2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee world debut

Jeep unveiled the all new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the New York Auto Show.  The new Grand Cherokee looks very clean and much more modern while still maintaining traditional Cherokee lines. The interior is the real story. Past Jeep Grand Cherokees have not kept up with the high-end competition in terms of interior finishes, fit, and features. The 2011 Grand Cherokee’s interior has been completely over hauled to appeal directly to the high-end SUV consumer.

The standard engine configuration offers an all new 3.6L V6 with 11% increase in fuel economy while providing a 500 mile range.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Inventor of the SUV Hits the Sweet Spot of Real-world Capability and On-road Refinement

Legendary Jeep Capability

  • New Quadra Lift™ air suspension system provides height control and lifts vehicle up to 4.5 inches from park mode to a maximum ride height of 11.1 inches to deliver legendary Jeep off-road capability
  • Choice of three 4×4 systems – Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive® II with Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD)
  • New Selec-Terrain™ system with Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II offers five terrain settings: Auto, Sand/Mud, Sport, Snow and Rock to match driving conditions
  • First application of company’s all-new, flexible fuel 3.6-liter V-6 engine which features Variable-Valve Timing (VVT), 280 hp (209 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 N•m) @ 4,800 rpm – an increase of 33 percent in horsepower, 11 percent in torque over its predecessor and up to an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy
  • Available 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 generates 360 hp (268 kW) and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (520 N•m) @ 4,250 rpm – features VVT and fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology with dual exhaust to maximize efficiency
  • For international markets, left- and right-hand drive and a choice of diesel and petrol powertrains will be available
  • Unsurpassed trailer tow capability of up to 7,400 lbs. on 4×2 models
  • Larger fuel tank with 24.6 gallon capacity, compared to 21.6 on current model, combined with improved V-6 fuel economy, delivers range close to 500 miles on one tank of gas

Refinements – World-class Interior

  • Premium soft-touch interior materials for all price classes, including leather instrument panel and door uppers on Overland model
  • World-class interior features include real wood and leather, 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 power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory
  • Increased storage areas in instrument panel with larger glove box and covered center-stack storage bin
  • Premium packaging delivers enhanced comfort and easy accessibility for up to five passengers and cargo
  • Larger front- and rear-door openings (78 degrees) for improved ingress/egress compared to current model (67 degrees)
  • More than 4 inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room (38.6 inches) compared to previous model with reclining second-row seats
  • Larger cargo volume (36.3 cubic feet) provides 17 percent more room for gear compared to current model (31 cubic feet)
  • A fold-flat front passenger seat provides improved cargo carrying capability (Laredo models)
  • Well-appointed cargo compartment with removable dual storage bins inside the spare tire compartment


Note: This post is a work in progress. PDF downloads of vehicle specs as well as photos are on their way. (4/8/09, 10:33 AM)

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Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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