2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee powered by 3.0-liter diesel engine coming to Geneva

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2011

Chrysler confirmed the fact that at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show we will see the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee powered by a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine available for Europe and other diesel markets. The new engine is built by VM Motori and developed together with Fiat Powertrain and delivers a maximum output of 241 hp (177 kW) at 4,000 rpm and torque of 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) at 1,800-2,800 rpm.

This means that the new engine will be with 10 percent more powerful and will deliver with eight percent more torque than the engine it replaces.

According to the manufacturer, the new engine will deliver a fuel consumption of 8.3 l/100km on the combined cycle, an improvement of 17 percent over the prior diesel engine. The engine is rated at 10.3 l/100 km on the urban cycle and 7.2 l/100 km on the extra-urban cycle.

CO2 emissions are reduced to 270 g/km for the urban cycle and 188 g/km for the extra-urban cycle. Combined-cycle CO2 emissions are now 218 g/km. Still, if you want more power, then you should definitely choose the the legendary 5.7-liter V-8 petrol engine, delivering 352 hp and 520 Nm of torque.

The brand-new interior, with its rich materials and stylish appointments plus a more spacious passenger and cargo room, raises it to the level of its European competitors. Vice President of Design Ralph Gilles says that their newest Jeep Grand Cherokee follows the footsteps of their all-new 2009 Dodge Ram, making it another successful product of their Advanced Interior Design Studio. According to him, they accomplished a world-class interior by using high-quality materials and by paying the closest attention to details.

It also has a brand-new CommandView dual-pane sun roof that features a glass surface that is twice as big as a regular sun roof, which starts at the windshield and lengthens to the rear. The front panel can be opened toward the back to provide more light and fresh air to passengers on the first row.

The fixed rear panel includes a power sun shade, and lets second-row passengers benefit from light and open viewing. The vehicle has a 114.8-inch wheelbase, which is 5.3 inches more than the previous model in terms of length, adding to a total vehicle length that is 1.8 inches more than the model it replaces. The longer wheelbase creates a more spacious interior and provides passengers with an extra 4 inches of room for the knees and legs.

Also, the vehicle is made 3 inches wider to improve packaging and handling. Larger front doors open 1.9 inches wider and are 2 inches higher while the rear doors open 78 degrees, which is wider than current models’ 67 degrees, allowing easier access to the interior. Premium seating accommodates five passengers. It includes front-passenger seats that fold flat and provide more storage room for cargo (Laredo models).

More passenger comfort is provided by the rear seats that recline 12 degrees. A 12-degree forward angle is also available to enable 23 degrees of variation. At the back of the second-row is an extra 6.8 cubic feet of cargo space (totaling 36.3 cubic feet), as compared to the preceding model. The roomy rear cargo area has a storage unit that includes a rechargeable flashlight plus improved grocery hooks on each side.

The spare tire compartment comes with detachable storage bins to securely store dirty gear, among other items. In addition, it has a brand-new power rear liftgate that provides remote up/down convenience. The latest Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with new surfaces, with improved aerodynamics that improves fuel efficiency and adds more fluidity to the design while giving a 7% improvement in drag, in comparison to the current model.

The new 2011 Grand Cherokee Cd is about 0.37 when compared with the 2009 that has a Cd of 0.404. Gilles says that the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is even sportier and more refined and focused than the model it replaces. It has a styling that’s characteristic of the classic Jeep Grand Cherokee plus athletic exterior modifications for 2011. The front has the Jeep’s 7-slot grill, trapezoidal wheel arches and round headlamps.

The detachable lower front fascia gives on-road performance, off-road capacity and improved fuel savings. It includes a large chromed appliqué (on Overland and Limited models) that displays tow hooks. The Jeep Grand Cherokee looks athletic and muscular when viewed from the side. BB-pillars have black appliqués that provide the day-light opening or DLO with an aerodynamic, modern exterior and sleek profile. Chromed door handles and mirrors contribute to the profile and match the full-chromed DLO surround on each model.

It comes standard with 17-inch wheels and provides off-road capability with 18-inch (optional) and 20-inch (new to Jeep) wheels for 2011. Tail lamps extend from the rear quarter panel all the way to the back to create a solid form, which results to an upscale appearance. The treatment matches the front-end design and corresponds with the rest of the exterior.

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