Chrysler Group LLC, which has been criticized on keeping its new product plans under the wraps, has repeatedly said that the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee flagship SUV will set the bar for other new products that will come out later this year. In the mean time Chrysler is concentrating on generating revenue to fund the new vehicles to come.
As for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler and Fiat CEO says that the model “must be flawless. It needs to be perfect and it will be.”
“It is important for us because it is a large volume vehicle and the first one for the new Chrysler,” said Jeep chief Mike Manley.
The new Grand Cherokee will also be the first vehicle with Fiat input. The model will be produced at Detroit’s Jefferson North plant using Fiat’s manufacturing system and will offer the first evidence of quality improvement for Chrysler.
“It is a signature car for Chrysler,” Marchionne said. “It will have quality that is unprecedented in the history of the place.”
Refresher: The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be offered with two new powertrains including Chrysler”s new flexible fuel 280-hp Phoenix 3.6L V6 which increases fuel-economy by up to 11 percent. The range will be topped off with a 5.7L HEMI V8 making 360-hp and a maximum torque of 390 lb-ft.
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– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News