24 Februari 2015

Jeep® at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show

 

  • The première of the new 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir engine with an automatic 9 speed transmission and all-wheel drive "Jeep Active Drive" that expands the range of the new Renegade sold in EMEA. The Trailhawk version is at the stand, the maximum in terms of off-road performance and character.
  • The public will be able to discover the new UconnectTM Infotainment systems with 5" or 6.5" touch screens up close, with access to radios, devices, telephones and UconnectTM LIVE services. An absolute novelty for Jeep, which decided to launch it for the first time in the Renegade starting in June.
  • The spotlights are also on two show cars equipped with exclusive Mopar accessories: the spectacular Hard Steel Renegade and the iconic Rocks Star Wrangler.
  • Also the flagship Grand Cherokee is present with three versions: the top of the range Summit equipped with the new Platinum Pack, the high performance version SRT - with a top speed of 257 km/h reaching 0 to 100 km/h in just 4 seconds - with innovative Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology and the Overland 3.0 Multijet V6 version with 250 HP combined with an automatic eight-gear transmission and all-wheel drive Quadra Drive II.
  • Also on show in Switzerland is the new special Wrangler model series, which confirms that the iconic Jeep is a natural when it comes to "customisation".
  • The Jeep Cherokee rounds out the show with its off-road Trailhawk and elegant Limited version that débuts the new Nepal interiors in beige leather.
  • An authentic expression of Jeep DNA, the stand has been created using high-quality natural materials, such as wood and stone expertly combined together with steel as well as the large LED wall surfaces that represent the technological and innovative spirit of the brand.
  • In 2014 Jeep was the fastest growing brand within Europe (source: ACEA data).

 

After a year of incredible commercial success, which includes reaching the objective of selling one million vehicles world-wide and the début of the first "Italian" Jeep, the brand returns to the 2015 Geneva Car Show with important product updates that represent additional steps forward in the process of brand globalisation, thanks to a complete range of high performance SUVs.

 

In 2014 Jeep was the fastest growing brand within Europe (source: ACEA data). In particular, last year in the area of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), there were an unprecedented number of Jeep registrations, with an increase of more than 42 percent in the EMEA area and 70 percent in Europe alone (EU 28 + EFTA) with record results in many of the main countries, and in particular France with a 110 percent increase, Italy with a 95 percent increase, followed by Belgium with 87 percent, UK with 75 percent and Germany with 50 percent.

 

Jeep Renegade

The star of the stand is the latest arrival in the Jeep family: the new Renegade, the first FCA vehicle to take its place in the Small SUV segment and the first Jeep vehicle to be manufactured in Italy and sold in over 100 countries worldwide, including the United States.

 

Just four months since its launch, the Renegade has provided a significant contribution to the excellent sales performance recorded in 2014 in the EMEA sector. A goal that is now a starting point for a year of renewed success that will be greatly enhanced by the expected extension of the Renegade range during the course of the current year. Starting with the important debut in Geneva of the first petrol fuelled engine combined with 9 speed automatic transmission and full 4 wheel drive "Jeep Active Drive": the powerful 1.4, 170 HP Multiair 2.

 

Available in the Limited version from March onwards, the new engine combines in a single product the off-road technology developed by Jeep and the highest level of engine innovation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The audience will be able to admire the new engine on a Limited version with a Carbon Black livery and Ski Grey interiors.

 

Space will also be given over to the Hard Steel show car, born on the off-road Trailhawk version, a unique article that intelligently combines style, an off-road calling and technology. Manufactured by the Jeep brand, in collaboration with the Mopar Brand and the support of the FCA Style Centre, the project "develops" the potential of a model that is ideally suited for many kinds of customisation, while also providing an outlook for possible future Mopar accessories for the Renegade. More information and photographs of the spectacular Renegade based showcar will be available in the the next few days on the Jeep-press site.

