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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee features, specifications, and dimensions

2011 jeep grand cherokee

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/rechargeable 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
  • 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

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The Limited edition adds:

2011 jeep grand cherokee

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.

ConstructionSteel uniframe
Speedometer140 mph
3.6 liter engineStandard on all models. 16 mpg city, 22 mpg (AWD) or 23 mpg (RWD) highway.
Regular 87 octane fuel. See the Phoenix Engines page for specifications.
Transmission (V8)Mercedes five-speed automatic
DetailsAdaptive electronic control or Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver-interactive manual control and electronically modulated torque converter clutch
Gearing3.59, 2.19, 1.41, 1.0, 0.83:1; Reverse, 3.16:1; Final Drive, 3.06:1; OTGR, 2.54:1
Rear axle215 mm
5.7 liter Hemi V8 Optional on Laredo, Limited, and Overland.
360 hp (268 kW) @ 5,150 rpm; 390 lb-ft (520 Nm) @ 4,250 rpm.
5,800 rpm redline; 89 octane fuel required. Rated at 14/20 mpg 2WD, 13/19 4WD.
Transmission (V6)Mopar 545RFE automatic.
545RFE detailsThree planetary gear sets, one overrunning clutch, with Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver interactive control, electronically controlled torque converter clutch
Gear ratios3.0, 1.67, 1.0, 0.75, 0.67:1; Reverse, 3.0:1; Final Drive, 3.47:1; OTGR, 2.32:1; kickdown. 1.50:1
MP 3010 Transfer CaseOptional with V6
DetailsSingle-speed, for full-time all wheel drive; 50/50 torque split, front/rear
MP 3022 Transfer CaseOptional, V6 and V8
DetailsElectronically shifted two-speed with 4x4 low (lock), neutral, full-time active 4x4 gears; 2.72:1 low range
Front Differential Conventional; 7.7 inch ring gear diameter; ratios, 3.06:1 with V6, 3.47:1 with V8
Rear Differential

Conventional; 8.4 inch ring gear diameter on V6, 8.9 inch on V8.
Axle ratios, 3.06:1 3.6-liter engine; 3.47:1 5.7-liter engine
Optional rear differentialElectronic limited-slip (late availability), optional on V8 4x4 with MP3022 transfer case;
Same ring gear diameter, 3.47:1 axle ratio
Alternator160-amp on Laredo; 180-amp on Limited and Overland. 220 amp may be on some cars depending on options.
BatteryGroup 65 maintenance-free 700CCA


 2011 Grand Cherokee*2009 Grand Cherokee2008 Liberty*Wrangler RubiconToyota, Honda, GM
Approach Angle35.932.339.144.3see
Departure Angle29.227.532.140.4the
Breakover Angle25.120.420.425.5comparisons
Ground Clearance8.1 -
MPG (4WD V6)16/2217/2118/2217/19 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Quadra-Lift and air dam removed. Liberty figures are with the air dam removed.

  Jeep V6Jeep V8 ML350
Horsepower 290360  250   
Torque 260390  253   
2WD mpg 16/2213/19 17/2317/2314/2016/21 
Canada: L/100km 13.1 / 9.116.3 / 10.5  similar   
AWD mpg 16/2213/19  16/2214/2016/20 
(Competitors: 2010 figures. 2011 G.C. Hemi mileage is identical to 2010.)


Wheelbase114.8 (2915) Seating Capacity, Front/Second2/3
Track, Front63.9 (1623) Front Seat
Track, Rear64.1 (1627) Head Room40.0 (1015.8)
Overall Length189.8 (4821.8) Leg Room40.3 (1024.5)
Overall Width (Width at Mirrors)84.8 (2154) Shoulder Room58.6 (1488.6)
Body Width76.3 (1937.6) Hip Room57.0 (1450)
Overall Height
(at Roof Rail / at Antenna)
69.4 (1761.8) / 71.7* (1820.8)
*A reader says “77, not 71.7”
 Seat Travel11.4 (290)
Load Floor Height (Std Susp. / Air Susp)32.4 (821.9) / 31.9 (810.5) SAE Volume54.7 cu. ft. (1.55 cu. m)
Sill Step Height (Std Susp. / Air Susp)20.5 (521.1) / 20.2 (513.5) Rear Seat
Ground Clearance* 8.7 (220.0) / 11.6 (296.0) Head Room39.3 (999)
Chassis (Fuel Tank)*9.5 (241.7) / 12.5 (317.7) Leg Room38.6 (980)
Front Axle*8.5 (216.7) / 11.5 (292.7) Shoulder Room58.0 (1474.3)
Rear Axle*10.2 (258.3) / 13.2 (334.3) Hip Room56.5 (1435.2)
Approach Angle* (air-dam off) 26.3 degrees / 35.9 degrees Knee Clearance4.3 (110.0)
Ramp Breakover Angle* 19.0 degrees / 25.1 degrees Couple34.6 (880)
Departure Angle* 26.4 degrees / 29.2 degrees SAE Volume50.9 cu. ft. (1.4 cu. m)
Frontal Area31.0 sq. ft. (2.88 sq. m) Cargo Volume
Drag CoefficientApproximately 0.37 Behind Rear Seat36.3 cu. ft. (1.03 cu. m)
Aero11.6 (cd x cross-sectional area) Fuel Tank Capacity24.6 gal. (93.1L)

