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Old 04-18-2009, 10:50 PM
 
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Default 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, is it better than the old one ?

All new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Do you think it is better looking than the old one ?
http://www.freep.com/article/20090408/BUSINESS01/904080330/Grand+Cherokee+ready+for+debut (broken link)

I think it is...problem is will Chryler be around to build it ?

2011 version


http://image.motortrend.com/f/miscel...front-view.jpg

http://image.motortrend.com/f/miscel...-rear-view.jpg

http://image.motortrend.com/f/miscel...e-interior.jpg

Old version

http://sleeplessagain.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/jeep_grand_cherokee.jpg (broken link)
http://sleeplessagain.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/jeep_grand_cherokee.jpg (broken link)
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Personally, I like the 2011 alot better. I like it alot, but I think it will take typical Jeep owners awhile to get used to those taillights.... thats a big change for Jeep.

I only would recommend that they extend back the cargo area windows some... this seems to be a common thing with modern SUVs... alot seem to cut these windows too short, which is uncalled for... not only does it make the vehicle seem smaller, but it also makes rear visibility worse than it could be if they windows were extended further back to the "D" pillars. Toyota did this on the gen 1 Highlander.

Could be worse though... some later SUV models have those "upcurving" cargo area windows, which I think are hideous. (latest Toyota Rav4, Nissan Murano, etc). Chevy Traverse as well, but not as pronounced as the others.

Is this 2011 Jeep available in a 3-seat version? I didnt notice in the photos.

If not, it would also be neat if they offered this in an extended wheelbase model and offered a 3rd seat.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:37 AM
 
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The interior appears to be head-and-shoulders better in both quality and style than the current version. Let's hope the production version can keep the prototype's promise! And that Chrysler and Fiat can make it happen!
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Bellaire...Texas
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I don't like the 2011 version, what were they thinking with that exterior?!?!?
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:26 AM
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Location: Defo....
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i think they are trying to move away from the "SUV" image that was getting slammed; and more into the car-based rides that have become more popular.
But there are certain SUV's like the Jeep, the 4-runner, etc that sell well as "truck based 4wd" vehicles. Too much of a change may turn off those buyers.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Jeep has been castrated by Chrysler ownership. Might as well let the name die and just produce their usual version of city cruisers and drop the pretense that they are still making "Trail worthy/tested" vehicles. Jeep hasn't been "Jeep" in a LONG time.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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Heck, somebody call Acura, 'cause if you remove the label you could swear you're buying an RDX. The resemblance is ridiculous. Count me in on the jeep crowd that doesn't like the new exterior. Personally, as an XJ driver, the discontinuation of the XJ marked the death of the Jeep heritage. The grand cherokee will probably be my replacement vehicle since it'll be a cold day in he11 before I drive a liberty and the wrangler is overpriced and impractical for a daily driver, but by then the only viable options mileage-wise will be a late model WK. I personally like the WJ style and would have loved for them to retain the stiffer ride provided by the solid axles, but as has been noted earlier, jeeps are dead heritage wise.

The 2011 exterior on the back looks like a freggin' Hyundai Santa Fe, the sides resemble an early generation Lexus 300 series, 'nuff said. If I wanted a cross-over experience I'd start making my footwear out of hemp and drive a subaru, and get better gas mileage in the process. If you like an RDX, buy an RDX, jeeps are supposed to be boxy, stiff ride, high clearance, and not afraid to get driven to the mall a little dirty and dented. Thumbs down on the 2011 model...heck I may just **** off the wife and re-powetrain the '00 XJ and take the kids I don't even yet have to their high school graduation....maybe by then they'll kill the liberty, a boy can dream....
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Thumbs down on the 2011 model...heck I may just **** off the wife and re-powetrain the '00 XJ and take the kids I don't even yet have to their high school graduation....maybe by then they'll kill the liberty, a boy can dream....
I still have my 78 CJ-5 and am not about to get rid of it for anything. I have re-powered it, and swapped the rust body for a sweet replacement body and now am set for a LONG time. (Been 20 years on the body and motor so far and still counting.)
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Jeep has been castrated by Chrysler ownership. Might as well let the name die and just produce their usual version of city cruisers and drop the pretense that they are still making "Trail worthy/tested" vehicles. Jeep hasn't been "Jeep" in a LONG time.

The old Cherokee's were bulletproof too!
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:38 PM
 
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I like the looks of the 2011 but would not buy the first year of a redesign. I had a 2000 model and loved it, in fact after having it less than a week my wife decided she liked it better
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