Snow is flying, at least here in Michigan it is, and highways around the Great Lakes are getting sketchy. We know as well as anyone that off roading in snow is a blast, but when you re headed to work or have the family in tow, you want to be secure, which is where the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in. This vehicle will boldly go forth in the most hazardous and icy conditions and keep you sheltered from the elements. Here are nine safety features you ll be glad to have when the next lake effect snowstorm blows into town:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): The all new ACC automatically adjusts cruising speed to maintain a safe, preset distance between you and the cars ahead, because nothing is worse than a minor brake light setting an entire line of cars into an unnecessary braking panic on icy roads.
Smartbeam Headlamps with Auto Leveling: When the nights are longer, the snow machine kicks into high gear. Fortunately, Bi Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps will shine up to three times brighter than regular headlamps, and auto leveling keeps your lights focused on the road, instead of into the blinding static of heavy white flakes in a black night sky.
Rain-Sensing Wipers and Rain Brake Support: You know that transition between rain and snow and back again? Grand Cherokee s wipers detect raindrops and activate on their own so you don t have to flip the wipers on and off, and a new smart brake system helps dry the rotors on wet roads.
Active Head Restraints: We hope you never get in an accident, but if you do, these head restraints can help stave off injuries during rear impact collisions.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW): Driving in treacherous weather requires a lot of attention. When hazards are all around, Grand Cherokee senses road hazards and helps alert you to impending, dangerous objects in your path.
Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM): Ever notice that in winter those ditches on the side of the road seem just a little deeper? If things get rough, Grand Cherokee s ERM takes immediate action to help you maintain stability.
Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA): Because climbing a snow covered hill is just as important as being able to drive down it safely. Next time you go over the river and through the woods, Grandma will have nothing to worry about.
Antilock Brake System (ABS): This ABS system performs on slippery and wet roads. It also knows when you re driving over rough terrain and adjusts accordingly, a must have on slippery onramps and ice covered back roads.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC): Put it all together, and this vehicle wide network of safety sensors, Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), antilock brake system (ABS) and Brake Assist, All Speed Traction Control, and available Trailer Sway Control (TSC), make driving in the snow a bit easierā?¦ and a bit safer.
Other safety features include Parkview and Parksense Park System Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Airbag System, Sentre Key Engine Immobalizer, and Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection System.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Published Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 by Kayla Bauer.
Looking for some holiday gift ideas for the off-roader in your life? Not to worry, the Jeep Blog has you covered with some ideas for Mom and Dad, the kids, and even the family dog:
2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Your new 4x4 might not fit under the tree, but then, the Rubicon belongs outside anyway. Stick a bow on the hood and plan to spend the holidays navigating the snow.
Car Wash Gift Certificates: Mud is a badge of honor, but you have to wash it off eventually, right? Right?
Mopar Accessories: There aren t any reindeer sleigh accessories yet (or are there?), but there s plenty of good products to individualize your ride and keep your Jeep Brand Vehicle operating at peak performance.
Maps: For your road, or off road, trip. Maybe you ll travel Route 66 like Will Morgan and Vance Crowder, or maybe you ll go where there are no roads. Either way, it s good to know where you re headed.
TripCast iPhone App: Track your journeys and off road adventures. Best of all, this gift is free.
Jeep Power Wheels Vehicle: The holidays are for kids, and never is the love of mud stronger than in our youth. Best to start early; let s make it a muddy holiday.
Dog Seatbelt: Fido likes off roading just as much as you do, but without opposable thumbs it s tough to hang on over rough terrain. Best to keep man s best friend securely fastened in man s best vehicle.