* (with P245/70R17 Tire and 3.6L Engine) (Std Susp. / Air Susp Pos#2) -- 195 mm front axle on 4x4 in late literature

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WEIGHTS (Estimates)MODELENGINEGVWR(a) lbs. (kg)CURB WEIGHT(b) lbs. (kg)PAYLOAD(c) lbs. (kg)
6500 (2948)
6500 (2948)
4470 (2028)
4780 (2169)
2030 (920)
1720 (780)
6500 (2948)
6500 (2948)
4600 (2087)
4920 (2232)
1900 (860)
1580 (715)
Overland5.7-liter6500 (2948)4920 (2232)1580 (715)
6500 (2948)
6500 (2948)
4660 (2114)
5020 (2278)
1840 (835)
1480 (670)
6500 (2948)
6800 (3084)
4850 (2201)
5150 (2336)
1650 (750)
1660 (750)
Overland5.7-liter6800 (3084)5210 (2364)1590 (720)
(a) Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.
(b) Curb weight includes standard equipment and full quantities of fuel, lubricant and coolant.
(c) Payload is the maximum allowable weight of driver, passengers, cargo, and options, rounded to the nearest 10 lbs. (5kg).

Weight Distribution (Front/Rear)


Chassis specifications

LayoutLongitudinal front engine, rear drive; 4x4 has transfer case with full time four wheel drive
Front suspensionShort- and long-arm independent (SLA), coil springs, gas-charged, twin-tube coil-over shock absorbers, upper- and lower-control arms (ìAî arms), stabilizer bar
Rear suspensionMulti-link rear suspension, coil spring, twin tube shocks (including load leveling for towing), aluminum lower control arm, independent upper links (tension and camber) plus a separate toe link.
Steering TypePower rack-and-pinion
Steering Ratio18.9:1 on center, 15.7:1 at full lock
Turn Circle37.1 ft. (11.3 m) (lock-to-lock steering wheel rotations: 3.67)
Front brakes12.9 x 1.2 (328 x 30) vented disc with 1.89 (48) two-piston pin-slider caliper and ABS; 282 square inches swept area
Rear brakes12.6 x 0.55 (320 x 14) disc with 1.89 (48) single-piston pin-slider caliper and single-channel ABS(b); 257 square inches swept area
Power AssistSingle-rate, tandem diaphragm vacuum
NotesTurning diameter is measured at the outside of the tires at curb height. Turning diameters and steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock, may differ with optional tires and wheels. Three-channel ABS standard on 4x2. Four-channel ABS standard on 4x4.
Standard Laredo TiresP245/70R17 - Goodyear Fortera HL Black Sidewall All-Season — OWL Optional - 685 revs/mile
Standard Limited tiresP265/60R18 Michelin Latitude Tour Black Side-Wall All-Season — 691 revs/mile
Standard Overland tiresP265/50R20 Goodyear Fortera HL Black Sidewall All-Season — 690 revs/mile
Optional, Limited and OverlandP265/60R18 Michelin Latitude Tour Outside White Letter (OWL) All-Season — 691 revs/mile
WheelsCast aluminum. Laredo; 17-in. x 8-in., Limited; 18-in. x 8-in., Overland ; 20-in x 8-in.

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.

The rumor mill: how did we do?

In general, the rumors printed at Allpar were dead-on. The Pentastar V6 engine reports got the horsepower exactly right.

checkRyan 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.

2011 jeep grand cherokee spy speculation

checkRedriderbob wrote in 2009, “I broke the word to you guys and gals at 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.”

checkA new source noted that three engines will be available, with a possible SRT8 model also getting its own engine:

checkThe 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.

checkSome 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).

checkJeep 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.

checkRedriderbob 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!”

checkRyan 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.”

checkSince 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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