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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is creeping back into the news at a steady rate, meaning that Team Pentastar must be fairly close to releasing its first all-new product in some time (read: forever). Just yesterday, we received what appears to be an early peek into Grand Cherokee pricing, and now we have access to a cornucopia of pics of a pair of Jeep's finest traversing the fabled Rubicon Trail.

According to the Jeep Jamboree Facebook page, the 2011 Grand Cherokees were being driven by a group of Jeep engineers testing the vehicle before they go on sale later this year. Since the Grand Cherokee is supposed to be the chief of the Jeep lineup, we're guessing that the rough-and-ready SUVs need to absolutely ace the Rubicon to earn the all-important Trail Rated badge.

Continued Here w/ more pictures: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee tackles Rubicon looking to become Trail Rated — Autoblog


Pricing LINK: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee pricing, options leaked? — Autoblog
 

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General information:

All-new 4th generation Grand Cherokee

Platform: (WK)

Models: Laredo, Limited & Overland (NO SRT)

Next auto show/public appearance: Feb - Chicago Auto Show

Start date of production for North American models: May 10th

Start date for placing orders: April

Start date for export models: June; fall 2010 for diesel & RHD models

Sales launch date: June

Colors:

Exterior colors:

Blackberry Pearl Coat (new)
Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat
Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
Dark Charcoal Pearl Coat (new, July)
Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat
Natural Green pearl Coat (new, June)
Stone White Clear Coat
White Gold Metallic Clear Coat (new, August)


Interior colors:

Laredo:
Black
Graystone/Med Graystone

Limited:
Black
Black/Lt Frost Beige

Overland:
Black
Black/New Saddle
Dark Frost Beige/Light Frost Beige


New features/Options:

New: MP 3010 single spd tcase (full-time AWD)
New: MP 3022 two-spd, electronically shifted tcase (4x4 Low (Lock), Neutral; full-time active 4x4)
New: 24.6 Gallon Fuel Tank
New: 506-Watt 11-channel amp, 9 amplified speakers + sub
New: Active Head Restraints
New: Adaptive speed control (late availability)
New: Aircraft-inspired front & rear aimable LED Lamps
New: Air filtering (interior)
New: Aluminum front and rear low friction ZF axles
New: Automatic Crash Notification, Emergency Call, Remote Door Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance
New: Best-in-class premium interior
New: Child seat upper tether anchorages
New: Command View dual-pane sunroof (power front, fixed rear w/ power sunshade)
New: Dedicated daytime running lamps
New: Dual glove boxes
New: Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system (late availability)
New: Four-way power lumbar controls
New: Garmin nav system (AM/FM/CD/DVD/HDD/MP3 Radio/SIRIUS Travel Link) (late availability)
New: Glass, laminated (front doors, Limited and Overland))
New: Heated steering wheel
New: HID bi-xenon headlamps with auto leveling
New: Illuminated cupholders
New: Improved off-road performance (improved approach/departure/breakover angles)
New: Increased rear passenger & cargo room
New: Independent front and rear suspension
New: Interior removable/rechargeable Lamp
New: Integrated liftgate rear spoiler
New: Larger front- and rear-door openings
New: Luxury front/rear floor mats with logo
New: MediaFLO Streaming Video
New: Mirrors, power-folding (chrome, standard on Limited and Overland)
New: Mirrors, exterior with supplemental signals
New: Power liftgate
New: Power tilt and telescoping steering column w/ memory
New: Push-button start (Keyless Go)
New: Remote Proximity Keyless Entry
New: Quadra Lift adjustable air suspension system (July)
New: Rear spoiler, integrated, body-color
New: Removable short mast antenna
New: Selec-Terrain™ system with five terrain settings
New: Side Blind Spot Detection (late availability)
New: Sirius Travel Link (SIRIUS Traffic, national weather information, fuel prices, sports scores, movie listings)
New: Uconnect Phone next generation with Voice Command
New: Ventilated front seats (Overland)
New: Voice-control of radio features
New: Wheels, 20" aluminum polished (standard on Overland, optional on Limited)

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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is creeping back into the news at a steady rate, meaning that Team Pentastar must be fairly close to Car Electronics releasing its first all-new product in some time (read: forever). Just yesterday, we received what appears to be an early peek into Grand Cherokee pricing, and now we have access to a cornucopia of pics of a pair of Jeep's finest traversing the fabled Rubicon Trail. Green HID

According to the Jeep Jamboree Facebook page, the 2011 Grand Cherokees were being driven by a group of Jeep engineers testing the vehicle before they go on sale later this year. Since the Grand Cherokee is supposed to be the chief of the Jeep lineup, we're guessing that the rough-and-ready SUVs need to absolutely ace the Rubicon to earn the all-important Trail Rated badge. HID Green Kit


Continued Here w/ more pictures: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee tackles Rubicon looking to become Trail Rated — Autoblog


Pricing LINK: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee pricing, options leaked? — Autoblog
I think i just jizzed my pants, the picture of it on the rocks is amazing!
 

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I like that view of it!
 

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Jeep® Announces Pricing for the Most Capable, Most Luxurious Grand Cherokee Ever

* All-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep capability and uncompromised on-road experience

* New Quadra-Lift™ air suspension and Selec-Terrain™ systems deliver new levels of Jeep capability

* All-new Grand Cherokee is the most luxurious Jeep ever with sculpted new exterior and world-class interior design featuring 4 inches added rear leg room

* All-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 23 mpg fuel-economy and 500-mile range

* New independent front and rear suspension systems contribute to on-road refinement

* Abundant safety, security and advanced technology features

* Available in Jeep showrooms in June

* 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 pricing starts at $32,995

Auburn Hills, Mich. , May 12, 2010 - Chrysler Group LLC today announced U.S. pricing for the most advanced generation of its Jeep® Grand Cherokee. With roots dating back to Grand Wagoneer and with over 4 million Grand Cherokee’s sold, Jeep continues to redefine the luxury SUV segment. Pricing for the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 will start at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Retail Price (MSRP) of $32,995.

