Jeep is at the 2013 North American International Auto Show to introduce its revamped range of SUVs. The Grand Cherokee, Compass and Patriot models have in fact been subjected to a pretty serious upgrade that is meant to make them more appealing in a segment where the direct competition is getting tougher and tougher by the day.
The Grand Cherokee MY 2014 earns the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with paddles on the steering wheel), available on all engines. In conjunction with the 3.0-liter V6 diesel, for instance, it can reduce the fuel consumption to 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers. Inside there is a new three-spoke steering wheel, the ZF gear selector and two screens: a 7-inch one located on the instrument panel and a 8.4-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dashboard, which manages the functions of the UConnect system. Jeep also offers the new Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Park Assist and Front Collision Alert systems as optional extras. The menacing SRT8 version (featuring the awesome 6.4-liter HEMI V8, producing 470 hp and 630 Nm) has been improved as well, and will also count on the 8-speed transmission by ZF.
Mild aesthetic upgrades aside, both Patriot and Compass MY 2014 are now equipped with a new transmission: the automatic six-speed gearbox by Powertech, which uses a long sixth gear that’s particularly beneficial in terms of fuel consumption. The new transmission will be part of the standard equipment for the ‘Latitude’ and ‘Limited’ trims and will be offered as optional for the ‘Sport’. Engine range is made of two four-cylinder petrol units: a 2.0 and a 2.4-liter producing 190 hp with 160 Nm of torque and 224 hp with 174 Nm respectively.
The restyled Grand Cherokee is not the only new Jeep-branded novelty that will show up at the upcoming 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (January 14-27), it will be joined by the new face-lifted versions of the Compass and the Patriot, which have also been classified as Model Year 2014. Both cars are getting closer and closer to end of their respective life cycles (in 2014 at the latest) which explains why they underwent just a mild cosmetic upgrade. However, the Jeep guys have provided both models with a new gearbox as well, namely a PowerTech six-speed automatic transmission, with a particularly long 6th gear that should improve fuel consumption.
The new transmission will be part of the standard equipment of the ‘Latitude’ and ‘Limited’ variants and will be offered as an optional for the ‘Sport’. Engine range is made of a 2.0 and a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder units, credited with an output of 190 hp (with 160 Nm of torque) and 224 hp (and 174 Nm) respecitvely. As for the the stylistic upgrades, the Jeep Compass comes with a new grille with chrome edges, slightly different headlights, wing side mirrors painted in body color and new 18-inch alloy wheels. Other highlights include the rear view camera and new Saddle Brown leather upholstery.
The Jeep Patriot instead remains virtually unchanged and therefore will still be offered in ‘Sport’, ‘Latitude’ and ‘Limited’ trims, front- and all-wheel drive or full. Jeep is known for paying attention to both active and passive safety, and that’s why these two cars wil be equipped with more than 30 support systems that make the Patriot one of the safer AWD models out there. Plus, it is not that expensive either: in North America the entry level variant is priced at $ 15,995. Both models will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.
It appears that Jeep has a rather elaborate plan in mind to relaunch the brand on a global scale. Besides introducing to the American market a new diesel engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, awaited to debut at the next Naias, the 2013 Detroit Motor Show, it seems that the manufacturer wants also to renew other models in the range, including Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot.
The next generation of Jeep Compass should be unveiled in the second half of 2013 and, most likely, will have a totally renovated look that will feature new components and very different aesthetics compared to those of the standard model. As well as Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot will also be rejuvenated and will be characterised by freshly designed lines and new accessories.
During 2013, will also be unveiled the successor to Jeep Liberty, the crossover which recently featured in few spy shots, disguised as Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The new car should be based on the Compact U.S. Wide (CUSW ) platform, and should arrive in Europe with a wide choice of powertrains. An exact launch date for this model has not yet been confirmed, however it is not expected until late in the next year.
Jeep was at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with some of its latest models: Jeep Grand Cheokee SRT Limited Edition, Jeep Wrangler Moab and Jeep Compass Overland special edition. On the stand in Paris were also the new 2013 Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass Black Edition and Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited, which will soon be launched on the market.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Limited Edition is powered by the 6.4-litre Hemi V8 producing 468 horsepower, only available in Bright White colour with black details and customisable interior combination. In the spotlight in Paris also the new Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited equipped with a V6 CRD engine with Multijet2 technology and maximum output of 241 hp and 550 Nm of torque.
On stage was also the latest addition to the Wrangler family, Jeep Wrangler Moab (derived from the prototype shown earlier this year at Jeep annual meeting in Utah), which fully expresses the off-road stance of the Jeep brand. Jeep has also presented the new 2013 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Compass Black Edition, the special series introduced last month in Europe, as well as Jeep Compass Overland, top of the range American SUV.
Here are the first pics of the ‘Altitude’ limited edition versions of three Jeep models: Grand Cherokee, Compass and Patriot. The three popular off-roaders from the American manufacturer get a slew of blackened details and are inspired by the Compass and Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept that were showcased at the latest Geneva Motor Show.
Even though the main color of the bodywork can be chosen by the buyer, other elements such as front grille, head-lamps outlines, alloys and a few bits in the cabin will come in black only. This move will provide the car with a strong and sporty contrast with any color the client might go for (apart from black, of course). Jeep hasn’t specified whether this special range will also be made available on this side of the pond, so for now we can just cross our fingers and hope for the best.
The new Jeep Compass is being redesigned as a soft-road model aiming at increasing Jeep sales in Europe. The sales objective is about 125,000 units a year, starting from 2014 when the new Compass will go on sale. The model will use the same Fiat compact platform which will appear on the Alfa Giulia.
The Jeep Compass will have a long wheelbase and wide track platform, with four-wheel drive capability - modifications of the front-drive Giulietta platform. The new Alfa SUV will use the same base and both the Jeep and Italian model should compete in the premium SUV segment of the European car market against models like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander.
The next generation Jeep Compass will replace both the current model and the Patriot. It will be revealed in 2013 for a market launch the following year and will have a two-litre diesel engine in the line-up meaning Jeep should be able to compete in Europe. The 125,000 sales figure is up from 15,000 Jeep models sold in Europe last year.
That is well above even Land Rover sales of 75,000 but Jeep says it “is a global brand with a new product range and an expanding dealer network”. Other models contributing to the ambitious plan include a facelifted Wrangler, new Cherokee and Grand Cherokee and the Grand Wagoneer. The models will be jointly sold through Lancia outlets.
Source | Autocar