Jeep Aces the Unusual Moose Test After Some Needed Tweaking

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited


Of all the members of the animal kingdom that are routinely hit by automobiles, moose pose perhaps the largest risk to drivers and occupants despite the numerous advancements in automotive safety. This is because moose are tall creatures, with large amounts of mass sitting atop a set of rather spindly legs. When the car collides with the animal, the legs are knocked out from underneath it, and that tremendous bulk — a couple of thousand pounds, potentially — comes crashing down on the windshield and cabin area.

Therefore, your best bet would be to swerve and avoid hitting the moose altogether, which is why a few folks in the moose-ridden country of Sweden devised an avoidance test to rate vehicle performance when it came to swerving out of the way of an 1,800-pound, antlered behemoth.

When the Jeep (FIATY.PK) Grand Cherokee was initially exposed to this test, things didn’t turn out so well. In fact, the SUV nearly flipped over when it was traveling through the arranged slalom. This led to great debate between the magazine that arranges the test — Sweden’s Teknikens Värld – and some hardcore Jeep fans. Even Chrysler joined the fray.

“In summer 2012 the previous generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee went up on two wheels in Teknikens Värld’s famous moose test,” the magazine explained. “Already at low speed, 61 km/h (37.9 mph), the wheels on the inside left the ground and at 63.5 km/h (39.5 mph), the car was about to roll over. Neither did the electronic stability system or the anti-rollover system respond — very strange.”

Allpar, a Chrysler fansite, refuted the test results at the time, alleging that for whatever reason, the vehicle was intentionally overloaded to put it at a disadvantage. Further, with Chrysler engineers present, the Jeep didn’t repeat the odd almost-rollover. Whatever the reasons behind the fluke, the latest model has been put through the same test with polar-opposite results.

Check out the video above from Teknikens Värld, which talks about the 2012 testing incident.

“We are delighted to point out that our test results from 2012 have led to a comprehensive development work by the Jeep [engineers], the old behavior is completely gone,” Teknikens Värld said. ”The main difference is that the traction control system begins to work really early and it slows down the speed of the car dramatically, even at such low entry speed as 61 km/h (37.9 mph).”