Jeep Introduces All-New 2011 Grand Cherokee
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.|
Expect it to arrive in Australia in early 2011.
Chrysler LLC >
16th April, 2009
Chrysler LLC introduced the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the 2009 New York
Motor Show, which is currently 'on' in New York, USA. The new Grand Cherokee has numerous interesting aspects
- New Quadra Lift™ air suspension system provides height control and lifts vehicle up to 4.5 inches from park mode to a
maximum ride height of 11.1 inches to deliver legendary Jeep off-road capability
- Choice of three 4x4 systems – Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive® II with Electronic Limited-Slip
- New Selec-Terrain™ system with Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II offers five terrain settings: Auto, Sand/Mud, Sport,
Snow and Rock to match driving conditions
- First application of company’s all-new, flexible fuel 3.6-litre V6 engine which features Variable-Valve Timing (VVT), 209
kW and 353 Nm @ 4,800 rpm – an increase of 33 per cent in horsepower, 11 per cent in torque over its predecessor and up to an
11 per cent improvement in fuel economy
- Available 5.7-litre hemi V-8 generates 268 kW and 520 Nm of torque @ 4,250 rpm – features VVT and fuel-saving
Multi-displacement System (MDS) technology with dual exhaust to maximise efficiency
- For international markets, left- and right-hand drive and a choice of diesel and petrol powertrains will be
- Premium soft-touch interior materials for all price classes, including leather instrument panel and door uppers on Overland
- World-class interior features include real wood and leather, 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 power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory
- Increased storage areas in instrument panel with larger glove box and covered centre-stack storage bin
- Premium packaging delivers enhanced comfort and easy accessibility for up to five passengers and cargo
- Larger front- and rear-door openings (78 degrees) for improved ingress/egress compared to current model (67 degrees)
- More than 4 inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room (38.6 inches) compared to previous model with reclining
- Larger cargo volume (36.3 cubic feet) provides 17 per cent more room for gear compared to current model (31 cubic feet)
- A fold-flat front passenger seat provides improved cargo carrying capability (Laredo models)
- Well-appointed cargo compartment with removable dual storage bins inside the spare tyre compartment
- All-new sculpted body and athletic profile define a sleek exterior with aerodynamic finesse
- All-new dual-pane panoramic sun roof (CommandView®) extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. Comprised of two
glass panels with power open/close sun shade
- Effortless power rear liftgate for remote up/down convenience (Grand Cherokee first)
- New 20-inch wheels available on Limited and Overland models
- Bi-Xenon High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps standard on Limited and Overland models
- Segment-exclusive SmartBeam® headlamps adjust to ambient light and oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting
Ride and Handling
- All-new independent front and rear suspension systems deliver premium on-road manners with isolated front and rear suspension
cradles and variable-rate rear springs that combine to enhance on-road character and ride comfort
- All-new body structure’s torsional stiffness is 146 per cent stiffer than current model and stiffer than the BMW X5 and
Toyota Highlander for improved durability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)
- Stiffness achieved with more than 5,400 welds in the body alone. This marks a 53 per cent increase in spot welds, a 42 per
cent increase in arc welds and a 38 per cent increase in structural adhesive
More than 45 Safety and Security Features
- Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) includes Electronic Roll Mitigation, Hill-Start Assist, Trailer-Sway Control and
available Hill-Descent Control
- Standard full-length side-curtain air bags extend protection to front and rear outboard passengers
- Standard seat-mounted side thorax air bags enhance protection of the driver and front passenger
- Standard Jeep-first active head restraints deploy in the event of a rear collision to minimise the gap between the head
restraint and occupant’s head
- ParkSense® Park Assist System assists at low speeds to detect stationary objects. Warnings include audible chimes and display
in the Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC)
- Blind-spot/Rear cross-path detection system notifies driver of vehicle(s) in blind spots with illuminated icons on side-view
mirrors and/or an audible chime
- Adaptive cruise control decreases vehicle’s pre-set cruise-control speed when closing in on another vehicle or when another
vehicle pulls into same lane (late availability)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system detects when the vehicle may be approaching another vehicle too rapidly and alerts
driver (late availability)
- Remote Start (standard on Overland (available on Limited) starts engine and activates comfort settings based on ambient
conditions by using the key fob while maintaining vehicle security
Connectivity and Infotainment
- uconnect guardian standard on all models and includes: Automatic Crash Notification, Emergency Call, Roadside Assistance Call,
Remote Door Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance
- uconnect tunes wireless Bluetooth® connection for mobile phones (and future MP3 players), enabling streaming music, and new
USB connection with digital technology, enabling voice search by song title and artist for iPod devices
- uconnect nav featuring all-new Garmin navigation and uconnect studios featuring SIRIUS Backseat TV
- Premium Alpine audio system with nine speakers, surround sound and a 506-watt sub woofer
Nearly 18 years ago, Jeep joined the premium SUV segment with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. More than 4 million
sales later, Jeep improves the formula and hits the sweet spot of real-world capability and on-road refinement with the all-new
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand’s legendary
four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and towing capability. It also offers improved fuel economy (up to 11
per cent) and a world-class interior cabin.
