2012 Chicago Auto Show: Camp Jeep Indoor Hill Climb 3D Video

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I don’t know if there’s a road anywhere within hundreds of miles of Chicago that has a 35 degree grade. You almost have to get up to Minnesota’s iron range to find elevation and even then 35 deg is a pretty steep grade. Actually I doubt there are many roads in the entire country with that steep a rise. Of course, Jeeps go off road where trails might get steeper than a “road”. At first thought, the hill that Jeep built in “Camp Jeep” at the Chicago Auto Show has a 35 degree grade to demonstrate that Wranglers and Grand Cherokees can attack the steepest climbs. Upon reflection, I think it’s there just as much or more so to demonstrate the cars’ sophisticated and impressive hill descent technologies. Let’s face it, you can move the earth with the correct lever and a properly placed fulcrum. With the right power and gearing, you can climb almost any hill, but getting down safely is another question. When I took a ride through Camp Jeep, on the down side of the hill it was so steep that I was hanging by my seat belt and shoulder harness, yet the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon I was in handled the descent as easily as you or I stepping off of a curb. In this video, you also get a good view of one of the Jeeps traversing the 30 degree side angle ramp.

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