 

The exhibition is completed by a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, the utmost in terms of performance and off-road features thanks to the Jeep Active Drive Low integrated traction system that flaunts Colorado Red exterior body work and black leather interior and is equipped with the efficient turbodiesel 2.0 litre, 170 HP engine with 9 speed automatic transmission.

 

Three exclusive models that represent a small but significant cross-section of the broad and very diverse Jeep Renegade range. Manufactured in the renovated SATA plant in Melfi (Italy) and sold in four different versions (Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk), the new model is endowed with a very forceful and stylish personality and proportions that are ideally suited for town or off-road use. It boasts the ultimate off-road features for its reference category, and excellent on road driving dynamic, an exclusive automatic 9 speed transmission system, two tractions systems, highly fuel efficient engines and a broad range of safety features.

 

Conceived for a young and metropolitan clientele, the new Jeep Renegade has recently been awarded the prestigious Euro NCAP five star award with an overall score of 80/100, achieved for the most part thanks to the 87% adult safety and 85% child safety evaluation, but with positive results in all the main tests. A very prestigious award obtained also thanks to the innovative "Small Wide 4x4 architecture" and the most advanced active safety technologies, such as the "Front Collision Warning Plus", available for the first time on a car in this segment.

 

Infotainment UconnectTM Systems

The Geneva Motor Show has also provided the ideal opportunity to present a preview of the innovative Infotainment UconnectTM systems with 5 and 6.5 inch touchscreens that provide access to the radio, mediaplayer, handsfree phone, navigation device and UconnectTM LIVE services.

 

Available from June onwards on the Renegade models - and this is the first Jeep vehicle on which they are supplied - both versions provide a Bluetooth interface, Aux-in connector, USB port and vocal commands. Plus, the Uconnect 5" Radio Nav LIVE device offers a TomTom 2.5D navigations system, while the Uconnect 6,5" Radio Nav LIVE is equipped with a satellite navigation with 3D maps and the "One Shot Voice Destination Entry" function to allow the address to be entered using vocal commands.

 

For the first time the two new Jeep Renegade Infotainment systems offer Uconnect LIVE services which include the option of direct access through the touchscreen display to "TuneIn", which provides access to over 100,000 Internet radio stations from all over the world; to "Deezer" an internet music service with over 35 million tracks; to Reuters, so you can always keep up to date with the latest world news; to Facebook and Twitter, so you can stay in touch with all your friends.

 

Jeep Wrangler

On a Jeep stand there is always going to be a place for the iconic Wrangler, synonymous with off-road performance and a model that boasts a natural inclination for customisation, as proven by the special limited edition versions, that have appeared over the course of the last four years: "70th Anniversary Edition" (2011), Arctic (2012), Mountain (2012), Black Edition (2012), Moab (2013), "Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition" (2013), Polar (2014), Rubicon X (2014) and the recent "X Edition" Wrangler.

 

In Geneva the audience can admire two amazing models: the new special Jeep Wrangler Black Edition II series and the  Jeep Wrangler Rocks Star show car equipped with original Mopar accessories.

 

Available starting from next summer on the main European markets, the special Black Edition II series offers, two models (Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited) and two engines, depending on the country where it is sold: the 2.8 litre turbodiesel, with a power rating of 200 HP and 460 Nm torque and the high performance petrol driven 3.6 litre Pentastar, boasting 284 HP and 347 Nm torque. Both engine types come with an automatic five speed transmission.

 

Developed starting from the Sahara version, the new special Black Edition II series has unique external features with black elements such as the seven slit grille, the 18" alloy rims, the frontal Jeep logo, the headlight trim, the rear mirror covers and the rear wheel cover.

 

The exclusive customization of the special series is particularly evident even internally with its striking black leather seats and polished black inserts for the mouldings, the ventilation vent trim and the special car mat with black inserts.

 

The exclusive Dual Top® is also a standard feature. The removable three panel hard top that matches the body colour and the soft top for a unique open-air driving experience - and the multimedia entertainment and satellite navigation system UconnectTM GPS with 6.5" touchscreen, 40 gigabyte hard disk, USB port, AUX-in jack and DVD player.