“The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee redefines the SUV industry with new levels of 4x4 capability, more luxury courtesy of a refined interior and stunning new exterior, improved fuel economy, and independent front and rear suspensions that deliver a premium, refined on-road driving experience,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The new Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers a unique blend of capability, refinement, features and amenities that no other manufacturer can offer, all at a great price.”

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee balances legendary Jeep capability with improved, sophisticated on-road dynamics that deliver a premium driving experience. Capability highlights include a choice of three 4x4 systems, new Jeep Quadra-Lift™ air suspension, new Selec-Terrain™ system, and towing capability of 7,400 lbs. On-road dynamics are improved courtesy of new independent front and rear suspension systems and a new body structure that dramatically increases torsional stiffness for reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels.

The design of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts an all-new sculpted body and athletic profile that define a sleek exterior and aerodynamic finesse. CommandView® -- a new dual-pane panoramic sun roof – extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. A world-class interior design is highlighted by premium soft-touch interior materials for all models. The interior provides consumers with more than four inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room, and 17 percent more cargo volume.

An all-new 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine boasts an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, delivering up to 23 mpg and over 500 miles on one tank of gas.

More than 45 safety and security features are available in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including standard Active Head Restraints, full-length side-curtain and seat-mounted side thorax air bags, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-start Assist, and Trailer-sway Control. A Blind-spot/Rear Cross-path detection system and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning are available.

Numerous advanced technology features are offered, including live mobile TV (FLO TV), SIRIUS Backseat TV and UConnect™ Web, which transforms the vehicle into a “hot spot” to deliver the Internet directly to the vehicle.

Completely redesigned and reengineered, the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee will be built at the nearly 3-million square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, which went through a complete transformation as part of World Class Manufacturing (WCM). It will arrive in Jeep showrooms next month (June).

The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available in 3 models: Laredo, Limited and Overland.


2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4
Standard features on the Laredo 4x4 model includes Quadra-Trac I 4x4 system, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, Keyless Enter-N-Go, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Trailer-Sway Control, front-seat side air bags and side-curtain air bags for front and rear, active head restraints, power 8-way driver seat with power 4-way lumbar adjust, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Optional features include a 360-horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 engine and a Trailer Tow Group.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 pricing: $32,995 (including $780 for destination)

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4
Limited 4x4 models add features that include Quadra-Trac II® 4x4 system with Selec-Terrain, front and second-row heated leather seats, memory settings, Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge auto-leveling headlamps with SmartBeam®, CommandView dual-pane panoramic sun roof, Parkview® rear back-up camera, Parksense® rear park assist, premium audio, automatic temperature control, 18-inch aluminum wheels, Garmin® navigation, rain-sensitive wipers and bright door handles.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 pricing: $39,995 (including $780 for destination)

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4
Overland 4x4 models add numerous features including Quadra-Lift air suspension, premium interior with Nappa leather-trimmed and heated seats, vented front seats, wood/leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with memory, power tilt/telescope steering column, wood bezels, leather-stitched instrument panel/doors/center console armrest, power liftgate, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 pricing $42,995 (including $780 for destination)

Jeep Brand
Built on nearly 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup includes Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all seven Jeep models are sold outside North America and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.
 

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Statement on Agency Repositioning

May 12, 2010
The following statement can be attributed to Chrysler Group LLC:


In order to continue to effectively communicate the direction of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram Truck brands, the company has repositioned some agency responsibilities. These changes enable each of the agencies to be more responsive to the individual brand needs and allow Chrysler Group to continue its renewed focus.

As multicultural segments become more important for Chrysler Group’s success in the U.S. market, GlobalHue will lead all multicultural strategies for Chrysler, specifically for Dodge, Ram Truck and Jeep brands. Due to this increased responsibility for GlobalHue, Wieden+Kennedy will develop the creative for the marketing and advertising for the launch of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. GlobalHue will remain the Lead Agency for the Jeep Brand.

Each of our four agencies will continue to work as the lead agency for each of their respective brands.
 

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Updated Pricing Info

May 13, 2010
As you may have already seen, Chrysler Group LLC announced pricing for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. We have some additional pricing info to pass on to you.

Pricing for the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 will start at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $32,995, while the Laredo 4x2 model will start at $30,995. Here is a 2011 vs. 2010 model year pricing comparison:


2010 2011

Laredo 4x2 $31,490 $30,995
Laredo 4x4 $33,460 $32,995
Limited 4x2 $38,260 $37,495
Limited 4x4 $40,200 $39,995
Overland 4x2 n/a $39,495
Overland 4x4 n/a $42,995

- prices include destination
 

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PentastarVideo — May 19, 2010 — Running footage of the 2011 all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee. Offering timeless design and innovative engineering, the all-new Grand Cherokee redefines the SUV industry, delivering true duality: ultimate Jeep off-road capability and on-road refinement for a premium driving experience.



 

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Chrysler Canada: Jeep® Announces Pricing for the Most Capable, Most Luxurious Grand Cherokee Ever

* All-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep capability and uncompromised on-road experience
* New Quadra-Lift™ Air Suspension and Selec-Terrain™ systems deliver new levels of Jeep capability
* All-new Grand Cherokee is the most luxurious Jeep ever with sculpted new exterior and world-class interior styling featuring more than 10-centimeters of added rear leg room
* All-new 290 HP 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 delivers 38% more power, “Best-in Class” fuel economy of 8.9L/100km (32 MPG) & driving range of over 1,000 km
* New 4-wheel independent suspension contributes to on-road refinement
* Abundant safety, security and advanced technology features
* Available in Jeep showrooms in June
* 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 pricing starts at $37,995 -- $3,650 lower than outgoing model

Windsor, Ontario , May 17, 2010 - Chrysler Canada today announced Canadian pricing for the most advanced generation of its Jeep® Grand Cherokee. With roots dating back to Grand Wagoneer and with over 4 million Grand Cherokees sold, Jeep continues to redefine the luxury SUV segment. Pricing for the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 will start at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,995, excluding Freight of $1,400, representing a $3,650 reduction from the outgoing 2010 model.

