• Nov 4, 2010

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Off-Road Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Jeep covered its bases with two takes on the Grand Cherokee at this year's SEMA show, displaying both a "Lowrider" Edition and a globe-crushing Off-Road Edition. When we first heard that Chrysler was planning to shock Las Vegas with a frame-scraping iteration of the Grand Cherokee, we were a little baffled as to why the company would want to defang one of the most off-road capable SUVs out there by dropping it to the ground. But with custom 22-inch rollers made up just for SEMA and a unique front fascia, the Street Edition looks to sit no lower to terra firma than the stock model. Someone at Chrysler marketing needs to spend some time on Urban Dictionary.

Meanwhile, the Off-Road Edition politely book ends the other side of the SUV spectrum. Taller coil springs, 33-inch BFGoodrich tires and an arsenal of trail-ready armor all come along for the ride, and unlike its stage mate, Mopar skid plates, rock rails and tow hooks mean this GC actually lives up to its name. We dig.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would have expected the lowrider to well.......ride low. It looks like "stock" wheel gaps. /shrug
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 'low rider edition' actually reminds me of the previous generation's SRT-8 model.


      With that said, if I was to buy one, I really like the offroad edition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that thing has SRT written all over it, it's just in invisible black-light ink lol...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hi really hope that the "lowrider" is the new SRT-8. It looks great! Now as long as it has the air suspension so I can still take it to the slopes, they've got a winner. 6.4litre 470 HP. Sold!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah these are both way too "factory" looking for SEMA, particularly the un-extremeness of the "street edition". But I do really dig those creative orange highlights on the off-roader.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Off-Road Edition is subtle and sweeeeeet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      MAn I am drooling over that off-road edition!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, that off-road version is hot. I' like to see it in Jeep Green with yellow trim.

        While I dont' think I could scrape togethor the 40K for a new one, I would love to find a diesel version of this thing with a stick shift in it on the used car market. Am I the only one who would be interested in a stick shift orr-raod capable SUV.

        The only ones I can think of on the market today is the Nissan Xterra, the Toy whathaveyou (the goofy looking one), and the Porsche Cayenne. I know VW made a Gen2 Touareg with the Tdi motor and a stick for the European market. But over here? Nothing
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Am I the only one who would be interested in a stick shift orr-road capable SUV."

        Not at all. I currently have a stick TJ and I will only buy stick for my next vehicle. It really narrows the field. Wrangler is certainly your best bet and the new Unlimited and Rubicon Unlimited really expand your options. I am sad but not surprised that the GC is not offered in a stick. I will probably end up keeping the TJ for off road and buying something like a Patriot, Liberty, Escape, or stick sedan as the family car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      loving the off road version. what size tire do you think those are?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Those are 33" BFGoodrich tires on Rubicon wheels.

        Click on the link and scroll down to the bottom to read more info about the Offroad-Edition. ;)

        http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2010/10/chrysler-gets-ready-for-sema
        • 4 Years Ago
        EDIT:

        There must be a disagreement amongst the folks at Jeep and Mopar. The top portion of the spec sheet on display in front of the vehicle (in the gallery) says the tires are 32" BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires.

        The bulleted portion on the same sheet says down below that those are 33" All Terrain BFGoodrich tires.

        The Tires are BFG MT T/A KM's and so the size is probably 32".
      • 4 Years Ago
      As much as I agree that a loweider SUV has no functionality whatsoever, it looks damn good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe the look of the next SRT8 version?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like them both... Dont know which one I would have..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Apparently, there aren't any Jeep guys living in East LA, or they'd know that isn't a lowrider.

      Where's the gold-plated wheels?

      Where's the candy-coated paint?

      And most importantly, where's the low-low where the wheel actually tucks under the fender sheetmetal?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The wheels and tires look good, though I'll never get over the not so great looks of the new GC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I noticed the Lowrider addition has an "Air Ride Suspension". They should have let out a little air, or put it up on three wheels or something!
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