 

The model on show in Geneva features a Billet Silver livery, black leather interiors, and a 2.8 litre turbodiesel engine with five-speed automatic transmission.

 

The spotlight is also trained on the second Jeep Wrangler on display that is equipped with original Mopar accessories. This is the Rocks Star show car born on the Rubicon version - equipped with a 2.8 litre turbodiesel engine with five-speed automatic transmission and 4 wheel drive - with a black satin "US Army" star mounted on the bonnet, the black grille and petrol cap, the half doors, skid plate, lateral "star" sticker and black running board. The exterior is completed by the innovative LED light bar. An additional personal touch has also been provided for the interiors that are embellished with the original rubber car mats, the Roll Bar handles and the exclusive mouldings matching the bodywork. Featuring a yellow livery and black interiors, the model on show has been equipped with all terrain Goodrich tyres, further proof of the extreme off-road vocation of this unstoppable Rubicon model.

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee

For over twenty years the Grand Cherokee flagship, the most prize winning premium Large SUV ever, represents the ultimate expression of the Jeep brand thanks to its distinctive style, technological innovation and construction quality.

 

With a few specific features linked to the particular markets where it's sold, today the Jeep Grand Cherokee range comes in five different versions - Laredo, Limited, Overland, Summit and SRT - and four engine sizes: the V6 3.0 litre diesel with Common Rail direct injection equipped with Multijet II technology and the V6 Pentastar 3.6 litre petrol engines, V8 5.7 litre (available only on the Summit version) and the V8 6.4 litre HEMI (only on the SRT version).

 

The legendary performances of the Jeep flagship are connected to the three integrated 4WD traction systems, the pneumatic Jeep Quadra-Lift suspension and the Selec-Terrain and Selec-Track traction management systems. Optimum on board safety is guaranteed by highly advanced systems such as the Adaptive Cruise Control with stop, the new Selec-Speed Control and the Forward Collision Warning device with "Crash Mitigation".

In Geneva, there will be three examples of the Grand Cherokee flagship: a Summit with the new Platinum Pack, a high performance SRT version and an Overland, the highest selling version in the EMEA sector with over 40% of volume over the total mix.

 

The first vehicle is the top of the Summit range and features the debut of the new Platinum Pack that makes this version even more exclusive that the one that has been so appreciated by European customers as is proven by the 35% result over the total sale mix. More specifically, in addition to the extremely rich range of standard features found on the Summit, the Platinum customization adds elements that match the body colour - such as the area below the bodywork, the mirror covers and the door handles - combined with other satin elements on the grille, the side rubbing strips, the side skirts, the fog light trim and the rear suitcase bump protection strip. The Platinum offer comes complete with satin carbon 20" alloy rims.

 

On display equipped with a 3 litre, 250 HP, Multijet II diesel engine with eight-speed automatic transmission, the vehicle stands out for its elegant Granite Crystal livery and the interiors with the new Dark Sienna leather. In addition, the model on show in Geneva adopts the innovative multimedia "Blue Ray DVD" entertainment system that is comprised of two independent screens for the rear passengers, each equipped with HDMI and AUX ports and wireless headsets. Plus, all the Summit vehicles are equipped with a sophisticated Harman Kardon 829 watt audio system with 19 speakers and, an absolute novelty in MY15, even with the Active Noise Cancellation technology, which through the Harman Kardon audio system and 4 additional microphones, optimize on board acoustic comfort.

 

The audience can also admire the high performance SRT version of the Grand Cherokee, the fastest and most powerful Jeep model ever made, that guarantees the highest standard of performance: 0-100 km/hr acceleration in 5 seconds, top speed of 257 km/hr, breaking distance from 100 to 0 km/hr in just 35 metres. All this thanks to the HEMI® V8, 6.4 litre engine (468 HP and 64 Nm torque) equipped with Fuel Saver technology to reduce consumption and emissions. Plus, to ensure the engine's power is fully exploited, the vehicle is equipped with a "Launch Control" system that governs the engine, transmission and suspensions to ensure a racing performance when starting from a standstill. The device is activated by a button positioned on the central dashboard.