"The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most capable Grand Cherokee ever, balancing legendary Jeep off-road capability with on-road sophistication to deliver a premium driving experience for all adventures,” said Ed Broadbear, Vice-President, Marketing, Chrysler Canada. “The new Grand Cherokee – the premium icon of the Jeep brand – offers a unique blend of features and amenities, capability and refinement that no other sport utility or crossover vehicle can deliver, all at a great price.”

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee capability highlights include a choice of three 4x4 systems, new Jeep Quadra-Lift™ Air Suspension, new Selec-Terrain™ system, and towing capability of 7,200 lbs. On-road dynamics are improved courtesy of a new 4-wheel independent suspension, a 13.5 cm (5.3-inches) longer wheelbase and a new body structure that dramatically increases torsional stiffness for reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels.

The design of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts an all-new sculpted body and athletic profile that define a sleek exterior and aerodynamic finesse. CommandView® -- a new dual-pane panoramic sun roof – extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. A world-class interior design is highlighted by premium soft-touch interior materials for all models. The interior provides consumers with more than ten centimeters (four inches) of increased rear-seat knee and leg room, and 17 percent more cargo volume.

An all-new 290-horsepower 3.6-litre 24-valve VVT Pentastar V-6 engine boasts 38 percent more power and a 14 percent improvement in fuel economy for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, delivering “Best-in Class” 8.9L/100km (32 MPG) and over 1,000 km on one tank of gas. Also available is the 360-horsepower 5.7-litre V8 with fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology, delivering 10.6L/100km (27 MPG).

More than 45 safety and security features are available in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including standard Active Head Restraints, full-length side-curtain and seat-mounted side thorax air bags, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-start Assist, and Trailer-sway Control. A Blind-spot/Rear Cross-path detection system and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning are available.

Completely redesigned and reengineered, the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee will be built at the nearly 3-million square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, Michigan, which went through a complete transformation as part of World Class Manufacturing (WCM). It will arrive in Jeep showrooms next month (June).

The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available in 4 models: Laredo “E”, Laredo “X”, Limited and Overland.


2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo “E” 4x4

Standard features on the Laredo “E” package include the 290 hp 3.6-litre 24v VVT V6 engine, Quadra-Trac® I 4x4, 17-inch Aluminum Wheels, Bright Grille, Bright Body Side Moulding, Bright Roof Rack, Front-seat side air bags and side-curtain air bags, active head restraints, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Trailer-Sway Control, Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with 12-months free subscription, Power Windows, Locks, Mirrors, Keyless Enter-N-Go with Proximity Sensor, Power 8-way Driver Seat with power 4-way lumbar adjust, Fog Lamps, Dual Zone Temperature Control, and much more.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo “E” 4x4 pricing: $37,995 (excludes $1,400 for destination)


2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo “X” 4x4

In addition to standard features offered on the Laredo “E”, Laredo “X” adds features including Leather Trimmed Seating, Heated Front Seats, Power Passenger Seat with power 4-way lumbar adjust, 18-inch Aluminum Wheels, Media-Center 430 6.5-inch Touch Screen, Alpine Audio System with 9-speakers, subwoofer and 506 watts, Remote Start, Parkview Rear Backup Camera, Parksense® Rear Park Assist System and UConnect hands-free communication.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo “X” 4x4 pricing: $42,995 (excludes $1,400 for destination)

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4
Limited models add features that include Quadra-Trac® II with Selec-Terrain and Hill Descent Control, 18-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels, Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge auto-leveling headlamps with SmartBeam®, Bright Mirrors, Bright Door Handles, CommandView Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof, Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Heated Second Row Seats, Heated & Ventilated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel with Power Tilt & Telescope with memory function, Power Liftgate, Rain Sensitive Wipers, and much more.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 pricing: $46,995 (excludes $1,400 for destination) -- $5,750 lower than outgoing 2010 model.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4
Overland tops the Grand Cherokee range by including Quadra-Lift Air Suspension, Premium Nappa leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, leather-stitched instrument panel/doors/centre console armrest, wood/leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, genuine wood trim, 20-inch Aluminum Wheels, and more.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 pricing: $49,995 (excludes $1,400 for destination).

About Jeep Brand
Built on nearly 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup includes Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all seven Jeep models are sold outside North America and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.
 

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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
will come with an unprecedented number of standard features. The “base” Laredo comes with:


* six speakers, 1 year satellite radio service
* 12V power outlets in front and back
* 5-speed automatic transmission
* active head restraints and multistage front air bags
* anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes
* automatic headlamps
* brake assist and hill start assist
* bright grille, license brow, side strip, side roof rails
* cargo area carpet, lamp, tie down loops, storage net
* center rear 3-point seat belt; child seat anchors
* courtesy and glove box lamps
* illuminated cupholders
* removable/rechargable lamp
* keyless entry/start
* overhead console and vehicle info center
* audio input jack
* dual zone temperature control a/c with air filtering
* body color door handles, mirrors, fascias

The Limited edition adds:

* 115 volt AC outlet
* 9 amplified speakers, subwoofer, 506 watt amp, USB input, radio with driver memory and hard disk
* Dual zone automatic temperature control
* Auto-dimming rearview mirrors (exsterior)
* Automatic headlamp levelling
* Bi-Xenon HID headlights with SmartBeam
* Bright color fascias, bright inserts, door handles, exhaust tip, exterior mirrors (with built in turn signals and memory)
* Cargo compartment cover
* Dedicated daytime running lights
* Door sill scuff pads
* Dual pane panoramic sunroof
* Heated front and second row seats
* Leather-wrapped shift knob
* Rear park assist and rear backup camera
* Premium instrument cluster and memory seats; power driver/passenger 4-way lumbar adjustment
* Rain sensitive wipers
* Remote start
* Security alarm
* Tire pressure monitor
display for individual tires
* BlueTooth phone control
* Universal garage door opener
* Bigger wheels
* Premium leather trim seats and premium door trim panel
* (Canadian Limited appear to include standard ventilated seats, power liftgate, and power tilt/telescope steering column.)

