Chrysler is getting ready to produce the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee after the American car company was bought by Italian carmaker Fiat.
"We've eliminated remaining issues about quality," Chrysler Group chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne said in AutoNews.com. "We feel comfortable we've resolved all technical issues."
Marchionne, who is also the chief executive officer of Fiat, said the fourth-generation Grand Cherokee is important because it "is the basis on which we'll try to rebuild the Jeep brand on a global scale. It is the symbol of Jeep."
Despite its reputation as a truly capable off-roader, the 2011 Grand Cherokee promises to offer an uncompromised on-road experience, thanks to the new independent front and rear suspension systems to go along with the new body structure that dramatically increases torsional stiffness for reduced noise, vibration and harshness levels.
Off the beaten track, the Grand Cherokee still retains its legendary Jeep capability because of its Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Terrain systems, and 7,400 lbs. of towing capability.
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee's sharpness and sleekness is also seen on the inside as it also gets the CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof of its Commander stablemate which extends from the windshield all the way to the rear of the vehicle. It also gets premium soft-touch interior materials and gives its passengers more than four inches of increased rear-seat knee and leg room as well as 17 percent more cargo volume.
Powering the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be an all-new 3.6-liter V6 engine that, despite pushing out 290hp, boasts of an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the one used in the previous-generation model. This lets the latest-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee consume just 9.7 kilometers per liter and run more than 800 kilometers on a single full tank.
Although CATS Motors has not set a definite date for the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee's Philippine launch, PR officer Grace Enriquez said they are looking forward "to bringing it in soon."