Setting the standard for large SUVs, American car manufacturer Jeep has unveiled its large SUV, the Grand Cherokee, which will be launched in Europe with a 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain and all-new designs – going on sale in the second half of 2022.
The all-new fifth-generation, two-row Grand Cherokee has been built around a new plug-in hybrid powertrain and “all-new architecture” that see both the interior and exterior being redesigned.
Excited? So are we!
Looking at the new powertrain, the Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV will feature a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that is combined with two electric motors, offering a system output of 375bhp and 470lb ft of torque – which in return provides 25 miles from a full charge on pure electricity.
A dual-clutch system manages power and torque from the engine and motors, whereas the alternator is replaced by a motor-generator connected to the engine’s crankshaft. Meanwhile, a bigger transmission-mounted motor-generator replaces the torque-converter.
Notably, the all-new Grand Cherokee 4xe will be available in six trim levels: Limited, Overland, Summit, Summit Reserve and off-road-focused Trailhawk. All of the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s will have additional underbody protection around the battery, especially for the hardcore off-roader, the Trailhawk
Specific for the Trailhawk model, it will include a two-speed transfer box, an electric limited-slip differential and Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction management system, along with 278mm of ground clearance that can be driven through waters at depths up to 610mm.
Additionally, the all-new powertrain offers drivers three different E Selec drive modes: Hybrid, which uses both power sources during a car journey for the perfect balance between performance and fuel economy; Electric, which prioritises EV-only performance, which will only kick-start the petrol engine when the battery charge runs out or if the driver requires a full-throttle acceleration; and eSave, an innovative option for this car. This mode preserves battery charge so it can be used in areas that would benefit from fewer fumes such as built-up urban areas, as well as having the option for drivers to select a Battery Charge setting within eSave that can charge the battery up whilst using the petrol engine.
Made for off-road, the all-new Grand Cherokee will feature a raft of off-roading systems and a new front-axle disconnect option – great for any driver wanting a car that provides that extra thrill!
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been completely overhauled with a new exterior, including a revised seven-slot grille and a more sculpted appearance. In order to boost aerodynamic efficiency, the SUV has a lower roofline, active grille-shutters, redesigned rear pillars and a lowered belt line to give more glass area and let more light into the cabin – improving visibility.
This all-new SUV is packed with loads of Jeeps new technology that is accompanied by a completely redesigned interior. The Grand Cherokee gains the fastest version of the Stellantis Uconnect infotainment system with up to three 10.1in digital displays (including one dedicated to the front passenger and features Fire TV), a 10in head-up display and a wireless smartphone charging pad
Furthermore, it will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and boasts the use of a TomTom-based sat-nav that allows the driver to live search with the use of a 4G hotspot for up to eight devices and Amazon Alexa integration – great for music and technology lovers!
There’s more storage space too for both the driver and passengers, including a bin in the front of the cabin for two smartphones and a wireless charging pad. Jeep is claiming an enhancement throughout the Grand Cherokee for both quality and comfort too, there are new seats with an adjustable seat base. Customisable LED lighting will showcase on all trim levels, together with heating, cooling and massage functions.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee will be available in the UK during the second half of 2022, with more details and pricing set to be unveiled closer to the car’s release. Make sure to check here for more details, and let us know your thoughts about this vamped up SUV!