There’s a major reduction in the price of the fourth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee for the 2012 model year. Its engine range will be modified to maximize fuel economy. On the other hand, the Wrangler will be offered with the much-awarded Pentastar V6 engine but its price is unchanged.
For the 2012 Grand Cherokee that goes on sale next month, $3,220 will be cut from the base price of the Laredo trim level. Its two-wheel drive model will retail for only $26,995.
The 2012 model will not have the eight-way power driver’s seat, a feature that was standard on the 2011 one. The Laredo's leather seating package is priced at $5,300 from just $4,000. Meanwhile, the 5.7-liter V8 model is available with a six-speed automatic transmission that replaces the old five-speed.
The model with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will feature electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering. The automaker has yet to reveal the new fuel economy figures for the V8 but the V6’s figures indicate that there’s a gain of one city mile per gallon for the RWD model and one highway mile per gallon for the AWD model.
With regards to the Wrangler, the rugged off-roader will be powered by the new Pentastar V6, which has an output of 290hp. But then, the five-speed automatic was retained. The updated Wrangler could report both efficiency and power increases but its base price will still be $22,045.
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with new surfaces, all treated for aerodynamics. Thanks to this, the new Grand Cherokee now boasts of a more fluid design, greater fuel efficiency and 7-percent lower drag. In fact, the all-new 2011 Grand Cherokee has a coefficient of drag value of around 0.37 Cd, which is better than that of the 2009 model (0.404 Cd).
Gilles remarked that the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is more refined, more focused and sportier than its predecessor. He noted that the 2011 version boasts of classic Jeep Grand Cherokee styling as blended with sculpted athletic exterior refinements.
Up front, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is marked by Jeep's signature seven-slot grille as flanked by round headlamps and trapezoidal wheel arches. It also features a removable lower front fascia, which help enhance the vehicle’s fuel economy, on-road performance as well as off-road potential. Limited and Overland models of the Grand Cherokee have their lower front fascia feature a large chromed appliqué with available tow hooks.
When viewed from the side, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee reveals features a sporty, muscular profile. Black appliqués on B-pillars lend the day-light opening (DLO) with aerodynamic, modern looks. The full-chromed DLO surround on all Grand Cherokee models could be complemented with available chromed mirrors and door handles. As standard, the all-new Grand Cherokee rides on 17-inch wheels, although optional 18-inch and 20-inch rims are also available.
On the posterior section, the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee features tail-lamps wrapping from the rear quarter panel to the rear end for a more a solid and upscale appearance. This treatment dynamically complements its frontal design.
HEMI V-8 engine-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee models feature 3.5-inch dual chromed exhaust tips, while Pentastar V-6 engine-cored versions are provided with a three-inch single exhaust.