Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011 coming to UAE
The other day, at a press event for some car here, all of us media people were sitting at lunch together, and they were all excitedly talking about their upcoming free trip to the United States to test-drive the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The ironic bit was it seemed like I was the only one not invited, and I was the only one who actually owns a freaking Jeep Grand Cherokee, while Chrysler Middle East knew that about me too. So much for brand loyalty. That international Jeep media event is over now though, and the reports are already coming in. Here’s one from the American Road & Track magazine.
Jeep’s bread-and-butter SUV, the Grand Cherokee has long been the class of the field, offering a nice blend of luxury with the kind of go-anywhere, do-anything abilities demanded by hard core off-roaders. This hasn’t changed a bit with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which offers smart looks, a roomy interior, great power and driving dynamics that belie its ability to take on mountain trails.
We have one of the top of the line versions, called the Overland (those keen on Jeep will know the name from the brand’s origins which came out of Willys-Overland), that has a tastefully done interior with a stitched leather cover dash, leather seats and satin finish accents. The only rub is the fake wood on the steering wheel and dash—it has a high gloss finish that does little to disguise the fact that it’s not the real thing. The rest of the interior is high tech and luxurious, the wood looks out of place. And while the seats are supportive, they are on the firm side, although they’ll probably break in nicely over the long haul. This is a traditional SUV in every sense—from its 5-passenger seating, to its good ground clearance and commanding view of the road. There’s even a full-size spare in the back.
Rather than the traditional levers and switches for such modes as 2wd, 4wd, hi and low ranges, there’s a neat dial that allows you to select the terrain and the type of driving you’re doing and then automatically adjusts the system to match torque delivery to the correct set of wheels.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is already in production and will be hitting showrooms in the U.S. by the end of this summer, with a choice of 290 hp 3.6-litre V6 and 360 hp 5.7-litre V8 engines. It will likely reach the UAE by early next year, by which time stocks of the outgoing model should be cleared out. Chrysler itself is going strong under partial Fiat ownership, as they’ve just announced an operating profit for this year.
Keep track of GCC updates in the Jeep Grand Cherokee buyer guide.