Finally, we have some new product coming from Chrysler and what a product! The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a sharp looker and has a lot going for it…and even more riding on it!
Not even for sale yet, the marketing campaign has already begun, hyping the new GC for all it is and what it is supposed to be. We are definitely looking forward to seeing this one in the metal (hah!) and seeing just how well it is put together.
As you can see from these photos we got from the Chrysler Media Web Site, there will be many options and a higher quality to the GC than what we’re used to , according to Chrysler execs featured in a promo video on the press kit web Site. One commenter stated that the new GC takes you from the trails to the symphony, all in luxury and comfort.
Yes, you read “press kit Web Site”. Long gone are the days of perusing the paper press kit, usually bound in a customized folder or folio for the vehicle you need info on. No, today you get all your information from the Internet and that really isn’t a bad thing as you now get photo and video accompaniment for all that useful data, but I digress.
What you get with the new GC is a whole lot of good stuff and some new innovations for the segment, like the Quadra-Lift™ air suspension system that provides height control and lifts the vehicle from 4.1 in. in Park to a maximum ride height of 10.7 in. Couple that with your choice of three different 4X4 systems (Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive® II with rear Electronic Limited-slip Differential) and the new Selec-Terrain system (for Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive® II) that offers five different settings to get you through almost any driving condition: Auto, Sand/Mud, Sport, Snow and Rock.
Power delivery in the new GC comes from Chrysler’s all new, flexible fuel V6 that displaces 3.5-liters, has variable valve timing and is rated at 290 horsepower and 260 lb.ft. of torque, which should allow the new GC to tow up to 7400 pounds! And, according to the company, this engine should deliver an 11 percent increase in fuel economy and yield 23 miles per gallon, which should translate into 500 miles driven on a single tank of gas. What we here in America won’t get is a choice of diesel over the gasoline engine.
On the outside, there’s all-new sheetmetal, with a sculpted body and cleaner lines, with a fashionable use of chrome in key spots, like the seven-slat grill up front and the bar connecting the taillights in the rear. And don’t forget the newly available 20-inch wheels and Bi-Zenon HID headlamps, to make your new GC all pimped out.
Inside, you’ll find a plush cockpit with a plethora of infotainment features like FLO TV, Sirius Backseat TV, Uconnect Web, Navigation and phone and Bluetooth connectivity…to name a few items. And don’t forget the Premium audio option with nine speakers, surround sound and a 506-watt sub!
What you won’t get inside a GC is seating for more than five people. No, that league belongs to the Commander and rightly so, since you wouldn’t want all those people travelling with you on your weekend trips or to the symphony, which should be just you and your honey.
It’s a sharp ride and one the Chrysler desperately needs if it wants to stay afloat in today’s automotive world.
Click here to view the whole shebang yourself, in all it’s gory detail: http://www.2011jeepgrandcherokeepresskit.com/data/GC-overview.html