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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Click above to watch video after the jump

Well, look what the interwebs have dragged in. Chrysler has released a flood of new photos of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee doing manly things like fording rivers and blazing trails across the untamed desert. We approve. The company also turned out a tasty press release, complete with a few details on the newest version of Jeep's luxury utility. We no longer need to wonder about what the Grand Cherokee was doing bombing around the Nürburgring. Chances are Chrysler was attempting to see just how big of a difference the truck's reworked fully independent suspension and stiffer chassis would handle a serious flogging.

There's no surprise in hearing that the base Grand Cherokee will feature the new Chrysler Pentastar V6. The new powerplant should up fuel economy should return 11 percent better fuel economy than what's currently available, upping the highway figure to 23 mpg. Throw in the standard tow rating of 7,200 pounds and suddenly you've got an SUV worth looking into.

Expect two-wheel drive models to carry an MSRP of $30,995, with the four-wheel drive variant setting you back another $2,000. Hit the jump for the full press release and video.

[Source: Chrysler]

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Coming Soon From Jeep®

Auburn Hills, Mich., May 19, 2010 - Chrysler Group LLC released images today of the all-new 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee, an American icon and symbol of the new Chrysler. Offering timeless design and innovative engineering, the all-new Grand Cherokee redefines the SUV industry, delivering true duality: ultimate Jeep off-road capability and on-road refinement for a premium driving experience.

Capability highlights include a choice of three 4x4 systems, new Jeep Quadra-Lift™ Air Suspension and Selec-Terrain™ systems and towing capability of 7,400 lbs. On-road dynamics are improved courtesy of new independent front and rear suspension systems and a new body structure that dramatically increases torsional stiffness. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee features Chrysler Group's all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that boasts an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy and delivers up to 23 mpg and more than 500 miles on one tank of gas.

Completely reengineered and redesigned for 2011 – with a new sculpted body, athletic profile, panoramic dual-pane sun roof and world-class interior with premium soft-touch materials – the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 models start at a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $30,995 - $495 lower than the outgoing model. Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 models start at $32,995 - $465 lower than the outgoing model. Also available in Limited and Overland models, the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee arrives in Jeep showrooms next month.

Chrysler Group will celebrate the production launch of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee at Jefferson North Assembly Plant, Friday, May 21, 2010 - 1:45 p.m.

Chrysler Group Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne and Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will join other government officials, Chrysler Group executives, UAW leaders and employees to celebrate the production launch of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Plant tours will be available prior to the program. Please arrive by 11:30 a.m. to participate in a tour.

Jefferson North Assembly Plant is located at 2101 Conner Street, Detroit, Mich. 48215.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like the looks! Can't wait to see the srt8 version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        seriously. just thinking about how wide the back wheels are going to be and how angry the new engine will sound is making me drooooool
      • 5 Years Ago
      This '11 GC looks elegant and stout, visually balanced, and instantly recognizable. No dramatic creases, no wacky bulges, and no chunky cladding like some other circus members we know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      from what i hear, the next generation SRT8', not just the grand cherokee-also chrysler 300 and dodge charger and challenger, will receive the 6.4 liter v8 instead of the old 6.1, which is estimated anywhere around 450 to 470 horses.. not to mention that can and most likely change. i have a feeling it will be equipped with direct injection. if you want more info on chrysler products, i always go to www.allpar.com. most of the info on their site is accurate...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks excellent and 100 times better than the fugly 4Runner or the Taurusized Explorer. Great Job!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too bad Jeeps are sh!boxes. :( I would know, I had one.
        • 5 Years Ago

        But he's right, though. The new 4Runner is beyond ungainly. My stomach churns at each sighting, which thankfully is few and far between, at least for now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @toyotadiehard - Why don't you die hard in your runaway p.o.s. toyota over cliff, mkay?
        • 5 Years Ago
        at @toyotablowhard

        as are yours!

        the 4-runner IS fugly, it's almost as fugly as that pathetic excuse for a retro FJ Cruiser.

        Jeep > Toyota
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've seen the new Cherokee in person and it looks really nice. Especially in red.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, it looks very nice. I'm liking the exterior. The front end is understated luxury look. I like the wheel bulges, gives it a sporty look and for a long time a car from Chysler co that looks from this millennium. The interior looks quite nice.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Willie, you seem like a good fellow but I must inform you that the last North American Cherokee was produced in 2001. This is the Grand Cherokee, please don't be the Chrysler equivalent of people that spell "Camaro" as "Camero". Thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From what I hear the interior is far from cheap - Chrysler's interiors have been God awful the past 5 years - way too much plastic. This, I believe is more like the 99-04 models - soft touch finishes, leather in more places, etc. I'm hoping that they don't have so many electrical/transmission issues as I (and many others) experienced in the past. If reliability is there, I'll take two! (Can't wait for SRT-8 either btw).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally agree with you. My thoughts exactly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My girlfriends Nissan 200sx could have done everything that GC did.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My family is on our 7th Jeep GC. Currently have two SRT-8's in the family. Love them!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "fording rivers and blazing trails across the untamed desert"

      Is this a joke? Did you guys watch the videos/pictures?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They damn sure.. made it better.
      The G C design is 1st class and the new engine has great promise.
      Lets hope the components and assembly lift the Jeep brand up to the
      highest durability standard.
      When you google "tough" a picture of a Jeep should come up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would have liked a more progressive exterior design but the Germans screwed that pooch. If I cover up the grille it totally looks like an X5 (angled rear quarter, wheel lip molding, bodyside lines) which I like but I desire more originality. Especially in a segment of sameness. GC's face looks like the 1999-04 WJ meaning the realized the abortion of a front face that debuted in 2005 (and nip-and-tucked in 2008) was forgettable. That being said I like it right now at all angles (not just 3/4 rear) I just don't know if it will age well. The interior is much better which isn't saying much. I am not partial to the Camel color but I'm sure there are alternate options. It's nice but it lacks Jeep character. I'd rather have the more minimalist utilitarian look 4-door Wrangler interior with some more detail.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has anyone heard anything about the Transmission? I have an 07 with the german-built transmission and it's one of the reasons I love my Jeep. Never had any problems with it as far as breakdowns, leaks, mechanical failures, etc. rather capable in the mountains - although I'm a little worried too much time was spent making the new model look pretty. Is it agressive enough for a Jeep?
      I admit the gas mileage is disgusting in the older generations - but I hope they didn't sacrifice safety or performance to squeeze out 2 mpg. mine has a highway rating of 20 mpg - an 11% improvement on that would be 22 mpg. any word on cargo capacity vs. current generation?
      Oh, on an earlier comment, there are 4X2 grand cherokees, but i've never seen one on a lot or on the street.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The increase in mpg is from using the new Pentastar V6.
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