Jeep is giving its heart of Grand Cherokee a 2022 makeover – the first major overhaul in 10 years – that includes 5.5 cubic feet of additional interior space and an electrified powertrain option for the first time.
A mainstay of the Jeep lineup since the early 1990s, the Grand Cherokee competes in the heart of the utility market against the Chevrolet Blazer, Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Murano, Ford Bronco and Edge, Honda Passport, Land Rover Defender and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport .
One reviewer already calls the latest Grand Cherokee a BMW X5 that climbs the mountains like a goat.
The fifth-generation five-seat Grand Cherokee is slightly larger – 3.5 inches taller and 2 inches taller – than the 2021 Grand Cherokee.
It’s also 11.4 inches shorter than the new three-row Grand Cherokee L, with a 5-inch shorter wheelbase.
Jeep said it moved the wheels of the latest Grand Cherokee 1.4 inches away from the outgoing model to provide better handling and handling. And it offers wheels as wide as 21 inches on a Grand Cherokee for the first time.
The powertrain lineup includes a 3.6-liter V6 engine developing 293 horsepower; a 5.7-liter V8 engine producing 357 horsepower; and a 2.0-liter plug-in hybrid four-cylinder engine developing 375 horsepower. All three engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the SUV is available in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.
The next-gen Grand Cherokee is being built at a redeveloped plant in Detroit and will go on sale in late 2021, followed by the 4xe plug-in hybrid in early 2022.
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