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Jeep releases video of 2011 Grand Cherokee in action

05/19/2010, 4:11 PM BY ANDREW GANZ

Jeep’s highly anticipated 2011 Grand Cherokee is merely weeks away from arriving in showrooms, so to whet the automotive world’s appetite, the automaker has released a promotional video of its crucial new vehicle. The video shows the Grand Cherokee traversing some gentle terrain near the off road mecca of Moab, Utah.

In addition, the automaker released a number of new images showing the upcoming Grand Cherokee in more colors.

Pricing, released last week, for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4×4 will start at $32,995 (including a $780 destination charge) with the up-level Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4 model commanding $39,995. The range-topping Overland 4×4 model will carry a sticker price of $42,995.

The entry-level 2011 Grand Cherokee 4×2 will list from $30,995 – $495 less than the outgoing model.

The launch of the new Grand Cherokee marks the first application of company’s new, flexible fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which features Variable-Valve Timing, 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. Also available is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8, generating 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. The HEMI features VVT and fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology with dual exhaust to maximize efficiency.

Torsional stiffness is 146 percent more than the current Grand Cherokee and stiffer than the BMW X5 and Toyota Highlander, according to Chrysler. The Quadra-Lift air suspension system delivers off-road capability along with the new Selec-Terrain system that allows the driver to choose the drive system that best matches on- or off-road conditions. New front and rear independent suspension systems deliver better on-road handling and comfort, the company claims. Quadra-Lift adds up to 4.5 inches of lift span that is supported by four-corner air springs that provide a cushioned, premium ride. Quadra-Lift operates automatically, or may be controlled manually via console controls.

The interior has been revamped with better materials and overall aesthetics. An available all-new CommandView dual-pane sun roof provides twice as much glass surface than a standard sun roof and extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. The front panel can be opened rearward, providing additional light and fresh air to first-row passengers. The rear panel, which is fixed, allows light and open viewing for second-row passengers and comes standard with a power sun shade.

The vehicle’s 114.8-inch wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than the model it replaces and contributes to an overall vehicle length that is 1.8 inches longer than the prior model. The longer wheelbase creates more interior room and gives passengers an additional 4 inches of rear-seat knee and leg room. The vehicle also is 3 inches wider. The front doors have larger openings — by about two inches in height and width — while the rear doors open wider — 78 degrees versus 67 degrees — for improved access to the interior.

For added passenger comfort, rear seats recline 12 degrees. There’s also a 12-degree forward angle to allow 24 degrees of variation. Cargo volume behind the second-row has increased by 6.8 cubic feet, to 36.3 cubic feet total. An available fold-flat front-passenger seat provides even more cargo storage room. An all-new power rear liftgate is available, controlled via the key fob.

Seventeen-inch wheels are standard and deliver off-road capability, while optional 18-inch and 20-inch wheels can be ordered.

The standard “uconnect guardian” will automatically call emergency services in the event of an accident. Other features include remote door unlocking, roadside assistance, a stolen vehicle locator, and an “emergency call” feature. UConnect Web mobile internet will also be on offer.

Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with rough-road detection, and the four-wheel Brake Traction Control System (BTCS). Other safety features include full-length side-curtain air bags which extend protection to front and rear outboard passengers, seat-mounted side thorax air bags that enhance protection for the driver and front passenger and active head restraints which deploy in the event of a rear collision.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee also features SIRIUS Travel Link, offering up-to-the minute information about gas prices, weather conditions, sports scores and movie listings. In addition, the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee features SIRIUS Traffic, which monitors traffic in 78 markets across the U.S.

The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee entered production at the 2.7-million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, which has been the site of Grand Cherokee production since its introduction in 1992, earlier this month. Expect to see the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee on dealer lots by mid-June.



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Seems very complete and capable. Well done, Jeep, on a beautiful new version of a longtime favorite.

Suddenly, just then, I had a vision of a 15-year old 2011 Grand Cherokee with the suspension permanently in the "up" position, covered with mud, being flogged daily by a young redneck somewhere in the USA.

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I can't wait to get my hands on one of these, even if only for a test drive...parting with my '03 will be tough, but in another year, I could see my butt in the drivers seat of this one!

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Sweet...really looking forward to seeing the new GC in person. I could definitely see one as a replacement for my tired '00 GC.


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Classy, but hardly exciting in the styling dept. Evolutionary design, which is fine for Jeep.

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