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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will come with an unprecedented number of standard features. The “base” Laredo comes with:
The Limited edition adds:
The Overland model adds even more:
All dimensions are measured at curb weight with standard tires and wheels. Information shown is correct at time of publication, and is subject to change without notice.
Also see the competitive comparisons page.
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Quadra-Lift and air dam removed. Liberty figures are with the air dam removed.
(with P245/70R17 Tire and 3.6L Engine)
(Std Susp. / Air Susp Pos#2) -- 195 mm front axle on 4x4 in late literature
Trailer towing: all models can tow 3,500 pounds with the addition of a trailer hitch. For towing heavier trailers up to 7,400 pounds, buyers must get the Trailer Tow Group Class IV with the Hemi engine for North America. Maximum Trailer Weight = GCWR - Curb Wt. with hitch - 300 lbs. (allowance for driver and passenger) and must be decreased by the weight of optional equipment, cargo and additional passengers. Maximum trailer weights shown are rounded to the nearest 50 lbs. Tongue weight should be 10-15% of loaded trailer weight but may not cause vehicle to exceed GVWR or GAWR. Load equalizing hitch recommended for trailers over 2,000 pounds.
Interior specifications have not yet been released.
Also see the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee competitive comparisons page.
In general, the rumors printed at Allpar were dead-on. The Pentastar V6 engine reports got the horsepower exactly right.
Ryan wrote in 2009, “Jeep will be moving the Grand Cherokee to the North Jefferson plant, along with the Durango. Both vehicles will be quite different than what they are now. The Aspen will be kicked because for some reason, people still like Escalades better.” He predicted the Pentastar V6, put the new Hemi at 380 hp, and suggested an SRT8. He was close though the Hemi was downrated for the Grand Cherokee.
Redriderbob wrote in 2009, “I broke the word to you guys and gals at Allpar.com that the next generation of the Grand Cherokee would grow in size to cover both the Commander and Grand Cherokee lineups. I also stated that the next Grand Cherokee, Aspen, and Durango would all share a common platform. That is still true. Dodge will replace the Durango in 2012, one model year after the introduction of the new Grand Cherokee. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2012 Dodge Durango will share powertrains as well as chassis parts. The Chrysler Aspen's future is still undecided.”
A new source noted that three engines will be available, with a possible SRT8 model also getting its own engine:
The new source wrote that each of these engines will get a five-speed automatic transmission; the Hemi got the reliable, comfortable 545RFE. Phoenix engines and diesels will get the usual Mercedes automatic.
Some more interesting features and options are slated to include:
The usual range of other options should be present (e.g. dual zone air conditioning, skid plates, trailer towing, extra-good audio system).
Jeep will move back to the original Grand Cherokee styling cues (this was partly correct). Aerodynamic considerations have a much higher influence than before. We’re hoping the headlight treatment will disappear — replaced either by the current “big round headlights” or by the original rectangles.
Redriderbob wrote, “It will draw heavy influence from the 2007 Jeep Trailhawk Concept [it does]. ... Front grille styling, as well as side profile styling cues will be very similar. The vehicle will carry more chunky and edgy fenders. It will look more like a Range Rover Sport with Jeep DNA on steroids!”
Ryan wrote, “The Grand Cherokee will bring in some Commander qualities and design cues (interior wise) and expect something beautiful to compete with the luxury bound Range Rover.”
Since the new Grand Cherokee is due in late 2010, you might see an introduction at the next New York Auto Show in 2009... or you might not. [This happened]
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