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All-new 2011 Grand Cherokee debuts in New York City

All-new 2011 Grand Cherokee debuts in New York City

Posted Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009, 10:11 am in Employee News

2011 Jeep Grand CherokeeAll-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee features:

• New Quadra Lift™ air suspension system lifts vehicle up to 11.1 inches
• All-new, flexible fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine
• An 11 percent improvement in fuel economy
• Larger front- and rear-door openings
• More than 4 inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room
• Larger cargo volume
• All-new independent front and rear suspension systems
• All-new body structure’s torsional stiffness is 146 percent stiffer than current model

Chrysler LLC executives used the New York International Auto Show this morning to reveal the Jeep® brand’s all-new premium SUV, featuring a more athletic design, an all-new world-class interior, an all-new engine and legendary Jeep vehicle capability.

The all-new 20011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will deliver premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand’s legendary four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and unsurpassed towing capability. The vehicle also offers improved fuel economy (as much as 11 percent) and a world-class interior cabin.

Nearly 18 years ago, the Jeep brand invented the premium SUV segment with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. More than 4 million sales later, the Jeep brand improves the formula and hits the sweet spot of real-world capability and on-road refinement with the all-new 2011 model.

“We listened carefully to our customers and the market,” Scott Kunselman, Vice President—Jeep/Truck Product Team, said. “Our all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee hits the sweet spot of premium on-road performance and legendary class-leading Jeep capability.”

The all-new Quadra-Lift™ air suspension system delivers legendary Jeep vehicle 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 driving conditions. New front and rear independent suspension systems deliver premium on-road handling and comfort.

The new Grand Cherokee is built on a proven rear-wheel-drive unibody platform sharing the same underpinnings as the Mercedes-Benz ML.

“Jeep invented the SUV segment, and our all-new Grand Cherokee is the next step in the evolution of the SUV,” Mike Accavitti, Director – Brand Marketing, said. “Jeep innovations including Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain traction control separate us from the crowd.”

The new Grand Cherokee offers the new Quadra-Lift air suspension system. The Quadra-Lift system 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

Quadra-Lift adds as much as 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.

In addition to the Quadra-Lift air suspension, the all-new Selec-Terrain traction control system lets customers choose the off-road setting for the optimum experience on all terrains. This feature electronically coordinates up to 12 different powertrain, braking and suspension systems, including throttle control, transmission shift, transfer case, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

The Selec-Terrain’s control dial allows the driver to choose from five driving conditions in order to achieve the best driving experience on all terrains:

Sand/Mud:Traction control and Quadra-Lift operate with sensitive response to wheel spin, and torque is tuned for optimal performance
Sport: Provides enhanced on-road “fun-to-drive” capability
Auto: Automatically adapts to any on- or off-road situation
Snow:Vehicle traction and Quadra-Lift adjust for ultimate performance over snow-covered roads
Rock:Quadra-Lift suspension raises to maximum height (11.1 inches) and the transfer case, differentials, and throttle coordinate to provide low-speed control

Selec-Terrain, coupled with the all-new Quadra-Lift air suspension, offers drivers an adjustable suspension span that delivers legendary Trail Rated® performance.

With the front air dam removed, and the available Quadra-Lift air suspension, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 35.9-degree approach angle, (compared with 32.3 on current model), a 29.2-degree departure angle (compared with 27.5 on current model) and 25.1-degree breakover angle (compared with 20.4 on current model).

The all-new independent front and rear suspension features isolated front and rear suspension cradles. Variable-rate rear springs deliver improved on-road handling and comfort that complements the vehicle’s off-road capability. The new rear suspension allows the spare tire to be stored inside the vehicle as opposed to underneath.

Go-anywhere 4×4 Systems

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers three 4×4 systems (Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive® II).

Quadra Trac I delivers full-time four-wheel drive without any switches or levers to pull. The system provides smooth operation over a variety of road conditions. This light-weight single-speed case is both proven and highly efficient for enhanced fuel economy.

