NEW FOR 2011:
– Redesigned model
– New available Selec-Terrain system and Quadra-Lift air suspension
– SRT8 model discontinued
For 2011, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is redesigned, including a new and more fuel-efficient six-cylinder engine, all-new body, improved passenger and cargo space, redesigned interior, and new premium features. The high-performance SRT8 model has been discontinued.
The previous 3.7-litre SOHC V6 is replaced with a 3.6-litre DOHC V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower to the outgoing engine’s 210 horsepower, and 260 lb-ft of torque to the previous 235 lb-ft.
All trim lines of Grand Cherokee use the 3.6-litre V6, while the Laredo X, Limited and Overland can be optioned with a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 for $1,900. All engines use a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Laredo E and Laredo X use Quadra-Trac I, a full-time 4×4 system that continuously distributes torque 48/52 front to rear. Quadra-Trac II, optional on Laredo X and standard on Limited and Overland, adds low range and is capable of sending 100 per cent of torque to either the front or rear axle. Quadra-Drive II, optional on the Laredo X, Limited and Overland, works similarly but includes an electronic limited-slip differential that can concentrate up to 100 per cent of power to a single wheel.
Both Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II include a new Selec-Terrain system that can be dialed in for Auto, Sport, Sand/Mud, Snow and Rock settings. Also available is an optional air suspension that raises or lowers the ride height.
Features on the Laredo E include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone air conditioning, passive keyless entry with pushbutton start, active front head restraints, eight-way power driver’s seat, cloth seats, 60/40 flat-folding rear seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, fog lamps, CD/MP3 stereo, Sirius satellite radio, heated mirrors, removable and rechargeable LED flashlight, tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlamps, variable intermittent wipers, rear wiper, floor mats, cruise control, illuminated vanity mirrors, tire pressure monitor and hill start assist.
The Laredo X adds 18-inch alloy wheels, heated leather-trimmed seats, eight-way power passenger seat, premium Alpine stereo, CD/DVD/HDD media centre with Uconnect phone connectivity, remote starter, parking sensor and security alarm.
The Limited adds 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated second-row seats, ventilated front seats, power liftgate, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescopic column, driver’s side memory, bi-xenon headlamps with SmartBeam automatic control, backup camera, and rain-sensing wipers.
The Overland adds 20-inch alloy wheels, leather-stitched instrument panel, door uppers and centre console armrest, navigation system and heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel.