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New for 2011-Jeep

New for 2011-Jeep

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010

Jeep welcomes an all-new, completely redesigned flagship Grand Cherokee model for 2011

The Patriot, Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited also receive a series of improvements for the new model year2011 Hyundai SonataHistory
The Jeep brand originated more than fifty years ago, during World War II. The United States government was looking for an inexpensive and rugged off-road reconnaissance car, so they asked dozens of companies to submit bids. After a series of tests, the contract was awarded to Willys. The original "model MB" was soon nicknamed the "Jeep," and the name stuck. The company was bought by AMC in 1970, and then sold to its current owner, Chrysler, in 1998.

Today, Jeep is one of the world's oldest off-road-vehicle manufacturers. The original Jeep lives on as the "Wrangler," but today it is offered in 2- and 4-door configurations. The current model lineup contains a range of off-road sport utility vehicles with up-to-5-passenger seating capacities. All Jeep vehicles run with gasoline powerplants. Models include front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive powertrains. Jeep vehicles are manufactured in North America and sold around the globe.

2011 Jeep Models at a Glance:


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2011 Jeep Compass

2011 Jeep Compass

Introduced in 2007, the Jeep Compass is a compact SUV built on the same platform as the Dodge Caliber. In contrast to other Jeep models, the entry-level Compass is not designed for rugged off-road use, and as such, does not carry Jeep's "Trail Rated" badge. The Compass may work for those who are seeking a car-like Jeep product with a standard 4-cylinder engine and front- or all-wheel-drive powertrain. As the Compass is scheduled to be dropped for the 2012 model year (and replaced by a Fiat-based model), the 2011 model is a carryover.

Highlights:

  • Carryover for 2011
  • Four Jeep Compass models: Sport FWD, Sport 4x4, Latitude FWD, and Latitude 4x4
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower (FWD models)
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 172 horsepower (4x4 models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional continuously variable transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Available 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

First introduced in 1993, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a midsize unibody successor to the Grand Cherokee. As the automaker's flagship model, the Grand Cherokee is typically offered with the automaker's top-of-the-line powertrains and off-road equipment.

The 2011 model year introduces an all-new, completely redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee. The fourth-generation model features a significantly strengthened unibody chassis and independent suspension, says the automaker. Under the hood is a 3.6-liter V-6, or the available 5.7-liter V-8 "Hemi" engine.

Jeep offers a full range of 4x4 powertrains including its Quadra-Trac, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II off-road systems (the 2011 Grand Cherokee carries the automaker's "Trail Rated" certification). According to the automaker, the cabin is larger, quieter, and more luxurious, and there is a much longer list of infotainment options for passengers.

Highlights:

  • All-new redesign for 2011
  • Eight Jeep Grand Cherokee models: Laredo E 2WD, Laredo E 4x4, Laredo X 2WD, Laredo X 4x4, Limited 2WD, Limited 4x4, Overland 2WD, and Overland 4x4
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 290 horsepower
  • Optional 5.7-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 360 horsepower (Laredo X, Limited, and Overland models)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (all models)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (2WD)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating

2011 Jeep Liberty

Introduced in 2002, the Jeep Liberty is a compact SUV that shares unibody platforms with the Dodge Nitro (the Jeep Liberty offered low-range gearing, while the Dodge did not). The Liberty is designed to fit between the Wrangler Unlimited and Jeep Grand Cherokee in the automaker's lineup.

However, unlike the Wrangler, the Liberty features a unibody platform-leading to a more comfortable ride, says Jeep. The model was completely redesigned for the 2008 model year. While the first generation was offered with a choice between a 4- or 6-cylinder engine, the second-generation model is only available with a standard 3.7-liter V-6 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 Jeep Liberty is mostly carryover.

Highlights:

  • Mostly a carryover for 2011
  • Six Jeep Liberty models: Sport 2WD, Sport 4x4, Renegade 2WD, Renegade 4x4, Limited 2WD, Limited 4x4
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 210 horsepower
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (2WD)
  • Available 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Steering wheel and standard steering wheel controls
  • NEW Exterior colors: Bronze Star, Blackberry Pearl Coat, Bright White Clear Coat and Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat
  • NEW Radio and infotainment systems

2011 Jeep Patriot

2011 Jeep Patriot

Introduced in 2007, the Jeep Patriot is a compact 4-door crossover SUV built on the shared DaimlerChrysler/Mitsubishi GS platform. Offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, the chassis is also shared with the Dodge Caliber, Mitsubishi Lancer and Chrysler Sebring convertible (among others).

The Patriot is considered the automaker's entry-level off-road model. As the Jeep brand has historically been associated with rugged off-road vehicles, the company was worried that the car-like Patriot wouldn't be viewed as rugged (the company has even branded the "Trail Rated" capabilities of its vehicles). While the Jeep Patriot is essentially a front- or all-wheel-drive platform (a powertrain not commonly associated with off-road capabilities), Jeep wanted to ensure that the ground clearance, suspension articulation, maneuverability, traction, and ability to ford water are up to its standards.

