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2018-03-05 10:07

Geneva - The new Jeep Compass 'Night Eagle' special edition will be showcased along with updated the Renegade and the SA-bound Grand Cherokee Trackhawk at the Geneva auto show.

Four Mopar-accessorised Jeep vehicles will be on display, including the new Wrangler Sahara sporting a one-of-a-kind customization that enhances its off-road performance.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is on display for the first time at a motor show in Europe

Trackhawk's V8 produces almost 900Nm!

The all-new Wrangler, now in its fourth generation, retains 4x4 capabilities and the DNA of the iconic original, while adding new, advanced engines, more open-air driving options and a host of advanced technology features for added safety and connectivity says Jeep. 

The new Jeep Cherokee is also making its regional debut in Geneva with a new, premium design, which stays true to the Jeep DNA while introducing new technological contents and advanced engine options. Displayed for the first time in Europe, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – the most powerful and quickest Jeep SUV yet – is powered by the supercharged 6.2-litre V-8 engine delivering 522kW and 868Nm of torque.

The brand will also introduce a the Jeep Compass Night Eagle – the new special-edition model introduces black accents and exterior finishes that provide a more aggressive flair and sporty appeal to the sophisticated design of the compact Jeep SUV. The new special-edition completes the Night Eagle special series line-up, which over the past three years has been successfully offered in Europe on Renegade, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler.

The new Grand Cherokee S – the exclusive sports-inspired special-edition model which adds a new sporty appeal to the world's most awarded SUV – will also be on the Jeep stand in Geneva. It will feature a 186kW 3.0-litre Multijet II diesel engine and a Bright White Clear Coat exterior, which is complemented by a black Nappa leather and suede interior.

Premiere of the all-new Wrangler

Now in its fourth generation, Jeep Wrangler reaffirms its position as the undisputed off-roading champion, while delivering at the same time the comfort and driving dynamics required for everyday use.

Depending on the model, the all-new Wrangler offers specific technical features including two advanced 4x4 systems - Command-Trac 4x4 system with a two-speed transfer case and a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio (standard on Sport and Sahara) and Rock-Trac 4x4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1, Tru-Lok locking differentials and an electronic sway-bar disconnect (standard on Rubicon models). Both are active, on-demand, full time 4x4 systems that allow for a continuous monitoring and optimal distribution of the torque on front and rear wheels, to confidently face any driving condition.

The all-new Wrangler's distinctive exterior design includes an instantly recognizable keystone-shaped grille, iconic round headlamps and square tail lamps that provide distinctive Wrangler character – now featuring LED technology available on Sahara and Rubicon models. A convenient fold-down windshield and various top combinations including a new premium soft-top, a lighter and easy-to-use Freedom Top and new Sky One-Touch power top ensure even more open-air freedom.

Jeep Wrangler’s interior combines authentic styling, versatility, comfort and intuitive feature use. Precision craftsmanship and high-quality materials are found throughout the cabin. Available comfort features include cloth or leather-contoured seats with accent stitching, now featuring adjustable bolster and lumbar support, heated front seats and steering wheel and rear cup holders. 

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More information on the all-new Jeep Wrangler will be available on the Jeep media website immediately after the Jeep press conference on March 6.

2019 Cherokee

The evolution of Jeep Cherokee, the most capable mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and the model which established the category, boasts a new design which is true to the Jeep DNA and introduces additional comfort and functionality features for all occupants.

The 2019 Cherokee delivers everyday practicality with outstanding ride and handling characteristics, independent front and rear suspensions, world-class body torsional stiffness, advanced  engine options paired with an enhanced nine-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox and an array of safety and security systems, including Active Forward Collision Warning, Active Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control Plus.

Premium hand-sculpted forms tie signature Jeep design cues and high-quality materials together with precision craftsmanship. A driver-oriented cockpit, loaded with easy-to-use, useful technology and clever, thoughtful storage features, provides occupants everything they need for any adventure they undertake. Rear cargo capacity has also been improved and now offers additional, convenient storage space that can easily accommodate gear for every day adventures. Access to the cargo area is easier thanks to the availability of the hands-free power liftgate operated by making a kicking motion under the bumper to open.

Available with a choice of three all-wheel drive systems (Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II and Jeep Active Drive Lock) that have been enhanced for unmatched 4x4 capability for all weather conditions and rear-axle disconnect technology that improves fuel efficiency when 4x4 capability is not needed, the Jeep Cherokee maintains its place as the benchmark mid-size SUV.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The third major Jeep product news revealed at Geneva Motor Show is the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, the most powerful and fastest Jeep SUV ever, which will be introduced in Europe at the end of the first semester.

Powered by the supercharged 6.2-litre V-8 engine, delivering 522kW at 6000 rpm and 868Nm of torque, combined with the upgraded high-torque capacity TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers ground-breaking performance: 0 - 100km/h in 3.7 seconds, top speed of 289 km/h, and a 100 - 0 km/h braking distance of 37 meters thanks to its new Brembo braking system. World-class on-road driving dynamics and handling come courtesy of the Selec-Trac system with five dynamic modes and Bilstein adaptive dampening suspension.

The exterior of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is both aggressive and functional, and is further set apart with body-colored wheel flares, a sculpted hood with dual heat extractors and quad exhaust tips. The signature seven-slot upper front grille is flanked by adaptive, bi-xenon headlamps that are surrounded by an LED character lamp treatment. The headlamps on the Trackhawk model feature a unique Gloss Black background to accent their jewel-like appearance.

