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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit – Click above for high-res image

Jeep is preparing to rumble in to the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show with a pair of upscale variants on two of their most popular models: the Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and the Liberty Jet.

The Overland Summit edition of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee stands among the most luxurious and equipped vehicle the Chrysler division has ever made. Jeep has chromed the grille, fog lamp bezels and 20-inch rims and painted it a new shade of Rugged Brown (optional alongside gray, beige and black), decking out the interior with Black Olive veneers, two-tone Nappa leather and Berber floor mats.

The Liberty Jet edition also adds a load of chrome to the wheels, lower grille, side moldings, tailgate, roof rails and mirror housings, while blacking out the headlamps to compliment the silver, charcoal, black or blackberry colors available. Inside the Liberty Jet packs a nine-speaker audio system and a host of optional features bundled as standard.

The Overland commands a $42,495 MSRP (before destination) in two-wheel drive spec and $45,995 for the 4x4, while the Jet package adds $1,495 to the Liberty Sport or $995 to the Liberty Limited. Both will be unveiled at the LA show before opening the order books in December, but you can check out the details in the press release after the jump right now along with the pair of high-res preview images in the gallery below. Hat tip to Brian!

  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit. (PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC)
  • 2011 Jeep Liberty Jet. (PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC)

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Jeep® Expands Vehicle Lineup with New Grand Cherokee and Liberty Models
Premium editions of new Jeep vehicles to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2010
  • 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Overland Summit the most luxurious, distinctive and comprehensively equipped production Jeep vehicle ever
  • 2011 Jeep Liberty Jet combines vehicle's renowned capability with unique upscale appearance
  • Both new models available in Jeep showrooms next month
A pair of new Jeep vehicles – the Jeep® Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and the Jeep Liberty Renegade – make their debut today here at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Both vehicles expand the reach of the iconic brand's lineup, offering legendary Jeep capability in new, unique, premium editions.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit is unquestionably the most luxurious, distinctive and comprehensively equipped Jeep vehicle ever produced, while the new Liberty Jet expands Liberty's appeal, delivering its best-in-class capability in an upscale appearance.

"While core Jeep enthusiasts will certainly love these vehicles, the new Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and Liberty Jet models are in direct response to consumers in the premium end of the spectrum asking us for our unique, benchmark capability in stunning, luxurious packages," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "These new vehicles deliver the premium attributes that a growing portion of our customers are asking for, and at the same time, are certain to draw new customers into Jeep showrooms."

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit and Jeep Liberty Jet models arrive in dealerships next month.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit

Available in a new, exclusive Rugged Brown paint scheme, sporting a unique front appearance that includes a fully chromed grille and fog lamp bezels, and riding on 20-inch bright, polished aluminum wheels, the Overland Summit model elevates the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee to new levels of indulgence and refinement for drivers seeking the ultimate personal driving statement in a premium sport-utility vehicle.

Inside, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee features unique Black Olive burl real wood trim blended into the instrument panel. The distinctive polished trim wraps into the upper panels of both the front and rear doors surrounding passengers with the highest levels of craftsmanship. The wood trim is also used on the standard, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel.

The Grand Cherokee Overland Summit boasts a Black lower and New Saddle upper interior trim color, along with saddle-color Nappa heated and ventilated leather seats – with perforated inserts, accent piping and unique stitching – and Berber floor mats with Black and Chestnut accent binding.

Standard on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit is the Advanced Warning System and Adaptive Cruise Control group, which consists of Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-path detection systems.

In addition to the unique Rugged Brown exterior color, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit is also available in Mineral Gray, White Gold and Black.

The Grand Cherokee Overland Summit edition available at a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $42,495 (plus $780 destination) for 4x2 models, and $45,995 (plus $780 destination) for 4x4 versions.

2011 Jeep Liberty Jet

The 2011 Jeep Liberty Jet appearance package is available on Liberty Sport and Limited models.

Exterior features on the new Liberty Jet include 20-inch polished aluminum wheels fitted with P245/50R20 all-season tires; chrome lower fascia opening, body side moldings, license plate brow, roof rails and mirror caps; blacked-out headlamps; and unique 'Jet' badging. The new 2011 Liberty Jet is offered in four exterior colors: Bright Silver, Dark Charcoal, Brilliant Black and Blackberry.

