• Feb 2, 2010

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee tackles Rubicon Trail – Click above for gallery

The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is creeping back into the news at a steady rate, meaning that Team Pentastar must be fairly close to releasing its first all-new product in some time (read: forever). Just yesterday, we received what appears to be an early peek into Grand Cherokee pricing, and now we have access to a cornucopia of pics of a pair of Jeep's finest traversing the fabled Rubicon Trail.

According to the Jeep Jamboree Facebook page, the 2011 Grand Cherokees were being driven by a group of Jeep engineers testing the vehicle before they go on sale later this year. Since the Grand Cherokee is supposed to be the chief of the Jeep lineup, we're guessing that the rough-and-ready SUVs need to absolutely ace the Rubicon to earn the all-important Trail Rated badge. Click on the gallery below to check out the two Grand Cherokees as they crawl up and over some inhospitable rocks, and head over to Jeep Jamboree's Facebook page to see even more pics.



[Source: Facebook]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      As the owner of a real jeep, and having a family that's owned numerous jeeps for years, I can say that while I do lament the loss of the solid fron and rear axles on the GC, its a solid business mover for chrysler. 90% of the public couldn't care less about off-roading, but they do want the idea/image of owning a true off road vehicle. I think Jeep has given this vehicle enough capability to be a credible off roader, but the refinement it needs to truly compete in the marketplace. I do feel for the next generation of off roaders who will not have access to cheap, capable, tough, and easily modifiable jeeps like the XJ cherokee, and hte ZJ and WJ GC's like I did. Their only option will be wranglers which seem to have absurdly high resale values for what they are.

      But as any cj owner knows, the last real jeep was made in 1986. ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks for sharing..
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      • 4 Years Ago
      white mule looks like the trail team or driver didn't go correct way as has lower door dmg on entire pass side. old gc looks like it had trouble keeping it's trim pieces together during flexing (photo w/ chrome door trim popping out).

      I will say it's nice that one of big 3 keep to it's roots...will not be seeing a Traverse or a new unibody Explorer anywhere near the trail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler, you can call me when you make a Grand Cherokee with solid axles again, like the proper originals (ZJ & WJ).

      Real off-roaders don't want independent front suspension. And we especially don't want independent rear suspension.

      Rather than wasting all that money on the IFS/IRS, you could have just linked some Rubicon Dana 44's under there, and had the third-best SUV on Planet Earth (behind the Suzuki Samurai and the Jeep Wrangler). Instead, what we have here is just another mallcrawling IFS/IRS wanna-be.

      Stop ruining Jeep's reputation! Give them proper solid axles, low-range transfer cases, and differential locks! Leave the independent suspension with the cars!

      Sheesh!
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I read comments like this I can't help but agree with you some what. But you've got ask yourself if it cost more to produce IFS, then why do it. Simple, high end buyers don't want a rig that needs constant steering wheel corrections. As a former owner of an ZJ and a WJ, they just did not compete on road. That said these rigs were so fantastic off road I almost agree with you. BUT It is hard to sell a $31,000 to 50+ rig that can't also drive as a car these days. It sucks but that is the way it is, So to me there has got to be a comprise in a rig at this price range. Wrangler is different story, price and expectations are, it must be king on trails or fail. Regardless of how it drive on the streets. GJ must do both, to compete, and to survive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate when the photographer is trying to make the hill a car is traversing look steeper than it really is.

      One of the photos of the black Jeep looks super steep going down... and surprisingly enough all the trees at that location grow at a 80 degree angle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being the most capable IFS 4x4 is still only like being the tallest midget n tiny town.

      Bring back the solid front axle Grande Cherokee.

      Having said that, I hope this is a good seller for Chrysler.
        offroaddisco
        • 4 Years Ago
        IFS has no place in an off roader. HMMV included. Keep in mind that the HMMV is more weapon platform than an offroad vehicle with too wide a track to get between places that wasn't first blazed by a tank.

        Look at great off road vehicles and most have solid axles, coil springs, and a short wheel base.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FYI, It's HMMWV, folks. And yes, it does have IFS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's either HMMWV, Humvee, or Hummer H1. But what do I know........
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's awesome, the truck looks great on those rocks.

      Now if only the Liberty styling team could learn how to make a truck look tough without having the aerodynamics of a brick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't look like they have much ground clearance, and the tires don't seem to be of the proper kind for off-roading. So I have to ask, is the Patriot "trail rated?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, the Patriot is not. It's the only Jeep that is not, I believe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right. I got that backward. Compass is not, Patriot is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Compass, too.

        [ugh...Compass]
        • 4 Years Ago
        Patriot is, Compass is not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally don't see why car update cycles are pushed to shorter and shorter. You'd think that longer production (eg- Checker cabs, Jeep Wranglers, etc) would make for a a more mature, tested/fixed product.

      And lower costs. Not everyone is distracted by shiny, new, baubles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since Magna bought New process Gear .. all of the transfercases will soon be made in Mexico...I watch them move equipment out every day... signed ...soon to be unemployed npg worker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anything offroading with sh*tty street tires like those should be applauded. Stick some BFG A/T's (or similar) on there for god sake!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmmm, Those tail lights are hideious. The front needs to grow on me too. Back end is too minivan-ish.
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