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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee officially priced, released

by David Zatz on

The new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, with a new, upscale interior, advanced four wheel drive system, 290-horsepower Pentastar V6, and numerous standard features will start with a U.S. list price of $32,995 including destination. [Correction: six speed automatic was accidentally inserted earlier but it appears all models will use five speed automatics.]

The luxury loading of the base model shows that Chrysler seems to have adopted the strategy of “add standard equipment but don’t slash the base price” for new vehicles as well as existing ones.

The Jeep has better gas mileage, power, and body stiffness than the current 2010 model. There are three four wheel drive systems, a new air suspension with different ride heights, terrain selection system, and up to 7,400 lbs of towing capacity. New independent front and rear suspensions and a new body structure improves cornering and ride, while cutting noise, vibration and harshness.

CommandView®, a new dual-pane panoramic sun roof, extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. Soft-touch interior materials are used on all models. The interior provides over four inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room, and 17 percent more cargo volume (as released first on allpar.com).

A new 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine yields 11% better fuel economy, delivering up to 23 mpg (US) 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, along with live mobile TV (FLO TV), SIRIUS Backseat TV and UConnect™ Web.

The 2011 Grand Cherokee is being built at the 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 in June, in Laredo, Limited, and Overland models.

The Laredo includes keyless entry, stability control with anti-roll, hill start assist, trailer sway control, side curtain airbags for both rows, active head restraints, power driver’s seat, fog lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, satellite radio, and 17-inch aluminum wheels; the 360 horsepower Hemi V8 will be optional.

The Limited adds Quadra-Trac II® with Selec-Terrain, front and second-row heated leather seats, memory settings, High Intensity Discharge auto-leveling headlamps, CommandView dual-pane panoramic sun roof, rear back-up camera, rear park assist, premium audio, automatic temperature control, 18-inch aluminum wheels, Garmin® navigation, rain-sensitive wipers, and bright door handles. The price for Limited is $39,995 including destination.

The ultimate Grand Cherokee, the Overland model, adds the 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. That model starts at $42,995 including destination.

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David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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