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Jeep announces aggressive pricing for the new Grand Cherokee

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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 1:30 am    Post subject: Jeep announces aggressive pricing for the new Grand Cherokee Reply with quote

Zwartkops, Pretoria – The Chrysler and Jeep division of DaimlerChrysler South Africa has announced pricing for the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, due for South African launch on 1 June 2005.

“The Jeep Grand Cherokee has established itself as the benchmark by which all large SUVs are judged in South Africa,” explains Guy Franken, Chrysler and Jeep marketing manager at DCSA. “Our customers have come to expect comfort, reliability, functionality and, most of all, affordability from the entire Jeep range and the new premium Jeep Grand Cherokee is no exception.

“DaimlerChrysler is committed to launching vehicles that offer unequalled value propositions. Our new Jeep Grand Cherokee pricing, which is effectively lower than that of the outgoing model, confirms this,” he continues.

These new price points, which aggressively position the new Jeep SUV as a high-value premium 4x4, also include a new three-year/100 000km warranty, free maintenance to 60 000km and fixed owner-contribution maintenance from 60 000 to 100 000km. The warranty and service plan on the outgoing Jeep Grand Cherokee was three years/60 000km only.

“The competitive landscape in South Africa, especially with regard to large SUVs, has changed significantly over the past few years,” Franken concludes. “Consumers are demanding more for less and all manufacturers have raised their game to meet such demand. However, with brand new diesel V-6 and petrol V-8 engines, unrivalled 4x4 ability, on-road performance on par with the best-in-class competitors, and incredible pricing, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee will definitely re-establish the brand’s hegemony in this segment.”

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:07 am    Post subject: 3.0L crd grand cherokee Reply with quote

New 3.0-litre Diesel Engine Debuts for New Jeep® Grand Cherokee in Geneva (Outside North America)

Specifications and press kit translations are available in pdf format to the right under "Attached Documents."

Geneva, Mar 1, 2005 -

New 3.0-litre diesel delivers class-leading power and torque
First-time availability of 5.7-litre HEMI with Multi-Displacement System in a Jeep® vehicle
New exterior and interior design captures authentic Jeep look and feel
Two new 4x4 systems to meet every customer’s driving needs
Since its introduction in 1992, the Jeep® Grand Cherokee has revolutionised the sport-utility market. Now leading the path carved by its predecessors, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2005 is designed, engineered and built to master every imaginable day-to-day driving condition, whether on-road or off-road, in all kinds of weather.

Making its European debut today at the 75th Salon de l’Automobile in Geneva, the new, third-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a sportier appearance, improved on-road ride and handling and superior off-road capability — all in a well-appointed package with a number of new premium amenities. The result is a Jeep that is all-new from the ground up, and all Jeep from the inside out.

“Jeep Grand Cherokee sets the benchmark with its on-road refinement, off-road mastery and best-in-class performance in three key areas of customer satisfaction: engine power, off-road traction and towing capabilities,” said Thomas Hausch, Executive Director of International Sales and Marketing—Chrysler Group. “Now with the new 3.0 CRD engine and 5.7-litre HEMI® with MDS, it becomes an even more compelling package for customers in Europe and other international markets.”

New engines deliver performance and power
Jeep Grand Cherokee brings customers an all-new state-of-the-art 3.0-litre V-6 common-rail turbo diesel (CRD) engine, and for the first time ever, the 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 engine is available on a Jeep vehicle. These two engines drive GrandCherokee to provide best-in-class power. The popular 4.7-litre SOHC V-8 engine will continue to be available.

The all-new 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine is a “next-generation” power unit from the DaimlerChrysler Group producing class-leading levels of power and torque, with good fuel economy. With Bosch high-pressure fuel injection (2000+ bar), a variable geometry turbocharger and four valves per cylinder, the new engine meets Euro 4 emissions standards without a diesel particulate filter. Maximum power is 160 kW (218 hp DIN) and peak torque is 510 N•m (376 lb.-ft.) from just 1800 rpm.

For the diesel engine, a kick-down switch is now added to the accelerator pedal. This detent, reached before the full travel of the pedal, is intended to reduce transmission kick-downs during normal driving but still allow for full pedal travel when a quicker acceleration is wanted by the driver.

Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first SUV to offer the Multi-Displacement System (MDS). On the 5.7-litre HEMI engine, MDS deactivates half the cylinders during cruising and light acceleration to increase fuel economy by up to 20 percent, depending on driving conditions. Ninety percent of peak torque is available from 2400 to 5100 rpm for excellent performance while trailer towing or travelling off-road, as well as regular city and highway driving. A sophisticated Electronic Throttle Control system tailors throttle response to pedal movement based on operating conditions, and when cruise control is activated, maintains a more consistent vehicle speed on rolling grades than was possible with the previous mechanical throttle.

This control does not come at the expense of performance. The 5.7-litre HEMI engine provides class-leading power and torque, at 240 kW (326 hp DIN) and 500 N•m (369 lb.-ft.). It also stands among the best in class for acceleration and fuel consumption.

With the 5.7-litre HEMI and 3.0 CRD engines, the Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers best-in-class towing capacity of 3500 kg (7716 lbs.). Combined with the 1908 litres (67.4 cu. ft.) of rear cargo volume, this allows customers greater flexibility in usage for both business and pleasure.

All-new five-speed automatic offers premium refinement
An all-new five-speed W5A580 automatic transmission offers smooth shifts and optimum fuel economy with the 3.0 CRD. The existing 545RFE five-speed automatic transmission used with the 4.7-litre V-8 and 5.7-litre HEMI has been refined for higher-quality shifts while increasing the Grand Cherokee’s maximum towing capacity.

Both transmissions feature Electronic Range Select driver interactive shift control for the first time on Jeep Grand Cherokee. The shifter provides fully automatic shifting in the “Drive” position, or the driver can manually select each gear sequentially by moving the shift lever left or right from the “Drive” position. This gives the driver control to precisely match any on-road or off-road driving requirement.
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