 

The model on show has a Bright White livery, enriched by 20" alloy rims with a black chrome finish, and Morocco interiors in precious black leather. An additional feature of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the adoption of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technology that channels the typical sound of the powerful HEMI® V8 6.4 litre engine into the cabin.

 

The exhibit will be completed with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland equipped with the 3.0 litre V6 Multijet II engine that boasts 250 HP at 4,000 rpm and a torque of 570 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The model on display stands out for its elegant Maximum Steel exteriors embellished with 20" alloy rims and the double panoramic roof. The interiors are top of the range and feature precious upholstery in Vesuvius nappa leather (brown/blue) and the sophisticated infotainment and satellite navigation UConnect system with 8.4" touchscreen.

 

 

Jeep Cherokee

On the Swiss walkway there will also be two versions of the Cherokee model on parade, the next generation Medium SUV version of the Jeep brand that made its European debut at the Geneva show last year.

 

The model has an innovative, flowing and streamlined design, superior road holding, the legendary 4 wheel drive, finely crafted interior upholstery, advanced technological features, new levels of efficiency, entertainment and on board comfort. Plus, it boasts very sporting wheel-bodywork proportions and a truly imposing road presence. The cornering attack and exit angles guarantee reference capacities for the category. Last but not least, thanks to its many safety features, the Jeep Cherokee has been awarded five prestigious Euro NCAP stars.

 

Two of these models are on show in Geneva. The first Jeep Cherokee is a Limited version that for the first time displays the refined fawn leather (Nepal) upholstery and features an elegant True Blue livery. The vehicle is equipped with a 2.0 litre, 170 HP Multijet II turbodiesel engine in conjunction with the new 9 speed automatic transmission and "Jeep® Active Drive I" integrated traction control that guarantees reference level 4 wheel drive in all usage conditions. The first on the market to be equipped with the rear axle disconnection device that reduces energy loss when it's not necessary to use the 4 wheel drive mode, thus guaranteeing greater consumption efficiency.

 

Featuring an Eco Green livery and black Morocco interiors, the audience will get a change to admire the off-road Trailhawk specialist equipped with the powerful petrol V6 3.2 litre Pentastar engine with 272 HP combined with the new 9 speed automatic transmission and integrated "Jeep® Active Drive Lock" 4  wheel drive that includes crawler gears and lockable rear differential that make it a point of reference in its category for off-road usage.

 

Jeep Stand

After a record year, the Jeep brand will be present at the Geneva Motor Show with a stand that epitomizes the brand's dual spirit: on the one hand its DNA entirely given over to the purest and most-extreme off-road experiences, represented by the use of precious natural materials such as wood and stone. On the other, the more technological and innovative spirit of the brand, particular to its superior class range, that is underlined by the use of steel and the extensive Ledwall surfaces placed at the rear of the stand.

In a special area of the stand, there will be an opportunity to become closely acquainted with a few exclusive accessories and original Jeep spare parts produced in collaboration with Mopar. Plus, there will be a complete collection of official Jeep merchandising on display, including articles specially designed for the Jeep® Owners Group (JOG), the only official group management by the brand directly and already operating in 9 European countries after the original launch at the end of last year.

Finally, thanks to the informative leaflets and the special elements placed on the stand, the audience will get a chance to become acquainted with the products of FCA Bank, the financial company specialising in the automotive sector. The company operates on the main European markets and in Switzerland through FCA Capital Suisse SA, with a sole mission: supporting the sales of all FCA brand vehicles through innovative financial products and high added value services dedicated to dealer networks, private clients and companies. 

 

 

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