• Mar 30th 2010 at 7:01PM
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Chrysler is hard at work getting the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee ready for the road, and Automotive News now reports that production is scheduled to start on May 3. Further down the line, Chrysler plans to completely refresh or replace its entire model lineup by 2012, and the new Grand Cherokee carries a tough burden on its shoulders. Not only must it prove to the world that Chrysler is serious about ramping up its overall quality, but it must continue to offer amenities that are attractive to not only off-road enthusiasts while satisfying people looking for a well-to-do family hauler, as well.

As we reported earlier, the new Grand Cherokee will be available with either Chrysler's all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, or the well-liked 5.7-liter Hemi V8. What's more, a much better platform (derived from the Mercedes-Benz M Class) means that the GC will be substantially stiffer than the outgoing model, and with features like an air suspension and Selec-Terrain controller, it should provide have serious off-road credentials, as well.

Look for the 2011 Grand Cherokee to hit Jeep dealers this July, with pricing reportedly starting in the low-$30,000 range.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The hemi w/ cylinder reduction is COOOOL!
      I hope the Jeep team goes "all in" & executes the highest quality possible for the G C.
      3rd row seating would have helped boost volume in this segment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Didn't think it would be possible to design a car that already looks dated, but then again, Chrysler is pretty infamous for that. Seriously, the design possibilities for this car are endless and this is what they come up with?
      • 5 Years Ago
      GO CHRYSLER!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        and aa[ro]n or whatever:

        You wrote, and I quote, "its been that way since jeep has came out 7 slots" immediately after claiming Randy wrote "the dumbest thing I've heard all day".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sounds like Randy's got a case of the Mondays (and is a liar. I don't buy his little story for one second having seen his post history).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Randy you are aware that fiat owns 20% of Chrysler right ? & the jeep grill is not from a Lincoln...please that's the dumbest thing I've heard all day..its been that way since jeep has came out 7 slots. And your cars problems are from Benz not from Chrysler itself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Willie:

        Don't be so patronizing. I bet you're the kind of person who says "Someone's got a case of the Mondays" to a co-worker whose twin daughters drowned over the weekend trying to save their family dog from drowning in the flood that swept away their home.

        Randy has every reason to be pissed. He bought a car from a company who, right down the line from the assembly line to the boardroom, is staffed by people who either do not care anymore, or, are too stupid to see their inadequacies.

        Go Chrysler! Yay! Go losers!
        • 5 Years Ago
        As a Chrysler product owner (Dodge Charger R/T) and knowing that A: My suspension needs to be fixed for a FOURTH TIME and, B: They took the bailout money. C: They weren't even a US Company when they took the money D: The grill on the above suv is ripped off the Lincoln Zephyr / 2009 MKZ, E: The Challenger is a bloated fat Donkey and far from a Pony car F: They aren't even an American Muscle car company anymore! G: Their trucks are inferior to the F Series (BY A LOOOONG SHOT)

        With all this, and I state again, I'm a Dodge Charger fan and owner...... with that said...... WHO FLIPPIN CARES! I can't even believe I read "Go Chrysler". AND..., it's FIAT! NOT CHRYSLER

        Damn it... I'm so pissed off that Chrysler is Fiat now!

        I'd say "Go Chrysler" if they A: Didn't take the bailout money (i.e. Ford), made cars that didn't need to be fixed all the time, shaved 300lbs and 10,000 dollars off the Challenger SRT-8 and and and... oh forget it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Randy: I don't agree with the bailouts either but Chrysler hardly had much choice in the matter. First Daimler shot Chrysler in the foot, and then Cerberus stabbed Chrysler in the back.
        Without the bailout money Chrysler would have been no more and the jeep brand would now be owned by the Chinese.

        That grille has been on the Grand Cherokee since it first came to be, and then it was adapted from the traditional jeep style. Lincoln, or in fact any ford product, has never had any traditional design language that has stayed with it throughout it's history. If you find them similar you should wonder why lincoln put a jeep grille on their cars.

