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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Unveiled

A new Jeep Grand Cherokee has been launched, with lower emissions and fuel consumption than the outgoing model.

The all-new Grand Cherokee has been completely redesigned and is wider and longer giving more rear legroom and a ten per cent bigger boot. The new vehicle platform, designed in conjunction with Mercedes Benz, is also stiffer and stronger than the old one, giving a better ride both on- and off-road.

Other changes include a new Euro 5-compliant V6 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine for the Grand Cherokee in the UK and Europe, which is more powerful, more fuel efficient and produces lower emissions than its predecessor, delivering ten per cent more power whilst simultaneously lowering fuel consumption by up to 19 per cent.

The official fuel consumption figures are 27.4 mpg (10.31 l/100km) on the urban cycle and 39.2 mpg (7.21 l/100km) on the extra-urban cycle. For the combined cycle, the fuel economy is 34.0 mpg (8.31 l/100km) giving a potential range of 700 miles (1,126 kms) at motorway speeds. It has a top speed of 126 mph (203 km/h) and hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.2 seconds.

Mike Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, introduced the new model saying:

“Advanced features such as our new Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain traction control systems take the new Grand Cherokee to the next level of 4×4 capability. The new generation of the iconic Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers the perfect blend of on-road refinement, superb craftsmanship, world-class design, improved fuel economy, innovative features and legendary, real-world capability.”

Inside, Jeep have concentrated on the interior ambiance with all ‘touch points’ now having soft-touch materials.  Wood, leather and chrome are used extensively to help the car compete with premium brands such as Range Rover; as part of this both front seats are heated and ventilated with eight-way power assistance and four-way lumbar adjustment, with a memory system on the driver’s side. The new chassis also reduces interior noise and vibration.

Standard interior equipment for UK customers includes an Alpine Premium Audio System with a 506-watt amplifier powering nine speakers and a sub-woofer, a Media Centre featuring a radio, CD/DVD player, and a 30GB hard drive that can be used to store up to 6700 tracks on the hard drive and upload music and photos through the USB port or from a CD/DVD.

It is also fitted with Active Head Restraints, advanced multi-stage airbags, Electronic Stability Control with ABS and ERM (Electronic Roll Mitigation), a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Bi-Xenon headlamps, a ParkView reversing camera, Trailer Sway Control which reduces trailer movement behind the car, rain-sensing wipers, ParkSense front and rear park assist system, SmartBeam headlamps and a system called EARS which, after an accident, turns on the interior lights, unlocks the doors, turns on the hazard warning flashers and initiates fuel shut-off.

Optional extras include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Ready Alert Braking, Rain Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection.

With the combination of dual-range gearboxes, high torque engines, adjustable suspension and electronic co-ordination of 12 different engine parameters the new Cherokee retains its legendary off-road performance. The new Quadra-Lift air suspension system, (standard equipment on Overland versions) has five ride heights, enabling the owner to raise the car for better off-road performance and to drop it for easier loading. It also lowers itself automatically at speed to reduce aerodynamic drag, helping to lower fuel consumption.

Drivers can also use the Selec-Terrain traction control system to choose the most appropriate off-road setting depending on the terrain. Selec-Terrain coordinates up to 12 different power train, braking and suspension systems, including throttle control, transmission shift, transfer case, traction control and electronic stability control (ESC). It also has hill assist and hill descent control systems to allow a smooth and controlled descent or ascent on rough or slippery terrain.

Prices for the Grand Cherokee range in the United Kingdom start from £36,795 (On The Road) for the 3.0 CRD V6 Limited, while the top of the range Overland starts from £43,995 (On The Road).

About Carlton Boyce

Carlton Boyce
Carlton Boyce is a freelance journalist and photographer covering all aspects of the motoring industry.

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