The modern 4x4 is expected to do a lot more than traditional models, and the new Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee more than deliver on this expectation. Set off and explore the world, conquering any terrain that is put in your way, all from the safety and comfort of your brand new Jeep. No other car manufacturer is as iconic and as sought after throughout the world, delivering on experience, quality and practicality.
Wrangler: Smooth Ride Across All Conditions
Ensure you stay on track when driving through snow, with the much heralded and legendary Rock-Trac 4x4 system, which comes as standard across all the Wrangler models. A 4:1 low gear ratio allows the Wrangler to move with greater control and increases the amount of torque that is available to the wheels.
The Wrangler can handle even the roughest of rivers. With its excellent ground clearance of 223mm, it can slide over the surface of most bodies of water without breaking a sweat. In addition, the Wrangler also sports extra electrical and body sealing, along with a high air intake to help you navigate up to 30 inches of water.
With the Tru-Lok locking differentials, which help balance the speed between the left and right wheels, you will be able to maintain your momentum. This is imperative when taking on boggy sand dunes.
When driving through slippery mud it is difficult to keep in control of the steering. The steering linkage and recirculating-ball steering gear provide the Wrangler with one of the stiffest possible linkage systems allowing for precision steering.
An added extra on the sport model is Command-Trac, which helps equal power to all four wheels, meaning it can get through the treacherous mud with ease.
The all-new Wrangler’s suspension system helps enhance its on and off road driving capabilities. The added flexibility and axle articulation means that when one or two wheels are elevated, the suspension aids in keeping the others on the ground, helping to maintain a smoother ride throughout.
Cherokee: Turning Challenges Into Routine
The Active Drive I 4x4 system that the Cherokee deploys automatically activates when temperatures drop, giving enhanced driving capabilities when the snow begins to fall. The new Cherokee boasts the fantastic Selec-Terrain 4x4 system, which allows you to change the traction control at a flick of a dial to meet your specific road needs, including snow, sand, mud and rocky terrain. While driving on snow, power is variably distributed between the front and rear wheels, with a front wheel bias in torque to keep you totally in control of steering when the conditions become slippery.
With a water fording depth of up to 20 inches the Jeep Cherokee can handle most outdoor pursuits. Its electrics and body are tightly sealed to make sure you have no difficulties with water entering the cabin or any of the sensitive hardware in the car.
The sand and mud mode helps maximise traction and provides additional wheel slip for loose terrain. Maintaining momentum when travelling through sand is key. The Selec-Terrain system variably alters the power to make up to 100% of the torque available to the rear axle, keeping the Jeep Cherokee moving forward.
When launching in slippery muddy conditions, wheels have a tendency to skid. To counteract this, the Selec-Terrain 4x4 system launches the car in second gear.
The Brake Lock differential arrangement on the Cherokee keeps both the wheels on the same axle at the same rate of speed. This means if one of the wheels has lost traction and is just spinning freely, the brake pads will automatically engage on that wheel and send more torque to the wheel that does have traction, thus moving the car forward.
Driving on gravel is more difficult than driving on the road, as your tyres simply don’t have the same amount of grip. In a conventional car this can make steering dangerous and unpredictable, putting you and your passengers in potential danger. The new Cherokee, however, automatically alters the torque that is sent to each wheel depending on the amount of traction that wheel has, increasing the overall grip of the car. This adaptive response keeps the handling both effective and safe.
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