“We listened carefully to our customers and the market,” said Scott Kunselman, Vice President – Jeep/Truck Product
Team, Chrysler LLC. “Our all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee hits the sweet spot of premium on-road performance and legendary
class-leading Jeep capability.”
The all-new Quadra-Lift air suspension system delivers legendary Jeep off-road capability along with the new Selec-Terrain
system that allows the driver to choose the drive system that best matches on- or off-road driving conditions. New front and
rear independent suspension systems deliver premium on-road handling and comfort.
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is built on a proven rear-wheel-drive unibody platform sharing the same underpinnings as
the Mercedes-Benz ML.
Mike Accavitti, Director – Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge Brands said “Jeep innovations including Quadra-Lift air suspension and
Selec-Terrain traction control separate us from the crowd.”
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee offers the new Quadra-Lift air suspension system. The Quadra-Lift system features five height
settings for optimum ride performance:
- Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8.1 inches of clearance offers improved fuel economy and improved aerodynamics during on-road driving
- Off-road 1: Lifts the vehicle an additional 1.5 inches for added height in clearing obstacles (9.6 inches)
- Off-road 2: Delivers legendary Jeep off-road capability and provides an additional 3 inches of height for 11.1 inches of
- Park Mode: Lowers the vehicle 1.5 inches from NRH for easy ingress/egress. NRH and Park mode are driver-selectable giving the
driver control over vehicle ride height
- Aero Mode: Lowers the vehicle .6 inches from NRH. Aero Mode is controlled by vehicle speed and adjusts for optimal performance
and fuel economy
Quadra-Lift adds up to 4.5 inches of lift span that is supported by four-corner air springs that provide a cushioned, premium
ride. Quadra-Lift operates automatically, or may be controlled manually via console controls.
In addition to the Quadra-Lift air suspension, the all-new Selec-Terrain™ traction control system lets customers choose the
off-road setting for the optimum experience on all terrains. This feature electronically coordinates up to 12 different powertrain,
braking and suspension systems, including throttle control, transmission shift, transfer case, Traction Control and Electronic
Stability Control (ESC).
The Selec-Terrain’s control dial allows the driver to choose from five driving conditions in order to achieve the best driving
experience on all terrains:
- Sand/Mud: Traction control and Quadra-Lift operate with sensitive response to wheel spin, and torque is tuned for optimal
- Sport: Provides enhanced on-road "fun-to-drive" capability
- Auto: Automatically adapts to any on- or off-road situation
- Snow: Vehicle traction and Quadra-Lift adjust for ultimate performance over snow-covered roads
- Rock: Quadra-Lift suspension raises to maximum height (11.1 inches) and the transfer case, differentials, and throttle
coordinate to provide low-speed control
Selec-Terrain, coupled with the all-new Quadra-Lift air suspension, offers drivers an adjustable suspension span that delivers
legendary Trail Rated® performance.
With the front air dam removed, and the available Quadra-Lift air suspension, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee features a
35.9-degree approach angle, (compared to 32.3 on current model), a 29.2-degree departure angle (compared to 27.5 on current model)
and 25.1-degree breakover angle (compared to 20.4 on current model).
The all-new independent front and rear suspension features isolated front and rear suspension cradles. Variable-rate rear
springs deliver improved on-road handling and comfort that complements the vehicle’s off-road capability. The new rear suspension
allows the spare tyre to be stored inside the vehicle as opposed to underneath.
Go-Anywhere 4x4 Systems
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers three 4x4 systems (Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive® II).
Quadra Trac I delivers full-time four-wheel drive without any switches or levers to pull. The system provides smooth operation
over a variety of road conditions. This light-weight single-speed case is both proven and highly efficient for enhanced fuel
Quadra Trac II’s two-speed transfer case uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tyre slip at the earliest
possible moment and take corrective action. The system uses Throttle Anticipate to sense quick movement in the throttle from a
stop and maximises traction before slippage occurs. When tyre slippage is detected, as much as 100 per cent of available torque
is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction.
