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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee shown to New York

Slick! Chrysler just unveiled their all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), showcasing, among other things, a sleek new body.

The latest iteration of the model sees it stepped up considerably in terms of hardware and styling, and Chrysler says that the new Grand Cherokee intends to hit the 'sweet spot' between real-world capability and on-road refinement.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

At sale launch, powertrain choices will be a 360-horsepower HEMI V8 and a new 280-horsepower 3.6-litre V6 engine with variable valve timing and flex-fuel capability. No word on a carry-over of the 3.0 Diesel model at writing.

Power and efficiency are improved on both available powerplants, which can be hooked up to a Selec-Terrain system that optimizes control on various surfaces. Power hits the turf via either a Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, or Quadra-Drive II 4x4 system with an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (ELSD). Towing capacity will max out at 7,400 lbs.

According to the folks at Chrysler, luxury and quality are stepped up considerably over the outgoing model. Additionally, the Grand Cherokee will be available with a full-glass roof, heated steering wheel, keyless engine start, a backup camera and even adaptive lighting--to name a few high-end options.

Expect pricing details closer to market launch.
photo:Philippe Champoux