Inside, the Jeep Liberty Jet edition boasts a 9-speaker premium audio system; a standard security system that includes supplemental side-curtain air bags and Park Sense rear park assist; available Dark Slate Gray leather seating with accent stitching; heated front seats, available with six-way power function for the driver and two-way for the passenger; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; and one-touch up/down power windows.

The Liberty Jet option package is available at a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,495 on Liberty Sport models and $995 on Liberty Limited models.

Jeep Brand

Built on 70 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

With the greatest range of SUVs under one brand, the Jeep vehicle portfolio consists of:

Compass: A compact SUV with a modern, urban design that delivers unsurpassed 4x4 fuel economy, freedom, utility, and Jeep 4x4 cachet and capability, all at a terrific value. Compass will receive significant (to be announced) improvements for 2011

Grand Cherokee: The most capable and luxurious Grand Cherokee ever, balancing legendary Jeep capability with sophistication to deliver a premium driving experience for all adventures

Liberty: The mid-size SUV from Jeep that offers Jeep Trail Rated® 4x4 capability combined with on-road refinement and numerous innovative features, including the industry-exclusive full-length Sky Slider® open canvas roof

Patriot: A compact SUV delivering the fun, adventure and value only Jeep can offer, with unsurpassed 4x4 fuel economy and segment-leading capability. Rugged styling is enhanced for 2011 with new front and rear fascias, grille, cladding and increased 4x4 ride height. Patriot's updated interior features upgraded materials and soft touch points, and retuned steering and suspension systems improve the overall ride and handling experience in all conditions

Wrangler: The icon of the Jeep brand, it remains true to its heritage as the original fun-and-freedom machine. For 2011, it boasts an all-new interior, and a premium body-color hardtop for Sahara models

Wrangler Unlimited: The only four-door convertible SUV on the market with room for five adult passengers, Wrangler Unlimited receives an all-new interior for 2011, and a premium body-color hardtop for Sahara models

To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models are sold outside North America – and all are available in right-hand-drive versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the world.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should rename the Liberty as Cherokee.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darn, here I was hoping they were actually putting solid axles back under the Jeep for their top-of-the-line version.

      Meh. It's just a shinier version of their latest mallcrawler.

      Hey Jeep - Call me when you put a proper pair of solid axles with REAL diff locks back under the Grand Cherokee. I'm not interested in one of these faux-by-fours.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sam, that's one other area where the FJ outperforms the WK2: its optional rear diff lock (in addition to ATRAC traction control) provides true torque transfer from one wheel to another, rather than merely "cheating" by using the brakes to limit wheelspin. That's why the Rubicon offers not just one, but TWO difflocks: there is simply NO substitute for a proper mechanical locker. Sure, the ELSD/ATRAC/ESP/acronym-du-jour traction control systems are better than unassisted open differentials, and I'm glad Jeep is giving the Grand Cherokee SOMETHING to improve its off-road traction, but the fact that it's missing a proper set of difflocks is another big disappointment.

        The WK2 definitely has an advantage in ground clearance, though. That's the FJ's biggest downfall (besides its weak independent front suspension and undersized rear solid axle). If ground clearance is the determining factor on your trails, then the Jeep will be the winner. The FJ's drivetrain is only a bit better than the Jeep's so it would be interesting to see how they hold up comparatively over the long term.

        I guess my overall point here is that the Grand Cherokee used to be the "gentleman's Wrangler" just as the Range Rover and the Discovery were the "gentleman's Land Rover Series or Defender". But both have now been stripped of their offroad credentials. They're both just tall station wagons with wimpy underpinnings, riding solely on the reputation of their forefathers. That reputation will only carry them one or two generations before the majority of people realize that there isn't anything left that really sets them apart from the rest of the faux-by-four pack.

