• Apr 8, 2009
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee live shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

One of the most significant debuts at the 2009 New York Auto Show is undoubtedly the next-generation 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We've just had the chance to see Jeep's new SUV in person ahead of its official unveiling later today, and we're even more impressed with the design in person than in pictures. The clean styling is a departure for the brand, which has lately adhered a bit too closely to its traditional utilitarian box design language. The Wrangler look doesn't work on every vehicle, and thankfully Jeep has softened the Grand Cherokee just enough to look sophisticated, but not so much that it appears incapable of traversing trails. We'll bring you more on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from its formal debut later in the day, but for now you can peruse our new live shots and the official images from Jeep in the galleries below.




Photos Copyright ©2009 Sam Abuelsamid, Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      does anyone else see q5 in this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The lower concave sides, just below the character line and between the chunky wheelwells is BMW X5 all the way. Just focus on the doors, in the above shot, and it could be a Bimmer wagon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        nah, not in the least.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, I saw it too. I see some Q5 and A5 influences, as well as a little Maserati Gran Turismo
        • 5 Years Ago
        there is a bit of Audi i suppose, lots of BMW X5.... just glad it didnt have any of that Acura Pile o crap in it. very nice looking, solid feeling car.... Good Job to the Boys of Auburn Hills
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anybody else see the similarities bewteen the interior of the Hyundai Santa Fe and this new GC?
      • 5 Years Ago
      First the company has to survive then we will see if this Jeep sinks or swims. I must say it looks MUCH better in quality than previous models and I HOPE they improve reliability because it was near the bottom of the list on Consumer Reports for reliability.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice looking but did anyone else notice the tech only goes to 5 grand and redlines at 4.5? I wonder if that's the diesel version?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I noticed that as well. It has dual exhausts like a gas V8, but a tach that only goes to 5,000rpms, unlike the Dodge Ram with 5.7L V8, which goes to 7,000.

        With that said, even the tach on the older diesel model went to 7,000, so I wonder what is going on here?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it, kind of reminds me of a Land Rover.

      The one thing I could do without would be those chrome mirror caps, though. Hopefully they're only optional.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally HIDs on a limited....but alas no LED taillights. Why are they always one evolution behind.

      If you want to sell a car or truck over 35K you need both.


        • 5 Years Ago
        Really, light source? People hinge a $35K purchase on the type of tail light used?

        Does it light up? Check
        Do I like how the enclosure looks? Check
        Do I care if red is emitted from a bulb or a diode? Not really

        This is like looking at the valve cover and being upset that it is basic black plastic and not the cool steal caps.

        I cant get my head around why this matters so much.

        Back on post - nice new GC, big improvement. Hopefully the quality matches the new duds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The tail lights still look good, even without LEDs... and they can be added later on, who cares. The competition is missing a key feature that is far more important than any lights, in one word... HEMI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who's gonna pay $35k? Only the first suckers, the ones who MUST have the new GC in their driveway. The rest of us will wait a month until the rebates get slapped on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pretty sure whatever Chrysler variant they release of this vehicle will have LEDs all the way around. They have to differentiate their products better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ryan l.
        While Cadillac uses LEDs to achieve an effect that is impossible to achieve with conventional bulbs, the MDX and FX tail lights would not look much different without the LEDs.
        And I hate blue headlights... the dumbest thing next to tinted headlights...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Caddy SRX....check
        Acura MDX....check
        Escalade.....check
        Infiniti FX....check

        these are real competition to the limited model and these all have them TODAY.

        Like it or not LED taillights are the next "blue headlights"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Chrysler. All of their interiors, fit and finish except for the Ram have been absolutely terrible. They can't give vehicles away and sales show it. If the Ram and the new GC are anything to show for it, Chrysler does still know how to do a vehicle right. I hope the Fiat partnership becomes fruitful and I hope Chrysler doesn't rest on what it has just yet.

      This GC is a great showing of things hopefully to come. More power, Better fuel economy, better performance on road and off, styling that is clean, and what looks to be much better quality. I hope Chrysler can make all of our tax money worth while. With cars like this, I feel at least a little bit better. The Challenger is a joke of a car with only its styling and heritage to rest one. The new Ram and GC are homeruns.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Im torn. Its a bit more Audi then Cherokee. Grand Cherokee tends to be a bit more rugged with a shot at sophistication and I really can't decide if I like it as the Grand Cherokee. BUT, I do like it. Maybe they finally just perfected it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honestly, I was not looking forward to this and was not surprised in the least. It looks half-a@#%&. I am not the least bit impressed and I am a Grand Cherokee fan. Very unimaginative.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are you sure that's a Jeep? Where are the solid axles? Where are differential locks?

      They really blew it on this one. Why not make this faux-by-four a Dodge, and stop diluting the Jeep brand with all these IFS/IRS wanna-be's?

      Chrysler needs to take the Jeep brand back to what makes a Jeep a Jeep. This vehicle should have a full floating Dana 60 rear axle with either a Dana 44 or Dana 60 up front. It should have manually selectable differential locks. It should have an Atlas transfer case.

      Instead, they give us wimpy underpinnings that are barely suited for grocery store parking lot duty.

      Sorry, Chrysler. I guess you missed the memo outlining the steep decline of sales of this type of SUV. I guess you also missed the other memo mentioning how much your traditional Jeep customers are BEGGING for a REAL 4x4.

      Get rid of the independent suspension! Give us differential locks! Give us manual transmissions! Give us diesel engines! The world does not need yet another one of these faux-by-fours!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even with one interior shot, through the window no less, and not centered, you can tell it is very RAM-like in material and execution. VERY nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        very nice inside adn out

        in about 1 yers time my wife's lease on her Murano is ending, this iwll definitely be on the list for replacement. she like the GC but the interior she could't deal with now that concern is gone
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed. the interior along with the exterior's strong, high shouldered yet sleek and agile stance i think will make this America's answer to the Range Roveer sport.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I liked the vertical taillights more, the new one look too similar to the those of the Toyota Hilux SW4.

      Anyway, great job Chrysler, keep it up.
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