Jeep does not reinvent the wheel, but is up to date in terms of modernity. On the Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022, we keep two of the old engines we know, but we also offer a first engine 4xe plug-in hybrid.
That’s it. After a career of more than 10 years, the Jeep grand cherokee is finally entitled to its 5th generation. There weren’t many surprises left after the unveiling of its L version a few months ago. We thus discover the “traditional” version with 2 rows of seats, therefore with 5 seats.
True to the habits of the manufacturer, this new generation obtains a collection of variations on the theme that will allow it to meet the needs of a vast clientele. We count on the Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and Summit. In each case, several distinctive features are obtained in terms of equipment and accessories. To this, we must obviously add the presence of 3 engine choices.
Always the style
At Jeep, the question of style is always central. We must be able to recognize a Jeep among all. Unsurprisingly, it adopts the same features as the L 2021 version. The most important distinction between the two models is that the Grand Cherokee is shorter by almost 30 centimeters.
Exterior lighting is fully LED, both front and rear. We note the presence of a roof of the “floating” type and supported by a thin strip of chrome. The height of the rims varies from 17 inches for the Laredo to 21 inches for the Summit, the most equipped version.
Depending on the model chosen, you get more or less chrome, but the one that remains the most distinctive is the Trailhawk with its tires designed for off-road, its decals and its adventurous look. We must not forget the signature of the plug-in hybrid engine with its accents of blue, in particular on the tow hooks.
More luxurious than ever
The Grand Cherokee follows closely behind the Grand Cherokee L when it comes to interior and presentation. It is important to underline Jeep’s effort to enhance the quality of manufacture and the use of high-quality materials. Following the current fashion, the Grand Cherokee gets a collection of onboard displays and digital instrumentation, a 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 multimedia monitor as well as another screen in front of the passenger. Those in the back will also be entitled to their own viewing through Fire TV. For even more hearing pleasure, McIntosh provides an optional 19-speaker audio system with a power of 950 watts.
New and old
This generation of the Grand Cherokee arrives with a choice of 3 engines, which is a significant decrease compared to the previous version since the high performance versions are not being renewed for the moment. There are the perennial and aging 3.6-liter Pentastar V6s and the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that we have known for decades. In the case of the V6, we renew the power of 293 horsepower with a torque of 260 pound-feet; As for the V8, it offers 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Jeep want to stay the king of the mountain with 3 different 4X4 cogs: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. The V8 version still offers impressive towing capacity at 3,273 kilograms (7,200 pounds).
Jeep recovers from the Wrangler 4xe its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with electric assist that gives a combined output of 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It is also mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to the contribution of a 17.3 kilowatt-hour battery, it would be able, according to Jeep, to cover a distance of 40 kilometers on electric mode.
According to the manufacturer, the 5th generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive by the end of the year in terms of gasoline versions. As for the 4xe model, we will have to wait until early 2022. For now, Jeep Canada has not released the price list of the different versions of the vehicle.