Quadra Drive II, with a rear Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD), delivers industry-leading tractive capability. The
system instantly detects tyre slip and smoothly distributes engine torque to tyres with traction. In some cases, the vehicle will
anticipate low traction and adjust in order to proactively limit or eliminate slip.
Selec-Terrain is standard with Quadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II.
Jeep Trail Rated®
All 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with either the off-road or the Quadra-Lift group are Trail Rated®. The Jeep Trail
Rated badge on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee indicates that the vehicle has been designed to perform in a variety of challenging
off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, manoeuvrability,
articulation and water fording.
Jeep Trail Rated is a unique methodology used by Jeep Engineering to measure and predict off-road performance for all Jeep
vehicles. Through a combination of natural and controlled field tests, Jeep Trail Rated provides a consistent measurement of
off-road performance for all Jeep vehicles. Only Jeep vehicles are "Trail Rated", as the expression is a registered Jeep
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with two leading engine options for North American markets.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s standard engine is an all-new flexible fuel 3.6-litre V-6 engine. The 3.6-litre V-6 engine is
an all-new design featuring double overhead camshafts (DOHC) and a high-pressure die-cast aluminium cylinder block in a 60-degree
configuration. It features Variable-Valve Timing (VVT) and delivers 209 kW and 353 Nm of torque @ 4,800 rpm. This all-new V-6
engine improves fuel economy up to 11 per cent compared to the previous Grand Cherokee equipped with a V-6. It is coupled with
the proven W5A580, a five-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shifts and optimum fuel economy. The five-speed
W5A580 transmission includes adaptive electronic control or Electronic Range Select (ERS) driver-interactive manual control and
an electronically modulated torque converter clutch.
The available legendary 5.7-litre hemi V-8 engine delivers 268 kW and 520 Nm of torque @ 4,250 rpm. The HEMI also features
VVT, which delivers performance and towing capability, as well as fuel efficiency with the fuel-saving Multi-displacement System
(MDS). The 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 engine is matched to the 545RFE multi-speed automatic transmission.
For international markets, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available in left- and right-hand drive with either
diesel or petrol powertrains.
World-class Interior Refinement
The all-new interior is elevated to that of its European competition and features rich materials and elegant appointments, as
well as more room for both passengers and cargo.
“Following in the footsteps of our all-new 2009 Dodge Ram, our all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is another proud 'graduate' of
our Advanced Interior Design Studio,” said Ralph Gilles, Vice President – Design. “We achieved a world-class interior by
using fine materials and maintaining a laser-attention to details.”
An available all-new CommandView® dual-pane sun roof provides twice as much glass surface than a standard sun roof and
extends from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. The front panel can be opened rearward, providing additional light and
fresh air to first-row passengers. The rear panel, which is fixed, allows light and open viewing for second-row passengers and
comes standard with a power sun shade.
The vehicle’s 114.8-inch wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than the model it replaces and contributes to an overall vehicle
length that is 1.8 inches longer than the prior model. The longer wheelbase provides more interior room and gives passengers an
additional 4 inches of rear-seat knee and leg room. The vehicle also is 3 inches wider for improved handling and packaging.
Larger front door openings (1.9 inches wider; 2 inches higher) and rear doors open 78 degrees compared to current models (67
degrees) for better access to the interior.
Inside, premium seating includes room for five passengers. An available fold-flat front-passenger seat provides improved
cargo storage room (Laredo models).
For added passenger comfort, rear seats recline 12 degrees. There also is a 12-degree forward angle to allow 24 degrees of
Cargo volume behind the second-row provides an additional 6.8 cubic feet of room (36.3 cubic feet total) compared to the
previous model. The well-appointed rear cargo area includes a storage unit with a rechargeable flashlight and new and improved
grocery hooks on both sides. The spare tyre compartment includes removable dual storage bins for secure storage of muddy gear or
An all-new power rear liftgate is available for effortless remote up/down convenience.
Classic Exterior Design
Every surface of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is new and treated for aerodynamics. This improves fuel efficiency and puts
more fluidity into the design while delivering a 7 per cent improvement in drag compared with the current model. The all-new
2011 Grand Cherokee Cd is approximately 0.37 compared with the 2009 Cd of 0.404.
“Our all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is much more refined, focused and sportier than the model it replaces,” said
Gilles. “It has classic Jeep Grand Cherokee styling with sculpted 'athletic' exterior refinements for 2011.”
