Prospective buyers of the 2011 Grand Cherokee will be given an option of two engine variants for the SUV, one of which features Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces an output of 290 horsepower and a mileage of 23 mpg. The other - and significantly more powerful - engine will be a 5.7 liter HEMI V8 that comes with 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Check out the newly-released B-roll video of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee being put through the paces in the desert.
The look is unmistakably Jeep, but everything else on the 2011 Grand Cherokee is a departure from the old. Outside Jeep ditched the body cladding look of the previous three generations, and has gone for a more unified appearance. It’s a combination of smooth and sharp lines that’s further accented by the reduction of the grille and headlight area. It looks almost like how Toyota would design a Jeep.
Jeep wants to up play the premium SUV elements of the new Grand Cherokee. For starters, Jeep is being very vocal about the new Grand Cherokee sharing a platform with the Mercedes M-Class. Inside the layout has not changed greatly, but the materials quality has been given a big upgrade.
The engine choices have now gone from five to two. The bread ’n butter engine will be the new flex-fuel flexible 3.6-liter V-6 engine that delivers 280 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 N•m) @ 4,800 rpm. Second one is a reworked version of the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. It now delivers 360 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (up 3 hp and 1 lb.-ft.).
Updated 05/12/2010: Jeep today announced prices for the 2011 Grand Cherokee that will be available in showrooms in June. The SUV will be offered in three trim levels: Laredo priced at $32,995, Limited priced at $39,995 and Overland that is priced at $42,995. The SUV will be offered with: standard Active Head Restraints, full-length side-curtain and seat-mounted side thorax air bags, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-start Assist, and Trailer-sway Control. A Blind-spot/Rear Cross-path detection system and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning.
UPDATE 05/19/2010</i>: Chrysler is getting an early jump on the upcoming market launch of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee next month by releasing a new video of the luxury SUV. Click on the picture above to check it out!
UPDATE 06/11/2010: Check out the first commercial for the all new 2011 Jeep Cherokee after the jump.
UPDATE 06/21/2010: Jeep has unleashed an online configurator for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Check it out to personalize your ride before heading down to the dealer.
UPDATE 06/28/2010: Recently, Jeep’s Bob Hegbloom took some time to talk with Pentastar Video to discuss the painstaking process behind the creation of the Grand Cherokee. Among the finer points of the interview include Hegbloom laying the groundwork for how Jeep can maintain its brand image as a rugged SUV that puts a premium on customer satisfaction.
Speed is something everyone chooses to acquire at some point in the automotive design process. Speed fuels a sense of power that could only be produced by a few hundred ponies and, although, speed was something that was once only sought after in sportscars, in today’s world, SUVs are even getting in on the action. Maybe not the best choice considering the heavier weight associated with a much larger vehicle, but, nonetheless, what the consumer wants the consumer gets. And the consumer wants it all. Before the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and BMW X5 and X6 M, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 was the fastest SUV in the world. Now, Jeep has decided that it is not satisfied with the stirring of the horsepower pot and will now come with something new: a new generation Grand Cherokee SRT8 is coming this year and it is meaner than ever.
The 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 will be powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI engine delivering more than 500 HP, most likely in the 550 HP area. The SUV will also get an improved chassis making it a real beast.
Is it logical...No. Is it economical...No. Will people still buy it...Absolutely! So goes the way of the world.
We’ll hit you up with some more specs as soon as we can get them.
We all need some form of humor to lighten up our days and today we’re going to need to thank these guys for giving us a good reason to laugh.
To begin with, we have no clue as to how this camper got stuck in this alley. But that’s not why this video is such a hoot. Determined to release the camper from its cudgels, these geniuses decided to pull it out by using a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Needless to say, they encounter a bit of resistance from the tight space the camper was stuck in. But these guys are beyond determined and are also living proof of the saying "if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again."
So they did.
And the rest...well, you’ll just have to watch it to find out.
Since the debut of the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2004, Chrysler has not brought us another model for this lineup. Last year, they teased us with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the 2009 New York Auto Show, but since then, we have not heard a peep from them on when the production of this upgraded model would begin. That is, until now. CEO, Sergio Marchionne announced that starting on May 3rd, Jeep will begin the production of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with sales starting in July. This model, built on the Mercedes M-Class platform, is highly anticipated because of its upgraded interior and smoothed out body style. The souped-up SUV offers a choice of two engine types; the new flex-fuel flexible 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivering 280hp and 260lb.-ft. of torque and the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivering 360hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque.
Chrysler has had its fair share of financial woes and has compensated for that by borrowing money from both the U.S. and Canadian governments. In a speech given by Marchionne back in January, the CEO vowed to repay the loans to both governments. The Canadian-Italian, Marchionne, is coming out guns loaded to fulfill his goals for Chrysler since the Chrysler/Fiat merger in January 2009. His plans are to fully refresh and/or replace all models of the existing lineup by 2012. Marchionne said he is pushing for “an attention to quality that is probably unprecedented in Chrysler.”
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is known for being one of the most versatile all-purpose SUVs out in the market but none of us could have ever thought that it could be used like how filmmaker/musician Julian Smith used it.
