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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

prigglypriggly Posts: 642
The upcoming 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will receive a substantial makeover which ought to make it a much more desirable SUV. Among other things it will get a new V-6 engine producing 280 HP and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, substantially more than the outgoing engine, and with increased fuel efficiency. The gas tank has been increased to almost 25 gallons which will give the vehicle a cruising range of over 500 miles. Impressive!

Additionally, there will be a V-8 option with increased power and torque (360 HP and 390 lb.-ft. of torque) for the Hemi engine, albeit with a fuel penalty. Both engines are mated with a five-speed automatic transmission.

The exterior styling has been considerably modernized and it looks really sharp. The interior likewise has been greatly improved with a host of soft-touch materials. There is reported to be a new nine speaker Alpine sound system against the backdrop of improved NVH, largely as a consequence of markedly increased rigidity with more spot welds and arc welds.

There is also a new optional suspension with air-lift capabilities so that the maximum ground clearance is potentially 11.1 inches, a class leader. Additionally, there is a new Selec-Terrain system, a rotary controller that comes with models having the top--of-the-line Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system. This allows the driver to "dial in" optimal operating parameters for driving in mud, sand, snow, over rocks and on the highway.

The new Grand Cherokee will be released sometime in 2010 as a 2011 model. I for one am looking forward to seeing it!
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  • xc90508xc90508 Posts: 26
    There hasn't been a whole lot of buzz, at least here on Edmunds. The little I have read they talk about "luxury". Does that mean higher price? What about room compared to 2010? Any word?

    Really fuzzy on when they will be available. I have seen that it was delayed until September from July, but one article I ready from the Detroit auto shows said they would be available in the second quarter of this year.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    The new GC is definitely going upscale compared to the present iteration. It is also larger than the current vehicle. There will be three trim levels: Laredo, Limited and Overland. I would think they would have to keep the price competitive although I suspect the Overland will be on the pricey side.

    It is rumored the car will go on sale mid-year but this is not set in stone. I would think Chrysler would want to start making it available for sale ASAP once all the testing and road readiness evaluations are completed.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    I've also got my eye on this vehicle. From the pictures it looks great inside and out, the new V6 engine looks impressive and the new features they're making available are very intriguing.

    One thing that I've read that's disappointing is the 3500 lb. tow rating with the V6 engine. Most crossovers are capable of at least this much (i.e. MDX = 5000 lbs., Pilot = 4000, etc.). Hopefully they'll have a tow package to go with the V6 that will increase it to at least 5000 lbs. The even stronger hemi in 2011 would be a lot of fun to drive, but I'd be willing to trade the added fun for better fuel efficiency, as long as I could get better towing capability when I'll occasionally need it.

    I'm also not impressed with the 5 speed transmission. Why they wouldn't have at least 6 forward gears like most competing models, I have no idea.

    The other concern I have is the future of Chrysler. Jeep is probably their most desirable brand if at some point the new company decides to just focus on cars, so anyone buying a Jeep should be OK in terms of parts availability, servicing and resale value for the forseeable future. But it's still something to consider especially if this recession lasts a lot longer than everyone expects. Hard to predict 6 months out let alone 5 years which is my normal ownership period.

    Don't mean to be too negative here but these are my concerns. I'll be very anxious to see the options list on each trim level and the pricing.
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    The 2011 JGC will be the only luxury cuv that offers V8 power and RWD. To me, that's significant. I would be willing to bet that the pricing will be about the same as the 2010s, comparably equiped. Even if Chrysler goes belly up, somebody will want Jeep.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    When buying cars and SUV's over the years I've always purchased the most powerful engine available for that model. But I have to say that the new V6 here looks interesting. It's a brand new design and it appears to have a great combination of mileage plus power.

    We have plenty of time before the new GC is introduced, and I'm sure there will plenty of reviews that come out before then, covering both engine choices. And if they are positive as you would expect them to be, when the vehicles hit the dealer's showrooms I would still want to test drive both before making a final decision.

    I would definitely want the AWD for winter traction here in Minnesota, plus it comes in handy when pulling the boat out of the water on a steep, slippery ramp. Anxious to learn more about the towing capability on the V6.
  • xc90508xc90508 Posts: 26
    Doesn't seem to be a lot of buzz out there, other than how important this is to Chrysler. Did production start last week? Or is it starting today? I have read both at different times.