* four-way driver lumbar support; 8-way power seat
* passenger assist handles and deep-tinted glass
* power locking gas cap door
* tachometer
* dual-note electric horns
* electronic stability control with trailer sway control
* engine oil and power steering coolers
* 60/40 folding rear seat and front passenger fold-flat seat
* rear window defroster, wiper, washer
* cruise control
* leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
* illuminated mirrors on sun visors
* side and side curtain front and rear airbags
* tilt-telescope steering column
* power heated foldaway mirrors
* fog lamps
* LED interior lamps
* power windows with express up/down in front

The Overland model adds even more:

* Even bigger wheels
* Upgraded stereo system with 6.5 inch touch screen display and GPS navigation (wtih traffic)
* Cargo net
* Wood-and-leather heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats
* iPod controller
* Leather trim seats with edge welting; luxury door trim
* Power liftgate; power tilt/telescope steering column
 

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'Top Safety Pick'

All-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Earns 'Top Safety Pick' From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety


AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 2

* 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee becomes the latest Chrysler Group vehicle to earn "Top Safety Pick" status

* Chrysler Group LLC holds more than 20 percent of the total IIHS 2010 Top Safety Picks in the mid-size SUV segment and more than 12 percent overall

* Chrysler Group demonstrates continued leadership in occupant protection and overall vehicle engineering capability


* All-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers legendary Jeep capability, uncompromised on-road experience and more than 45 safety and security features


Chrysler Group LLC announced today that the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee has received a Top Safety Pick award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – the highest rating the organization bestows.

"The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first production vehicle to launch since our alliance with Fiat and a 'Top Safety Pick' is a great way to start our 2011 product offensive," said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President – Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. "IIHS' recognition of five products underscores Chrysler Group's engineering capability and leadership in occupant protection."

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee joins the 2010 Dodge Journey, 2010 Dodge Avenger*, 2010 Chrysler Sebring*, and the 2010 Jeep® Patriot (equipped with available seat mounted air bag) as 2010 Top Safety Picks, according to IIHS.

"The all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee provides consumers with enhanced safety and security, in addition to legendary Jeep capability and a premium driving experience," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand. "With more than 45 different safety and security systems working in harmony – including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Roll Mitigation, Active Head Restraints, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and a Blind-Spot/Rear Cross-path detection system – our new Jeep Grand Cherokee will allow customers to benefit from a new level of protection, on- and off-road."

Chrysler Group vehicles represent more than 20 percent of the total mid-size SUVs awarded Top Safety Pick status by IIHS to automakers and more than 12 percent of the overall Top Safety Picks in all segments. The awards recognize automobiles with ESC that perform well in the Institute's front-impact, side-impact, rear-impact and new for 2010, roof-strength evaluations.

"Vehicles that earn 'Top Safety Pick' meet the highest standards for crash test performance," said IIHS president Adrian Lund. "This award means that buyers of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee are getting state-of-the-art safety for the best protection in the most common kinds of crashes, and electronic stability control, which our research shows can help prevent crashes altogether."

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2010 Jeep Patriot, 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 2010 Dodge Avenger and 2010 Dodge Journey encompass a two-fold approach to safety—passive features combined with accident-avoidance features. Standard or available safety and security features on all five vehicles include ESC with traction control, Brake Assist and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), driver and front-passenger active head restraints, front seat-mounted side airbags and advanced multi-stage front airbags.

Chrysler Group's five Top Safety Picks encompass a two-fold approach to safety—passive features combined with accident-avoidance systems. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2010 Jeep Patriot, 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 2010 Dodge Avenger and 2010 Dodge Journey also feature the company's new active head restraint system for front-seat occupants. This new system augments the head restraints ability to minimize neck injuries caused by rear-impact accidents. In the event of a rear impact, the head restraints deploy to remove the space between the occupants head and the restraint to help minimize whiplash type injuries.

All-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Nearly two decades ago, Jeep invented the premium sport-utility vehicle segment with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Now, more than 4 million sales later, Jeep delivers an all-new Grand Cherokee that balances legendary Jeep capability with improved, sophisticated on-road dynamics that deliver a premium driving experience.

Capability highlights include a choice of three 4x4 systems, new Jeep Quadra-Lift Air Suspension and Selec-Terrain systems, and towing capability of 7,400 lbs. On-road dynamics are improved courtesy of new independent front and rear suspension systems and a new body structure that dramatically increases torsional stiffness for reduced Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels.

The design of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee boasts an all-new sculpted body and athletic profile that define a sleek exterior and aerodynamic finesse. CommandView® - a new dual-pane panoramic sun roof - extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. A world-class interior design is highlighted by premium soft-touch interior materials for all models. The interior provides consumers with more than four inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room, and 17 percent more cargo volume.

Chrysler Group's all-new 290-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine boasts an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, delivering up to 23 mpg and over 500 miles on one tank of gas. The all-new flexible-fuel engine is standard on the Grand Cherokee, and features Variable-valve Timing (VVT), double overhead camshafts and a high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block in a 60-degree configuration.

Numerous advanced technology features are offered, including live mobile TV (FLO TV), SIRIUS Backseat TV and Uconnect™ Web, which transforms the vehicle into a "hot spot" to deliver the Internet directly to the vehicle.

The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available in 3 models: Laredo, Limited and Overland.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 pricing starts at $30,995 - $495 lower than the outgoing model. Laredo 4x4 pricing starts at $32,995 - $465 lower than the outgoing model.

More than 45 safety and security features are available in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, including standard Active Head Restraints, full-length side-curtain and seat-mounted side thorax air bags, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-start Assist, and Trailer-sway Control. A Blind-spot/Rear Cross-path detection system and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning are available.