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The exterior look is completed by the new 20" x 10" titanium finish wheels, revealing distinctive yellow Brembo brake calipers, a "Supercharged" badge on both front doors and a "Trackhawk" badge on the liftgate - both featuring a Liquid Titanium Chrome outline on a Matte Black background.

New Renegade

Recently introduced in several markets across Europe, the new 2018 Renegade features major updates in terms of infotainment, functionality and personalisation – making the most capable SUV in its category even more appealing.

The major advancement is the introduction of the next-generation UconnectTM with 5.0, 7.0 and 8.4-inch screens – the last two with high-definition – which offers a wide array of navigation, entertainment and hands-free communication features, in addition to a host of innovations designed to enhance both the driving experience and passengers' on-board comfort.

The interior environment has been made even more functional with a redesigned central console and additional storage solutions, while new seat upholstery and a new interior finish provide a more modern and sophisticated feel.

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Visitors to the Jeep stand will be able to take a closer look at the top-of-the-range Limited with Carbon Black exterior matched to Polar Plunge interior. The vehicle boasts light grey leather seats and a full equipment including 18" alloy rims, UconnectTM 8.4-inch NAV, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning safety systems (both as standard). Optional packs include the Winter Pack, which comes with heated front seats and steering wheel, and the Parking Pack, designed to assist parking manoeuvres using Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Path, Rear Parking Camera and Parallel & Perpendicular Park Assist.

Special edition models

Compass Night Eagle

The new Compass Night Eagle special-edition model is making its EMEA debut on the Jeep stand in Geneva. The new special edition adds a specific aesthetic treatment that contributes to make the look of the compact Jeep SUV even more exclusive. Introduced in Europe last summer, Jeep Compass has redefined the standards of its segment, combining user-friendly technology with the legendary off-road capability of the American brand. In 2017, it was the second best-selling Jeep model in Europe - a result that is even more impressive considering that it was achieved in only six months since its commercial launch.

The Night Eagle ‘treatment’ delivers to the Compass a darker and sportier appeal through the clever use of black styling cues. On the outside, the front end sports a Gloss Black grille and fog light bezels. The looks of the new special edition are completed by Gloss Black 18-inch wheel rims, tinted windows and dedicated Night Eagle badge. The same "blacked-out" treatment is found inside where the vehicle sports black vinyl and fabric seats with lumbar adjustment.

In Europe, the new Compass Night Eagle will be available starting from the second quarter of this year with a choice of three engines, including the 1.4-litre MultiAir2 Turbo petrol engine with Stop/Start, 104kW of power at 5000 rpm and 230Nm of torque at 1750 rpm, paired with a six-speed manual transmission and 4x2 configuration.

The diesel offer includes two MultiJet II engines -  the 1.6-litre with Stop/Start, delivering 90kW of power at 3750 rpm and 320Nm of torque at 1750 rpm (paired with the six-speed manual transmission and 4x2 configuration), and the 2.0-litre engine, which delivers 104kW at 4000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm (paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual and 4x4 configuration). Outside Europe, the model’s engine line-up will include a 2.4-litre engine delivering 112 or 130kW with 4WD and nine-speed automatic transmission.

Sporting a Redline livery and Black vinyl/fabric interior, the new Compass Night Eagle on display in Geneva is powered by a 104kW 1.4-litre MultiAir2 petrol engine, mated with a six-speed manual transmission and 4x2 configuration. Its full-equipment is designed to create a comfortable and high-tech environment and includes the “Night Eagle Tech Pack”, offering UconnectTM 8.4 NAV, ParkView rear camera and automatic climate control. For an even sportier appeal, the vehicle displayed in Geneva also features a Mopar gear knob.

Jeep Grand Cherokee S

The Jeep Grand Cherokee will be in the spotlights in Geneva with the exclusive S special edition, the new sporty interpretation of the most awarded SUV ever.

The new limited edition model builds on 26 years of sales success and technological records during which time the Grand Cherokee has come to define the premium SUV segment it created in 1992 and contributed to make it more appealing to different customers around the globe.

Available in Jeep showrooms across the major European markets since January, the new S adds to the premium design of Jeep Grand Cherokee a new sporty look with a distinctive exterior enhanced by Low Gloss Granite Crystal accents on badging, grille bezels, step pad, tail lamps and 20-inch wheels. Other features include Gloss Black grille and full windows surround (DLO), and a dual exhaust with Black Chrome finish.

The model's athletic character is further enhanced with sports suspension - included in the standard performance handling group.

Inside the cabin, Jeep Grand Cherokee S offers Anodized Gun Metal accents, Black wood finishes and Black instrument panel accent stitching. Mopar bright metal pedals and Black Nappa SRT-like perforated leather seats with Black accent stitching add to its sporty character.

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In addition to its specific stylistic cues, the new special edition includes an array of advanced user-friendly technology features, such as the latest version of the UconnectTM 8.4-inch touchscreen radio that incorporates Apple CarPlay, is compatible with Android AutoTM and allows the driver to control many onboard features, including climate and infotainment. There are also a 7-inch customer configurable multi-view display cluster and a 506w subwoofer Alpine audio system with standard active noise cancellation to enhance the quality of the listening experience onboard.

The engine line-up includes a 3.0-litre Multijet II diesel capable of delivering 186kW and two petrol engines — the 3.6-litre V-6 (213kW) and the 5.7-litre V-8 HEMI (262kW). All are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Visitors to the stand in Geneva will have the opportunity to see a Grand Cherokee S with Bright White Clear Coat livery, black Nappa leather and suede interiors and 3.0-litre, 186 kW Multijet II diesel engine with eight-speed automatic transmission.

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