The front includes Jeep’s classic seven-slot grille, round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel arches. The removable lower front
fascia delivers improved fuel economy, on-road performance and off-road capability. The lower front fascia features a large
chromed appliqué (Limited and Overland models) that showcases available tow hooks.
From the side, Jeep Grand Cherokee features an 'athletic', 'muscular' profile. Black appliqués on B-pillars give the day-light
opening (DLO) an aerodynamic, modern appearance and a sleek profile. Available chromed mirrors and door handles add to the
profile and complement the full-chromed DLO surround on all models.
Seventeen-inch wheels are standard and deliver off-road capability, with optional 18-inch and all-new to Jeep, 20-inch wheels
Taillamps wrap from the rear quarter panel to the back of the vehicle and provide a solid form which achieves more of an
upscale appearance. The treatment complements the front-end design and resonates with the rest of the exterior.
Jeep Grand Cherokee models equipped with a HEMI V-8 engine have 3.5-inch dual chromed exhaust tips, and those with the V-6
engine have a 3-inch single exhaust.
Continuing to build on the Jeep brand’s legendary off-road capability, the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee adds premium on-road
performance to complete the package.
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s premium SUV on-road manners and legendary Jeep ruggedness is achieved with more than
5,400 welds in the body alone. Torsional stiffness is 146 per cent more than the current Grand Cherokee and stiffer than the
BMW X5 and Toyota Highlander for improved durability and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).
With more than 3,700 mm of arc welding and 100 m of structural adhesive to augment welding, this marks a 53 per cent
increase in spot welds, a 42 per cent increase in arc welds and a 38 per cent increase in structural adhesive.
More than 45 Safety and Security Features
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee includes more than 45 safety and security features.
Standard safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), four-wheel Anti-lock
Brake System (ABS) with rough-road detection, four-wheel Brake Traction Control System (BTCS), Passive Entry/Keyless Go, Remote
keyless entry, express up/down windows for driver and front-seat passenger, seat-belt pretensioners, Trailer-Sway Control and
Remote-Start which is standard on Overland and available on Limited.
Other standard safety features include full-length side-curtain air bags which extend protection to front and rear outboard
passengers, seat-mounted side thorax air bags that enhance protection for the driver and front passenger and active head
restraints which deploy in the event of a rear collision.
The body structure is all new and designed to achieve expected safety performance in global markets (new roof-crush standards,
side-impact standards and Euro pedestrian impact).
Connectivity and Infotainment Features
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will feature uconnect guardian as a standard feature on all models (services provided by
uconnect guardian provides customers with the top five requested security features. uconnect guardian customers can access the
- Automatic Crash Notification – In the event of an accident, a call is placed and a request for assistance is despatched to
the vehicle’s location
- Emergency Call – With a push of the emergency button, customers are placed in contact with a trained emergency response
specialist during an emergency situation
- Roadside Assistance Call – Connects customers to a uconnect customer care specialist who can connect them to Chrysler’s
road-side assistance for towing or jump starts
- Remote Door Unlock – Remotely unlocks doors with a simple phone call Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance – Works with local
authorities via on-demand tracking to provide the current location of the vehicle if it is stolen
The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be manufactured at the 2.7 million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP)
in Detroit (USA), which has been the site of Grand Cherokee production since its introduction in 1992.
In preparation for production of the all-new Grand Cherokee, Jefferson North Assembly is undergoing a 285,000-square-foot
expansion to replace the existing body shop, which is part of Chrysler’s investment of approximately $1.8 billion in new vehicle
programmes. In addition, changes throughout paint and assembly operations will give the facility an all-new level of manufacturing
flexibility for multiple product capability.
JNAP was built in 1991 and was expanded in 1999.
Staying true to its values and character, the Jeep brand is purpose-built for adventurous lifestyles. With 68 years of
legendary 4x4 capability, the Jeep brand continues to fulfill promises of adventure, liberation and independence for those who
embrace life, whether traveling on- or off-road. The ruggedness and responsiveness of Jeep vehicles provide owners with a sense of
security to handle any situation with confidence.
For 2009, the brand’s legendary Go Anywhere, Do Anything™ heritage is maintained with the addition of more interior refinement,
comfort and technology in the widest range of sport-utility vehicles under one brand. The Jeep product line includes the brand
icon, the Jeep Wrangler; the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited; the popular mid-size Jeep Liberty (Cherokee outside North America);
the venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee; the seven-passenger Jeep Commander; and the Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass.