Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011 gets complete makeover

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011 gets complete makeover

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
I always try to be impartial about brands, but I actually have a soft spot for my Jeep Grand Cherokee. So I can’t help but feel slightly excited about the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee that made its debut at the 2009 New York Auto Show. Because in terms of features, it raises the bar yet again when it comes to combining affordability, offroad ability, crossover SUV looks, V8 performance, soft-touch cabin trim and some semblance of on-road handling. Do not take this as my endorsement for the dying Chrysler brand or Jeep in particular. The rest of Jeep’s range continue to be embarrassing.

The upcoming Grand Cherokee’s available engines have been reduced to two for now. The first one is a 290 hp 3.6-litre V6 with Variable-Valve Timing (VVT), 353 Nm of torque at 4800 rpm and an 11% improvement in fuel economy with a claimed range of up to 800 km. The second is the venerable 360 hp 5.7-litre HEMI V8 with VVT, 520 Nm at 4250 rpm, dual exhausts, and fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) cylinder-shutoff technology. Both come with a 5-speed automatic.

An all-new Quadra Lift air suspension system provides height control and lifts vehicle up to 11.4 cm from park mode to a maximum ride height of 28.2 cm to improve off-road capability, which is higher than most full-size SUVs. A choice of three 4×4 systems – Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II with Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD) – are now available. Also a new Selec-Terrain system with Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II offers five terrain settings: Auto, Sand/Mud, Sport, Snow and Rock. However, the 4×4 systems are optional, and a 2WD model will be available in some markets.

The four-wheel independent suspension, first introduced in 2005, continues for this iteration, but tuned for better ride comfort. The body structure is 146% stiffer than current model, and supposedly stiffer than the BMW X5. Apparently the unibody platform is the same one used in the Mercedes-Benz ML, thereby making it the last collaboration model before DaimlerChrysler split up.

The interior has been redesigned with premium soft-touch interior materials, leather instrument panel and door uppers on the Overland model, real wood and leather options, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, four-way power lumbar controls, rain-sensitive wipers, Passive Entry/Keyless Go, ParkView rear back-up camera and a power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory. Thankfully, rear legroom has been increased by 10 cm and cargo space by 17%, though it still seats only five.

The exterior is too simplified, but still retains its crossover-style shape, losing the ugly googly-eyed headlights of the current model, but gaining a tacky chromed rear. New optional features include a dual-pane panoramic sun roof with power open/close sun shades, power rear liftgate, optional 20-inch wheels, Bi-Xenon HID headlights, and unique SmartBeam headlamps that adjust to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting.

Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) includes Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-Start Assist, Trailer-Sway Control and available Hill-Descent Control. Also standard are side-curtain airbags and active head restraints.

Other available features include a park assist system, a blind-spot/rear cross-path detection system notifies the driver of vehicles in blind spots, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning system, remote start, Alpine audio system with nine speakers, a
506W subwoofer, and a Uconnect system that calls for help in a crash, tunes wireless Bluetooth connections for phones and future
MP3 players, connects via USB to enable voice search by song title and artist for iPod devices, Garmin navigation and SIRIUS Backseat TV.

The 2011 looks to be the ultimate buy in SUVs without moving up to the luxury brands, provided one doesn’t need a cramped third-row seat. Here’s to hoping that the mismanaged company survives long enough to see next year, because its GCC marketing efforts aren’t doing the brand any favours.

Keep track of updates to the local Jeep range in the Jeep Grand Cherokee buyer guide.

What do you think?



  1. Man… I don’t know how designers think these days…. the back is very similar to toyota seqoia… and it’s not impressive from the front 😐 they should let kids draw designs for them 😡

  2. This new cherokee looks real nice,,the only thing that concerns me is, with chrysler going into bankruptsy and all,,how much cost cutting have they done with this vehicle..?? but from what ive read bout this new one,its given every thing owners have wanted in a grand cherokee especially the new rear leg room, the previous ones were just too shy…Love the new styling now thoo..

  3. sweet looking
    i like the fenders and rear end
    the SRT will be a bomb

  4. i still am not a fan of jeeps steering wheels… 🙁
    n e way the design is very mascular and the simple lines give it a modern touch. I hv no issues with its exterior design at all. The interior isnt the best but acceptable none the less.

  5. want to know when jeep srt8 model design changed?

  6. This jeep looks like an audi in the back and the steering wheel reminds me of audi.

    I like it. I have been an explorer fan since 94 and thats the only SUV I would drive but now the news explorer’s look a hot and holy mess.

    I have been looking for a different SUV to follow after I get ride of my 2003 Explorer Limited.


  7. :mrgreen:
    Mkay…love it. and while the front trim does have a Sequioa look too it…only when you look for it, its the best one they have come up with. They tried to make the front headlights alike the 1999-2004 grand cherokee, while mixing in a new style…and it came out nicely. the back DOES look like an audi and alos the new dodge journey put together…which will come in hand when someone wants a luxurious looking SUV. i am afraid that due to the massive amenities to this new model, the price tag may grow a little bit. However, people will love the new Jeep Grand Cherokee.

  8. I like the ’11 Jeep!!! It’s kinda lost it’s heritage of the first generation Grand Cherokee’s which I drive a ’94 and they were the best Grand Cherokee made but I would love to drive the ’11!!!

  9. This Jeep would be great if it didnt have independent suspension and that luxarious interior. Too bad Jeep partnered up with a Mercedes engineer.

  10. Grand Indian! Welcome back on track!
    Jeep’s done good job!!!

  11. There is Only One jeep

  12. good job just follow thru with nice wheels . jeep always needed a little help with the wheels

  13. The back and sides look just like the BMW X-5…I like the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee better…

  14. Wheels also very similar to BMW X5. The back is almost exact.

  15. Hi Mash….. I am looking forward to buy a brand new 4X4 with a budget up to 150K….. The jeep grand Cherokee does appeal but your last paragraph really is a let down…… I also like the new Tuareg but don’t know the price of base model….. can u suggest me new face-lifted models for 2011 which i can buy in the 4th quarter?????

  16. You done talked me into it. I’m getting me one.

  17. when its going to be launched in UAE?

  18. its out mid November and it is a beautiful piece of machinery

  19. send to me the cost of buying brand new jeep

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