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Grand CherokeeFuture Grand Cherokee to Share More with Mercedes M-Class?
Posted by mike on 2007/2/7 9:49:23 (1591) reads

We just ran across a cool article on about a secret DaimlerChrysler restructuring plan that is rumored to be announced on Valentine's Day.

The newspaper, citing people familiar with the situation, said Chrysler and Mercedes will collaborate on their next generation of small cars built in the U.S. and Germany. Also, work is under way on a common SUV architecture for the Mercedes M-class and Chrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.

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Posted: 2007/2/7 11:12  Updated: 2007/2/7 11:12
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 Re: Future Grand Cherokee to Share More with Mercedes M-C...
Good, I hope they move the Commander to the Durango's platform. The WK platform is just too small IMHO to support a true 7-seater vehicle, much less be a real tow rig that I know many people were hoping for before the Commander came out. The Jeep brand needs a big SUV to compete with the likes of the Tahoe, Expedition, Armada, and Toyota Sequoya. Jeep needs a tow rig, and I know lots of Jeepers would love to have a Jeep branded tow vehicle for the trail Jeeps.

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Posted: 2007/2/7 14:02  Updated: 2007/2/7 14:02
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 Re: Future Grand Cherokee to Share More with Mercedes M-C...
That is the rumor from DCX insiders... that the XK will go to the Durango architecture but will ride on a slightly shortened version of it. It will probably be half way between the length of the current XK and the current Durango.

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Posted: 2007/2/7 10:48  Updated: 2007/2/7 14:00
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 Re: Future Grand Cherokee to Share More with Mercedes M-C...
This sort of rumor surfaces every time there is a change in the Grand Cherokee.

This one doesn't even make sense... the Durango is closer to the size of the GL not the M.

What you are likely to see is that new architectures be developed for the Durango/Aspen and the Commander will move to this architecture (THIS is the rumor insiders at DCX are saying versus UAW/JD Power thinking the Commander is completely going away). The Grand Cherokee will probably move to a different architecture (whether this is based on the M class or not).

That said, architectures do not define a vehicles off-road capability. The Durango may not be an off-roader but its underlying architecture is very rugged and supports a solid rear axle. That is what is needed. Suspension setups and length of the actual underlying architecture can be modified to meet Jeep's needs. Rumors from DCX insiders state that the next generation Commander will ride on a slightly shortened version of the Durango architecture.

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Posted: 2007/2/7 10:24  Updated: 2007/2/7 10:24
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 Re: Future Grand Cherokee to Share More with Mercedes M-C...
This worries me. I think Jeep will further lose its identity as a brand of tough off road vehicles. The M Class and Durango are certainly not off road vehicles.

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Posted: 2007/2/7 23:40  Updated: 2007/2/7 23:40
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 Re: Future Grand Cherokee to Share More with Mercedes M-C...
We lost this battle years ago, folks.
It's time to accept that Jeep (the little company that could) is now just a nameplate owned by a heartless multinational corporation.
At least they've preserved some semblance of Jeep heritage in the Wrangler series to keep us purists on the hook.
Any new rumours on the Gladiator?

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Posted: 2007/2/8 8:09  Updated: 2007/2/8 8:09
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 Re: Future Grand Cherokee to Share More with Mercedes M-C...
Oh gag me already. I've heard entirely too much from "Jeep purists" in my lifetime. I still remember the "Jeep purists" complaining about how big the CJ-7 was and how it was going to destroy the CJ's credibility as an off-road vehicle. You couldn't even drive the CJ-7 without one of it's wheels! What if a wheel fell off on the trail?! I also remember the "Jeep purists" thinking the Jeep Cherokee was an abomination and then 20 years later those same "Jeep purists" were loathing Chrysler for giving the Cherokee the axe.

If Jeep really were "the little company that could" it wouldn't be owned by a "heartless multinational corporation." It would be doing just fine on its own. "Jeep purists" keep Jeep's off-road credibility alive to an extent but aren't enough to keep the brand name afloat. Jeep as a brand name has to make money and that "heartless multinational corporation" is doing what they can to make that happen just like they should.
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