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Jeep Announces New 2002 Grand Cherokee Features and Overland Model

Jeep Grand Cherokee LaredoAuburn Hills, Mich - As the innovator of the compact sport-utility segment, Jeep® continues to offer unique vehi-cles to its customers. For 2002, Jeep Grand Cherokee remains at the forefront of the segment with a new 4.7-liter high output V-8 engine and additional premium features.

“Like many Jeep vehicles before it, the first Jeep Grand Cherokee revolutionized how customers thought of sport-utility vehicles,” said Tom Marinelli, Vice President—Chrysler/Jeep Division Global Brand Center, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. “Grand Cherokee continues this tradition by offering customers features they would expect to find in luxury sedans with all the utility and capability of a Jeep vehicle.”

The new 4.7-liter Power Tech V-8 High-Output engine for 2002 produces 260 horsepower (195 kW) at 5100 rpm, and 330 lb.-ft. (448 N•m) of torque at 3600 rpm, representing a 15-percent increase in horsepower and 12-percent increase in torque over the highly acclaimed 4.7-liter Power Tech V-8 engine. Both engines are mated to the five-speed automatic transmission that made its debut for 2001. This 545RFE transmission provides a second overdrive gear for increased highway fuel economy and reduced engine noise at highway speeds. The high-output version of the 4.7-liter engine is standard on the new premium Overland model, and available on the Limited. The standard 4.7-liter engine continues to be featured on the Limited, and available on the Laredo model. Laredo continues to offer the 4.0-liter Power Tech I-6 engine as standard equipment.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland model combines the 4.7-liter high output engine with a high level of standard equipment and premium appointments, making it the most powerful and luxurious Grand Cherokee yet. Offered in four exterior colors, Overland models feature 17-inch machined-rim aluminum wheels, metallic painted side rock rails and unique front and rear fascias. The dark slate interior features Redwood Burl wood accents, premium suede and leather seats and “Overland” embroidered floor mats.

In true Jeep style, the Grand Cherokee Overland model offers as much functional content as it does unique appearance. This top-of-the-line model offers as standard new rain-sensitive front windshield wipers and side air bag curtains. It also features the award-winning Quadra Drive® system, which combines the Quadra Trac II® transfer case and Vari-Lok™ axles for the ultimate in capability. Also standard on Overland is the Up-Country Suspension Group, Skid Plate Group,P235/65R17 outlined white letter all-terrain tires, full-size spare tire with a matching wheel and 10-disc CD changer.

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Utilizing a rain sensor attached to the windshield, Grand Cherokee offers rain-sensitive front windshield wipers for 2002. When the front windshield wiper control is turned to “AUTO,” the wiper system automatically activates when it rains. Jeep has a long tradition of integrating safety into every vehicle—and the Grand Cherokee is no exception. New for 2002, available side curtain air bags provide head protection for both front and rear outboard occupants. Standard multi-stage driver and passenger front air bags are designed to deploy at different levels depending on the severity of the impact and whether the occupant is buckled.

Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a new tire pressure monitoring system in 2002. Sensors mounted in the valve stem of each tire, including the spare, transmit information to the overhead con-sole. A warning message displayed on the overhead console alerts the driver when the tire pressure exceeds or falls below the set thresholds. In addition, the 2002 Grand Cherokee offers adjustable brake and accelerator pedals. Using a switch conveniently located on the instrument panel, drivers can move the pedals three inches rearward of the standard pedal position to allow drivers with shorter legs to sit more com-fortably with the steering wheel. The pedal position is incorporated into the “his-and-hers” memory settings, along with the seat position, radio station selections and mirror settings on equipped vehicles. Only Jeep Grand Cherokee prevents the pedals from moving when the vehicle is in reverse or when using cruise control, for the safety of the occupants. Consumers will notice improved air conditioning performance on Grand Cherokee for 2002. A new thermal expansion valve added to the evaporator improves air conditioning performance by five-to-ten degrees.

Both the Laredo and Limited models get new wheels for 2002. The Limited features new 17-inch aluminum wheels as standard. Laredo now has 16-inch aluminum wheels previously offered on the Limited model. Laredo and Limited models are available in both two- and four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive Laredo models feature the Selec-Trac® full-time transfer case with low-range. The Quadra-Trac II on-demand transfer case with low-range is standard on Limited and optional on Laredo. For 2002, Vari-Lok axles replace the Trac-Lok option. Vari-Lok axles use progressive, hydro-mechanical speed-sensing torque transfer couplings in both front and rear differentials. The Quadra-Drive system combines the Quadra-Trac II transfer case and Vari-Lok axles and is able to send nearly 100 percent of the developed engine torque to just one wheel, if necessary.

Safety features standard on Grand Cherokee include next-generation air bags(a), self-adjusting low tension three-point seat belts and height-adjustable shoulder belts. Introduced in 2001, Grand Cherokee offers standard child seat tether anchorages. These anchor points in the rear floor pan add an important element of safety for child seats. The Grand Cherokee is offered in four new exterior colors—Dark Garnet Red Pearl Coat, Inferno Red Tinted Pearl Coat, Onyx Green Pearl Coat and Graphite Metallic Pearl Coat—and the new Dark Slate Gray interior color. Grand Cherokee is produced at DaimlerChrysler’s Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit (Mich.). For international markets, left- and right-hand drive four-wheel drive versions are produced at the Steyr-Daimler-Puch Fahrzeugtechnik AG assembly plant in Graz, Austria.