    I thought Jeep would have had more info available since ordering is open and production "may" have started, but there web site still has a location to sign up for updates.

    Any news?
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    If you haven't already check out the WK2 thread at JeepGarage.org for lots of buzz and the latest updates.
  • clarkkentclarkkent Posts: 154
    edited May 2010
    The car was introduced today by the CEO of Fiat and the Gov. of Mich.

    The base price will be $500 less than last years. There will also be a GC SR8 with aprox 500hp. Later this years.

    The 2011 GC will be in showrooms in the middle of June.

    It truly looks like a great car.

    The CEO of Fiat says it will be the best Jeep every built and the best in class by far.

    My real concern is that he also says it is the first Jeep to have Fiat input and Fiat
    quality.

    If true about the Fiat quality it means the new Jeep GC will be a real POS as Fiat quality has never been as good as the worst American car ever built!

    I hope the CEO of Fiat is wrong and no Fiat quality finds its way into the new Jeep.

    Because the Jeep looks great just as it is.

    I know I'm going to buy one.

    The only thing Fiat built that really worked was the Italian WWII tank.

    It had 4 gears for reverse and one forward gear (just in case they got attacked from the rear)
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    Well, let's just hope this Fiat/Jeep has four forward gears and one reverse gear in case they get attacked from the front!!!
  • y2kyamr6y2kyamr6 Posts: 2
    Our 2011 Cherokees are going to be on the lot by the end on June. Official launch date is June 20th. Just drove them the other day for training. All I have to say is WOW, the interior is excellent, the ride surpasses the RX350. There will probably be a 6 speed trans released late 2010 or in 2011 due to the rush of trying to get it into showrooms ASAP. I would put the new Grand Cherokee up against ANY SUV. Pricing is going to be lower then 2010 models, priced from the very well equipped Laredo $32,000 to the Overland 43,000. Jeep has a hit on their hands.
  • y2kyamr6y2kyamr6 Posts: 2
    Our 2011 Cherokees are going to be on the lot by the end on June. Official launch date is June 20th. Just drove them the other day for training. All I have to say is WOW, the interior is excellent, the ride surpasses the RX350. There will probably be a 6 speed trans released late 2010 or in 2011 due to the rush of trying to get it into showrooms ASAP. I would put the new Grand Cherokee up against ANY SUV. Pricing is going to be lower then 2010 models, priced from the very well equipped Laredo $32,000 to the Overland 43,000. Jeep has a hit on their hands.
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    Thanks, buddy! I for one am looking forward to this vehicle. I had been interested in the new Subaru Outback but this vehicle has a suspension defect which is causing steering wheel shake which Subaru has so far been unable or unwilling to fix.

    Am very much looking forward to the new Grand Cherokee!
  • tuggajbtuggajb Posts: 646
    nice advert hopejeep pays you well
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    edited June 2010
    What's your problem? Got a shaky Outback? Or do you consider a shaking steering wheel at highway speeds a normal phenomenon? Personally, I don't.
  • ken117ken117 Posts: 192
    I question if Jeep has a hit! Considering Jeep/Chrysler's history of poor quality, I think it is questionable as to how many people will be willing to shell out more than $30K for his vehicle when there are so many proven vehicles available. Sure the new model will draw some immediate interest, but I suspect the prices will drop precipitously in the near future. Personally, having been stung by Chrysler "quality" in the past, I don't think I could ever purchase any Chrysler product. I really don't see how anyone can equate Fiat with quality. If MB couldn't impact Chrysler quality, why would anyone expect Fiat to have a positive influence? Perhaps Chrysler and Fiat will prove me wrong, but only time will tell.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    edited June 2010
    We just finished our ride and drives and had a chance to test out the 2011 Grand Cherokees. For anyone interested here's a couple videos I shot of an Overland with the 5.7L V8 and the Quadra Lift suspension driving over some ramps.

