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Unread 05-02-2009, 08:10 AM   #91
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Unread 05-02-2009, 07:08 PM   #92
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That hasn't been confirmed or denied by any source yet. WKJeeps.com has it under the WK section, but even he isn't sure of the designation. Since it's a new platform, based on the Mercedes GL, it wouldn't make sense to call it a WK. WL was the designation by some Jeep insiders, so that was the name being passed around. We don't know what it's designation is yet.
I would be surprised if it isn't designated WK for the following reasons.

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Ralph Gilles said that the platform was co-developed with Mercedes (as opposed to being an adaption of the ML as Jim Press implied); the body structure is, indeed, stiffer than the Mercedes ML.
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New front and rear independent suspension systems deliver premium on-road handling and comfort. The basic platform continues, and is shared by the Mercedes ML.
http://www.allpar.com/trucks/jeep/2011-cherokee.html
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Unread 05-03-2009, 09:11 PM   #93
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I would be surprised if it isn't designated WK for the following reasons: New front and rear independent suspension systems deliver premium on-road handling and comfort. The basic platform continues, and is shared by the Mercedes ML.
I think you are reading into that sentence too much. Everything I've read states this is a NEW platform, developed with Mercedes, using elements from the ML & GL engineering. When Allpar said "The basic platform continues," they weren't referring to the current platform. You take it out of context, and yes, it would sound like that, but they are talking about this new platform and continue their thoughts. Never once do they mention the WK or make any comparisons to it. It is awkward phrasing, but they don't reference the current Grand, so the only qualifier for that statement is the prior information, which talks about this NEW PLATFORM. Other than that one sentence, taken out of context, what other evidence have you found, because EVERYTHING else I've read calls it a NEW or ALL-NEW platform. If you know of something else, please share it; I'm curious.

This platform is so different from the WK and will stand-alone in style and performance, so I would be very surprised if they wanted to give it the same designation.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 02:25 AM   #94
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Unread 05-04-2009, 03:47 AM   #97
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Unread 05-04-2009, 10:06 AM   #98
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wow. that is sick. rock on Jeep.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 01:02 PM   #99
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I think you are reading into that sentence too much. Everything I've read states this is a NEW platform, developed with Mercedes, using elements from the ML & GL engineering. When Allpar said "The basic platform continues," they weren't referring to the current platform. You take it out of context, and yes, it would sound like that, but they are talking about this new platform and continue their thoughts. Never once do they mention the WK or make any comparisons to it. It is awkward phrasing, but they don't reference the current Grand, so the only qualifier for that statement is the prior information, which talks about this NEW PLATFORM. Other than that one sentence, taken out of context, what other evidence have you found, because EVERYTHING else I've read calls it a NEW or ALL-NEW platform. If you know of something else, please share it; I'm curious.

This platform is so different from the WK and will stand-alone in style and performance, so I would be very surprised if they wanted to give it the same designation.
What I find interesting is almost no one knows that the WK was used as the starting point for the Mercedes M class. So if some newer M class platform is where this newest Grand Cherokee comes from it basically started with Jeep to begin with.

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Unread 05-04-2009, 01:19 PM   #100
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What I find interesting is almost no one knows that the WK was used as the starting point for the Mercedes M class. So if some newer M class platform is where this newest Grand Cherokee comes from it basically started with Jeep to begin with.

http://reviews.cnet.com/suv/2006-jee...-31756954.html
Actually, a lot of us do know that, but that's still not evidence of the code designation for this new Grand. As you pointed out, Jeep engineers stated they didn't use the ML underpinnings, as first thought. Once again from Jeep: "THIS IS AN ALL-NEW PLATFORM."
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FYI... I work at the plant that is making the fuel tanks for this new Grand, and the vehicle is designated as a WD.
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Unread 05-05-2009, 07:35 PM   #102
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FYI... I work at the plant that is making the fuel tanks for this new Grand, and the vehicle is designated as a WD.
Very cool. Thanks for the info!

I wish you could change the names of threads...
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Unread 05-05-2009, 07:50 PM   #103
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sure its fairly decent looking. but i hate the way jeep has gone lately. straying away from their world famous offroad background. beginning with the removal of solid front axles on nearly every "jeep" except the wrangler and in some cases a full independent suspension. luxurious interiors, smooth rides, minivan motors...ill take the stiff bumpy ride in my jeep any day and you'll catch me with a dead hooker before i buy a jeep (aside from the tj and maybe a jk with a 5.7) built after 04
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Ugh. That's a jeep I wouldn't get upset if I wrecked...ugly!
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Ugh. That's a jeep I wouldn't get upset if I wrecked...ugly!
I'm not quite understanding fellow WJ owners who think this new Grand is ugly. It's like a sleeked-out, modernized version of our Jeep. Puzzling...


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