        The Compass and Patriot haven't fooled anyone. The Grand Cherokee's only fooling a few anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        x2. The only Jeep worth buying anymore is the Jk.
        • 4 Years Ago
        x2. The only Jeep worth buying anymore is the Jk.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sam, it's nice to see you actually out on the trails and 4-wheeling, but your photos perfectly demonstrate the problem with the new Jeep's 4-wheel independent suspension: with solid axles, you would have all 4 wheels on the ground, the Jeep would be relatively flat instead of leaning way over, and it would be as stable as if it was on flat ground, not tippy and rocking between kitty-cornered wheels like your Jeep is doing in those photos. FWIW, there's nothing shown in those pictures that an off-the-dealer's-lot Subaru Outback or Forester would have the least bit of difficulty with.

        Solid axles are also much simpler to maintain and upgrade, and typically are much, much stronger than independent suspension. Solid axles also hold wheel alignment much better when used in off-road conditions.

        Basically, independent suspension is used when the vehicle is intended for on-road use. Solid axles are used when the vehicle is intended for off-road use. They are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but it remains to be seen whether a new WK2 is anywhere near as capable as a ZJ or WJ on harder trails. And Jeep demonstrated that the solid axles under the first two generations of the Grand Cherokee can provide a plush ride and great handling on-road, while still serving the SUV's intended purpose on rough roads.

        If I was shopping for a vehicle with the same off-road ability as the WK2, I would simply buy a Subaru. If I wanted a bit more off-road ability, I would choose an FJ Cruiser or 4Runner. And if I valued off-road ability equally with on-road ability, I would choose a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - but not until they replace that boat anchor of an engine with a turbodiesel or the WK2's Pentastar V6 or Hemi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is my new Laredo X at Barnwell Mountain in East Texas: http://www.jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=14934

        I think "mall crawler" is a bit harsh. I honestly don't think the list of vehicles that could do what's in those photos (3-wheelin' a couple feet off the ground, lots o' camber) is very long.

        That's literally right off the show-room floor. Finished signing the papers after the dealer had closed Friday night, went off-roading Saturday.

        Outside of a Wrangler, no other vehicle in Jeep's line-up. More ground-clearance than an LR3. No truck could make it around those trails.

        A friend just bought an FJ Cruiser, and with a 3" lift I'm sure it'll be amazing on the trails (it'll have what, an inch or so over on the Quadra-Lift equipped JGC?) There's something nice about riding stock though and still being able to keep up on the weekends.

        If you want extreme, get a Wrangler or FJ and tune it up. If you want to remain stock and still beat 99% of the other vehicles on the road, get a JGC.

        The ELSD works fine. The only thing holding the thing back is the tires and the driver. ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      HANK HANK HANK HANK... James may voice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new GC trim looks sweet, but that Liberty looks like it got a chromed raccoon face front end to it. Yikes
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gah - I hate the Liberty's huge googly headlight eyes - they look even worse with the chrome trim. I much prefer the first version with the round headlights. Damn Cherokee lovers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      check out allpar.com... they have an interior pic. pretty sweet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Liberty "Jet"? That seems like an odd choice, at least for this product line, unless I'm missing something.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow...the chrome around the headlights on the Liberty just looks weird...The second generation Liberty and the Nitro have just always been odd balls as far as styling goes anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone help me out, did the 2011 Liberty get an interior refresh?

      It badly needed one, and I do mean badly.

        • 4 Years Ago

        They already stopped selling the Liberty in the UK, and it's outsold by the Patriot/Compass twins in Canada. Chrysler didn't give it the new Pentastar V6, and no other updates either.

        The Patriot has much better mileage, the Wrangler easily beats it off road, and the GC is more luxurious and also more off-road capable.

        The Liberty's a lame duck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the Liberty and Nitro are about the only Chryslers to not get interior refreshes. This leads me to think they aren't long for this world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've said it before and I'll say it again. Jeep can take on and beat the Range Rover with ease. The JGC Overland is already a great high mid level SUV under $50k. For $10k more, Jeep could build one helluva mid-size luxury SUV.

      Jeep Grand Wagoneer - No wood, V8 only, at least 17/24 fuel economy, 4WD standard, aniline leather, and since us Americans like to drive, give it the best navigational system ever in a car.

      I would happily buy one for $60k, and I'm sure it would steal Escalade sales :) Chrysler hire me!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dang, the the new GC looks better every day! Great job C/F!
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