Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept coming to Geneva

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 22, 2012

Chrysler will unveil the Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept to the European audience next month at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show. The Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept, a design study developed to survey the potential of the Jeep flagship with regards to style. And Jeep didn’t fail!

The new sports concept boasts of a stylish exterior design that exudes performance appeal through its black accents. Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept carries a more streamlined look attributed to new roof molding covers, which replaces the old roof rack.

The concept’s grille surround is finished in gloss black while its texture is finished in Platinum Chrome. Chrysler was successful in adding a sporty look to the Grand Cherokee by adding black headlamp bezels and deep-tint sunscreen glass. Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent sports concept is not just sporty in looks, but also in power.

The vehicle’s 3.0-litre V-6 CRD engine is blessed with the new Multijet II technology, allowing the power source to deliver 241 hp of output and 550 Nm of torque.

A buyer may prefer a low-power version which throws in 190 hp in output and 440 Nm of torque. All that specs ride on 20-inch tires surrounding surround one-of-a-kind Black-gloss aluminium wheels. Now, European drivers have something to be excited for next month in Geneva.

Every surface of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is not only new but is also ensured that it would deliver excellent aerodynamics. Thus compared with the 2009 model that has coefficient of drag at 0.404, the 2011 variant has drag improved by 7% at 0.37. This is in addition to having a design that is more fluid and offers better fuel efficiency. Variants of the 2011 Grand Cherokee that are equipped with the HEMI V8 engine will have the dual-chromed 3.5-inch exhaust tips.

For those with the Pentastar V6 engine, they will be fitted with the single 3.5-inch exhaust. On the rear section, the taillamps start from the quarter panel and envelop the back portion of the model to give it a more solid shape which results in a more luxurious look. This application is able to complement what was done on the front while matching the treatment of the interior.

Moving to the side, the profile reveals that it is muscular and athletic. The day-light opening, or DLO, gets a more contemporary and aerodynamic look courtesy of the black appliqués placed on the model’s B-pillars. This also makes the profile of the 2011 Grand Cherokee look sleek. All the models have the DLO surround in chrome. This is complemented with the door handles and the mirror being in chrome as well.

Finally for the front, the trademarked seven-slot grille is still there. Present as well are the wheel arches shaped like trapezoids and the round headlamps. The lower portion of the fascia in the front has a large appliqué in chrome which highlights the tow hooks though this is only for the Limited variants and the Overland models. This section was designed to enhance performance, both off-road and on-road, and offer better fuel economy.

In addition, the lower front fascia is removable. To ensure capability for off-road driving, the 2011 Grand Cherokee is fitted, as standard, with the 17-inch wheels. The brand though is offering the option to have the 18-inch version, and for the first time, the 20-inch variant.

Commenting on this, Giles said that when compared to the previous model, the 2011 Grand Cherokee is sportier, shows more focus, and is more refined. It continues to have the style the brand is known for but with the exterior having a more sculpted and athletic form.

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