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Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011: The Mercedes from Jeep

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E in the year after its early presentation in April 2009, the Production of the completely redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee - the fourth generation. In the USA, sales will start in the summer and in our country at the end of the year. The US prices have now also been announced.

Independent wheel suspension optionally with air suspension

The new model breaks with its three predecessors in many ways. Strictly speaking, the fourth generation is not a thoroughbred Jeep, as it is not on a platform developed in-house. Because the basis is the M-Class from Mercedes, on whose floor pan the new Grand Cherokee is built. After the predecessor had already retired the front rigid axle, it is now time to say goodbye to this robust technology at the rear. The independent suspension will instead be available with either steel or air suspension.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011: Diesel only for Europe

With air suspension, up to Get out 292 millimeters of ground clearance, which the organ donor ML can also do. More interesting are the promised 26 centimeters of spring travel, which give hope for a better twist. The Grand Cherokee is also the first to have the completely redeveloped six-cylinder (3.6 liter, 280 hp) with flex-fuel technology. This can also be used to fill up with E85 fuel. The new, more economical V6 will replace the previous 3.7-liter engine in numerous Chrysler models, including Jeep (where it is installed in all model series, at least in the USA). The US standard consumption for the V6 is specified in the Grand Cherokee with 10.2 liters.

V8 fetishists continue to get a 5.7-liter Hemi (360 hp), which is likely to be served in Europe Probably the diesel will make the race: The three-liter six-cylinder from various Mercedes models and the predecessor Grand Cherokee WH were originally intended. In the meantime, however, it has been decided that it will definitely not be a Mercedes engine - too expensive. Instead, Europe is getting a VM diesel engine. The Italian manufacturer is already a Jeep engine supplier for Cherokee and Wrangler. The three-liter V6 diesel from VM delivers 250 hp and 550 Newton meters of torque.

In terms of dimensions, the platform requires orientation on the ML, but the new Grand Cherokee (with the same wheelbase) is 40 millimeters longer, 26 wider and 53 lower than the Alabama M-Class. Changed by thisProportions and the high beltline with the small window areas, the Grand Cherokee looks more compact and muscular from the side than the ML - a styling trick that Audi demonstrated with the Q7.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011: Better material appearance

Particular emphasis was placed on the appearance of the material. Higher quality leather than before, real wood and an aluminum look should bring the Grand Cherokee on a par with European premium manufacturers. One of them was obviously the inspiration for the new Selec-Terrain-System: As with Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover, the terrain formation is preselected using a rotary knob and air suspension and gear reduction are controlled, the settings are automatic, sand /mud, sport, snow and rocks ready. In the USA, in addition to a 4x2 drive, three different all-wheel drive systems are on offer, while in Europe the Quadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II drives, which are already known in terms of their function in the current model, the latter with automatic differential lock (electronic limited-slip differential) on the rear axle .

Off-road accessories ex works

Consistently Jeep: There will also be underride protection and sill protection as an accessory option. The equipment clearly tops the previous Limited model. In addition to many safety features, including active headrests, blind spot assist and radar-controlled distance warning systems, the comfort features are also extensive. Among other things, air-conditioned seats, steering wheel heating and a reversing camera are available, and the new Grand Cherokee with the Uconnect web system is also able to set up WiFi internet access in the interior - wireless surfing via mobile phone or laptop is possible. This brand new technology is currently only available in a few luxury sedans and is a novelty in the off-road vehicle warehouse. There is also bi-xenon with high beam assistant, an electrically opening tailgate and a new panoramic glass roof that stretches from the windshield to the tailgate.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011: The prices

You can then experience all the luxury in literally new dimensions, because the interior is noticeably larger than the current Grand Cherokee of the 2010 model year. 17 percent more load space and ten centimeters more legroom are available in the rear seats. The new one is being built in the Jefferson /Detroit plant, and sales in the USA have now started. That gives us an interesting look at the prices. Accordingly, the new one will even be a little cheaper than the previous model, which will probably also apply to the German market. The US prices in detail:

Laredo 4x2 $ 30,995
Laredo 4x4 $ 32,995
Limited 4x2 $ 37,495
Limited 4x4 $ 39,995
Overland 4x2 $ 39,495
Overland 4x4 $ 42,995

In Germany, Chrysler /Jeep is expecting sales of the two petrol engines to start at the end of 2010, which are currently homologatedrun through. The diesel engine will be introduced a few months later, the plan is currently April 2011.

Update: You can find a first driving report of the European model here at 4wheelfun under the following Link: Driving report Jeep Grand Cherokee

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