The fifth era of the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee has been expanded—actually—by including a stretched seven-passenger model that debuts because the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. With customers champing on the bit for extra SUVs (and extra Jeeps), Fiat Chrysler Cars is constructing on that momentum with a brand new addition to the lineup: a midsize-plus Jeep Grand Cherokee with three rows of seating for the primary time.
That is the thriller three-row SUV that FCA has been promising in its five-year plan, and which can be constructed on the new $1.6 billion Detroit Meeting Advanced’s Mack Avenue Plant. Manufacturing begins this quarter, and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will arrive in dealerships within the second quarter. Why start the brand new Grand Cherokee’s rollout with the seven-passenger L mannequin? As a result of 70 % of gross sales in the Grand Cherokee’s vast midsize segment are three-row SUVs and Jeep desires to play within the coronary heart of the market as quickly as doable, Christian Meunier, international president of the Jeep model, mentioned.
Customers searching for the next-generation Grand Cherokee with the traditional two rows of seating should wait till later this yr. Additionally coming earlier than yr’s finish is the Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid. Officers aren’t saying whether or not the 2 latecomers can be 2021 or 2022 fashions, however count on the latter.
The brand new L SUV expands the Grand Cherokee household that set the bar for a midsize SUV that’s way more succesful off-road than most patrons will ever want. Although the present five-passenger Grand Cherokee has grown lengthy within the tooth after a decade (automakers normally intention to introduce a brand new era mannequin inside 5 years), the outgoing mannequin stays the phase gross sales chief within the U.S. The 2021 Grand Cherokee will solely develop its gross sales management with a brand new era and the choice of a third-row variant, mentioned Jim Morrison, head of Jeep model for FCA North America.
Smashing Glass Grand Cherokee Fashion
The unique Grand Cherokee was launched on the 1992 North American Worldwide Auto Present in Detroit the place a pink Laredo rolled off the manufacturing facility ground, drove downtown with a police escort to Cobo Corridor, crawled up the steps, and entered the occasion area by smashing a plate (sugar) glass window to show its ruggedness. Since manufacturing started in Detroit’s Jefferson North meeting plant in 1992, Jeep has bought greater than 7 million Grand Cherokees in additional than 90 markets. The Grand Cherokee was the 1993 MotorTrend Truck of the Year.
Jeep’s final swing at a three-row SUV, when you bear in mind it, was not a hit. Jeep introduced the Grand Cherokee–based 2006 Commander as a three-row SUV in 2005 and discontinued it after the 2010 mannequin yr, letting the Dodge Durango become its successor. Meunier mentioned that though the Commander was good off-road, it was compromised on-road and its stadium seating made it arduous to get into the third row. The Grand Cherokee L doesn’t repeat the Commander’s errors, he mentioned. (FCA launched a midsize three-row Jeep Grand Commander and five-passenger Jeep Commander crossover in 2018 for the Chinese language market, however it’s not obtainable elsewhere.)
New Structure for a Higher 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The subsequent-generation 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee (codenamed WL), the L included, rides on a brand new structure with a chassis primarily based on the light-weight Giorgio platform that offers the Alfa Romeo Stelvio its sublime road manners. The brand new Grand Cherokee makes use of extra aluminum and is engineered to supply extra consolation, refinement, security, tech, and 4×4 functionality than the present WK, Meunier mentioned.
The 2021 Grand Cherokee L provides six- or seven-passenger seating with captain’s chairs within the second row; an non-obligatory bench makes it doable to hold seven individuals. To accommodate them, the Grand Cherokee L is 14 inches longer with a wheelbase that grew by 7 inches relative to the outgoing five-passenger Grand Cherokee. Stretching for the third row solely makes the physique 0.Eight inch wider however Grand Cherokee L’s monitor is broadened by 1.5 inches in entrance and 1.Three inches in again to make the automobile extra steady.
