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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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.

Press release after the jump.

Exterior

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2011 Cherokee is by no means a push-over; certainly, it comes with an exterior that has been designed with an all-new sculpted body and an athletic profile that carries a sleek and aerodynamic feel to the SUV. The Grand Cherokee also has a slew of new exterior features, particularly an all-new dual-pane panoramic sun roof that extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. It also has a powerful rear liftgate for remote up/down convenience, a system that will be found for the first time on the Grand Cherokee.

Bi-Xenon, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps come standard for the Limited and Overland models. while segment-exclusive SmartBeam headlamps can be adjusted to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting. Completing the notable exterior features of the Grand Cherokee are a new set of 20" wheels that will be made available for both the LImited and Overland models.

Interior

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee comes with a world-class interior that comes with a host of new features, including real wood and leather, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, four-way power lumbar controls, rain-sensitive wipers, Passive Entry/Keyless Go, ParkView rear back-up camera and a power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory. Meanwhile, the instrument panel comes with a larger glove box and a covered center-stack storage bin, making for a confident and clean interior set-up that rids away of the cluttered feeling other SUVs have.

Space is also a highlight of the Grand Cherokee’s interior. The doors, for one, provide larger front- and rear-door openings (78 degrees) for improved ingress/egress compared to current model (67 degrees). Once inside, a fold-flat front passenger seat provides improved cargo carrying capability. The SUV has more than four inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room (38.6 inches) compared to previous model. Cargo volume was also improved at 36.3 cubic feet, 17% more space compared from its preceding model and finally, a well-appointed cargo compartment with removable dual storage bins inside the spare tire compartment.

Performance

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with a number of different powertrain options, including an all-new, flexible fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that comes with Variable-Valve Timing (VVT) and delivers 280 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque at 4,800 rpm, a 33% increase in horsepower and 11% increase in torque. The higher-end model of the Grand Cherokee comes with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb/ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. Just like it’s 3.6-liter little brother, the HEMI comes with VVT and a fuel saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology with dual exhaust to provide maximum efficiency to the SUV.

Safety

Jeep Grand Cherokee

To say that Jeep spent inordinate number of hours on developing safety and security features for the Grand Cherokee just may be an understatement in its own right. Among the 45 safety and security features of the SUV, one of the most important is the Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a necessary feature for any kind of SUV. In this case, the ESC includes Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-Start Assist, Trailer-Sway Control and available Hill-Descent Control.

The Grand Cherokee also has a number of standard safety features, including full-length side-curtain air bags that extend protection to the front and rear outboard passengers, seat-mounted side thorax air bags that enhance protection of the driver and front passenger, active head restraints that come out when there’s a threat of a rear collision, a park Assist System that assists drivers at low speeds to detect stationary objects, a blind-spot/rear cross-path detection system that notifies the driver of vehicles in blind spots with illuminated icons on side-view mirrors or through an audible chime, an adaptive cruise control that decreases the vehicle’s pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle or when another vehicle pulls into same lane, and finally, a forward Collision Warning (FCW) system that detects when the vehicle may be approaching another vehicle too rapidly and alerts the driver.

Handling

Jeep Grand Cherokee

To keep up with its reputation as a luxury SUV, Jeep gave the Grand Cherokee plenty of new components, including new independent front and rear suspension systems that deliver premium on-road manners with isolated front and rear suspension cradles and variable-rate rear springs. Together, they work to enhance the Grand Cherokee’s unmistakable on-road character and ride comfort.

The Grand Cherokee also comes with a Quadra-Lift air suspension system that features five height settings for optimum ride performance:

  • Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8.1 inches of clearance offers improved fuel economy and improved aerodynamics during on-road driving.
  • Off-Road 1: Lifts the vehicle an additional 1.5 inches for added height in clearing obstacles (9.6 inches).
  • Off-road 2: Delivers legendary Jeep off-road capability and provides an additional 3 inches of height for 11.1 inches of ground clearance.
  • Park Mode: Lowers the vehicle 1.5 inches from NRH for easy ingress/egress. NRH and Park mode are driver-selectable giving the driver control over vehicle ride height.
  • Aero Mode: Lowers the vehicle .6 inches from NRH. Aero Mode is controlled by vehicle speed and adjusts for optimal performance and fuel economy.