Quadra Trac II’s two-speed transfer case uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a stop and maximizes traction before slippage occurs. When tire slippage is detected, as much as 100 percent of available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction.

Quadra Drive II, with a rear electronic limited-slip differential, delivers industry-leading traction capability. The system instantly detects tire slip and smoothly distributes engine torque to tires with traction. In some cases, the vehicle will anticipate low traction and adjust in order to proactively limit or eliminate slip.

Selec-Terrain is standard with Quadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II.

Jeep Trail Rated®

All 2011 Grand Cherokees equipped with either the off-road or the Quadra-Lift group are Trail Rated®. The Jeep Trail Rated badge on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee indicates that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.

Jeep Trail Rated is a unique methodology used by Jeep Engineering to measure and predict off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Through a combination of natural and controlled field tests, Jeep Trail Rated provides a consistent measurement of off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Only Jeep vehicles are Trail Rated.

The all-new Grand Cherokee is available with two leading engine options for North American markets.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s standard engine is an all-new flexible fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine is an all-new design featuring double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration. It features variable-valve timing (VVT) and delivers 280 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.

This all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine will improve fuel economy as much as 11 percent compared with the previous Grand Cherokee equipped with a V-6. It is coupled with the proven W5A580, a five-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shifts and optimum fuel economy. The five-speed W5A580 transmission includes adaptive electronic control or Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver-interactive manual control and an electronically modulated torque converter clutch.

The Grand Cherokee’s larger fuel tank, with a 24.6 gallon capacity, combined with the V-6 engine’s improved fuel economy, delivers a range of approximately 500 miles on one tank of gas.

The available legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine delivers 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm. The HEMI also features VVT, which delivers performance and towing capability, as well as fuel efficiency with the fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS). The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine is mated to the 545RFE multi-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers unsurpassed trailer tow capability of up to 7,400 pounds on 4×2 models when equipped with the HEMI V-8 engine.

For international markets, the new Grand Cherokee will be available in left- and right-hand drive with either diesel or gasoline powertrains.

World-class Interior Refinement

The all-new interior is elevated to that of its European competition and features rich materials and elegant appointments, as well as more room for both passengers and cargo.

“Following in the footsteps of our all-new 2009 Dodge Ram, our all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is another proud graduate of our Advanced Interior Design Studio,” Ralph Gilles, Vice President—Design, said. “We achieved a world-class interior by using fine materials and maintaining a laser-attention to details.”

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 may 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.

Right-sized Packaging

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 for improved handling and packaging.

Larger front door openings (1.9 inches wider; 2 inches higher) and rear doors open 78 degrees compared with current models (67 degrees) for better access to the interior.

Inside, premium seating includes room for five passengers. An available fold-flat front-passenger seat provides improved cargo storage room (Laredo models).

For added passenger comfort, rear seats recline 12 degrees. There also is a 12-degree forward angle to allow 24 degrees of variation.

Cargo volume behind the second-row provides an additional 6.8 cubic feet of room (36.3 cubic feet total) compared with the previous model. The well-appointed rear cargo area includes a storage unit with a rechargeable flashlight and new and improved grocery hooks on both sides. The spare tire compartment includes removable dual storage bins for secure storage of muddy gear or other items.

An all-new power rear liftgate is available for effortless remote up/down convenience.

Classic Exterior Design

Every surface of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is new and treated for aerodynamics. This improves fuel efficiency and puts more fluidity into the design while delivering a 7- percent improvement in drag compared with the current model. The all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee Cd is approximately 0.37 compared with the 2009 Cd of 0.404.

“Our all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is much more refined, focused and sportier than the model it replaces,” Gilles said. “It has classic Jeep Grand Cherokee styling with sculpted athletic exterior refinements for 2011.”

The front includes Jeep’s classic seven-slot grille, round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel arches. The removable lower front fascia delivers improved fuel economy, on-road performance and off-road capability. The lower front fascia features a large chromed appliqué (Limited and Overland models) that showcases available tow hooks.

