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

First thing this morning at 12:01 am, we gave you a deep dive into the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and earlier we sneaked a few snapshots while the truck lazed about before its press conference. Now, we've just returned from Chrysler's press conference to bring you live shots of a polished silver example that climbed the stairs up to the stage here in New York's Javits Center.

Shown here in this color live for the first time, we found that silver serves the Grand Cherokee's newfound contours and angles to very good effect – particularly the muscular door panels. This was also the first glimpse we had of the GC's new air suspension doing its thing, as it easily clambered up the stage steps at full off-road height (11.1-inches), before sinking to its lowest setting, where it looked for all the world like an impromptu low and mean SRT8 version.

We also managed to be among the first inside the vehicle to bring you a few exclusive snapshots of the model's rich new orange-brown leather treatment. Click on the high-res gallery below to see the frame-by-frame climb and the interior for yourself.


Photos Copyright ©2009 Chris Paukert / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 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
        Solid axles = too much unsprung weight.

        Differential locks? This should still offer the e-gerodisc, if not the e-gerodisc2.

        How about a non-obsolete transmission. W5a580 & 545rfe are UNACCEPTABLE for a 2011 model year vehicle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but it looks awful. The current Gen looks a lot better than that turd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking vehicle. Further proof of just how badly Daimler was screwing things up. Let's hope Chrysler is around long enough to see this baby out to the showroom.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That does not look american made......at all.....idk why



      Still like the looks
      • 5 Years Ago
      Their interiors have improved a lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now that there are some good shots inside, I have to say, there doesn't appear to be anything ''cheap'' in there. I'm sure some of the lower plastic is ... well ... plastic, but everything that counts seems to have had a lot of thought put into it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Photos 5 and 7 are a good advertisement for larger sidewalls.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Def Very land rover....i like it alot....it def straddles a bad ass look with some lux....great design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most impressed with...out of the whole thing...

      Leather on the dash. Nice Chrysler, however it still looks a little like an Asian design. Its just cuz of the softer forms. Chrysler needs to find the inbetween (American hard angles and super soft forms). Good start tho, a very controlled design
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, because giving them their E-Class and M-Class platforms just messes them up horribly.

      And Chryslers were sooo great prior to the Daimler take over.

      Please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Despite dropping the live axle and full-frame build, I bet this will still be far more capable off road than it needs to.

      I've long wanted a more mainstream SUV with a unibody and V-8 power. Now it's there. Perhaps it will be the best mid-size SUV now, especially with the interior that looks great.

      So Toyota ... how's that new 4Runner comming along? Ford ... unibody and EcoBoost Explorer?

      Chrysler ... 2011 GC SRT8?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dude you been waiting for a unibody V-8 SUV? HELLO the WJ (99-04) Grand Cherokee was a unibody and had a good interior (soft touch dash and door panels) and a 4.7L V-8 and was quick. around 15.4 quarter and 15.1 with 4.7 HO. It was a good SUV my moms 2000 WJ has been damn near flawless. It would be flawless but the WJ had brake issues, still a damn fine ride.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't call the design "groundbreaking," however it looks REALLY nice!
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