Posted Jan 10th 2012 4:34PM
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee made its world debut today at the New York International Auto Show. Jeep‘s all-new premium SUV features an athletic design, an all-new world-class interior, an all-new engine and legendary Jeep capability. Americans love comeback stories. The Yankees won four games straight in the 1996 World Series, for instance, and John Travolta revitalized his career by starring in “Pulp Fiction.” So there would seem to be hope for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a vehicle that’s had a tough time recently but is set to make a pretty big comeback for 2011.
First application of company’s all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee flexible fuel 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which features Variable-Valve Timing (VVT), 280 hp (209 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 N•m) @ 4,800 rpm – an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy, 33 percent in horsepower and 11 percent in torque. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard of Jeep cars. Fuel economy Jeep Grand Cherokee with four-wheel drive is an estimated 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The optional 5.7-liter V8 produces 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque and is rated 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway. Properly equipped, the JGC can tow 7,400 pounds. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee V6 is not only more powerful – by 80 horses – but gas mileage is 11% higher. The Pentastar V6 is attached to the Mercedes W5A580 five-speed automatic, with Chrysler’s controls and the driver-interactive control. The gas tank has been increased to 24.6 gallons, which allows for a range of around 500 miles.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 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 3 inches wider for improved handling and packaging of Jeep. Larger front door openings (1.9 inches wider; 2 inches higher) and rear doors that open 78° (vs. the old model’s 67 degrees) provide better access to the Jeep Grand Cherokee interior.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a five-passenger midsize SUV that comes in Laredo, Limited and Overland trims. Each is available in 4×2 and 4×4 guises. Standard equipment includes 17-inch aluminum wheels. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, with a new, upscale interior, advanced four wheel drive system, 290-horsepower Pentastar V6, five-speed automatic, numerous standard features, and towing capability, started with a U.S. list price of $32,995 including destination.