Jeep Aces the Unusual Moose Test After Some Needed Tweaking
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.