Sneak Peek at the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, an online community for Jeep enthusiasts, has attained an advance copy of a dealer guide for the redesigned 2011 Grand Cherokee detailing the standard equipment, trim packages, options and pricing that will be available.

Jeep has played its cards close to the vest since unveiling its next generation Grand Cherokee at the New York auto show in April of 2009.

The model lineup remains largely unchanged from the current stable of trim packages beginning with the Laredo trim and progressing to the Limited. Of special interest are the return of the Overland trim package which was eliminated from the model’s 2010 lineup and the absence of an SRT8 variant.

Pricing for the entry-level Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo will start at $31,480 including destination charges. A four-wheel-drive version of the Laredo package will also be available for an additional charge of $1,990. All 2011 models will feature the new 3.6-liter Penstar V-6 engine which delivers 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Features will include 17-inch wheels and a tilting and telescopic steering column, steering-wheel mounted controls, a six-speaker audio system with CD player, keyless remote entry and ignition, two-row curtain airbags and an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat.

Options will be somewhat limited but will include some popular upgrades including a towing package, engine-block heater and off-road group. An optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine will also be available but will only be available as part of an upgrade bundle that includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather seating, automatic climate control, and enhanced features to the audio system which include a subwoofer, 506-watt amplifier and Bluetooth connectivity.

The next step up the luxury ladder is the Limited trim package which will be priced at $38,280 for the two-wheel drive and $40,260 for the four-wheel drive option. The trim package will include xenon headlights, rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers and 20-inch wheels or a dedicated, rear-seat entertainment console. Other luxury feature options are also available.

The model lineup will top out in luxury features and pricing with the Overland trim package priced at $42,430 for the two-wheel drive model and $45,770 for the four-wheel drive option. The Overland model will come with 20-inch wheels, a navigation system featuring Sirius Travel Link, the Quadra-Lift air suspension system, a power hatch door and real wood accent trim standard. Available options are the same as those available on the Limited trim package and will place the Overland well above $50,000.

Although the Grand Cherokee can be credited with laying the groundwork for the growth and popularity of the SUV, Jeep has lagged behind its competitors who continued to refine and improve their vehicles in recent years, and many consider the 2011 upgrade long overdue.

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