Design Pays Homage to Jeep Heritage
Mark Allen, head of Jeep exterior design, says this fifth-gen Grand Cherokee design takes cues from the unique Jeep CJ, such because the seven-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches, in addition to the XJ (1984-2001 Jeep Cherokee). Proportions, nevertheless, have been impressed by the unique Wagoneer: The beltline was lowered for a bigger greenhouse, and the roof dips a bit within the again the place it bleeds into the spoiler. The entrance fascia is bigger, the A-pillar is thinner, and the brand new normal LED headlights and taillights are slimmer than these on the outgoing fourth-generation WK2 Grand Cherokee.
The body-mounted exhaust ideas are actual, and the body-color wheel openings make room for a 21-inch wheel with the Summit Reserve bundle. Higher trims even have a shiny black roof with a regular roof rack and a regular foot-activated energy liftgate.
Allen, recognized for including little touches, factors to the American flags on the aspect of the entrance doorways beside the title ‘Grand Cherokee’ in script.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L: Count on 4 Trim Ranges
There can be 4 Grand Cherokee L trims, with Overland being probably the most off-road centered with a extra aggressive entrance method angle, tow hooks, and selection of 18- or 20-inch wheels with off-road tires.
The highest-end Summit has all of the bells and whistles together with 360-degree cameras with washers, an evening imaginative and prescient digital camera, and a gaggle of sensors within the detailed grille for driver help applied sciences equivalent to adaptive cruise management. The Grand Cherokee L introduces Summit Reserve as a brand new premium bundle with an extended record of luxurious options and supplies.
Air Suspension and Better Floor Clearance
The fifth-gen Grand Cherokee options entrance and rear multilink impartial suspension, with an non-obligatory air suspension. The latter now provides digital adaptive damping and options 5 ride-height settings, together with a traditional experience top with 8.Three inches of floor clearance, an Aero mode that routinely drops the suspension one other 0.Eight inch, and a Sport mode. Park mode lowers the automobile 1.Eight inches to make getting out and in simpler.
There are two off-road settings that elevate the Grand Cherokee an additional 1.6 or 2.Four inches for a most 10.9 inches of floor clearance and as much as 24 inches for water fording functionality (versus 20 inches on the outgoing mannequin). The air suspension rises and lowers twice as quick because the outgoing mannequin.
Off-roaders be aware: Regardless of the added size, the Grand Cherokee L has a good method angle of 30.1 levels with a 23.6-degree departure angle and 22.6-degree breakover angle. The utmost 44:1 crawl ratio is unchanged. Hill descent management is a part of the off-road bundle and is normal on Overland and Summit trim ranges.
Two Engine Selections to Begin
Initially the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L can be provided with two engines: At this time’s base Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 (290 hp, 257 lb-ft of torque) and the Hemi 5.7-liter V-8 (357 hp and 390 lb-ft) that may deactivate 4 cylinders when not wanted. Each are mated to an eight-speed automated transmission.
Later within the yr Jeep will add the Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid, which provides electrical motors. We additionally absolutely count on a number of SRT efficiency variations sooner or later, probably together with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. To maintain the lineup recent, we foresee Trailhawk and Grand Cherokee Trackhawk variants.
Extra aluminum, together with the hood and tailgate, and lighter high-strength metal, have been used to assist cut back weight and enhance gas effectivity. The Grand Cherokee L additionally routinely disconnects the entrance axle if the automobile senses that street situations do not require all-wheel drive, one other technique to preserve mileage cheap.
No, It Is Not Too Massive to Go Off-Highway
The all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will supply three all-wheel-drive techniques, all with an lively switch case that may route almost all torque to the axle with probably the most traction. It’s unclear if the SUV can be provided in rear-wheel-drive-only guise, as are many opponents.
- Quadra-Trac I is a single-speed switch case all-wheel-drive system that shifts energy when it detects tire slip.
- Quadra-Trac II is a four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed switch case.
- The Quadra-Drive II four-wheel-drive system provides a rear digital restricted slip-differential. It’s obtainable on the Overland 4×4 mannequin if outfitted with the Off-Highway Group, and it’s normal on Summit fashions.