Pricing

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2011 Grand Cherokee comes with a number of price tags corresponding to their respective trims levels. The first one, the Laredo carries a price of $32,995. That’s followed by the Limited, which sells for $39,995. And finally, the most expensive of the lot - the Overland - has been priced at $42,995.

Competition

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokee is Jeep’s official entry to the premium mid-size SUV segment and as such, it has its share of competitors, including but not limited to the Ford Explorer and the Toyota 4Runner.

One of the powertrains that come with the Explorer – and the closest in spec to the base level Grand Cherokee – is the 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Compare that to the Grand Cherokee’s numbers and it’s a draw.

Meanwhile, the Toyota 4Runner 4x4, on the other hand, is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that cracks out 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. In terms of output, the slight edge goes to the Grand Cherokee.

Each of these SUVs also come with their own unique features, but rest assured, the Grand Cherokee has what it takes to take the fight to whoever gets in its way.

LOVE IT
  • New exudes classy aggression
  • Plenty of variants and trim options
  • Spacious interior
LEAVE IT
  • We expected more power
  • Competitive market
  • A little more expensive than we thought



25 comments:

I’m so impressed with its dressed-up interior! It looks cool and comfortable on that. Moreover, even though it is only on a simple design, it sill looks very attractive and stunning for me.

The interior of this Grand Cherokee is really impressive and very comfortable. I didn’t truly expect it, that it can have that kind of interior. Well, I would love to have a car like this. smiley

Sorry to say, but this one is not really impressive for it had a platform design and detailing of being an outdated car, but I can say that I still love the fact that it is so ideal for an outdoor activity.

I think Jeep and Hummer have the same problem both of them is gas guzzler though the figure performance was great! I wonder if there will be a aftermarket version for this car.

Well, talking about coolness and aggressiveness of car I think jeep would be a best option. However, the bad thing about this car is that its gas guzzler!

This one would be a newer version of Jeep and it makes me wonder if they will be making a production with the same look or proceed on making a original concept for this model.

I really love this car for its the more powerful and successful production of Jeep! BTW, I think this car is quite different from the traditional look of Jeep! However, its figure performance is quite impressive!

I’m glad with its improvement. I highly admired the way it was being refined. Take a closer look on it, it’s really gorgeous.

I’m sorry, but that interior just does not belong in a Jeep in my opinion. Though it will be suited perfectly for the target audience probably, the car has one from off-road run rugged vehicle to a plush comfortable highway SUV. I rather buy a GLK, X3, or Q5 for a little more money then

The styling on this is pretty nice. If the reliability and overall fit and finish is there, this ought to be a good move for Jeep and Chrysler as a whole.

Regarding Adriansmith’s comments, very confusing. The New GC Limited is a huge turnaround from its previous model. I compare the Limited platform as the vehicles you mention X5, RR, LR, are clearly out of Jeep’s price range. It’s the closest model other than the Overland.

GC Limited starts out at $39K. X5 $47K, RR $78K, LR2 (old Disco) $36K, Cayenne $50K. I could go on but the 2011 Limited with 5.7L V8 at a sticker price of $43K, it’s a heck of a buy.

GM and Ford’s new models are using too much chrome accents that make then look fake. Ford sells its SYNC stuff and GM sells On Star. Jeep is selling a Jeep.

The exterior is not a big step from previous model, especially from back. LR may also do similar treatment to both RR, Disco and RR sport, but they look modern and clean, but this new Grand Cherokee isn’t. When GM and Ford have stepped ahead, Chrysler seems to stay in the old day. Even, current X5 is still a tough competitor for this new Jeep. I will take smaller but brainier new Cayenne or its sibling Touareg.

This grand cherokee rocks! I am dreaming of having my own Jeep!

I love the new Grand Cherokee. I think its a good step forward for Chrysler.

Yes it looks terrific and I really hope Chrysler is on a good mend. I can’t wait to see what new products they have coming.

A 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 which includes a navigation system with real-time traffic alerts and wireless cell-phone link.

A 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 which includes a navigation system with real-time traffic alerts and wireless cell-phone link.

Good looking suv but to be honest I like the new Dodge more than this.

I’ve personally seen a whole fleet of these testing in Moab last fall with a long with a slew of its competition from landrover and others. They are doing it right and approaching it from every angle...props to them

Looks great inside and outside! but I noticed that there are some little similarity with Dodge Journey, well never mind that! because still its built to be a nice luxury off roading machine.

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