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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Review: First Drive


Chrysler has encountered more than a few obstacles over the past two years, but the automaker's biggest challenge remains its own survival. In order to survive—and thrive—the company is going to need to prove that its products can be class-competitive. If the products on hand can't lure buyers into showrooms, then the Chrysler/Fiat alliance is doomed.

Thanks to the bankruptcy and a federal government bailout, plus the aforementioned alliance with Fiat, Chrysler has a clean slate with which to start from. However, the very public nature of the company's fall into and climb out of bankruptcy means that all eyes are watching as it brings new product to market.

Imagine then, the pressure on Chrysler's Jeep division. It has the distinction of launching the company's first post-bankruptcy product: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While it's important to note that a redesigned Grand Cherokee was in development long before Chrysler entered bankruptcy—the 2011 Grand Cherokee was first previewed at the 2009 New York Auto Show, a month or so before Chrysler began bankruptcy proceedings—there's no denying that both the automotive industry and the general public have been waiting to see what kind of job Jeep has done with the big SUV.

The pressure on Jeep isn't just from those who want a return on the investment from the American taxpayers. Other interested parties include Chrysler's dealer network, which is desperate for a new, strong mainstream product not named "Ram," the ever-curious and ever-insatiable automotive press and, of course, the mid-size SUV buyer.

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We received our Limited on Friday and I must say it is not a Journey, but the high tech goodies in this one might not be for the off road crowd. Our Laredo will be in this week.



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We received our Limited on Friday and I must say it is not a Journey, but the high tech goodies in this one might not be for the off road crowd. Our Laredo will be in this week.
Did you get to drive it ?

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Yes i did!!! Never passed up an opportunity to drive the new product.

Great vehicle, smooth and roomier than the previous GC. I belive it is on the Commander platform but does not feel as roomy.

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Got one on order, a Laredo. Looking forward to the better mileage with the new V-6. And my wife's always complained abt the rear visibility in our Cmdr (traded).
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Yes i did!!! Never passed up an opportunity to drive the new product.

Great vehicle, smooth and roomier than the previous GC. I belive it is on the Commander platform but does not feel as roomy.
The new GC started development when Diamler still owned Chrysler. Thus, the new GC is based on the ML series and shares a lot of chassis parts (suspension, etc) with it. Engines, transmission, drive train (QT I, Qt II, and QD II, and Quadra-lift) are pure Jeep. Commander is based on previous GC.

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Nicely done I will look at ours tomorrow


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Nicely done I will look at ours tomorrow

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