Originally Posted by Alphakong
Why do you care about this?
Know the foot operated parking brake from my earlier Mercedes. Noticed when test driving the 2012 Jeep GC that its mechanical brake extends quite far into the driver's foot area, much more I felt than in the Mercedes. I also like the Mercedes release knob better than the brake pushdown release of the Jeep. Nothing unacceptable though, just a bit much contrast (rugged) to the otherwise quite polished interior of the Jeep. For the even more polished and upmarket MY 2014 it feels like someone modernized the car but forgot this thing hidden down in the pedals area.
Had a BMW recently as a rental with the electronic parking brake. Very elegant and very functional. I believe Jeep would have done well to pair the new 8-speed electronic shifter with an electronic parking brake, like done e.g. for the Land Rover LR4 (Disco). Having in the new Jeep still this massive metal thing close to your feet and shins isn't ideal.
Understand though that the electronic brake must be more expensive than the present archaic system and would certainly require some design changes. However, if I would have been Manley (which I am not) I would have changed this.
Be it as its is. Nothing too important, would just have been nice.