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Independent vehicle safety authority ANCAP has recently released the safety ratings for the Jeep Grand Cherokee with mixed results between its variants.

The long-wheelbase (LWB) seven-seat 3.6 litre petrol (Jeep Grand Cherokee L) and the short-wheelbase (SWB) five-seat 2.0 litre PHEV variants both received 5-star safety ratings.

On the other hand, the SWB five-seat 3.6 litre petrol variant received a 4-star safety rating. According to ANCAP, this is because the SWB petrol identified a difference in the performance of the seatbelts fitted to second row outboard seats compared with performance of the LWB petrol and SWB PHEV, and as a result, a nil score was achieved for rear passenger chest protection.

“The long-wheelbase Jeep Grand Cherokee L and short-wheelbase PHEV achieved sound results across all areas of testing and assessment, seeing them eligible for the five-star rating,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg.

“The Poor level of chest protection recorded for short-wheelbase petrol variants, however, is an area we’d encourage Jeep to address,” Ms Hoorweg added.

“We strongly encourage Jeep to implement a production change to improve the safety performance of the rear outboard seatbelts.”

“Specification differences, including different powertrains, body styles, and driven wheels can all have an effect on safety performance. This result highlights the importance and rigor applied through independent vehicle safety testing to ensure Australian and New Zealand consumers are provided with information relevant to the vehicles supplied into these markets.”

Full details on the safety performance of Jeep Grand Cherokee variants is available here.

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