Following is a list of safety and security features available in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

• Active Head Restraints: Deploy in the event of a rear collision. Restraints are designed to reduce injuries by minimizing the gap between the head restraint and the passenger's head

• Active Turn Signals: Turn signal flashes three times when stalk is depressed for one second to indicate a lane change

• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): The system decreases the vehicle's pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle in the same lane, or when another vehicle pulls into the same lane. The system will accelerate to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front speeds up or moves into another lane. ACC will maintain a driver adjustable distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it, allowing the use of cruise control in light traffic without having to continuously adjust settings

• Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags: Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of the impact. Meets FMVSS 208 advanced air bag requirements for smaller, out-of-position occupants

• Anti-lock Brake System (ABS): Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions

• Anti-lock Brake System with Rough-road Detection: Anti-lock brake system is capable of detecting if the vehicle is driving on a rough road by the oscillations in the wheel speed signals. When rough road is detected on off-road surfaces or trails, ABS enters a different pressure control where it will hold the brake pressure for longer pulses

• BeltAlert: Activates a chime and/or illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver and front passenger to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without belted front-seat occupants

• Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM): Uses dual ultra-wideband radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes, or if being passed by or passing unseen vehicles. The system notifies the driver of vehicle(s) in their blind spot via illuminated icons on the sideview mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime

• Brake Assist: In an emergency brake situation, the system applies maximum braking power, minimizing the stopping distance

• Brake-traction Control System (BTCS): Helps to keep driving wheels from spinning during acceleration from a stop or during slow speeds by applying individual brakes to the slipping wheel(s)

• Brake Override: When a disagreement exists between the throttle and the brake, the brake signal causes the engine controller to reduce engine power, allowing the operator to stop the car

• Child Seat Anchor System: LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) is designed to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats

• Constant-force Retractors (CFR): Regulates the force exerted on the occupant by the seat belt, and then gradually releases seat-belt webbing in a controlled manner

• Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM): An extension of Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Uses input from ESC sensors to anticipate if the vehicle is at risk of entering a potential roll situation, then applies the brakes individually and modulates the throttle position as needed

• Electronic Stability Control (ESC): Enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. Provides the benefit in critical driving situations such as turns, and is valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions including snow, ice or gravel. If there is a discernible difference between driver input through the steering wheel and the vehicle's path, ESC applies selective braking and throttle input to guide the vehicle back on to the driver's intended path

• Energy-absorbing Steering Column: The manual-adjust steering column utilizes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy absorption during a crash. The power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management

• Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS): Makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach occupants in the event of an accident by turning on the interior lighting and unlocking doors after air bag deployment. Also shuts off flow of fuel to the engine

• Express Up/Down Windows: One-touch powered express up/down window button located on the front driver and passenger-side door

• Forward Collision Warning (FCW): Using forward-facing radar sensors, this system detects when the vehicle may be approaching another vehicle too rapidly and alerts the driver so the driver can determine what action must be taken in order to prevent the vehicle from a collision

• High-intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps: Provide approximately three times the light output of conventional reflector lamps for improved nighttime illumination

• Hill-descent Control (HDC): Allows smooth and controlled descent on rough or slippery terrain without the driver having to touch the brake pedal. Applies the brakes to each wheel individually when needed to reduce forward motion when negotiating steep grades

• Hill-start Assist (HSA): Assists drivers when starting a vehicle from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period of time after a driver's foot is removed from the brake pedal. If throttle is not applied within a short period of time after the driver's foot is removed from the brake pedal, brake pressure will be released

• Keyless Enter-N-Go: When an individual enters the vehicle, electronic sensors detect if the vehicle key fob is present. The vehicle will then allow the individual to push a button to start the vehicle without having to insert the key into the ignition

• Knee Bolsters: The lower instrument panel and the glove-box door are designed to properly position the occupant during impact, enabling air bags to work effectively

• Navigation System: Voice-activated navigation system available with real-time traffic to provide precise guidance to destination through the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite technology

• ParkSense® Rear-park Assist System: Assists at low speeds in reverse to detect stationary objects. Consists of audible warnings for the driver and has a display in the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) integrated into the instrument cluster

• ParkView™ rear back-up camera: Provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle, giving the driver greater peace of mind before reversing at low speeds. Contains grid line to aid the driver when maneuvering into parking spaces or narrow areas. Also aids in lining up a trailer to the vehicle's trailer hitch, when so equipped. The image is displayed on the navigation screen when the transmission is shifted into Reverse

• Power Tilt-and-telescoping Steering Column with Memory: Allows steering column to tilt and move toward or away from the driver to achieve a safe and comfortable distance from the advanced multi-stage front driver air bag, if deployed

• Rain Brake Support: Uses the ESC pump to occasionally push brake pads lightly against brake rotors in rainy conditions in order to keep rotors dry

• Rain-sensing Wipers: A driver convenience feature that automatically senses moisture on the windshield and activates wipers

• Ready Alert Braking: Anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and uses the ESC pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application

• Rear Cross Path (RCP): In parking lot situations, this system warns drivers backing out of parking spaces of traffic moving toward their vehicle. It activates any time the vehicle is in Reverse. The driver is notified of vehicle(s) crossing behind the vehicle via illuminated icons on the sideview mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime

• Remote (fob) Operated Windows (front windows - down only): Enable an individual to cool down their vehicle passively by opening front windows remotely

• Remote Keyless Entry: Locks and unlocks doors and turns on interior lamps. If the vehicle is equipped with a security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system

• Remote Start: Conveniently starts the engine and activates key comfort settings based on ambient conditions by using the key fob while maintaining vehicle security

• Rollover Crash Sensing: Senses a rollover and deploys seat-belt pretensioners and/or standard full-length side-curtain air bags as needed

• Seat-belt Pretensioners: During a collision, impact sensors initiate front seat-belt pretensioners to remove slack in the seatbelt system, thereby reducing the forward movement of the occupant's head and torso

• Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer: Utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a preprogrammed security code to discourage vehicle theft. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the controller sends a random number to the transponder and the engine is allowed to start. If an incorrect key is used, the engine will shut off after a few seconds

• Signal Mirrors: Signal lamp built into the housing of exterior mirrors allows turn signals to be viewed from the front, as well as the sides and rear of the vehicle in order to alert oncoming traffic and pedestrians

• SmartBeam® Headlamps: Headlamp system adjusts to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting

• Standard Full-length Side-curtain Air Bags: Extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. This type of air bag is housed in the headliner just above side windows

• Standard Seat-mounted Side Thorax Air Bags: Provide enhanced protection to the driver and front outboard passenger in certain impacts. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. Standard side air bags are housed within the outboard side of each front seat

• Three-point Seat Belts: Front outboard seating positions and all rear seating positions have lap and shoulder belts

• Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM): Informs driver when tire pressure is too low. Pressure-sensor modules within the valve stems of all four road wheels send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver and the system

• Trailer-sway Control (TSC): Reduces trailer sway and improves handling in adverse towing conditions caused by crosswinds and traffic. The system monitors the vehicle's movement relative to the driver's intended path, then applies alternating brake pressure to slow the vehicle and then increases the pressure on one front wheel in order to counteract the sway induced by the trailer

• Uconnect Phone: In-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows customers to talk on their Bluetooth compatible phone with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The built-in phonebook sync feature automatically downloads as many as 1,000 phone book entries from supported phones, which can then be selected by simply saying contact name

About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, Mopar® and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) brand vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler's culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat's complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group LLC's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Ram Truck. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
 

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Korean auto supplier Hyundai Mobis opens Detroit plant


Korean auto supplier Hyundai Mobis opened a plant in Detroit today to supply front and rear suspension modules for the Jeep Grand Cherokee built at Chrysler Group L.L.C.'s Jefferson North assembly plant.

The factory, which cost $23 million and initially will employ 110 workers on one shift, will add a second shift in July, Joon-hyung Lee, COO in charge of Hyundai Mobis' global business division, said during ceremonies at the plant.

The Korean supplier took over the plant from ArvinMeritor Inc., which is leaving the light-vehicle business.

Crain's reported last October that Hyundai Mobis leased the 167,000-square-foot plant on Fort Street in southwest Detroit from ArvinMeritor.

Bob King, executive vice president of the United Auto Workers who is expected to be elected UAW president at the union's national convention in Detroit on June 16, praised Hyundai Mobis for keeping the plant open.

“When you do it in an urban environment, we really appreciate that social commitment,” King said.

The factory's workers are members of UAW Local 600.

The plant was connected to the global headquarters and technical center of ArvinMeritor's light vehicle systems unit, which was built in 2004 and had 80,000 square feet of offices and 16,000 square feet of lab space.

ArvinMeritor has divested much of its light vehicle systems business over the last two years.

Hyundai Mobis had parts sales to automakers in North America estimated at $1.44 billion in fiscal 2009.

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EURO-STYLE: Jeep holds its ground

Fiat improves Grand Cherokee’s looks, performance




The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee represents a quantum leap for Chrysler’s ageless off-road brand.

The wholesale revisions, updates and numerous high-tech additions give this fourth-generation wagon more passenger comfort and carrying capacity, not to mention improved off-road prowess.

The Jeep lineup has thankfully been a dominant anchor — and just about the only bright spot — for the new Chrysler, which is now run by Italian automaker Fiat. The soon-to-arrive Grand Cherokee will continue to push Jeep sales, even if this rig isn’t the four-cylinder midsize wagon that buyers seem to be clamoring for these days.

While Fiat could have pulled the rug out from under the new GC, it didn’t.

The fresh-face styling is reminiscent of previous Grand Cherokees, but thoroughly reworked with cleaner lines, stylish body creases and a less upright windshield. Interestingly, the bulging wheel openings that were prominent on earlier GCs have been scaled back, making the vehicle appear smaller and narrower.

The reality is somewhat different. Overall length has been extended by nearly 2 inches, while 3 inches have been added to the width. Most significantly, the distance between the front and rear wheels grows by 5.3 inches. That means wider and taller front and rear door openings plus considerably more reclining rear-seat knee and leg space, areas that have required Jeep’s undivided attention since the first 1993 GC hit the trail.

Jeep says the platform is 146 percent stiffer, helping improve both ride and drivability characteristics. In addition, many of the various suspension components are shared with the Mercedes-Benz ML-class sport ute. You might recall that Chrysler was not long ago part of Mercedes-Benz juggernaut, which supplied the underpinnings for the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans and Dodge Magnum wagon.

For 2011, Jeep replaced the Grand Cherokee’s base 210-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 with a 290-horsepower 3.6-liter unit. Torque is also up my about 15 percent. Despite the extra output, the GC’s fuel-economy rating remains at 16 mpg in the city while it improves by 2 mpg on the highway to 23, likely assisted by a more streamlined (by 7 percent) body.

The 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 carries over as an option with 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. It’s the engine of choice for heavy hauling and towing up to 7,400 pounds. Both engines are equipped with five-speed automatic transmissions. The V-8 version uses a secondary second-gear ratio for quicker acceleration when downshifting for passing. Interestingly, both fourth and fifth gears are overdrive gears.

As a proper Jeep, all three GC models — Laredo, Limited and Overland — are available in either rear- or four-wheel-drive. For the latter, you’ll have your choice of Quadra-Trac I with its single-speed transfer case, or the more off-road-capable Quadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II systems that feature two-speed transfer cases with a low gearset. Quadra Drive II includes an electronic limited-slip differential that will react to low-traction conditions quick enough to entirely prevent wheel spin.

Ordering Quadra Trac II or Quadra Drive II will get you Jeep’s new Selec-Terrain control with four separate traction settings: Sand/Mud, Snow and Rock for off-road terrain plus a Sport setting for dry pavement.

Also available is Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air-ride suspension that can be manually adjusted over a 4.5-inch range to provide a maximum 11.1 inches of ground clearance.

As before, the Laredo’s equipment includes the usual comfort and power-operated niceties, while the top two trims include 18-inch wheels (17s are standard), remote starter and bright bi-xenon (high and low beam) headlights that automatically adjust their intensity according to ambient light and oncoming traffic. The option list includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, 20-inch wheels, premium audio system and a power rear liftgate, to name just a few of the biggies. These features are likely essential to the GC now that the posh Commander model has been deemed unnecessary to the brand.

However, what is actually necessary from the Jeep point of view is to maintain the notion of somewhat refined worry-free off-roading. It’s safe to say that the new Grand Cherokee was well under development before Fiat took hold of parent Chrysler. While another owner could have halted all spending and sent Jeep in an entirely different direction, at least Fiat allowed the new Grand Cherokee to get out of the gate to continue a seven-decade tradition. Time will tell, however, if Fiat really gets it.

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Video: Jeep® Grand Cherokee in Northern California

June 18, 2010

Some great footage of the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee in Northern California this week as it tackles some rough roads.




