Find My Brake - Jeep Grand Cherokee
We look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee and its braking system options
When you think Jeep, you probably think bare-bones off-roaders like the Wrangler. The Grand Cherokee works to change all of that, adding a touch of refinement to the Jeep nameplate. Released in 2011, the current-model WK Grand Cherokee was treated with a plethora of with all-new styling, engines, and a plethora of clever new technology and features, leaving no box unticked.
The WK Grand Cherokee comes available with five different engines, all mated to an 8- speed automatic gearbox - the 3.0L Turbo-Diesel V6 pumping out 184kW and 570Nm, 3.6L Pentastar V6 with 213kW and 347Nm, 5.7L Hemi V8 with an output of 259kW and 520Nm, the big-boss 6.4L Hemi V8 with an outstanding 344kW and 624Nm found in the SRT8, and the range-topping 6.2L Supercharged Hemi V8 possessing an otherworldly 522kW and 868Nm for the Trackhawk. There really is Grand Cherokee for every occasion, with the turbo-diesel satisfying those looking for a bit more pulling power as well as take their Grand Cherokee off-road, the Pentastar V6 geared more towards those looking for a cruiser ride, and the Hemi options for those lead-footed buyers out there. If there is a truly jack-of-all- trades SUV, the Grand Cherokee is it.
One of the Grand Cherokee’s many surprises is its impressive on-road ability matched with its considerable off-road prowess. On-road ride and handling is one of the Grand Cherokee’s many winning points, especially with the Quadra-Lift option ticked on the order form. Qudra-Lift is Jeep’s closed air suspension system, providing up to 104 millimetres of extra lift across five ride height settings (Normal Ride Height, Off Road 1, Off Road 2, Park Mode and Aero Mode), and is supported by air springs at each corner. The result? A continuously complaint ride regardless of the terrain and conditions, as well as the obvious safety benefits of variable ride height capability both on-road and off-road.
Chassis stiffness is 146 percent more than the previous model, which is evident in every bend in the road that you encounter. There’s very little body roll for an SUV this size and just as planted as some of the more premium offerings from Europe in this segment. There’s also plenty of weight in the steering with a good amount of feedback feedback on the tarmac, allowing for an enjoyable driving experience, making the Grand Cherokee more car- like than SUV in its approach along with the added off-road capability.
Another bit of trickery that adds to the Grand Cherokee’s handling prowess is its Select- Terrain system. Standard kit across the Grand Cherokee line-up, the Select-Terrain System allows drivers to choose any one of five different settings (Snow, Sand/Mud, Rock, Auto, and Sport) depending on the driving conditions ahead. Each setting adjusts the electronic co-ordination of up to 12 different engine, suspension and breaking systems, including transmission shift points, throttle control, transfer case, and stability programs for the best possible traction for any given situation. For more off-road inclined buyers, the Grand Cherokee can be optioned with Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II 4x4 system, which is essentially an Active full-time two-speed transfer case with low range. It works by monitoring tyre slip using a range of sensors to locate tyre slip at the earliest possible moment, and can transfer up to 100 percent of torque to the axle with the most traction. One step further is the Quadra-Drive II system, which adds a rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD). Outside, the European influence on its design is abundantly clear. The Grand Cherokee features a distinctive, and much bolder front-end design, complete with the trademark Jeep seven-slot grille and Euro-style body lines down the side of the car and a wrap-around taillight assembly. Looking a little closer, you also find panel gaps have been reduced, with the doors close with a satisfying thud. Elements such the speed of the windshield and short front and rear overhangs come together to form what a polished, sporty SUV look.
Inside, the Grand Cherokee offers more than enough for its entry price point. Features such as Reversing camera, HID Xenon headlamps, 18-inch alloys, Dual-zone climate control, Keyless Enter 'n' Go and heated seats are just some of the standard equipment offered with the Grand Cherokee. There’s load in spades with the Jeep, offering almost 800 litres with the rear seats are up, and close to double that with seats folded. The load point is also at a sensible height for easy access for the heavier items you might find yourself loading.
All-in-all, the Grand Cherokee is a more than worthy flagship model for the primarily off- road associated Jeep nameplate. If there is a truly jack-of-all-trades SUV, the Grand Cherokee fits that description in more ways than one.
Braking Systems for the Jeep Grand Cherokee
Bendix offers a range of brake pad material with Heavy Duty and 4WD pads being the best choice for the Grand Cherokee. In addition, Bendix also offers the Ultimate Brake Disc Rotor and the Ultimate 4WD Upgrade Kit.
The Bendix Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit provides a real solution for 4WD and workute’s stopping needs. This kit includes Ultimate Front rotors, Front pads and Front and Rear braided brake hoses which can also be purchased in 2-inch lift extended brake line version. It also contains Bendix brake fluid, brake cleaner, rotor wipes and a tube of brake lubricant all in this handy 4WD carry case.
Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are manufactured for extreme strength and structural integrity utilising the best available technology. Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are built to withstand heat build-up that comes from frequent braking in heavy city traffic one day and towing or outback driving the next. All 4WD/SUV front pads are grooved, which significantly improves performance especially when trekking off road. The groove is used to help expel any water, dust or dirt that comes into contact with the pad which becomes more prevalent when travelling off the beaten track.
To complement our brake pads, Bendix has a matched Ultimate Brake Disc Rotor which features High Carbon Metallurgy, Diamond Tip Slots and a Swiftfit Coating.
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