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New York: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee - First Live Shots

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One of the most significant debuts at the 2009 New York Auto Show is undoubtedly the next-generation 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We've just had the chance to see Jeep's new SUV in person ahead of its official unveiling later today, and we're even more impressed with the design in person than in pictures. The clean styling is a departure for the brand, which has lately adhered a bit too closely to its traditional utilitarian box design language. The Wrangler look doesn't work on every vehicle, and thankfully Jeep has softened the Grand Cherokee just enough to look sophisticated, but not so much that it appears incapable of traversing trails. We'll bring you more on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from its formal debut later in the day, but for now you can peruse our new live shots and the official images from Jeep in the galleries below.

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Umm...no.

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I'm sorry, but that is one of the dumbest statements I've seen in a while.

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This looks like the Jeep version of the Terrain.

Hardly..the Terrain is just a FWD generic underneath, with blocky faux-macho styling. The GC has legit, serious hardware..it's a real SUV, not a lame-ass CUV.

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Seeing the GC and Terrain side-by-side, I still can't get over the Terrain's ugliness. Jeep did a nice job with the new Grand Cherokee...it looks really refined.

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Very boring. Interior is typical Chrysler blocks with some slightly more interesting parts.

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Looks like a softer, more rounded, higher qualitya nd better detailed version of the current interior to me.

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I like it. It doesn't have to be out there like an Acura to be a nice interior.

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Umm...no.

I'm sorry, but that is one of the dumbest statements I've seen in a while.

I never said they looked alike... both have squared-off wheel wells, big chrome grilles, small windows when compared to the bodies, and look rugged.

Again, if there was a Terrain with Jeep styling, it'd look pretty similar to this.

The interior design looks like it was taken from Lexus. Boring, but decent:

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I never said they looked alike... both have squared-off wheel wells, big chrome grilles, small windows when compared to the bodies, and look rugged.

Again, if there was a Terrain with Jeep styling, it'd look pretty similar to this.

The interior design looks like it was taken from Lexus. Boring, but decent:

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Or rather the Terrain is a GMC styled Jeep. The squared wheel arches are a Jeep trademark.

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And so on and so forth.

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Interior design...yeah it does look sort of like the Lexus (not bad thing) but also an evolution of the current one.

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Only a hell of a lot better.

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I plan to show this to my boss Friday who has a 2nd gen Grand Cherokee and is a Jeep enthusiast, but doesn't care for the current one.

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This Jeep unfortunately, makes the GMC look like it would be the last one picked in a playground basketball game.

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Looks better in the live pics, but I think they could have been a little more adventurous with the styling.

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Love that leather, but there are too many colors going on inside. The aluminum, the wood, the gray plastic, the brown seats, its just seems busy. Not bad, just not to my particular liking.

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I'm sure they've got more subdued color schemes, like all black or something. Or this...

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I love the interior. Good job Jeep! Now that Mercedes is out of the picture, they aren't dumbing down the cars to make them fit in the corporate brand hierarchy. (GM please take notes).

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the live shots emphasize surface elements more, it looks better here. it's gonna look 40% more sophisticated than Terrain parked next to it, but that doesn't make terrain automatically ugly.....thing is with all the sophistication it's moved so much closer to what everyone else [GM aside] looks like.

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