Introducing the All-New 2005 Jeep WK Grand Cherokee

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2005 Grand Cherokee characteristic highlights



       Engine / Drivetrain:

  • 3.7L V6 engine (normal on Laredo, not accessible on Limited. Significant upgrades for 2005 embrace a revised cam profile and new valve lash adjusters. These modifications enhance the engine smoothness at idle. To guarantee quiet operation, a brand new thick-wall composite manifold is new for 2005, as are structural enhancements to the air field and resonator)
  • 4.7L V8 engine (normal on Limited, non-compulsory on Laredo. Refined for 2005 – twin knock sensors added, improved NVH traits with use of composite valve covers, air field and resonator structural enhancements and improved dampening of the warmth shields)
  • 5.7L V8 Hemi engine (non-compulsory, with Multi-Displacement System and Electronic Throttle Control). The HEMI engine produces 330 hp @5000 rpm and 375 lb-ft @4000 rpm.)
  • W5A580 5-speed automated transmission (3.7L solely)
  • 545RFE 5-speed automated transmission (4.7L and 5.7L solely, refined for higher-quality shifts)
  • Transmission Electronic Range Select (ERS, “Auto-Stick”, accessible on each transmissions)
  • New gated automated transmission shifter for smoother gear choice. A high-quality chrome trim bezel surrounds the gated shifter
  • Quadra-Trac®, Quadra-Trac® II and Quadra-Drive® II 4WD methods
  • New switch circumstances, NV140 (single velocity, full-time 4WD) and NV245 (full-time lively four-wheel drive)
  • Electronic “T-handle” lever switches between 4WD Low and 4WD High ranges (NV245 solely)
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differentials substitute Vari-Lock progressive axles that have been used on the earlier Quadra-Drive system
  • Aluminum Slip-in-Tube Propshaft with greater stiffness, decrease mass and superior damping traits. This design solved automobile NVH points that competitor merchandise couldn’t by benefiting from Slip-in-Tube’s inherent greater stiffness, decrease mass and superior damping traits, enabling the new Grand Cherokee to be quieter than its alternative.

Exterior options:


  • A 60 p.c enhance in general torsional and bending stiffness in comparison with the prior mannequin, which provides the WK wonderful on- and off-road efficiency and permits the physique to stay tight and quiet.
  • Longer wheelbase (+3.6″) and wider monitor for improved stability and experience with out sacrificing maneuverability
  • Independent Front Suspension, all-new quick and lengthy arm setup with single-piece nodular iron management arms for greater floor clearance; all-new aluminum knuckles, coil-over shocks
  • Front suspension wheel journey is elevated 10 p.c over the earlier era WJ (+ 1″)
  • Tailgate flipper glass with electrical launch and self-rising characteristic
  • New rack-and-pinion steering system for a extra exact steering really feel
  • Painted physique shade grille for Laredo fashions, chrome-plated grille for Limited fashions.
  • SmartBeam® headlamp system with high-performance halogen headlamps (robotically dim with oncoming site visitors, variable 25%-100%)
  • Laredo cladding eradicated
  • Spare tire now positioned on underside of car
  • Hood, air dam and exterior mirrors wind tunnel developed to attenuate wind noise and maximize aerodynamics.
  • Flatter windshield for improved automobile aerodynamics
  • Proportionately longer hood and higher distance between the middle of the entrance axle and base of windshield
  • Unibody (4×4), Uniframe (4×2) made by Valient

Interior options:


  • All-New inside with a two-tone instrument panel, door trim and new finishes. Increased seat monitor journey and elevated headroom
  • New customized developed prime grain perforated leather-based seats with a Royale Grain embossment. Both leather-based and material seats are of a European construction and purpose-built and designed for long-distance consolation (2-tone leather-based normal on Limited, single-tone non-compulsory on Laredo)
  • Double-DIN dimension navigation radio with built-in 6-disc changer and 5.8″ display screen
  • Boston Acoustics six-speaker audiophile sound system with 280-watt digital amplifier and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) expertise
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio supplied as a factory-installed choice
  • Redesigned instrument cluster with 140 MPH speedometer and built-in EVIC (Electronic Vehicle Information Center).
  • Reduced instrument panel gaps and parting traces are minimized
  • Message middle with document operate (in navigation radio)
  • UConnect hands-free cellphone choice integrated into rearview mirror
  • Rear seat air vents (mounted at prime rear of middle console)
  • Easier entry/exit to rear seats
  • Rear seats now fold down with a single-action operation
  • Multiple storage bins added for added storage
  • DVD Rear Seat Video™ overhead leisure, 7″ headliner-mounted LCD TFT display screen, single-disc CD/DVD participant w/AUX inputs, distant management & two wi-fi headphones. Requires premium or navigation radio.
  • Cargo space reversible ground panel; carpeted on one aspect, storage trays on the different aspect

