• Apr 26th 2010 at 5:39PM
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The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been spotted during testing, and the SUV wasn't wearing any of the camouflage we're used to seeing. Even more surprising, engineers weren't putting the truck through its paces out at Moab. Instead, the eagle-eyed crew over at Piston Spy nabbed a few shots of the Grand Cherokee as it was making laps of the Nurburgring.

Why would Chrysler be interested in flogging the newest Jeep around everyone's favorite test circuit? That answer may have something to do with the truck's new adaptive air suspension. Called Quadra-Lift, drivers will be able to choose from a number of settings that will either raise or lower the 2011 Grand Cherokee ride height according to the road conditions. While there will be two settings for blazing your own trail, including one that raises the truck by a hefty 2.6 inches, the system also features an aero setting that lowers the vehicle by around half an inch. Our guess is that's the setting you see above.

When the much-anticipated 2011 Grand Cherokee finally hits the market, buyers should be able to choose from a number of engines depending on where they call home. Word is a V6 and V8 options will be available here in the states, while buyers in other parts of the world will be able to opt for a diesel.

[Source: Piston Spy]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Jeep Grand Cherokee gets final tuning on 'Ring"

      Money Well Spent!

        • 5 Years Ago
        Interior quality and drive-train HAVE been addressed in this Grand Cherokee if anyone actually would pay attention instead of coming out of the wood-work with off the wall comments on how much of a "waste" things are.

        Why would BMW and Mercedes run their cars through this sort of testing then, when the majority of 5,7 C and S buyers use their cars to sit in traffic jams?

        This testing could also be done for the responsiveness of the 4 wheel air suspension (Quadra-Lift) in an extreme setting. (Remember the "quality" comment? Why not push it to the limit and see what happens?) But WE DON'T know.

        So how then, zamafir, can you sit there and say it's a waste when YOU yourself don't even know the purpose of running the JCG through this sort of testing? Hell we don't even know what's under the hood of that thing. For all we know it's the 3.6, rumored 3.6 turbo, 5.7, or even the 6.4 but yes since it's a Grand Cherokee...it's a waste.

        Go home trolls.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow zamafir finally made a smart comment!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is the driver in the second shot giving the photographer the bird? Just wondering? I am a Jeep fan, and have been for years! I own a 03 that just wont quit with 150,000 on it, but am waiting in anticipation for the 11,hoping to replace it before its time for new tires! I cant believe what a great and dependable, safe,well rounded vehicle, for someone living in the snowbelt,it has been! The only thing I have had an issue with is how it seems to be a deer magnet! They just seem to be blinded by the lights or something, and love to run into it! Other than that, superb!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Weird to see it on the Nurburgring, then again, 99% of people use them on road anyways.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm.... since most people don't take their 911's on the track should the car only be tested at office park parking lots?

        The ONLY reason to test a JGC on the ring is to get publicity. The GC hasn't been an offroad vehicle for a while and you only need to look at the wheels to understand this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks like it has 20" wheels - I wonder if it's an SRT8 minus SRT8 body trim. 20" wheels to fit those Brembos. Wouldn't surprise me to hear of an SRT8 going 'round the 'ring.
      • 5 Years Ago
      zamafir ...

      Wow,you are ignorant !! Chrysler buyers like good handling vehicles.. The Viper kicks ass at the ring !! Record holder !! The Grand Cherokee SRT blows the Porsche suv away in handling and excelleration !! Yes,most suv's are used for daily driving and Toyota cant even make a suv that doesnt tip over around corners (Lexus recall) This ensures the Grand Cherokee is a good handler for people..
      Remember people bash Chryslers for no good reason,I was driving a loaner car for 3 weeks from my dealers body shop, a Charger SXT V-6 and I blew away many sports cars around the canyon passes here !! Acura',Mitshu's,Mazda's,Vdubs ect... Chrysler's are way underated by biased/ignorant people !! The new Dodge Ram handles like its on rails,the whole SRT line handles awesome.My 300C out handles many BMW and other so called good handling cars !! Even going back to the 60's and 70's Chrysler always out handled the competion !! My old 70 Cuda stops from 60 mph in 123 feet !!! Hits 60 mph in 4 seconds with traction,6 going sideways spinning the tires (thats how they tested them back then,foot to the floor off the line=spinning)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Call me old school, but am I the only one who wishes the Grand Cherokee still had solid (live) axles?

      • 5 Years Ago
      The truck should do well if the interior quality remains close to what the spyshots had shown, versus following the path of cut rate plastics used in other Jeep products. It looks like it could be a winner in the making.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? I love the exterior but I think the interior isn't up to par. It's a step up from the WK Jeep GC, but not quite good enough to rival the likes of the Audi Q5/Q7 or even that infiniti SUV
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks more like a Ford Explorer. Finally getting rid of the boxy look. I guess if you can't produce a vehicle that sells you need to copy one that does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fair enough. The old GC SRT-8 IS one of the fastest Mopars that SRT churned out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know a bunch of people up here in "The Great White North" that just love their Blutec 3.0L diesels. I hope Jeep offers that option up here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Fiat,

      A diesel is sorely needed in the U.S.
      CAFE standards, duh!


      this guy
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ram featured Hemi & cylinder reduction would make the ride fly......wow Nelly!
      Nice refinements for the Jeep brand. Keep the quality tight.
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