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We brought you info last week on the new Grand Cherokee and now we know that in addition to all the other changes we discussed, there will be a top-of-the-line sound system available when this SUV debuts a little later this year. It’s not just any top-of-the-line system, either, it’s the auto industry's only sound system made by the legends in luxury home audio, McIntosh Laboratory.
Available first in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the 19-speaker MX950 McIntosh Entertainment System is available in Overland and Summit models and comes standard when equipped with the Summit Reserve Package.
McIntosh says the companies started working on the new system four years ago, when engineers from both collaborated on the Grand Wagoneer concept. McIntosh says the Jeep brand understands its goal is to carry its exceedingly high standards for sound into vehicles in an authentic way. Now with the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, owners will soon be able to experience what it is like having a premium home system in the car with them.
For over seven decades, McIntosh has been on the leading edge of high-end home audio and popular culture with sound systems handcrafted in their factory in Binghamton, NY. The company's amplifiers were used to power the original Woodstock and the Grateful Dead's groundbreaking "Wall of Sound" which cemented McIntosh's reputation as a true American icon.
McIntosh is also no stranger to car audio, having delved into both OEM and aftermarket fitments in the 1990s. In the new millennium, McIntosh developed custom solutions for Harley Davidson special editions, and the 100th anniversary edition of the Ford GT.
The MX950 McIntosh Entertainment System for the Jeep Grand Cherokee will take sound quality to the next level, much the same way Jeep Grand Cherokee has repeatedly reset the bar in sport utility vehicles.
"We understand that customers don't just want great sound," said Charlie Randall, President of McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. "They want to get a full sensory experience. That's why it was so important that we left no stone unturned to deliver a true McIntosh Entertainment System for the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. We're thrilled to bring our brand to a whole new group of people who may never have experienced McIntosh before."
To ensure McIntosh luxury home audio experience was replicated in the vehicle, engineers from both companies worked hand-in-hand to fuse form and function into the system architecture. Engineers constantly went back and forth between the test vehicle and the McIntosh Reference Room itself to ensure a truly authentic McIntosh experience, even in a car. The resulting system is so revolutionary, it doesn't just bring the performance to you, it brings you to the performance.
The system boasts 19 speakers in 12 optimal locations to deliver precision sound through every inch of the vehicle and a 17-channel amplifier delivers up to 950-watts of power. The system has LD/HP speaker design to lower distortion and McIntosh Power Guard for unrivaled clarity even at very high-volume levels. The most advanced materials technologies were used to make components lighter, yet stronger, so speakers respond faster in delivering timely sonic reproduction. The occupants are enveloped in a massive sweet spot to hear music with zero coloration, just as the artist intended.
The shared vision between Jeep and McIntosh was to integrate the same level of authenticity and design language from the McIntosh home audio products into the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The system incorporates McIntosh's iconic styling cues such as the metal ridged control knobs, in the look and feel that have made McIntosh instantly recognizable to fans around the world. Backlit logos on the door speaker grilles accent the vehicle's interior lighting with McIntosh's signature blue.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee L's subwoofer grille is emblazoned with the McIntosh "Mc" logo as it appears in McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks™. It is truly a treat for the eyes as well as the ears.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will arrive in Jeep dealerships in the second quarter of 2021.