The 2011 Grand Cherokee offers new models that have lined the show rooms of Jeep Dealers, such as All Star Dodge in Bridgeton Missouri. Initial development of the Grand Cherokee started as far back as 2006when Chrysler was still tied up with Daimler-Benz (the parent company of Mercedes-Benz). So although the new owner of Chrysler is the Italian Fiat Company, the newest Jeep shares many features with the Mercedes-Benz ML.
The styling is purely Jeep. “It’s our other icon,” says Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, referring to the difference between the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler. The 2011 model keeps the familiar Grand Cherokee appearance on the exterior, but it has been described as having “more athletic sculpting and softer edges, the new Grand Cherokee is better dressed to mingle with the soft-roader crossovers in the suburbs.” Stretching the wheelbase by 5.3 inches has the positive result of adding four inches of knee- and legroom for rear-seat passengers.
Standard for all trim levels is; stainless steel window trim and fog lights. The three levels are called; Laredo E, Laredo X, Limited, and Overland.
Extras in the higher trim levels include; body-color fascias, larger wheels, and chrome mirrors and handles – According to those who recently test drove the new Grand Cherokee; “Jeep has accomplished its goal of making the lowest priced trim just as attractive as the top-end trim.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has several features that keep the hum of the engine on the outside of the vehicle and not in the cabin. Features such as laminated glass on the windshield and front doors reduces wind noise, while insulating wheel-well liners hush road and tire noise. Under the hood, there’s a panel between the engine and dashboard made from aluminum and composite material that keeps the engine hum contained.
Not only will one notice that the interior is quiet, it is also very apparent that this is a premium SUV. The top-trim level-Overland receives a stitched leather dash and real wood accents. Lower trim levels have upgraded materials and switchgear. Standard equipment includes a passive entry, keyless ignition, a power driver’s seat, and satellite radio. Options include a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation, a power lift gate, and a panoramic sunroof.