Safety options:


  • Dynamic Handling System (DHS, hydraulic-controlled lively stabilizer system for considerably decreased physique roll and smoother experience)
    NOTE: Late availability, March 2005. See DHS
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP, for sustaining automobile directional stability)
  • Gas tank relocated in entrance of rear axle for 50 mph collision safety
  • Two new Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
  • BeltAlert enhanced seat belt reminder system
  • Advanced multi-stage air baggage together with an occupant classification system for the entrance passenger seat
  • Longer and wider wheelbase for improved rollover resistance
  • Passenger air bag off change on middle sprint
  • Auto-reversing aspect home windows, auto-reversing sunroof
  • Rear Park Assist impediment detection system
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Introducing the All-New 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee


  • Inside and Outside, the Grand Cherokee Cuts a Trail No Other SUV Can Follow
  • Innovative 4 X 4 Systems Continue to Set the Benchmark for Off-road Capability and On-road Refinement
  • Available 5.7-Liter HEMI® V-8 Engine Takes Grand Cherokee Performance to a New Level

The all-new 2005 Jeep® Grand Cherokee raises the efficiency bar to a brand new stage by providing improved functionality and superior on-road experience and dealing with in a well-appointed package deal with a variety of premium facilities.

With best-in-class tractive functionality and best-in-class energy, the latest era Jeep Grand Cherokee is designed, engineered and constructed to grasp each conceivable day-to-day driving situation, whether or not on paved or unpaved surfaces.

“The Jeep Brand continues to be the solely American model devoted solely to the sport-utility market,” mentioned Jeff Bell, Chrysler Group Vice President – Jeep. “Customers count on each Jeep to set the normal for off-road functionality, and the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee won’t disappoint. What is sudden is that the Jeep Grand Cherokee may also be the chief in on-road efficiency pleasure.”

Class Leading 4-Wheel Drive Capabilities

Three new full-time four-wheel-drive methods can be found on Grand Cherokee:

Quadra-Trac® I makes use of the NV140 single-speed switch case to offer handy full-time four-wheel drive with no switch case lever to shift or driver interplay required. Offering a single-speed switch case attracts a brand new group of consumers to the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup and builds on the succesful, entry-level, two-wheel drive variations, which at the moment account for roughly 25 p.c of Jeep automobile gross sales.

Quadra-Trac® II incorporates the new NV245 switch case that gives full-time lively four-wheel drive, which anticipates and prevents wheel slip for optimum traction throughout a variety of circumstances. The NV245 additionally contains digital shift with a real low-range gear and impartial for towing the Grand Cherokee behind one other automobile.

Quadra-Drive® II takes unparalleled Jeep functionality to an excellent greater plateau utilizing Electronic Limited Slip Differentials (ELSD) to present prospects the final in off-road functionality. ELSD substitute the Vari-Lock progressive axles used on the Quadra-Drive system from earlier era Jeep automobiles for even faster response to altering circumstances and higher torque capability.

New Engines Delivering Superior Performance

For the first time ever, the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine is obtainable on a Jeep automobile to offer best-in-class energy. The HEMI engine produces 330 hp (246 kW) @5000 rpm and 375 lb-ft (502 N•m) @4000 rpm.). Also, the 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 will substitute and ship much more peak energy than the earlier 4.0-liter I-6 engine in the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup. The 4.7-liter SOHC V-8 engine may also proceed to be accessible on Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first sport-utility automobile to supply the Multi-Displacement System (MDS). MDS deactivates half the cylinders of the 5.7-liter HEMI throughout cruising and lightweight acceleration to extend gas financial system by as much as 20 p.c, relying on driving circumstances. Ninety p.c of peak torque is obtainable from 2400 to 5100 rpm for wonderful efficiency whereas trailer towing, touring off-road in addition to metropolis and freeway driving. A complicated Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system tailors throttle response to pedal motion primarily based on working circumstances, and maintains extra constant automobile velocity on rolling grades when cruise management is lively than the former mechanical throttle management system.

With roughly seven p.c much less displacement, the 3.7-liter V-6 produces extra peak energy than the 4.0-liter I-6 engine it replaces, whereas producing comparable torque. The engine additionally supplies smoother, quieter operation, added sturdiness, and contributes to higher packaging. This engine, first launched on Jeep Liberty and Dodge Ram fashions, shares many design options with the 4.7-liter Power Tech V-8 engine.

All-New Suspension and Steering System Provides Best-in-Class Ride and Handling

An all-new unbiased entrance suspension supplies the driver with a higher sense of precision and management, extra exact steering, and reduces automobile weight and head toss. Front suspension wheel journey is elevated 13 p.c over the earlier era automobile, and a good turning diameter of 37.1 ft. is improved over the present Jeep Grand Cherokee to offer much more nimble dealing with.

The new five-link rear suspension geometry, together with a monitor bar, additionally improves lateral stiffness to match that of the entrance suspension for optimum dealing with.

The modern Dynamic Handling System (DHS) is a Chrysler Group first software of a hydraulic-controlled lively stabilizer system. DHS delivers a excessive stage of driver confidence by considerably decreasing physique roll, leading to sportier dealing with when turning or maneuvering, whereas offering a smoother experience when touring straight forward.

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Also supplied for the first time, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) aids the driver in sustaining automobile directional stability in extreme driving maneuvers on any kind of floor. Using alerts from sensors all through the automobile, the system determines the acceptable brake and throttle changes for directional stability of the automobile.

Grand Cherokee’s new rack-and-pinion steering system imparts a extra exact steering really feel translated to the driver by fewer linkages than a recirculating ball steering system. Even with the 2.5-inch enhance in monitor, Grand Cherokee’s nimbleness and tight turning diameter are maintained with the new steering system.

All-New Five-Speed Automatic Offers Premium Refinement

An all-new five-speed automated transmission presents easy shifts and optimum gas financial system with the 3.7-liter V-6. The carryover 545RFE five-speed automated transmission used with the 4.7-liter V-8 and 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI has been refined for higher-quality shifts whereas growing the Grand Cherokee’s most towing capability.

Both transmissions characteristic Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver interactive shift management for the first time on Grand Cherokee. The shifter supplies fully-automated shifting when in the “drive” place, or the driver can manually choose every gear by merely shifting the shifter left and proper from the “drive” place. This provides the driver management to exactly match any on-road or off-road driving requirement.

A brand new stamped metal switch case skid plate mounts to the transmission cross member and gas tank skidplate to offer off-road safety to the switch case.

Legendary Grand Cherokee Size, Styling and Comfort

Grand Cherokee’s new design supplies a recent return of an athletic look. Up entrance, the signature seven-slot grille fianked by the practical spherical look high-performance halogen headlamps boldly dominates the design assertion. These spherical headlamps unify the unmistakable front-end look of the total Jeep lineup. A proportionally longer hood and higher distance between the middle of the entrance axle and base of the windshield visually communicates a extra highly effective picture. A flatter windshield and fatter A-pillar achieves a extra athletic look. The general design additionally helps to enhance automobile aerodynamics and automobile gas financial system. The physique is shrink-wrapped to the package deal, enabling designers to emphasise the highly effective wheel flares. Larger taillamps in the rear characteristic crimson and clear lenses for an upscale look. Overall, the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee preserves the right-size package deal that’s crucial for off-road use and supplies nimble on-road dealing with.

All-New Interior Provides Next Generation Sophistication

Grand Cherokee’s new inside is wealthy and alluring with a two-tone instrument panel, door trim and new finishes. Seat contours are exact and ergonomic with elevated seat monitor journey. Increased headroom provides a sense of much more spaciousness to the inside. The dramatic and stylish instrument panel design presents a excessive diploma of precision and management.

In the cargo space, versatility and storage reign. A brand new reversible load ground panel is carpeted on one aspect and presents easy-to-clean plastic on the different. The plastic aspect contains a big shallow tray for added utility.

The all-new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee presents premium facilities – together with GPS Navigation radio, a rear seat DVD leisure system, Boston Acoustics audio system with Digital Signal Processing, UConnect™ hands-free communication system, Smart Beam® headlamps, Sirius satellite radio, Adjustable pedals and on Limited fashions solely, a dual zone heating, air flow & air con system.

Also new on the 2005 Grand Cherokee are enhanced security and security measures, together with entrance and aspect air baggage with safety from A to C pillars, tire strain monitoring methods, accessible rear park help, and occupant classification system.

“Whether it’s going into the outback or to the opera, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee has the class, subtle model and functionality to get house owners the place they wish to be, each time they need,” mentioned Bell. “ We stayed true to our go-anywhere, do-anything Jeep 4 x 4 heritage that prospects need, and we additionally took the refinement, dealing with and general enjoyment nicely past prospects’ expectations.”

Steady Diet Consisting of Success, Subtlety, Segment Dominance

At a time when fad diets and an obsession with being svelte are stylish, it’s considerably ironic that outsized sport-utility automobiles (SUV) are in style in any respect. This makes the functionally environment friendly functionality and timeless design of the all-new 2005 Jeep® Grand Cherokee a breath of contemporary air to prospects. When the refinement, consolation and easy experience that outline the 2005 Grand Cherokee are mixed with Jeep’s unwavering functionality and off-road readiness, prospects really get precisely what they need.

“This is a Jeep that stands out in its section as a result of it stays true to its type and performance,” mentioned Rick Aneiros, Chrysler Group Vice President Jeep/Truck Design. “The result’s nothing in need of an genuine Jeep.”

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Sleek, but Substantial Exterior Form

The 2005 Grand Cherokee’s new design presents an athletic and modern look with its upright and substantial posture. Up entrance, the signature seven-slot grille boldly dominates the entrance view. On the Grand Cherokee Laredo, the grille will supply a painted physique shade look, whereas a chrome-plated grille will accent the Limited.

“The problem with Jeep design is to seize that limitless functionality and angle with an look that’s contemporary, becoming and timeless,” mentioned John Sgalia, Chrysler Group Director Jeep Interior and Exterior Design. “Additionally, there are specific components that may’t change on a Jeep as a result of our buyer base is so educated and has very particular calls for.”

High-performance halogen headlamps make use of a rounded conventional Jeep look and gracefully combine into a robust hood type. The hood options subtle nacelles – hood types that defend and shelter the headlamps. The hood, air dam and exterior mirrors have been developed in the Chrysler Group’s wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan, to reduce wind noise and maximize aerodynamics.

The form of the physique has been thoughtfully designed to guard the sides of the automobile from potential street particles thrown off the tires. The heavy and costly cladding used on the earlier mannequin is changed with a extra environment friendly body-side form and moldings which might be integrated into the design. The body-side molding additionally has the built-in Grand Cherokee identify for a high quality feel and look.

At the aspect, a proportionately longer hood and higher distance between the middle of the entrance axle and base of windshield visually communicates extra engine emphasis to attain a extra highly effective picture.

At the rear, bigger taillamps characteristic crimson and clear lenses for a glance that presents an opulent really feel with out being gaudy. Badges at the moment are injection-molded and chrome-plated to speak a richness and sense of precision.

“The Grand Cherokee driver expects a stage of consolation and refinement and in addition needs to know the legendary Jeep functionality and core values are nonetheless there after they want them,” mentioned Mark Allen, Chrysler Group Design Manager and the 2005 Grand Cherokee’s exterior designer. “With Grand Cherokee, it’s confidence off-road and luxury on-road. The 2005 mannequin was designed with that credo.”

Beauty that’s More than Skin Deep

The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee blends the better of each worlds, taking functionality and refinement to new ranges, proving there’s no purpose a succesful automobile can’t be comfy and polished. A new and alluring inside awaits occupants with a wealthy two-tone instrument panel remedy, new door trims and upscale inside finishes.

The seats are superbly crafted with contours which might be exact,agency and ergonomic, that includes a brand new sturdy European construction. They are purpose-built and designed for long-distance consolation with trim types totally different for every mannequin: Laredo options material and non-compulsory leather-based whereas Limited seats are two-tone leather-based with perforated leather-based seat inserts.

The dramatic and stylish instrument panel design presents a excessive diploma of precision. Gaps have been decreased and parting traces minimized. The instrument panel encompasses a darkish higher shade and lighter decrease shade. Multiple storage bins have been added for added storage.

“A profitable effort was made to restrict the quantity of joints and items in the inside,” mentioned Clyde Ney, Chrysler Group Jeep Design Manager and the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s inside designer. “Quality isn’t simply the workings of the inside however the notion the buyer feels when they’re inside the automobile. The contact factors – class, the sound the switches make, the match and end, the textures and lighter colours – are all important to a high quality expertise as a result of that’s the place the occupants actually reside whereas touring.”

A brand new exact four-gauge instrument cluster with LED illumination options black gauges surrounded by chrome accent rings and crimson pointers for easy-to-read legibility in all lighting circumstances.

Another important characteristic is the new gated automated transmission shifter, additionally offering for smoother gear choice. A high-quality chrome trim bezel surrounds the gated shifter. On fashions with a two-speed switch case, the conventional guide case lever is changed with an electrical “T-handle” lever that interacts higher with the switch case. A momentary pull rearward on the lever selects between 4-Low and 4-Hi, and returns to its authentic place. There is a parcel bin for cell telephones and different such gadgets to the proper of the shifter.

The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee will probably be produced at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, beginning in the third quarter of 2004. Assembly for markets outdoors North America will start in the first quarter of 2005 at the Magna Steyr meeting plant in Graz, Austria.

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