 

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews hit the Web

June 20th, 2010



With the embargo lifted, Jeep Grand Cherokee reviews have been flooding the Web, including a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee test drive at Allpar. Reviews have generally been positive, with the Pentastar V6 receiving praise, the five-speed automatic transmissions being seen as the low point, and the interior and exterior styling being seen as a success by most critics. This may be the most well-received Chrysler product in some years.

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PentastarVideo — June 20, 2010 — Extended off-road running footage of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Moab, Utah. Plus footage of some great new features offered by the new Grand Cherokee.
 

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All-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Inventor of the SUV Hits the Sweet Spot of Real-world Capability and On-road Refinement

To view the entire press kit, click here

Legendary Jeep® Capability

* New Quadra-Lift™ air suspension system provides height control and lifts vehicle up to 4.1 inches from Park mode to a maximum ride height of 10.7 inches to deliver legendary Jeep® off-road capability
* Choice of three 4x4 systems – Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive® II with rear 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 Pentastar V-6 engine features an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy, delivering up to 23 mpg (500 miles on one tank of gas), Variable-valve Timing (VVT), 290 hp (216 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 N•m) at 4,800 rpm
* For international markets, left- and right-hand drive and a choice of diesel and petrol powertrains will be available
* Trailer-tow capability of up to 7,400 pounds
* Improved ride and handling with all-new platform, including new front and rear independent suspension

Stunning Exterior

* All-new sculpted body and athletic profile define a sleek exterior with aerodynamic finesse
* All-new dual-pane panoramic sun roof (CommandView®) extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. Comprised of two glass panels with power open/close sun shade
* New power rear liftgate for effortless remote up/down convenience (Grand Cherokee first)
* New 20-inch wheels available on Limited and standard on Overland models
* Bi-Xenon High-intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps standard on Limited and Overland models
* Segment-exclusive SmartBeam® headlamps adjust to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting; standard on Limited and Overland models

World-class Interior

* Premium soft-touch interior materials for all models, including leather instrument panel and door trim 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, Keyless Enter-N-Go, ParkView™ rear back-up camera and power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory
* Increased storage areas in instrument panel with larger locking glove box and covered center-stack storage bin
* Premium packaging for up to five passengers and cargo
* Larger front- and rear-door openings (78 degrees) for improved ingress/egress compared to previous 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 (35.1 cubic feet) provides nearly 19 percent more room for gear compared to previous model (29.5 cubic feet)
* Well-appointed cargo compartment with removable dual storage bins inside the spare tire compartment

Ride and Handling

* All-new front and rear suspension independent delivers premium on-road manners with isolated front and rear suspension cradles and variable-rate rear springs that combine to enhance on-road character and ride comfort
* All-new body structure’s torsional stiffness is 146 percent stiffer than previous model and stiffer than the BMW X5, Lexus RX 300 and Mercedes ML for improved durability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)
* Stiffness achieved with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone. 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

* Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) includes Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-start Assist, Trailer-sway Control and Hill-descent Control
* Standard full-length side-curtain air bags extend protection to front and rear outboard passengers
* Standard seat-mounted side thorax air bags enhance protection of the driver and front passenger
* Standard Active Head Restraints deploy in the event of a rear collision in order to minimize the gap between the head restraint and occupant’s head
* Blind-spot/Rear cross-path detection system notifies driver of vehicle(s) in blind spots with illuminated icons on side-view mirrors and/or an audible chime
* Adaptive Cruise Control decreases vehicle’s pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle or when another vehicle pulls into same lane (late availability)
* Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system detects when the vehicle may be approaching another vehicle too rapidly and alerts driver (late availability)
* Remote start feature starts engine and activates comfort settings based on ambient conditions by using the key fob while maintaining vehicle security (standard on Overland; available on Limited)

Connectivity and Infotainment

* FLO TV™ offers live mobile TV to consumers with the capacity for as many as 20 channels including CBS Mobile, CNBC, Comedy Central, Fox News, MSNBC, MTV, NBC 2Go, Nickelodeon and more
* SIRIUS Backseat TV™ offers customers programming from Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network. The system operates via an in-vehicle satellite video receiver and an additional antenna mounted on the vehicle’s roof
* Uconnect™ Web provides high-speed data transfer and flexibility, combining Wi-Fi and 3G cellular connectivity for a new level of wireless technology. The system transforms the vehicle into a “hot spot” to deliver the Internet directly to the vehicle for instant access to Web sites, e-mail, personalized music, online gaming, photo albums and more
* Uconnect Navigation combines the features of a Global Positioning System (GPS), points of interest, SIRIUS Traffic and Voice Command
* Uconnect Phone is an in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to talk on a Bluetooth-compatible phone with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The built-in phone book’s sync feature automatically downloads as many as 1,000 phone book entries from supported phones, which can then be selected by simply saying contact name. The hands-free option promotes safety, freedom, value
and flexibility
* Premium audio system with nine speakers, surround sound and a 506-watt subwoofer

Auburn Hills, Mich. , Jun 21, 2010 -

Nearly two decades ago, Jeep invented the premium sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. More than 4 million sales later, Jeep improves the formula and hits the sweet spot of Jeep 4x4 capability and on-road refinement with the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand’s legendary four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and towing capability. It also offers improved fuel economy (up to 23 mpg) and a world-class interior cabin.

The all-new Quadra-Lift™ air suspension system delivers legendary Jeep 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.

“With the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee, Jeep has created the benchmark, premium SUV,” said Mike Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Unique innovations such as our new Quadra-Lift air suspension system and Selec-Terrain traction control systems separate Jeep from the crowd and take the new Grand Cherokee to the next level of 4x4 capability. The new generation of the iconic Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers the perfect blend of on-road refinement, superb craftsmanship, world-class design, improved fuel economy, innovative features and legendary, real-world capability.”


