CUV / Crossover with 4Lo

phsycle

Adventurer
What CUV or crossovers are out there with lo range? Preferably ones in the last 10 years or so. Ones I can think of:

Jeep Renegade/Liberty/(new)Cherokee
Suzuki Grand Vitara

Any others I’m missing?
 

al_burpe

Observer
I just looked and the new compass trailhawk has a 4lo, so the renegade probably does too. I can't think of any others.
 

perterra

Adventurer
Not sure the compass is an actual 4 lo. I think it uses automatic transmission trickery to mimick a low range
 

Martinjmpr

Wiffleball Batter
The Grand Vitara isn't a crossover, it's a true SUV just with a unibody instead of a BOF arrangment, kind of like a Grand Cherokee. They also get really poor MPG. On my wife's 06 GV we rarely broke 16mpg. I did better with my '99 4runner.
 

phsycle

Adventurer
Not sure the compass is an actual 4 lo. I think it uses automatic transmission trickery to mimick a low range
I think you're right: "and a crawl mode that locks the transmission in first gear, giving the Compass a low-range-like 20.4:1 drive ratio. This mode is summoned via the Selec-Terrain knob that governs the all-wheel-drive system, which offers Rock, Snow, Sand, Mud, and Auto modes, in addition to buttons for 4WD Low (the crawl mode),"

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-jeep-compass-trailhawk-tested-review

I believe the compact CUV's from Land Rover also offer Lo range.
 

tanuki.himself

Active member
The Grand Vitara isn't a crossover, it's a true SUV just with a unibody instead of a BOF arrangment, kind of like a Grand Cherokee. They also get really poor MPG. On my wife's 06 GV we rarely broke 16mpg. I did better with my '99 4runner.
what on earth were you doing with it? I get 23 out of my 2009 and I am not light footed. And that's to a US short measure gallon, not a proper imperial one....
 

perterra

Adventurer
The Grand Vitara isn't a crossover, it's a true SUV just with a unibody instead of a BOF arrangment, kind of like a Grand Cherokee. They also get really poor MPG. On my wife's 06 GV we rarely broke 16mpg. I did better with my '99 4runner.
I got 21 or so most times in our 07 V6.
 

erstwild

Member
I have a 2012 Jeep Patriot Trail Rated with Freedom Drive II. It gives you a "low range equivalent" in the CVT gearing ratios. Really fun little vehicle if you kit it out nicely. I have had it up for sale on the classifieds here for a while, but I have been having too much fun with it this summer.
 
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Drabadum

New member
As I know, only crossover that has a proper low range is Jeep Cherokee KL at some trim levels (Trailhawk for sure, and one another, I don't remember the name). Actually, I was surprised why Jeep does not highlight this extremely rare feature? Then, Jeep Renegade and Compass have a kind of "software feature" to keep the transmission at the low 1st gear, but without the proper "hardware" low range. Another example is Subaru Forester that had the low range with the basic 2.0 petrol engine and manual transmission.
That's all what I know.

Suzuki Grand Vitara, VW Touareg, Jeep KK - they are proper SUV, not crossovers, in my opinion.
 

Herbie

Rendezvous Conspirator
Where are you? Austrialian-market Subarus can be had with a 2-speed t-case setup.
 

Saharafire

New member
The KL cherokee has low range and a locker in the trailhawk version. They are very capable vehicles. My wife had one and it was dead reliable, got pretty decent mpg, and was fun to drive. I actually really miss that vehicle.
 

eatSleepWoof

Explorer
There are 2012+ Mercedes ML models that have a low-range button. I've yet to thoroughly look into what effect it has and whether it's a true dual transfer case.
 

DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
Another example is Subaru Forester that had the low range with the basic 2.0 petrol engine and manual transmission.
Important to note the member posting the question is in the United States and our Foresters never got a two speed transfer case. Older Subarus (talking 1980s) imported here did get them and they are available I surmise still in many other markets. Just not here anymore.

Our Forester is 2017 base model and if it did have a low range it would be a highly capable vehicle off road. But no, instead it has Bluetooth!
 
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