Terrain traction system lets customers choose the 4×4 setting for the optimum experience on all terrains. Selec-Terrain electronically coordinates up to 12 different powertrain, braking and suspension systems including throttle control, transmission shift, transfer case, traction control and electronic stability control (ESC). Front and rear independent suspension features isolated front and rear suspensions cradles. Variable-rate rear springs deliver uncompromised on-road handling and comfort that complements the vehicle’s off-road capability. The rear suspension allows the spare tire to be stored inside the vehicle.
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes more than 45 safety and security features and is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick. Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation (ERM), four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with rough-road detection, four-wheel brake traction control system, seat-belt pretensioners, full-length side-curtain airbags, seat-mounted side thorax air bags, active head restraints and more.
The Edmunds says about 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee:
With its on-road refinement, well-trimmed cabin and traditional off-road ability, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a fully competitive midsize SUV.