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Grand CherokeeGrand Cherokee to Stretch in 2004?
Posted by mike on 2000/9/30 0:00:00 (1119) reads

Yahoo! News has a report about the popularity of third seats in current and near-future SUVs - and they mentioned a possible stretch version of the Grand Cherokee that will reportadly debut in 2004. Here's a snippet:

The latest must-have feature in trucks -- following on the craze for cup holders in minivans and more doors on pickups -- is a third row of seats for sport utility vehicles.

General Motors Corp. said on Wednesday it plans to offer stretch versions of its mid-size SUVs that will include the extra seating, in an effort to compete against DaimlerChrysler AG's highly successful Dodge Durango and the redesigned Ford Motor Co. Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer.

The stretched version of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the GMC Envoy and the Oldsmobile Bravada will likely go on sale in late 2001 or early 2002, within a year after the regular-size versions reach U.S. dealerships in the first half of 2001, GM officials and analysts said.

Once again, GM is trailing its competitors into a new segment.

The Dodge Durango, one of the top-selling SUVs since it went on sale in the fall of 1997, was the first to offer an optional third row of seats in a vehicle smaller than the bulky full-size SUVs like the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition.


Robertson, referring to the Ford Explorer, said GM decided against rushing to market with a third row squeezed into the regular-size SUVs. The Explorer, both with and without the third row seat, is 189.5 inches long, while the stretched GM mid-size SUV is expected to be more than a foot longer.

``We've got a real third-row seat that is comfortable, that you and I can sit in,'' said Ted Robertson, GM's chief engineer of mid-size trucks.

While GM trails the Durango and the Explorer/Mountaineer, Wall Street analyst Nick Colas of SIC Capital said the automaker has an edge on another prime competitor, DaimlerChrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Grand Cherokee is not expected to offer three rows of seats until around 2004, when a stretched version of the redesigned Grand Cherokee is scheduled to be launched.

``The company that has a bigger problem is DaimlerChrysler,'' Colas said. ``Ford has a nice edge. GM is actually ahead of Chrysler, who historically has been more innovative.''

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Jeb
Hey Mike of Chrysler, can u tell me if the 2004 Grand Cherokee includes a:

1) Turbo - Diesel - Intercooled DOHC multi-valve Common-Rail Type engine coupled to a
an electronic 6-speed Automatic transmission?

2) Full-time 4wd with either a Torque-sensing Differential ( Frt & Rear ) OR Differential Locks both frt & rear ?

3) An engineered top speed of at least 115 mph , ASSUMING & HOPING, the Turbo-Diesel
is available?

4) Use aluminum for the entire body panels!!?

5) Availability in South East Asian markets? ( I'm gonna be posted there sometime in 2003 )

I appreciate it if those questions could be answered.

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Posted: 1969/12/31 19:00  Updated: 1969/12/31 19:00
 Originally posted by: Mike from Chrysler
here is my comment

I work for DC and have seen engineering drawings for the 2004 GC. It WILL have 2 different wheelbases to allow a 3rd seat. Also it will have the 5.7HEMI, 4 wheel independant suspension, 3 different diesel engines & some other new options...........
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