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2004 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Information

2004 Jeep Grand CherokeeThe Jeep® Grand Cherokee enters the 2004 model year with a new appearance, expanded model line and unique features as this legendary 4x4 continues to set the standard for all other vehicles in the class it created.

“The timeless design of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is accentuated with a new fascia and authentic Jeep character for 2004,” said Jeff Bell, Vice President — Jeep, DaimlerChrysler Corporation. “With these enhancements, the Grand Cherokee is even more of an outstanding package that offers customers versatile interior space, nimble handling, easy maneuverability, on-road refinement and legendary off-road capability.”

The 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s fresh look starts with a new front fascia, new grille and new fog lamp appearance for all models, which debuted in early 2003. Along with its new appearance, the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee gives customers even more options than before by expanding to five models: Laredo, the new Special and Freedom Editions, Limited and Overland.

The new Special Edition model has the monochromatic exterior design cues of the Limited model. Four-wheel drive Special Edition models also include fog lamps, Quadra Trac II® transfer case, AM/FM/ Cassette/10-disc CD with Infinity® speakers and a Special Edition badge.

The successful top-of-the-line Grand Cherokee Overland model continues into 2004 with the 4.7-liter High Output V-8 engine, a high level of standard equipment and premium appointments, making it the most powerful and luxurious Grand Cherokee ever.

In keeping with the Jeep brand’s “go-anywhere, do-anything” philosophy, the 2004 Grand Cherokee is offered with a new factory-installed Navigation Radio for the first time. This new system combines a 4.9-inch full-color display, AM/FM Stereo, CD Player and navigation system all in one unit.

TRADITION OF SAFETY INNOVATIONS

The Jeep brand has a long tradition of integrating safety into every vehicle, and the Grand Cherokee leads the way with several industry firsts.

For 2004, Grand Cherokee is equipped with BeltAlert™, DaimlerChrysler’s new enhanced seat belt reminder system. If the vehicle is driven without the driver being properly belted, the system will periodically activate a chime and illuminate a light in the instrument cluster to remind the driver to buckle up. The driver should then instruct all occupants to buckle up as well.

The Grand Cherokee offered the world’s first standard driver-side air bag in a sport-utility vehicle when it was first launched as a 1993 model. Now standard, multi-stage driver and passenger front air bags are designed to deploy at different levels depending on the severity of the impact. Available ceiling-mounted side curtain air bags offer additional head protection for both front and rear outboard occupants.

In addition, Jeep was the first sport-utility vehicle to offer a tire pressure monitoring system with the 2002 model. Sensors mounted in the valve system of each tire, including the spare, transmit information to the vehicle’s overhead console. A warning message displayed on the overhead console alerts the driver when the tire pressure exceeds or falls below set thresholds.

The Grand Cherokee has a unitized body (Unibody) instead of a separate body bolted onto a perimeter frame. This Unibody architecture incorporates the structural strength to make it rugged and durable at reduced weight, and features energy-absorbing front and rear impact zones, a passenger safety cell and high-strength steel side-impact beams in all doors. This unitized body is the optimum level between a strong body shell and a more impact-absorbing structure.

Safety features standard on all Jeep Grand Cherokee models include next-generation front air bags, self-adjusting low-tension three-point front belts and height-adjustable shoulder belts and a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system for mounting the new generation of aftermarket infant child seats. Also available are power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals that allow drivers with shorter legs to sit more comfortably relative to the steering wheel.

AWARD-WINNING PERFORMANCE WITH HIGH OUTPUT 4.7-LITER POWER TECH™ V-8

The 4.7-liter Power Tech™ V-8 High Output engine has been collecting kudos non-stop since its debut. Rated at 265 horsepower (198 kW) at 5,100 rpm, and 325 lb.-ft. (448 N•m) of torque at 3,600 rpm, the 4.7-liter High Output represents a 15 percent increase in horsepower and 12 percent increase in torque over the already highly acclaimed 4.7-liter Power Tech V-8 engine. Both V-8 engines are mated to the 545RFE five-speed automatic transmission, which provides a second overdrive gear for increased highway fuel efficiency and quieter engine operation at highway speeds. The High Output 4.7-liter engine is standard on the Overland model and available on the Limited.

The powerful 4.7-liter Power Tech V-8 engine produces 235 horsepower (175 kW) at 4800 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. or torque (400 N•m) at 3200 rpm. The standard 4.7-liter engine is available on Laredo and Limited models, while the 4.0-liter PowerTech I-6 engine is standard. The 4.0-liter I-6 is rated at 195 horsepower (145 kW) at 4600 rpm and 230 lb.-ft. or torque at 3000 rpm.

JEEP ENGINEERED FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE SYSTEMS

Jeep Grand Cherokee models are available in both two- and four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive Laredo models feature the Select-Trac® full-time transfer case with low range. Available for 2004 on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is the Quadra Trac I transfer case, which is a derivative of the award-winning Quadra-Trac II® transfer case. The Quadra-Trac I single-speed transfer case will offer simplicity and convenience for those customers who do not tow heavy loads. There is no need to shift levers; Quadra Trac I will respond automatically when there is a loss of traction.

The Quadra-Trac II on-demand transfer case with low range is standard on the Special Edition and Limited models and optional on Laredo. The Quadra-Drive® system, which combines the Quadra-Trac II transfer case with Vari-Lok® axles, is able to send nearly 100 percent of the developed engine torque to just one wheel for outstanding capability both on- and off-road. Quadra-Drive is optional on Limited and standard on Overland.

The Quadra-Trac II transfer case incorporates a progressive, speed-sensing torque transfer coupling. Vari-Lok axles use progressive, hydro-mechanical speed-sensing torque transfer coupling in both front and rear differentials. Combine them both for an unbeatable Quadra-Drive system.

“The award-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee provides legendary Jeep capability with the best combination of comfort and capability in the entire industry,” said Craig Love, Vice President — Activity Vehicle Product Team.

Jeep Grand Cherokee is manufactured at DaimlerChrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. For international markets, left- and right-hand drive four-wheel drive versions are produced at the Magna Steyr assembly plant in Graz, Austria.

 


2004 FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

MODELS

New Special Edition model
Includes:
• Standard 4.0-liter I-6 engine and 42RE four-speed automatic transmission, optional 4.7-liter, High Output V-8 engine and 545RFE five-speed automatic transmission
• Fog lamps
• Quadra Trac II transfer case (on 4WD models)
• AM/FM Cassette/10-disc CD with Infinity® speakers
• Special Edition badge

New Freedom Edition model Includes:
• Standard 4.0-liter I-6 engine and 42RE four-speed automatic transmission, optional 4.7-liter, High Output V-8 engine and 545RFE five-speed automatic transmission
• High-back cloth seats with Jeep® logo embroidery on driver and passenger seat backs
• Chrome tow hooks
• Freedom Edition badge

NOTE: The information shown is preliminary and based on data available at the time of publication.

BODY

• New fascia, grille and fog lamps on all Grand Cherokee models
• New exterior colors: Midnight Blue and Lava Red

CHASSIS

• All models available in choice of either 2WD or 4WD

POWERTRAIN

• New Quadra-Trac I single-speed transfer case available on Laredo (only available with 4.0-liter I-6 engine)

INTERIOR

• New available Navigation Radio with 4.9-inch full-color display, AM/FM Stereo, CD player and DVD-based navigation system


PRODUCT CHRONOLOGY

2003 MODEL YEAR


• Roof rack cross rails available as factory-installed option
• New high-back cloth seat standard for Laredo
• Interior upper head impact protection — Meets 2003 federal standard
• Child seat anchor system — LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)

2002 MODEL YEAR

• Premium Overland Model (4WD only)
• New 4.7-liter High Output V-8 engine — Standard on Overland, optional on Limited
• Vari-Lok® rear differential replaces rear Trac-Lok®(a) — Optional without Quadra-Drive®
• New tire pressure monitor system — Optional
• New rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers — Optional on Limited; standard on Overland
• Thermal expansion valve added to air conditioning system to enhance cool-down
• New electroluminescent cluster lighting — Standard on Overland and Limited
• New optional power adjustable accelerator and brake pedals
• New optional inflatable curtain supplemental side air bags for front and outboard rear seat occupants — Standard on Overland
• Air bag system upgraded with multiple threshold sensors and dual-stage inflators
• ORVR (Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery) added

(a) Trac-Lok® is a registered trademark of Spicer Technology, Inc

2001 MODEL YEAR

• New 545RFE five-speed automatic transmission with 4.7-liter engine provides a second overdrive ratio for increased highway fuel economy and reduced engine noise at highway speeds
• Industry-first hydraulically driven engine cooling fan on 4.7-liter engine for increased fuel economy and efficiency
• New Euro-style seats with gathered leather on Limited

2000 MODEL YEAR

• Two-wheel drive available with 4.7-liter Power Tech™ V-8 engine
• Selec-Trac® transfer case available with 4.7-liter Power Tech V-8 engine

1999 MODEL YEAR

• Complete redesign
• Quadra-Drive 4WD system with Quadra-Trac II® transfer case and Vari-Lok axles
• 4.7-liter Power Tech SOHC, 16-valve SMPI V-8 engine (235 horsepower, 295 lb.-ft. of torque)
• 4.0-liter Power Tech OHV, 12-valve SMPI I-6 engine upgraded (195 horsepower, 230 lb.-ft. of torque); meets LEV exhaust emission requirements in CA, NY, MA and NE Trading Region states
• 45RFE Multi-speed automatic transmission
• New steering, suspension and brake systems
• Infrared dual zone climate control, Limited only
• Inside, underfloor spare tire stowage
• Next-generation driver and passenger air bags(a)
• Sentry Key® theft-deterrent system

(a) Certified to federal regulations that allow less forceful air bags. Always use seat belts. Remember, a back seat is the safest place for children.

1998 MODEL YEAR

• Limited with 5.9-liter Power Tech V-8 engine
• Improved-response steering gear

1997 MODEL YEAR

• 4.0-liter Power Tech engine meets Transitional Low Emission Vehicle (TLEV) standards where required
• Two-wheel drive available with 5.2-liter engine

1996 MODEL YEAR

• 4.0-liter Power Tech engine provides more usable torque and quieter operation
• On-demand Quadra-Trac Transfer Case available
• Driver and front passenger air bags


• Automatic-dimming day/night rearview mirror available
• Heated front seats available

1995 MODEL YEAR

• Higher torque for 5.2-liter engine

1994 MODEL YEAR

• Four-wheel disc brakes on Limited
• Front and rear side guard door beams for side-impact protection

1993 MODEL YEAR

• 5.2-liter V-8 engine introduced
• Two-wheel drive available with 4.0-liter Power Tech engine

1992 MODEL YEAR

• Initial introduction spring 1992 as a 1993 model

 


MARKET POSITION

Grand Cherokee is the flagship of the Jeep® brand and a well-appointed 4x4 that provides legendary Jeep capability. Offered in a wider range of models, Grand Cherokee blends four-wheel drive leadership, capability and style with an exceptional balance of power, performance, on-road ride, handling, security and refinement. Grand Cherokee created the luxury sport utility segment.

MARKET ADVANTAGES

The award-winning Grand Cherokee remains at the forefront of the large sport-utility segment with the 4.7-liter Power Tech™ V-8 High Output engine and the innovative Quadra-Drive® four-wheel drive system.

Jeep wrote the book on four-wheel drive and Grand Cherokee offers the next chapter with its innovative Quadra-Drive four-wheel drive system that includes the Quadra-Trac II® transfer case and Vari-Lok® progressive front and rear axles. This industry-first combination allows virtually 100-percent transfer of development torque to a single wheel on-road or off-road, keeping the vehicle going while maintaining driver control when others get stuck.

In addition, Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is the most powerful Jeep vehicle ever with the High Output version of the 4.7-liter Power Tech V-8 engine. Coupled to a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, the 4.7-liter exceeds customer expectations in quietness, emissions, serviceability and durability. All this power is backed by Chrysler Group’s seven-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Jeep Grand Cherokee’s available safety features include tire pressure monitors, ceiling-mounted side curtain air bags, adjustable brake and accelerator pedals and rain-sensing front windshield wipers.

Grand Cherokee continues to give 4x4 buyers a winning combination of capability, authenticity, prestige, comfort and style.