In a joint collaboration with an “automotive band”, Smith used a Jeep Cherokee – and a lot of the car’s parts – as one big musical instrument. You name it, it was probably used. Doors, engine, locks, and a host of other parts of the Cherokee were used to create a harmonic techno sound.
The whole performance didn’t come without hours of practice, though. The band spent two weeks practicing and another seven hours of shooting to complete the whole video. It was a though exercise in patience and coordination, but the final product truly does speak for itself.
Lately we have been hearing a lot more about the German based Mopar tuners at Startech with their new line of fast Jaguars and luxurious Range Rovers, but now they are getting back to what it was that made them famous, improving upon Chrysler creations. This time the lucky ride to undergo the Startech treatment is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland.
As it comes from the factory, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the perfect blend of go anywhere off road vehicle and civilized five door people mover; but with the help of Startech, Chrysler’s somewhat weak interiors are no longer an issue. On the outside, the German tuner has added a sense of style to the rather mundane Cherokee with a more aggressive chin spoiler and a pair of integrated strips of LED lit driving lights up front. Tying the front an rear of the vehicle together are a pair of oversized side skirts that meet up to the Overland’s redesigned rear apron complete with cutouts for the dual oval shaped Startech performance exhaust. Finishing off the Grand Cherokee’s exterior are a set of Startech’s signature Monostar IV wheels measuring 22 inches in diameter that sit a little closer to the body thanks to the Jeep’s lowered suspension.
The inside of the Startech Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is adorned with high end materials including everything from brushed aluminum to stainless steel for the more solid surfaces and supple leather to soft Alcantara that can cover every other square inch of the Grand Cherokee’s interior. Even the customizers at Startech admit that there are virtually no limits as to what they can create. Not ones to leave any stone unturned, under the hood Startech has upgraded the 3.0 Liter CRD motor to produce a maximum output of 262 HP and a very diesel friendly 427 lb-ft of torque, the perfect compliment to a more stylish and luxurious off roader.
Jeep revealed today three special editions for the US market: Patriot Rocky Mountain Edition priced at $19,765, Liberty Rocky Mountain Edition priced at $25,355 and Grand Cherokee Rocky Mountain Edition priced at $32,825.
The new Jeep Patriot Rocky Mountain Edition adds uconnect tunes 30-gigabyte stereo, uconnect studios SIRIUS Satellite Radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio controls, body-color door handles and liftgate appliqué, 17-inch aluminum wheels with P215/60R17 all-season tires, ‘Rocky Mountain’ driver and front-passenger door badging, power sun roof with express open/close operation, nine premium Boston Acoustics speakers including subwoofer, two additional articulating liftgate speakers and a 458-watt amplifier.
The new Jeep Liberty Rocky Mountain Edition is being offered in both 4x4 and 4x2 models and adds refreshed 17-inch aluminum wheels with tech silver paint finish, P235/65 R17 A/S tires, uconnect tunes 30-gigabyte radio, power sun roof, deep-tinted glass, speed control and a ‘Rocky Mountain’ badge.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Rocky Mountain Edition adds 17-inch machined-faced aluminum wheels with gray painted pockets, power sun roof, Boston Acoustics sound system, uconnect tunes 30-gigabyte stereo, heated front seats, 12-volt power outlet, chromed body-side molding and a ‘Rocky Mountain’ edition badge.
The diesel engine’s frugal nature and the fuel’s lower price (in some markets) make it popular choice in Europe. With the rest of the world pinching our pennies, we’re going to start seeing a lot more diesel engines in the U.S.
Unfortunately for the companies bringing these new diesel cars, it may take a little education to get the U.S. to understand the new definition of a diesel engine. Gone are the days of black smoke and high-polluting; in its place is the best fuel economy going. Also gone is the loud rumbling engine; leaving almost no noise in its place. What remains from the old diesel image is the toughness. Diesel engines have fewer moving parts, operate at lower RPMs, and are historically the most reliable kind of engine out there.
One of the great places to have these torque-happy engines are trucks and SUVs. That’s why we’re taking a look at a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 with a 3.0-liter diesel engine.
Jeep launched in UK the most luxurious Grand Cherokee ever. Even the exterior and the interior changes aren’t that impressive, the new Grand Cherokee is being offered with a range of new features and a new interior.
New soft-touch interior dashboard materials, interior colours and new textures all help to make the new Grand Cherokee even more desirable while a host of new features – tilt and telescope steering column, improved steering wheel and armrests for improved ergonomics and comfort, new instrument clusters and floor console with improved cup holders – all add to the high-class ambiance.
In addition, Limited and Overland models get a new leather-wrapped parking brake handle and the Overland gets a new leather package on seats, doors and dashboard and heated second row seats.
The MyGIG infotainment system is a new option that offers owners the very latest integrated onboard systems. There’s MP3 player compatibility, a touch screen controlled navigation system as well as the ability to store up to 1600 songs on an integrated 20GB hard drive. The UConnect Hands-free Communication System uses Bluetooth technology to provide voice-activated wireless communication.
On the exterior, a new front fascia and grille surround with a new body-colour front sill and air dam give the latest Grand Cherokee a more modern look, together with a new range of alloy wheels and a new headlamp design.