    Video 1
    Video 2

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • aces_fullaces_full Posts: 16
    Car Man - do you have any idea what the residual, money factor, and discounts will be for a 2011 Grand Cherokee Laredo for 12k/36month? I know that newer models don't usually lease well (esp grand cherokees also), but I've heard from 2 dealers that this potentially will have a good lease program. Any insight?
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    I need to see the torque curve for the new V6. According to specs, it develops max HP at 6800 rpm, which has got to at or near redline for an OHV V6. It's impressive to tout 290hp, but if you need to wind it up real tight to get it then I don't think it's much to crow about. What's it making at 2500-4000 rpm's, which is where most people are going to drive it at?
    I was interested when I first heard about it, and decided against buying a 2010 GC since a new model was coming out. I doubt if I'm in the market now. Also, I understand you can't get QuadraTrac II with the V6, only the V8. The V8 is dated, and even with DOD gets poor fuel mileage.
  • burdawgburdawg Posts: 1,524
    Meant OHC of course.
  • grinningrinnin Posts: 13
    curb weight of 4660#?? I thought a big advantage of "crossovers" was the weight savings from a lighter duty frame/chassis? Curb weight for the 2010 GC Laredo 4wd is 4470#. Ford Edge is 4265#
  • jmellonjmellon Posts: 7
    Does anyone know if the 2011 GC will have push button start?
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    edited July 2010
    Yes it does. All models (at least in Canada) including the cheapest most basic model will have Passive Entry and Keyless Go as standard equipment.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • peddler3peddler3 Posts: 10
    Anyone know what the max. cargo height of the GC is?
  • jmellonjmellon Posts: 7
    Does anyone have any additional information, features/when, on the Garmin Nav option listed as late availability on the Jeep web site for the 2011 GC? Is it worth waiting for, or will the standard Nav option be better?
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    jmellon, this may answer some of your questions:

    http://www.wk2jeeps.com/wk2_navigation.htm
  • prigglypriggly Posts: 642
    I went to a Jeep dealer a couple of days ago and had my first look at a new 2011 JGC Limited. I have not yet driven it but on visual inspection it was a mighty impressive vehicle!

    The fit and finish, panel tolerances, interior trim, switchgear, etc. were all very high-end and more suggestive of a M-B or BMW or Range Rover than a customary Detroit offering. The doors even shut with that solid Germanic "thunk" that suggests quality. The recent Dar and Driver road test of the vehicle indicated a 70 mph cruising noise level of 65 dB which is exceedingly quiet for any vehicle and extremely impressive.

    I really like the huge gas tank and cruising range, the availability of H.I.D. Bi-Xenon headlights, the Garmin NAV option, the class-leading AWD system with terrain selectability, the high-end audio, the memory seats and heated steering wheel, the sumptuous leather seats with heaters and ventilation . . . the list goes on.

    Clearly, this vehicle has to be considered very strongly against any of the competition. Early owner reviews are very positive with a high level of satisfaction.

    While not inexpensive in nominal terms, the standard features and available options along with the overall quality level suggest the value quotient on the new Grand Cherokee is very high.

    Without a doubt Detroit is getting its act together and is now building class-leading vehicles which are more than the equal of the imported competition.
  • Anyone know if the Quadra-Lift System will still be available on the Laredo X and Limited? The Jeep web site says so in the Off-Road Adventure Package II, but if you build one on the web site it doesn't show as an option for either. It shows as standard on the Overland. I have seen a few Overland window stickers on the web site and it shows there, even for vehicles "in transit". I don't see it on any Limited or Laredo X.

    Edmunds says "late availability". The Jeep Garage sites shows that it was available for order in July.

    One dealer I have traded e-mails with says maybe by December as "late availability" means they are trying to decide if all options will be offered on all the models they initially planned. I am sure they are trying to sell a vehicle now, not later.

    Another dealer that I have dealt with (test drive) hasn't responded to my e-mail. Again, they are trying to pull the sale forward instead of me waiting.

    I was really impressed with the vehicle. It is very quiet, even at highway speed.
    I test drove a few weeks ago with the intent that I wouldn't buy that day. They didn't have what I wanted but did want to see what I could get for my trade. Then I started getting the runaround, and "what if I made just a CRAZY deal", and must have talked to the salesman, two asst. managers, and the manager, before I got out of there. I made it very clear I wasn't looking to purchase that day, and they didn't have exactly what I wanted. I guess they know if you leave, you may or may not be back.

    I am hoping to move on it in late September or October. Hopefully I will know more about Quadra-Lift by then. If I had to get the Overland, I could maybe swing an Overland with no extras, but really wouldn't want to go up from there. I guess I will also have to decide if the Quada-Lift is worth it to me.

    Thanks in advance for any info.
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