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.
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.