        F-series vs. Ram trucks is your opinion and has nothing to do with the Grand Cherokee, which by the way was designed long before Fiat had any involvement with Chrysler.

        You don't have to like Chrysler, but you don't need to spew such garbage and if you want to point fingers for taking bailout money you should be pointing straight at Cerberus. They bought Chrysler for pennies on the dollar because of the state that Daimler left Chrysler in. Then they figured out that instead of investing their own money in Chrysler to make their purchase worthwhile they could get the government to invest money into it instead and they could just unload it.

        By the way, this new Grand Cherokee looks great and it has the specs to back it up. I hope it will turn out as good as it looks on paper.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Correction: The grill only resembles an MKZ grill at a slight angle. It looks nothing like the MKZ grill in the front shot!

        Everything else I posted stays as is!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes is a better car today because of its Chrysler hook up.
      Can`t prove it, I just know it.
      Diamler was handed the best automotive company in the world at the time of the merger or what I prefer to say takeover.
      Chrysler was on fire in the late 90s thanks to Bob Lutz. The same man responsible for anything good rolling off GM`s line today.
      You guys who think any different, go to your local library and read some books on the auto industry.
      If Diamler didn`t have their ego problem they could have done great things.
      I wouldn`t buy a Mercedes from clowns who couldn`t run Chrysler, or a BMW either.
      I`d get a Cadilliac CTS and smoke them both, save some cash too.
      Mercedes off road vehicles were overpriced junk. They may be good now.

      The new Jeep looks nice. I hope its bullit proof and shuts up the nay sayers.
      Rock on Chrysler!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll second those comments!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Low 30's for a Chrysler product? I don't care how improved it is, they'll have a hard time convincing people to pay that. Looks nice though. I'll be interested to see a year down the line how they're holding up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Their current grand Cherokee starts in low 30s. This one comes a lot more loaded then current one for almost same price
      Jack Ratchett
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new Grand Cherokee is coming in a few weeks and Chrysler has done pretty much nothing to promote it. Cerberus owned Chrysler, at least showed the Jeep at last years NAIAS. Sergio's don't promote it till it's ready to sell theory will prove harmful to Chrysler since all other auto companies start the hype long before.
      Speaking of Cerberus, they were the owners of Chrysler when they asked for the bailout and I don't see how you can get more American than that. Fiat only holds 20% of Chrysler and 20% does not make it a foreign company. The United Auto Workers hold about 60% of Chrysler in their VEBA fund with the remainder held by the U.S. government and about 2% by the Canadian government. Because Fiat's Sergio is running the show doesn't make it a foreign company.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well it's nice too see chrysler is making attempt to revive it's self...my best wishes to you Chrysler
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a big improvement over their current Cherokee. Hopefully they can improve most of their models at least this much, Chrysler needs vehicles that can compete, yesterday.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, pretty nice. Inside and out, very tastefully done. Now hope that the new Charger will be on par, please don't disappoint Chrysler! With GM out of the candidates after abolishing G8, Charger is the only one large affordable 8 cylinder sedan remains on my short list for the next car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Such gorgeous exterior and underpinnings. What a let down in interior.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you joking? Compare to the 2011 Porsche Cayenne or Range Rover interior (or any Audi interior for that matter) and you'll find the Jeep GC interior a little tacky.

        Trust me, I love Jeep. I own a WJ and I think my interior is better than this one's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats some interior for an American car, looks like a massive improvement all around from the last generation. Good for them, that car will be a big hit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      can't wait for the pentastar V6 to make it into the Wrangler and replace the slug that's in there now.... I wish for a diesel as well, but know that is just wishful thinking....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am so excited for this company!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Excited about what exactly? Sounds to me like someone has ties to the company and is desperately trying to hype whatever mediocre products come off the assembly line. Welcome to the new Jeep, where our products look exactly like our old old designs. Yawn
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