Legendary Capability
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the new Quadra-Lift air suspension system.
The Quadra-Lift air suspension 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 1.3 inches for added height in clearing obstacles (9.4 inches)
* Off-road 2: Delivers legendary Jeep off-road capability and provides an additional
2.6 inches of height for 10.7 inches of ground clearance
* Park Mode: Lowers the vehicle 1.5 inches from NRH for easy ingress/egress and roof rack loading. 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 up to 4.1 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 system, 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 adjusts for ultimate performance over snow-covered roads
* Rock: Quadra-Lift air suspension system raises to maximum height (10.7 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 system, offers drivers an adjustable suspension span that delivers world-class capability.

With the front air dam removed, and the available Quadra-Lift air suspension system, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee features a 34.3-degree approach angle, (compared to 32.3 on previous model), a 29.3-degree departure angle (compared to 27.5 on previous model) and 23.1-degree breakover angle (compared to 20.4 on previous model).

The all-new front and rear independent 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 4x4 Systems
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers three 4x4 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 (ELSD), delivers industry-leading tractive 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee models equipped with either the Off-road Adventure I or the Off-road Adventure II packages 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.


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 an 8.5-percent improvement in drag compared with the previous model. The all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee Coefficient of drag (Cd) is approximately 0.37 compared with the previous model’s Cd of 0.404.

“Our all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is much more refined, focused and sportier than the model it replaces,” said Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President — Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC. “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, Jeep Grand Cherokee features an athletic, muscular profile. Black appliqués on B-pillars give the bright 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.

Standard 17-and 18-inch wheels deliver off-road capability, along with all-new to Jeep, optional 20-inch wheels for 2011.

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

Jeep Grand Cherokee models equipped with the 5.7-liter MDS V-8 engine have 3.5-inch dual chromed exhaust tips, and those with the V-6 engine have a 3-inch single exhaust with optional 3.5-inch chromed tips.


World-class Interior Refinement
The all-new interior features rich materials and elegant appointments, as well as more room for both passengers and cargo.

“Following in the footsteps of the benchmark 2009 Dodge Ram, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is another proud graduate of our Advanced Interior Design Studio,” said Gilles. “We achieved a world-class interior by using fine materials and maintaining a more focused attention to detail.”

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 three inches wider for improved handling and packaging.

Larger front door openings (1.9 inches wider; 2 inches higher) and rear doors that open 78 degrees (compared to previous model’s 67 degrees) provide 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 E models).

For maximum cargo and passenger comfort, rear seat backs move a total of 18 degrees front to back.

Cargo volume behind the second row provides an additional 5.6 cubic feet of room (35.1 cubic feet total) compared to the previous model. The well-appointed rear cargo area includes a storage unit with a removable/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.


Premium Performance
Continuing to build on the Jeep brand’s legendary off-road capability, the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee adds premium on-road performance to complete the package.

The all-new 2011 Jeep 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 stiffer than the previous Grand Cherokee and stiffer than the BMW X5 and Toyota Highlander for improved durability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

More than 3,700 mm of arc welding and 100 m of structural adhesive augment the 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.


Powertrains
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with two leading engine options for North American markets.

All-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee features the first application of the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. This all-new flexible-fuel 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard on the 2011 Grand Cherokee and features an all-new design with 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 290 horsepower (216 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 N•m) at 4,800 rpm. The all-new V-6 engine improves fuel economy up to 11 percent compared to 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 all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers trailer tow capability of up to 5,000 pounds on models equipped with the Pentastar V-6 engine.

The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s V-6 engine offers improved fuel economy and delivers a range of approximately 500 miles on one tank of gas.

Legendary 5.7-liter V-8 engine
The available legendary 5.7-liter Multi-displacement System (MDS) V-8 engine delivers 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (520 N•m) at 4,250 rpm. The 5.7-liter V-8 also features VVT, which delivers performance and towing capability, and fuel efficiency with fuel-saving MDS. The MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power from the 5.7-liter MDS engine is requested. This optimizes fuel economy when V-8 power is not needed, without sacrificing vehicle performance. The 5.7-liter MDS V-8 engine is mated to the 545RFE multi-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers trailer tow capability of up to 7,400 pounds on 4x2 models when equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine.

For international markets, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available in left- and right-hand drive with either diesel or petrol powertrains.


More than 45 Safety and Security Features
The all-new 2011 Jeep 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 (ABS) with rough-road detection, four-wheel Brake Traction Control System (BTCS), Keyless Enter-N-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 Limited and Overland and available on Laredo models.

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 standards).


Connectivity and Infotainment Features
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers customers an array of infotainment technologies for driver safety and passenger enjoyment. The features enable drivers to safely communicate, navigate and select entertainment options using advance voice recognition controls. Passengers can stay entertained with a multitude of features, including FLO TV™, SIRIUS Satellite Radio™, SIRIUS Backseat TV™, Uconnect™ Navigation, Uconnect Phone and Uconnect Web.


Manufacturing
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is built at the nearly 3-million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, which has been the site of Grand Cherokee production since its introduction in 1992.

In preparation for production of the all-new Grand Cherokee, JNAP went through a complete transformation as part of World Class Manufacturing (WCM), an extensive and thorough process to restore all Chrysler Group facilities to their original and maximum functionality. Part of that transformation included the addition of a 285,000-square-foot expansion to replace the existing body shop, one piece of Chrysler’s investment of approximately $1.8 billion in new vehicle programs.

During the fall of 2009 the JNAP workforce went to work focusing on ways to improve the look and functionality of the plant. They made significant changes in workplace organization and logistics systems, found ways to improve quality, and addressed ergonomic issues.

Taking the transformation one step further, more than 1,400 hourly and salaried employees participated in more than 44,000 hours of training in preparation for launch and submitted over 2,500 suggestions on how to further improve the processes to ensure the highest quality Grand Cherokee rolls off the line. These changes, throughout paint and assembly operations, have given the facility an all-new level of manufacturing flexibility for multiple product capability.

“Restoring Jefferson North helps to maintain and increase the longevity of the facility and secures a future for our employees, our suppliers and the local community,” said Scott Garberding, Senior Vice President—Manufacturing/World Class Manufacturing, Chrysler Group LLC. “The results show the commitment, dedication, passion and pride of our employees and further demonstrate our commitment to the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan.”

JNAP was built in 1991 and was expanded in 1999.


Jeep Brand
Built on nearly 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup includes Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around the world, all seven Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.
 
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