Chrysler to Add 3rd Shift for Cherokee Production
“Orders continue being much higher than initial expectations, and we are considering adding a third shift soon,” a Chrysler insider told Autonews. Chrysler already hired an additional 1,080 workers for the second shift which was added on July 19.
The new Cherokee is priced in the US from $30,995 (Laredo trim). The model offers a new 3.6l Pentastar V6 engine, developing 290 horsepower and, as an option, a 5.7l V8 engine, developing 360 horsepower.
The new feature added by Chrysler to the range include LED lamps, automatic crash notification, emergency call, remote door unlock and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Quadra Lift adjustable air suspension system and 20 inch aluminum polished wheels.
The Grand Cherokee is available with a new air suspension created to allow the vehicle to be raised or lowered depending on on-road and off-road conditions. The Selec-Terrain system allows ride settings for conditions ranging from dry pavement to sand, snow or rocks.
In June, the vehicle received the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The safety features which got it this award include ESC, ABS, driver and front-passenger active head restraints, front seat-mounted side airbags and advanced multi-stage front airbags.
The 2011 Grand Cherokee is available in three trims: Laredo, Limited and Overland. The Limited 4x4 starts at $39,995, while the top of the line Overland starts at $42,995.