From the side, Grand Cherokee features an athletic, muscular profile. Black appliqués on B-pillars give the day-light opening (DLO) an aerodynamic, modern appearance and a sleek profile. Available chromed mirrors and door handles add to the profile and complement the full-chromed DLO surround on all models.

The vehicle comes standard with 17-inch wheels, with optional 18-inch wheels and all-new in 2011 to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, 20-inch wheels.

Taillamps wrap from the rear quarter panel to the back of the vehicle and create a solid form which achieves more of an upscale appearance. The treatment complements the front-end design and resonates with the rest of the exterior.

Grand Cherokee models equipped with a HEMI V-8 engine have 3.5-inch dual chromed exhaust tips, and those with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine have a 3-inch single exhaust.

Premium Performance

Continuing to build on the Jeep brand’s legendary off-road capability, the Grand Cherokee adds premium on-road performance to complete the package.

The Grand Cherokee’s premium SUV on-road manners and legendary Jeep ruggedness is achieved with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone. Torsional stiffness is 146 percent more than the current Grand Cherokee and stiffer than the BMW X5 and Toyota Highlander for improved durability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

With more than 3,700 mm of arc welding and 100 m of structural adhesive to augment welding, this marks a 53-percent increase in spot welds, a 42-percent increase in arc welds and a 38-percent increase in structural adhesive.

More than 45 Safety and Security Features

The new Grand Cherokee includes more than 45 safety and security features.

Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), four-wheel anti-lock brake system with rough-road detection, four-wheel Brake Traction Control System, passive entry/keyless go, remote keyless entry, express up/down windows for driver and front-seat passenger, seat-belt pretensioners, Trailer-Sway Control and remote start, which is standard on Overland and available on Limited.

Other standard 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 body structure is all new and designed to achieve expected safety performance in global markets (new roof-crush standards, side-impact standards and Euro pedestrian impact).

Connectivity and Infotainment Features

The new Grand Cherokee will feature uconnect® guardian as a standard feature on all models (services provided by Hughes Telematics). uconnect guardian provides customers with the top five requested security features. uconnect guardian customers can access the following:

Automatic Crash Notification: In the event of an accident, a call is placed and a request for assistance is dispatched to the vehicle’s location
Emergency Call: With a push of the emergency button, customers are placed in contact with a trained emergency response specialist during an emergency situation
Roadside Assistance Call:Connects customers to a uconnect customer care specialist who can connect them to Chrysler’s road-side assistance for towing or jump starts
Remote Door Unlock: Remotely unlocks doors with a simple phone call
Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance: Works with local authorities via on-demand tracking to provide the current location of the vehicle if it is stolen

The Grand Cherokee also features Sirius Travel Link, giving drivers up-to-the minute information about, gas prices, weather conditions, sports scores and movie listings. In addition, the vehicle features Sirius Traffic, which monitors traffic in 78 markets across the U.S. and continuously displays those conditions through the vehicle’s navigation system. Together Sirius Traffic and Travel Link connect Jeep Grand Cherokee drivers and passengers to the information they need while on- or off-road.

The Grand Cherokee will be built at the 2.7-million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, which opened in 1991 and has been the site of Grand Cherokee production since its introduction in 1992.

In preparation for production of the all-new Grand Cherokee, Jefferson North Assembly is undergoing a 285,000-square-foot expansion to replace the existing body shop, which is part of Chrysler’s investment of approximately $1.8 billion in new vehicle programs. In addition, changes throughout paint and assembly operations will give the facility an all-new level of manufacturing flexibility for multiple product capability.

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Recovery Plan Grand Cherokee

Chrysler Unveils Jeep Grand Cherokee Touted in Recovery Plan

April 8

-- Chrysler LLC, under government pressure to make more efficient vehicles, reveals a redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle today that’s bigger than the old version and gets better fuel economy.

Chrysler, facing bankruptcy under a 30-day deadline to reorganize debt, win labor concessions and form a partnership with Turin, Italy-based Fiat, promoted the redesigned Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 sedan as among the company’s “most successful, iconic models” in the viability plan it submitted to the government in February. The new Grand Cherokee will be unveiled today at the New York International Auto Show and is scheduled to go on sale next year, Chrysler said.

