Posted by mike on 2012/4/4 8:28:46 (21641) reads
The Jeep brand unveiled the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept vehicle at the Moab Easter Jeep Safari last month.
Limited mainly to cosmetic changes, engineers did manage to wrench on new wheels with 18" tires for a more agressive stance. From the press release:
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk’s SilentArmor tires include additional side-wall protection that enhances durability and reduces road noise. Modified Mopar rock rails – engineered to fully protect the lower body from rugged rocky terrain – are included and add to the functional off-road capability.
Visually, while the vehicle is featured in Stone White, a Mineral Gray and Red theme is highlighted throughout. Specifically, the grille surround, lower front applique, mirror caps and rear light bar join the wheels in Mineral Gray, while contrasting in eye-catching Red are the upper grille mesh, front and rear tow hooks, Jeep logos on wheel center caps and bolt holes in the alloy wheels. A Red trim line outlines a matte black hood applique that is utilized to reduce glare during technical off-road maneuvers.
Other unique touches include black headlamp surrounds, black exterior front and rear badging, Red “Trail Rated” badges on the front fenders and a unique “Trailhawk” badge on the rear tailgate.
Posted by mike on 2012/2/2 19:41:20 (2476) reads
Jeep brand is currently running a contest where they're asking people name their "production-intent, concept vehicle". From Motor Authority:
The suggested names will eventually be cut down to just three, and the public will vote on the ultimate package name. If yours is selected, you’ll be given a chance to win a Jeep Grand Cherokee of your own.
As for the nameless, production-ready package, it’s a ride that the late Johnny Cash could embrace. Based on the Laredo X trim level, the new version sports a black grille surround, with a platinum chrome mesh grille. Headlamp bezels are blacked out, as is the liftgate light bar.
Posted by mike on 2012/1/6 8:57:34 (2670) reads
With the recent news that all of the "big three" automakers are profitable again comes even better news for city of Detroit. Chrysler announced that it is adding 1,100 jobs to its Jefferson North Assembly to support Grand Cherokee production, future Viper production, and the addition of a diesel Grand Cherokee to the production. From the press release:
"Our future, like the history of our brands, is interwoven with the City of Detroit," said Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. "Detroit long has been home to renowned innovators and craftsmen. So it is in the Motor City, home of our industrial heritage and a resilient people, that we are entrusting the manufacture not only of the ultimate American sports car, the SRT Viper, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – but also a diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee for North American markets.
"We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history," Marchionne said.
The new third crew of approximately 1,100 jobs that Chrysler Group is adding at JNAP, home of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango, will be part of an operating pattern, called the 3-2-120 schedule, that allows each employee an additional 49 days off per year while enabling the plant an additional 49 days of annual production.
Posted by nashman on 2011/9/14 9:11:18 (1072) reads
Fiat recently announced that the all-new Maserati Kubang SUV will not only be based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee platform, but will also be manufactured at the Grand Cherokee's assembly at the Jefferson North factory in Detroit. Speculation is that a third shift will be added to accomodate the additional production.
The Detroit Free Press has the full story (and a photo of the Kubang from the unveiling):
The Maserati he discussed would have the same underbody as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs built at Jefferson North, but distinctive sheet metal and a Ferrari engine.
The platforms have some links to the new Mercedes-Benz M-class, which was started as a joint program during the DaimlerChrysler era.
Bernard Stewart, president of UAW Local 7, said he had no official word of when production would start.
Posted by MarkH on 2011/8/23 8:59:00 (1266) reads
From cars.com's Kicking Tires blog , it looks like the Grand Cherokee is getting a price cut:
The popular fourth-generation 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee sees a price cut of $3,220 for the base Laredo trim when it goes on sale next month. It will now start at $26,995. The 2012 Grand Cherokee also gets some new powertrain tech that should increase fuel economy for both V-6- and V-8-equipped models.
The post continues on to say the price of the Wrangler will be staying about the same...
Posted by mike on 2011/7/21 18:13:00 (1420) reads
I'm a huge fan of MotorTrend's long term test drives. I really believe that it is only by spending a lot of time with a vehicle can you find out if it is really all it is cracked up to be.
They recently published an updated on their long-term test drive of a 2011 Grand Cherokee, and while there's not a whole lot of new information, it's interesting to seem them really dive deep into a particular aspect of the vehicle (this update focuses on the multiple navigation systems available depending on the trim level).
