The Jeep Grand Cherokee has proven to be a rock-solid off-road-capable SUV with a dose of civility on public roads. But while the top Jeep has a terrific reputation and a long list of accolades, at least one model apparently didn't have the chops for the Teknikens Moose (or Elk) test over in Sweden.

The moose test is a lighting-fast emergency lane change maneuver that takes place at a relatively staid 40 miles per hour. While most vehicles clear the obstacle with little fuss, the below video shows that a Grand Cherokee Overland got up on two wheels and very nearly rolled. Teknikens Värld tester Linus Pröjtz points out in the Overland model comes standard in Sweden with 20-inch wheels, rollover protection and electronic stability control.

The Swedish car magazine (translation: "World of Technology") goes on to call on Chrysler to put a stop sale on the Grand Cherokee in Sweden until this issue is addressed, and they claim Chrysler has yet to provide an explanation as to why the vehicle performed so poorly.

Here in the States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Grand Cherokee four stars, including a five-star score for side impacts. However, in rating the SUV's rollover resistance, the GC only managed three stars in rear-wheel drive configuration, while four-wheel drive models netted four stars.

Scroll down to take in the press release from Teknikens, followed by the one-minute video that shows the GC Overland going all Dukes of Hazzard.

*UPDATE: Chrysler brand fan site Allpar has published an article that alleges that the rollover test was rigged, arguing the test was conducted in an intentionally overloaded vehicle. Further, it reports that the magazine conducted the test again – with Chrysler engineers standing by – in three different correctly loaded Grand Cherokees over eleven separate runs, but they were "unable to reproduce" the wheel lift condition.

**UPDATE: Chrysler confirms it is actively investigating the test and has just furnished Autoblog with an official response which you can read by scrolling down.
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Grand Cherokee Statement for Teknikens Varld Test

Chrysler Group engineers are investigating a Swedish magazine's evaluation of the 2012 Grand
Cherokee. During the evaluation, the publication was able to capture images of a Grand Cherokee on two wheels as it performed an extreme maneuver in an overloaded condition.

Advised of this event by the magazine, Chrysler Group engineers made numerous attempts to
reproduce the wheel-lift in a properly loaded vehicle. Extensive testing produced no such result.
A subsequent evaluation was conducted by the magazine July 8 in Sweden and witnessed by Chrysler Group engineers. Three vehicles performed 11 runs on a course prepared by the magazine. None reproduced the original event.

The uncharacteristic result was obtained using a vehicle loaded beyond its weight specifications. The Grand Cherokee's weight limitations are clearly stated on the vehicle and in the owner's manual. Also, the extreme maneuver performed by the magazine is not certified by any regulatory agency, nor is it used to establish any sanctioned safety ratings.
Chrysler Group takes seriously any safety concerns and engineers are examining the event to better understand the magazine's claims.

A "Top Safety Pick" of the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 Grand Cherokee is an award-winning SUV that features Electronic Stability Control and Electronic Roll Mitigation as
standard equipment. It meets or exceeds all government safety mandates and its outstanding
performance has made it the most awarded SUV in history.


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't stop the video quick enough to see the right side tires, but both left side tires nearly roll off the bead. The wheel lip is almost in contact with the ground. Where the tire pressures at spec? Anybody remember the Saturday Night Live 'Swedish documentary' with secret camera footage of Chris Farley being told what he drank was not real coffee, but 100% pure Columbian coffee crystals?
      wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think what some people are missing here is: Chrysler didn't go to discredit the Magazine. They (probably) went to learn so they could fix the problem (if it existed). It appears, though, that the problem could not be repeated. That's assuming that the updates above are accurate. So, think of it differently. They didn't go to discredit, they went to learn. Better?
      DanDotDan
      • 2 Years Ago
      That guy's got fast hands. Does anyone know exactly what "improperly loaded" means in this context?
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DanDotDan
        I would assume the height and weight of interior payload, but in the video, the cabin looks pretty empty.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sensationalism helps sell magazines.
        fred_swe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Come on, have you seen the latest video with the reps from Jeep? That kind of ignorance is dangerous... http://www.teknikensvarld.se/jeepmoosetest-part4/
      Andreas
      • 2 Years Ago
      And here the rest, part 4. The videos from the day with the Jeep/Chrysler guys involved. http://www.teknikensvarld.se/jeepmoosetest-part4/
      Hrvoje
      • 2 Years Ago
      he turn early 2 m early ,changed driver ,also this is off road car mote than SUV , if you want SUV buy Mercedes ML , or bmw X5....etc
      Whit Hamnett
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hahaha "fullskarm"
      fred_swe
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.teknikensvarld.se/jeepmoosetest-part2/
      lolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      f..k the jeep, buy a nissan
        Dee Jackedup
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lolo
        Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!.....oh man! That's friggin' hilarious! BAHAHAHA!!! oh wait.. you're serious. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! A nissan?? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!
          mchlrus1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dee Jackedup
          I had an 07 x terra... POS. The water pump broke and other random crap would break that shouldn't.
        Autoholics Anonymous
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lolo
        I was in a wreck with a Nissan before I made it out alright but I can't say the same about the Nissan, BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE! I was in a Taurus and MY GOODNESS GEORGE! I was able to drive away after turning the fuel safety switch back. Anyway mildly skewed comedy out of the way. I have actually seen more flipped Nissans off in a ditch than I have seen flipped Jeeps let alone the GC models but even then half of the Jeeps I have seen flipped were on off-road trails where the driver tried tackling steeply angled inclines/declines too quickly.
        sirjaysmith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lolo
        at least the Jeep will make it to the trails, and then survive the trail.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        fuzzyfish6
        • 2 Years Ago
        Regarding the above reply: What do you expect from low intelligent internet trolls?
        Nowuries
        • 2 Years Ago
        Suck it boyracer--you don't have any idea what you are talking about. You must be the expert though--the same chassis will be used on the upcoming Maserati SUV, but of course, it is low quality too, right? Idiot.
      Benjammin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeeps are the stupidest vehicles on the road today, just like any other Chrysler. they all should be taken off the road and replaced with anything that gets decent gas mileage.
        Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Benjammin
        Apparently Jeeps are not too stupid, Benjamin, because you are reading articles about them.
        itequila
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Benjammin
        And you drive a hyundai accent...it´s not your wallet it´s not your buisness and the jeeps are intended for off-road if you notice
        sirjaysmith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Benjammin
        your comment is the stupidest comment on the net today, anything that is you should be removed from existence and replaced with anyone that has a better IQ than a kindergardener.
        lobster_guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Benjammin
        Benjamitin, that not nice. You obviously appear to biased? yes?
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      NEWSFLASH: Cars witha high center gravity will have a tendency to roll over in extreme directional changes! Also, the Pope is Catholic
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