Chief engineer Fil Grado mentioned testing was finished on a lot of off-road trails, together with Moab the place the 2021 Grand Cherokee L conquered among the identical trails that the Jeep Wrangler tackles, regardless of being a lot bigger. The brand new SUV can tow 6,200 kilos with the V-6; towing capability is 7,200 kilos with the 5.7-liter V-8. The tow hitch is tastefully hidden behind a bit door, as it’s on the present Grand Cherokee (which has a pop-off, bumper-colored panel for hiding the hitch when it is not wanted).
Upscale Supplies Contained in the Cabin
Inside, FCA continues to supply spectacular design, supplies, and large touchscreens. There are upscale leather-based seats, a suedelike headliner, and many actual walnut and oak wooden trim.
The middle console flows up and into the instrument panel, and supplies have been chosen for distinction: black glass, vibrant steel, and actual wooden, mentioned Chris Benjamin, head of Jeep inside design. There may be wooden across the engine begin button, and wooden curls up and behind the skinny and frameless touchscreen that’s laid on prime of it. The steel rotary shifter is surrounded by black glass.
The instrument panel leans away for a larger sense of area and at every finish is inscribed “since 1941,” referring to Jeep’s founding—one other of these little touches Jeep is thought for.
Premium Seating for Six or Seven
The seats are upholstered in Palermo leather-based with further quilted aptitude on the aspect bolsters. The second and third rows fold flat. The entrance seats therapeutic massage the occupants, and there are customized local weather zones. The primary two rows of seats are heated, recline, and supply air flow. Second- and third-row air vents are within the pillars, as a substitute of overhead, to higher direct the air.
The second-row bucket seats tip and slide, with 7 inches of journey to ease entry to the power-folding third row. There’s 46.9 cubic toes of cargo area behind the third row, and that grows to 84.6 cubes when the second row is folded flat.
Screens and Uconnect 5
The usual heart display screen measures 8.Four inches; an upgraded full-color 10.1-inch frameless display screen with normal Uconnect 5 is quicker, crisper, and has an Android working system for over-the-air updates and room to develop.
A second 10.3-inch frameless digital cluster for the driving force can show analog gauges or a digital view, and it supplies night time imaginative and prescient views of pedestrians or animals. There may be additionally a brand new 10-inch head-up show.
Audiophiles Hear: McIntosh Debuts
FCA is working with McIntosh, the premium house audio firm, to supply high quality audio in automobiles. The highest trims of the Grand Cherokee L will supply a 19-speaker McIntosh sound system. We first heard of this partnership on the unveiling of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer idea, manufacturing fashions of which can supply a McIntosh system. The McIntosh app permits you to see the model’s signature energy meters on the middle display screen.
The Grand Wagoneer has wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an non-obligatory wi-fi charger can cost two units concurrently. There are 12 USB-A and USB-C ports for wi-fi units.
Fingers-Free Driving to Come
By way of security tech, the 2021 Grand Cherokee L has lively driving help techniques, drowsy driver detection, parking help, a digital rearview mirror, visitors signal recognition, a 10-inch head-up show, and extra. Some, together with adaptive cruise management, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, collision warning, and rear cross path detection, are normal.
A Stage 2 automated driver help system—suppose GM’s Tremendous Cruise that permits hands-free freeway driving—can be added within the second mannequin yr. Fingers-Free Lively Driving Help can be obtainable in late 2021 on the 2022 Grand Cherokee L.
To regulate the kiddies, there’s a rear-seat monitoring digital camera system that offers the driving force a transparent image—within the heart display screen—of what’s going on within the again rows.
The 2021 Grand Cherokee L comes with the Jeep Wave buyer care program that features three years of complimentary upkeep, journey interruption and first-day loaner protection, and VIP entry to some Jeep model occasions.
|2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L|
|LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, 4WD, 6-7-pass, 4-door SUV|
|ENGINE||3.6L/290-hp/257-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6; 5.7L/357-hp/390-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8|
|CURB WEIGHT||4,650-5,350 lb (mfr)|
|L x W x H||204.9 x 77.Three x 71.5 in|
|0-60 MPH||6.0-8.5 (MT est)|
|EPA FUEL ECON||Not but rated|
|ON SALE||Spring 2021|