“It’s a critical, core product that has to be done right,” Stephanie Brinley, an analyst at Autopacific Inc. in Troy, Michigan, said in an interview. “You can’t mess up a Wrangler and you can’t mess up a Grand Cherokee. They are too important to Chrysler.”

The Grand Cherokee, first sold in 1992, was among the first SUVs with plush refinements including leather seats and premium audio systems. The redesign of the mid-sized SUV is two inches longer, three inches wider, and gets 11 percent better fuel economy than the current version, said Bryan Zvibleman, spokesman for Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler, who spoke ahead of the new model’s debut. The new SUV will get up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 in the city, he said.

Chrysler is investing $1.8 billion to upgrade the Detroit assembly plant that makes the Grand Cherokee. The company didn’t reveal prices of the new model. Current Grand Cherokee models cost from $30,450 to $44,845, according to

Liquidation Survivor

President Barack Obama is prepared to let Chrysler go bankrupt and be sold in pieces if the third-largest U.S. automaker can’t reach a deal with Fiat by the end of the month, according to members of Congress.

The redesigned Grand Cherokee likely would survive liquidation because it’s a high-volume product with a good reputation, Autopacific’s Brinley said.

Chrysler has sold about 4 million Grand Cherokees during its 17-year run. Annual sales in the U.S. averaged 184,000 this decade, including last year, when the figure plummeted to 73,678, according to Autodata Corp. in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Grand Cherokee was Jeep’s second-bestselling model in March, after the smaller Wrangler.

“It’s remarkable in terms of the progress they’ve made, especially on interiors,” Aaron Bragman, a product analyst with IHS Global Insight Inc. in Troy, Michigan, said in an interview. “They are trying to move Grand Cherokee upscale. The interior on this Grand Cherokee looks like you could have lifted it from an Audi.”

The redesigned SUV, like the current version, is built on a unibody platform, similar to a car, in which the body incorporates the frame.

LINK:Chrysler Unveils Jeep Grand Cherokee Touted in Recovery Plan -

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It sounds crazy: New Jeep Grand!

Chrysler rolls out SUV after government scolding

Posted Apr 07, 2009

It sounds crazy: Just a week after the White House scolded Chrysler LLC for relying too much on gas guzzlers, the company is heading to a marquee auto show today to unveil a new SUV.

Chrysler insists the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which clocks in at 20 mpg in its two-wheel-drive version and 19 in four-wheel-drive, is a crowd favorite and a crucial part of its lineup.

“This is a very important vehicle for us. It’s one of the primary legs of the Chrysler stool,” Chrysler spokesman Rick Deneau said. “Customers have told us they want this vehicle and that it’s the right size.”

The 2011 model is 11 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, powered by a cleaner and more powerful engine. Still, Chrysler’s decision to debut an SUV as its only new car at the New York International Auto Show seems like odd timing to say the least.

On March 30, the Obama administration issued a scathing rejection of the company’s survival plan and gave it 30 days to secure a merger with another automaker, most likely Italy’s Fiat SpA.

The White House slammed Chrysler for having a product lineup so heavily weighted with trucks and SUVs. It added that the automaker does not have enough products in the pipeline to meet an expected increase in demand for small cars.

But Chrysler is standing by the Grand Cherokee. It’s profitable, recognizable and the No. 2-selling vehicle in the Jeep lineup. Grand Cherokee sales fell by almost half during the first three months of the year, but its market share has remained steady, according to Autodata Corp.

“It is one of their most important vehicles,” said John Wolkonowicz, senior automotive analyst for the consulting firm IHS-Global Insight. “The market for SUVs has not completely gone away, particularly for smaller ones like the Grand Cherokee.”

And Chrysler, which is clinging to a $4 billion taxpayer lifeline, has little choice but to focus on the present.

