What Is The Jeep’s Trail Rated Badge?

 Jeep’s Trail Rated

What Is The Jeep’s Trail Rated Badge?

Not all vehicles are qualified to be driven on rough and tough trails. This is why Jeep introduced their ‘Trail Rated Badge’ in 2004. The badge is not just a tag or status symbol but actually represents the confidence to tackle any terrain head-on. It is earned by pushing vehicles as far as they can go for them to emerge from the other side with groundbreaking capability. The Trail Rated Badge has to date been earned by five 4x4 Jeeps - Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Compass, and Renegade. These Jeeps have been tested on the Rubicon Trail of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Carved out by ancient mountain glaciers, the 22 miles trail is gruesomely rocky and ever-changing, making it the perfect terrain to test vehicles on. The following five severely-demanding tests must be passed to earn the Trail Rated Badge.

1. Traction
It is vital for the Jeep to test against not just the most ruthless and rocky terrains populated with harsh boulders but also the worst weather conditions. These can include a snowstorm, a sandstorm, or the harshest rainfall.

2. Water Fording
Adventures shouldn’t be limited to just land. To earn the Trail Rated Badge, one needs to traverse perilous water bodies. The vehicle’s electrical connections and body frames should work perfectly and stay intact when driving through gushing creeks and deep streams.

3. Maneuverability
The purpose of driving through harsh trails is to make sure that you do not just pass alive but also have a safe and smooth ride. The vehicle needs to have precision steering to effortlessly dodge emergency tight trail switchbacks, narrow gaps, and obstacles.

4. Articulation
The vehicle needs to be sturdy enough to tackle all off-road adventures. High articulation comes with maximum suspension flexibility that brings stability to the Jeep even when one or more wheels are not in contact with the ground.

5. Ground Clearance
The Jeep’s approach, break over, and departure angle should be maximized to give superior clarity and visibility on the road. The vehicle should have ample space between its underside and the ground for negligible underbody damage.

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