Close to a year after revealing the expanded three-row version of the SUV, Jeep has finally revealed the all-new Grand Cherokee. It will offer a new PHEV driveline, a new Trailhawk off-road version, and the all-new Jeep will up the level of comfort, luxury, and refinement on top of that extra capability when compared with the outgoing SUV.
We’ve already seen the basic shape of the Grand Cherokee, in the form of the Grand Cherokee L. This one is just shorter, thanks to not needing to accommodate a third row of seating. At 2,964 mm between the wheels, it cuts 127 mm from the L, and is 290 mm shorter overall at 4,914 mm. While smaller than its sibling, the 2022 Grand Cherokee still adds interior space compared with the last generation, with a total of 1,068 L of cargo space, 40L more than before, and offering 116L more total passenger volume.
Three powertrains will be offered, starting with the well-known 3.6L V6 and 5.7L V8. Largely carryover, the 293 hp V6 has seen upgrades Jeep says will refine the stop-start system and improve launches on engine restart. The 357 hp V8 can tow up to 7,200 lbs and sees its use of cylinder deactivation expanded which Jeep says can increase fuel economy up to 20 percent. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic that has new programming for smoother gear changes.
4xe marks the first PHEV offering on the Grand Cherokee, using a 2.0L four and electric motor to offer 375 hp, 470 lb-ft, and an estimated 40 km of pure electric range. The system uses a starter-generator for seamless start-stop and a larger high-voltage motor replaces the torque converter inside the transmission.
Though it plugs in, the Grand Cherokee 4xe is still offered with a real 4×4 system including low range and a 6,000 lb tow capacity. The high-voltage electronics are sealed and the Trail Rated 4xe can ford up to the same 24-inches of water as the gas-only version.
Trailhawk for 2022 gets a Quadra-Lift air suspension offering up to 11.3-inches of ground clearance as well as an active transfer case and rear electronic LSD. A sway bar disconnect adds suspension articulation on really tough terrain, while skid plates protect the vital components. The 4xe will be available in Trailhawk trim, including all of the same features but trading red tow hooks for blue.
Inside, the new Grand Cherokee offers a much more premium experience than before. This includes the Uconnect 5 infotainment system that can power up to five screens including the gauges, a 10.1-inch center console screen, a new passenger interactive display, and two rear-seat entertainment screens that also offer Amazon FireTV. Like the L (and the fancier Wagoneer), a McIntosh audio system will be offered with 19 speakers. Available new 16-way adjustable power seats will get a length-adjustable cushion while top trims will offer massage. Heated seats are standard and front and rear ventilated seats will be on the options list.
Buyers wanting the most luxury in their GC will want the new Summit Reserve Package that adds special 21-inch wheels along with hand-wrapped Palermo leather seats, leather-wrapped armrests and doors, open-pore walnut, suede headliner, and the top tier seats and stereo.
Standard advanced driver aids include full-speed collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic detection, adaptive cruise, lane management, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors. Options will include a new night vision camera, intersection collision assist, parking assist, and a 360-view camera with washers for when things get dirty. Active Driving Assist hands-on highway driving will also be available.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is set to hit dealers in the fourth quarter of this year, with 4xe arriving in early 2022. Expect pricing to be announced closer to the new SUVs arriving in showrooms.