We asked the folks at Jeep as to the reasons behind the navigation duopoly (instead of the usual monopoly), but were unable to get a concrete answer (it's likely buried somewhere in a confidential product planning powerpoint).
To date, they've had the vehicle for 4 months and put almost 8,000 miles on it at an average of $0.23/mile. The total maintenance costs so far are only a bit over $100 for an oil change and tire rotation.
Posted by mike on 2011/7/19 9:22:07 (1138) reads
From a Chrylser press release
Since its introduction, the 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee has captured 30 awards from an array of opinion-leading publications, television and on-line media outlets, journalist associations and industry organizations making it the most awarded SUV ever. The Jeep brand is celebrating the vehicle's award-worthy success by kicking off an all-new advertising campaign today that will feature, for the first time, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit model. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to evolve and carve out a refined and unique place in the automotive marketplace, the numerous awards and claims are proof that this legendary icon only continues to improve.
"When the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee debuted, it made a tremendous impact not only in the full size SUV category but, within the automotive marketplace, its success has been broadly acknowledged," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "It is a vehicle that has proven the test of time and has continued to elevate its game to compete not only within its traditional SUV segment but beyond. The Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to deliver a unique blend of on-road refinement, superb craftsmanship, world-class design, improved fuel economy, innovative features, legendary real-world 4x4 capability and great value."
The advertising campaign begins with the return of the USA Today cover wrap – a full four-page advertisement that was an integral part of the launch of the vehicle one year ago. This year's ad lauds the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee as "The Most Awarded SUV Ever."
Television commercials highlight the awarded Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit model with its leather interior testing that is better than the Lexus RX350, as well as the vehicle's impressive 500-mile-per-tank driving range that delivers better highway fuel economy than the Honda Pilot EX – taking a new approach to celebrating this highly lauded vehicle.
Posted by mike on 2011/7/15 6:57:10 (1479) reads
From a Chrysler press release
The most powerful, technologically advanced, high-performance Jeep® vehicle ever – the all-new 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8® – arrives later this summer with a combination of Jeep's legendary capability and utility, merged with the renowned advanced performance engineering from Chrysler Group LLC's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team.
Delivering outstanding driving performance in all conditions, and complemented by key SRT attributes – including functional, performance-oriented styling, world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking and race-inspired interior appointments – the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 broadens the Jeep vehicle lineup and builds upon the successful launch of the award-winning 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
"The all-new 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the ultimate performance SUV, delivering a combination of Jeep capability and utility, world-class performance, luxury and refinement, and advanced innovative technology," said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Jeep vehicles have long been known for their off-road capability. In addition to Jeep four-wheel-drive traction and utility, the Grand Cherokee SRT8 takes capability to a new level by giving driving enthusiasts extreme performance for the street and track.
"Our new benchmark performance SUV effectively broadens the Grand Cherokee portfolio, and will continue to draw new customers into Jeep showrooms," Manley added.
Designed and built using the proven SRT formula that raises the performance to astonishing levels, the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 runs from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range, can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, has a top speed of 160 mph, and brakes from 60-0 mph in 116 feet.
More (way more) details after the jump...
Posted by mike on 2011/6/10 1:35:10 (1178) reads
In a story I saw on the front page of abcnews.com, the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) (and their retro web site) is demanding that 2.2 million 1993-2004 Grand Cherokees be recalled to fix a faulty fuel tank.
As reported by ABC News, Chrysler quickly responded saying that the test as done by CAS is "three times as severe" as government standards.
"For the Center for Auto Safety, this is the most dangerous vehicle on the road today and we want it recalled," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the advocacy organization.
The Center says that at least 55 people have died in crashes where fire was "the most harmful factor."
This week the center turned over to the government new crash test results that it says show gas tests failings in rear-end impacts. Ditlow said the problem is that the fuel tank is located behind the rear axle.
"You can have the tank itself rupture, you can have the filler hoses pull off as they did in some of our crash tests, and it's just a terrible design," Ditlow told ABC News.
Posted by mike on 2011/5/5 16:46:00 (1840) reads
Chrysler posted the latest 2011 Grand Cherokee commercial a few days ago - this one highlighting its range.
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and its 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 offers best-in-class driving range of more than 500 miles per tank.