Originally Posted by yobusdis
They do have some similar characteristics. Just goes to show you that the Jeep Grand Cherokee name will sell almost anything. The new Grand is stylish though and the guts under the skin won't even be close to the Journey. The Journey is just a pacifica. Isn't the new Grand going to be a unibody platform? WL right?
Yes, it will be unibody design. The Grand has always been Uniframe, from ZJ to WK, not body-on-frame, so unibody won't be that much of a jump. What is significant is the involvement with Mercedes to create the all-new platform, using the ML as a basis, but building it over 43% stiffer/stronger. As far as WL, that was the working designation from some Jeep insiders before it was introduced in New York/Moab, but that hasn't been confirmed yet.
In today's market, especially, it takes more than a name or pretty face to move cars. It takes quality and solid design. I think this new Grand will take Chrysler/Jeep to a whole other level. It is a technological trend-setter, loaded up like a Mercedes or Land Rover, but for less. And with new chief customer officer, Douglas Betts (he's been there since '07, but considered new relative to products he's over-seen), being more of a quality watchdog than previously, I think we'll see strong attention to product build and content like we haven't seen in decades.