• Apr 28, 2010
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're expecting awfully big things from the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is rumored to begin initial production early next month. This will be the first totally new design to roll out of Chrysler's design and engineering departments since America's number three automaker was bailed out by the federal government and Italy's Fiat, so it had better be good.

And if a new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 is good and the expected 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is better... well then, a suitably enlarged 6.4-liter version of the well-liked Hemi would be best of all, right? According to the Car and Driver crew, just such a beastie is currently in development, though Chrysler is reportedly neither confirming nor denying its existence in the product pipeline.

If true, C/D's currently imaginary Grand Cherokee SRT8 would get an unadulterated and naturally aspirated power figure that's well over 500 horsepower and possibly a tad more than the BMW X5 M's towering 555-horse rating. Rumor has it that Jeep wants its SRT8 to be the quickest SUV on the market, which would mean besting the aforementioned German's 4.0-second run to 60.

Also on the menu would likely be fully adjustable air suspension to keep things planted when the going gets twisty and an appropriate steroidal injection to the standard 2011 Grand Cherokee's already attractive sheetmetal. If it's indeed coming to market – and we have reason to believe that it will – we wouldn't expect to see the GC SRT8 before 2012 at the earliest.



[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I owned a 2006 SRT8 Jeep and honestly I loved that thing. It had tons of performance (I even took it road racing a few times), a massive amount of cargo room and passenger room (me and friends would load it up for ski trips, camping trips, etc), I could easily drive it year round (I live in Canada where the winters aren't too friendly).

      All in all, it was an awesome daily driver. The haters can slam it all they want, but it was one of the most entertaining vehicles that I've ever owned.

      I never had any issues with the interior either, I wasn't expecting something audi quality but it was comfortable and very usable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Then I threw up a lot. Why the Cherokee? Why not the Dodge Nitro?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree with Clockhand! The SUV is a dying breed! The Nitro is closer to a CUV! They should have done the CUV

        The current Nitro is a POS though! Ugh! Sorry to say it! But it is!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because the Grand Cherokee was/is a fairly well thought out vehicle (save a few small issues here and there), one of the grand daddies of very capable SUV's, and offers quite a few creature comforts at a low price tag.

        The Nitro looks like it was designed by a bunch of fourth graders on their lunch break. To top it off the Nitro is an answer to a question nobody asked? Why would you want a Nitro when you can get a similar Jeep that's got a lot more capability.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Why not the Dodge Nitro?"

        Because the Nitro is a POS. An SRT-8 version might look good in pictures, but that vehicle is just an absolute mess--incredibly tight inside, difficult to see out of, sloppy-handling, -steering, and -riding, uncomfortable to sit in... it's a style product, and even a short drive makes it clear that Chrysler didn't think they needed to worry about anything beyond looks.

        The GC, on the other hand, has always been one of the best-handling and most carlike to drive of the SUVs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Poopy:

        Got to be some pretty big pot holes. The SRT-8 has Alcoa forged wheels and 45 series tires, they're very strong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So you want more off-road capability so you can fit through the drive-thru? Wow...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I threw up in my mouth a little bit. Then I threw up a lot."

        Don't be ridiculous. Besides, you probably get the results just by looking in the mirror! *Snicker!*
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's funny to read the comments about the HP -- the current 6.1L HEMI is way under-rated and de-tuned. Tuners have been squeezing more HP from the motors for some time now. There's current generation Jeep SRT8s with cold air intake + CMR Tune hitting 4.0 sec 0-60s already!
      So the 392 HEMI crate motor makes 525HP -- now take that same HEMI and add the VVT heads and a more aggressive tune, you get another 25 hp is easily. Therefore 550HP is possible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Grand Cherokee SRT8s are among one of the most affordable and badass vehicles on the road. It would be sad if they didn't not make one out of the new Grand Cherokee as well. Interior good or bad, fuel consumption good or bad, towing good or bad, bring it on Mopar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thumbs up for the much more refined GC 2011. Jeep is an America icon and this sorely needed update will push the volume back up for the.. 5 passenger buyer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last I knew the new GC SRT8 had been killed off. But that was over a year ago and before Fiat was involved. Curious to see if it was brought back to life!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good, it might piss off a few greenies, but the Jeep SRT8 was the most fun vehicle I experienced in the SRT lineup. That thing is just pure, raw fun.

      Remember as a kid, you'd go to some random birthday party to a kid in your class you didn't know and the birthday kid would have a bounce house on the front lawn? Yeah it's that kind of fun.