That said, the automaker gives the Patriot its own "Trail Rated" label, and Jeep says the trim level with the Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group package offers best-in-class off-road capabilities. For its fifth year in production, Jeep has treated the Patriot to a complete makeover, featuring new exterior styling and upgraded appointments.

Highlights:

  • Facelift and new options for 2011
  • Six Jeep Patriot models: Sport FWD, Sport 4x4, Latitude FWD, Latitude 4x4, Latitude X FWD, and Latitude X 4x4
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower (Sport and Latitude models)
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 172 horsepower (Sport 4x4, and Latitude X models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (on base models)
  • Standard continuously variable transmission (optional on some models)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Available 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Aggressive new exterior styling
  • NEW Upgraded interior featuring significantly upgraded touch points
  • NEW Increased ride height (4x4 model only)
  • NEW "U-Connect" Voice Command available as a stand-alone option on all models
  • NEW Standard speed control on all models
  • NEW Available 17-inch wheels
  • NEW Re-tuned steering and suspension systems
  • NEW Four new exterior colors: Natural Green Metallic Clear Coat, Dark Charcoal Pearl Coat, Blackberry Pearl Coat, and Red Crystal Pearl Coat

2011 Jeep Wrangler

2011 Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler is a direct descendant of the original "Willys Jeep" from World War II. As such, its primary mission is rugged off-road use. The first of the "modern" Jeeps were introduced after the war, as the Jeep "CJ." The CJ was succeeded in 1987 by an all-new Jeep "YJ" replacement, designed to offer more passenger comfort. That model was completely redesigned in 1997, as the Jeep "TJ." Lastly, the "TJ" was replaced in 2007 by the current Jeep "JK" model.

Today's Jeep continues with a body-on-frame construction, and a live-axle setup on both front and rear axles. All models offer standard all-wheel drive for off-pavement use, while the range-topping Rubicon model is fitted with even more standard off-road equipment. Jeep made several changes to the Wrangler for 2011.

Highlights:

  • Several changes for 2011
  • Three Jeep Wrangler models: Sport, Sahara and Rubicon
  • Standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 202 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW All-new interior with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials
  • NEW All-new body-colored hardtop on Sahara models
  • NEW Heated seats
  • NEW Automatic temperature control
  • NEW USB device interface connects to storage devices (thumb drives and most MP3 players) for use with the vehicle's Media Center, which now includes streaming Bluetooth audio
  • NEW Power-heated mirrors
  • NEW All-new steering-wheel controls allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, hands-free phone and other vehicle functions while keeping hands on the wheel
  • NEW Additional 12-volt accessory outlets and new 115-volt outlet
  • NEW Standard electronic stability control (ESC), Hill-start Assist (HSA) and Trailer-sway Control (TSC)
  • NEW Enhanced visibility courtesy of larger rear windows
  • NEW Exterior colors include Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue and Bright White
  • NEW Increased acoustical treatment to reduce interior noise

2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

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The Wrangler Unlimited is touted, by Jeep, as the world's only 4-door convertible. While the automaker considers it a completely separate model, the Wrangler Unlimited is simply a 2-door Wrangler with two more doors; the two models share nearly every other identical component, including the model trim lineup. The two additional doors in the Wrangler Unlimited ease entry/exit from the vehicle, and the resulting stretch in wheelbase improves the ride, Jeep says. Like the Wrangler, the Wrangler Unlimited features a body-on-frame construction and a live-axle setup on both front and rear axles. All models offer standard all-wheel drive for off-pavement use, while the range-topping Rubicon model is fitted with even more standard off-road equipment. Mirroring the upgrades to the Wrangler, the Wrangler Unlimited receives many improvements for the 2011 model year.

Highlights:

  • Several changes for 2011
  • Three Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models: Sport, Sahara and Rubicon
  • Standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 202 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW All-new interior with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials
  • NEW All-new body-colored hardtop on Sahara models
  • NEW Heated seats
  • NEW Automatic temperature control
  • NEW USB device interface connects to storage devices (thumb drives and most MP3 players) for use with the vehicle's Media Center, which now includes streaming Bluetooth audio
  • NEW Power-heated mirrors
  • NEW All-new steering-wheel controls allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, hands free phone and other vehicle functions while keeping hands on the wheel
  • NEW Additional 12-volt accessory outlets and new 115-volt outlet
  • NEW Standard electronic stability control (ESC), Hill-start Assist (HSA) and Trailer-sway Control (TSC)
  • NEW Enhanced visibility courtesy of larger rear windows
  • NEW Exterior colors include Detonator Yellow, Deep Cherry Red, Sahara Tan, Cosmos Blue and Bright White
  • NEW Increased acoustical treatment to reduce interior noise (excluding the Wrangler Unlimited, of course)

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