Priced: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Starts at $30,995

Rough pricing for the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee was leaked earlier this year, but Chrysler just rolled out the official price list. Although it is a significantly upgraded vehicle, Jeep has actually dropped the base price of its latest Grand Cherokee to $30,995 (including a $780 destination charge) — roughly $500 less than the 2010 model.

That figure buys you a basic 4×2 Grand Cherokee Laredo with Chrysler’s new 290-horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Four-wheel-drive is, of course, optional, and will set you back an additional $2000. Both versions come standard with keyless ignition, hill start assist, trailer-sway control, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Siruis satellite radio, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Laredo X models, which are priced at $34,995 and $36,995 for two- and four-wheel-drive models, respectively, throw some extra goodies into the mix. Although we haven’t seen finalized content levels for this package, early reports suggested the X package adds <span id=”intelliTXT”>;features including a 115-volt AC outlet, a 9-speaker audio system with touchscreen interface and a 30-gigabyte hard drive, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, Bluetooth connectivity, and an iPod connector.

The next step up from the Laredo is the 2011 Grand Cherokee Limited. Two-wheel-drive models start at $37,495, while four-wheel-drive again adds $2000 to the window sticker. Unlike the Laredo, which uses Jeep’s Quadra-Trac I system, the Limited’s four-wheel-drive system, which adds neutral and 4-low settings for the transfer case. Limited models also receive leather seating, heated first- and second-row seats, cooled front seats, a wood and leather heated steering wheel, power tilting and telescoping steering column, wood bezels, bi-xenon HID headlights, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a backup camera with parking sensors, automatic climate control, 18-inch aluminum wheels, navigation, rain-sensing wipers, and chrome door handles.

Making a comeback for the 2011 model year is the Overland trim, last seen in 2009. The 4×2 Overland specification starts at $39,495, and adds Nappa leather seating surfaces, a power liftgate, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Four-wheel-drive adds another $3000 to the purchase price, but also includes Jeep’s new Quadra-Lift air suspension.

Production of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is already well under way in Detroit, Michigan, so look for the new SUV to reach showrooms by June.

Source: Chrysler

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