      --RS
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not buying the 500+hp.
      280hp 3.6
      380hp 5.7
      480hp 6.4
      • 4 Years Ago
      it will still have a turd of an interior - so who cares?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike V.
        i never said anything about Fiats - i have the pic because i love the 500, and it has won many awards as well as rave reviews for its interior.

        see, i was talking about the Jeep GC, that i predict will have the same old crap interior it always has had, even though the pics here look just "ok". Nice pics do not translate to a quality product.
        fit, finish, materials - in my opinion will all likely be bad.

        by the way, the 500 is going to be built in Mexico - but that's off topic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, let's not get crazy here - it's good, but it's no Audi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really lorenzo, how is it that you sat in one already when Chrysler had been keeping this thing so tightly under wrapped?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @FuzzyFish
        yea, sat in one - not my thing.
        after experiencing generation after generation of bad Jeep interiors - why on earth would anyone expect them to do a 180 now? or even an incremental change?
        and for them, an incremental change is adding buttons to the steering wheel, NOT improving material quality.
        I mean, you are right, you can not feel something in a picture, but in that steering wheel picture you can almost - I mean just look at the texture poured all over that thing. They have to do this, because they use lower quality materials.
        whatev, I guess the car is a good performance "value".
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike V.
        you mention that the new Alfa SUV that is due in 2012 (C seg) and 2014 (D seg) will be built along side the Jeep GC. Maybe, may even use the same platform. BUT, they will have another price point. This allows for better quality materials, and a longer leash on the designers and engineers to produce a higher quality product.
        So to answer your question, yes, in my opinion the GC built on the same line as an Alfa SUV will be like night and day. The GC sucking, and the Alfa singing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Again lorenzo, I had no idea anyone not working for Chrysler had sat in these things yet. Maybe you know something people don't, or maybe you can actually feel things with your eyes when you look at pictures on the intarwebs.

        BTW have you sat in a new Ram?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't know people had sat in a production model yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        MC you also have proven yourself to be a typical Autoblog sheep.

        The wood trim interior in the new Grand Cherokee is exactly that, REAL GENUINE WOOD.

        Wow! Please don't comment unless you actually know something about what you are commenting on please!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Comments like "generations after generations of bad Jeep interiors" proves your ignorance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you think the wood is real in an Audi you are very, very ignorant. Its all fake.

        This place should have an age limit set for posters, so we dont have to listen to incompetent 14 year olds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100421/BUSINESS02/4210334

        There isn't anything "turd" about that interior.

        And why would they make a 180? Because they have no choice thats why. There's a management staff knows if they don't improve ten-fold, the company will fold. The Ram, the GC, and upcoming LX's prove that with the proper funding Chrysler can do interiors.

        But I do enjoy you saying that the plastics will all be low grade and 'soft touch" surfaces will be hard. Because you sat in one already? What magazine do you report for? What part of Chrysler do you work for. You DON'T thats why. Just another troll that runs around running their mouth, you'll be eating your foot real soon my friend.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Apparently you are incapable of clicking little thumbnail pictures. If you were, you would see that the interior is on par or better then that of a VW or Audi. Please STFU.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL! The interior is better than a Toyota and on par with a Honda, I'll give you that. But it is not in the same league as a VW and certainly not an Audi. Would you see fake wood in an Audi? I think not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        real wood or plastic wood aside -
        all of the plastics will be extremely low-grade. anything "soft touch" will be hard, and all the textures will be yesterdays. The fit and finish will be awful. Colors from one plastic type to another will not match.

        That is just how it is on these cars. That is why they can be cheap in relative terms.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another crossover! And Explorer too! Oh my!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realize that the Grand Cherokee was NEVER a body on frame vehicle right?

        Wow... typical misinformed people that read autoblog. Don't know a damn thing about a Chrysler product. Nothing but assumption! CUV, that's funny...

      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully the SRT-8 doesn't have an exhaust where the trailer tow hitch should be. Seemed to be more than a minor oversight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes...you will be able to tow with the new SRT8. inside sources have stated that it will have a dual exhaust to make room for the trailer hitch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But at the same time, they came out with a Mopar hitch that places the hitch where it shoudl be and angles the exhaust down and out of the way.
        http://jeepparts.mopar.com/jeep/grand-cherokee-accessories.html

        Also says it's rated to tow 3500lbs.

        Seems like a bit of an oversight to me since the solution just looks like and afterthought.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Considering Jeep recommends that you do not tow anything with the SRT8 something tells me the center exiting exhaust wasn't an "oversight".
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