The automaker expects its tentative partnership with Fiat to plug the holes in its small-car offerings. It hopes fuel-efficient Fiat cars, like the two-seater 500, will sell on this side of the Atlantic.

But even if an alliance with Fiat goes through, the Italian automaker’s vehicles wouldn’t make it to the U.S. until 2011. That means that until then, Chrysler has little choice but to survive on revenue from its current vehicle lineup.

“I think it’s going to be written up as being out of touch, but from a business standpoint, I think it’s the right thing to be doing,” Wolkonowicz said of the Jeep’s unveiling.

In fact, the new Grand Cherokee’s new engine does manage to eke out higher fuel economy on top of additional power. Assuming a customer opts for the 20 mpg Cherokee, that means a driver who logs 10,000 miles in a year will spend about $1,020 on gas at today’s prices.

The Grand Cherokee also features an air suspension system that lowers the vehicle at higher speeds to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, while also delivering 33 percent better horsepower than its predecessor.

Still, it’s no gas sipper. A 2009 Toyota Camry, by contrast, gets 26 mpg and would cost the same driver $785 per year in gas.

The Cherokee is the first of two dozen vehicles that Chrysler, widely believed to be the weakest of the Big Three automakers, says it plans to unveil over the next four years. If the automaker secures a merger along with concessions from its union and other stakeholders, the $6 billion in additional loans promised by the federal government will certainly help it reach that goal.

Karl Brauer, editor in chief of the automotive Web site, said it may be hard for Chrysler to please both the government, which is demanding greater fuel efficiency from the Big Three, and its customers, many of whom still demand big cars.

“It would be far more foolish for Chrysler to abandon its core competencies in the Jeep brand lineup than it is to come out with a new” Grand Cherokee, Brauer said.

As Wolkonowicz put it: “To some extent, it’s refreshing to me to see them not kowtowing to the government.”

LINK:Chrysler rolls out SUV after government scolding - Canton, OH -

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Garmin chosen for in-dash nav in Jeep Grand Cherokee

Garmin chosen for in-dash nav in Jeep Grand Cherokee

Garmin chosen for in-dash nav in Jeep Grand Cherokee
Garmin yesterday announced that its automotive OEM division will provide in-dash navigation for the new 2011 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee from Chrysler, which debuted at the New York Auto Show this week. The navigation feature will be available on the vehicle’s mid-line stereo systems.

The program marks Garmin’s first major automotive navigation system to be installed at the factory. The system combines Garmin’s user interface into Chrysler’s Uconnect radio that merges technology and content into one 6.5” touchscreen display.

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee also features SIRIUS Travel Link which gives drivers 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, monitoring traffic condition in 78 markets across the U.S. and continuously displays those conditions through the vehicle's nav system.

Chrysler has sold about 4 million Grand Cherokees since its inception 17 years ago. Annual sales in the U.S. averaged 184,000 this decade, but last year, the figure plummeted to 73,678, according to market research firm Autodata Corp. Grand Cherokee was Jeep’s second-bestselling model in March, after the smaller Wrangler.

Thursday 09th April 2009

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More on Garmin's GPS

Apr 14, 2009

* Navigation and Location

Garmin's automotive OEM division will provide in-dash navigation for the new 2011 model year Chrysler Grand Cherokee, marking Garmin's first major automotive navigation system to be installed at the factory.

The system combines Garmin's intuitive user interface into Chrysler's Uconnect in-dash radio.

The navigator includes highly detailed NAVTEQ maps of North America with nearly six million POIs, as well as features such as:

* Lane Assist - guides user to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit

* Junction View - realistically displays 3D road signs and junctions on the route along with arrows to indicate the proper lane for navigation

* Speed Limit & Current Speed - tells the user whether he's within the posted speed limit

* Where Am I? - gives exact latitude and longitude co-ordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations

* Speaks street names - so the driver never has to take his eyes off the road

* Customised vehicle icons - enables personalised navigation with Chrysler-specific icons

LINK:Garmin® Navigation offered in 2011 Chrysler Grand Cherokee | | News, Analysis & Events
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