SET to mark 80 years as a car maker next year, Jeep has unveiled the most technologically advanced, 4×4-capable and luxurious Grand Cherokee it’s ever built, including its first ever electrified variant.
While it’s yet to be determined which variants will land in Australia, and when, the fifth-generation line-up includes the hybrid Grand Cherokee 4xe, as well as the new Trailhawk, which also come with a hybrid version for the first time.
New architecture, a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, a refreshed exterior design and new interior will all feature. Exceptional performance, comfort, capability and functionality are set to bolster the Grand Cherokee’s legacy as the most awarded and celebrated SUV.
Unrivalled capability along with composed on-road driving dynamics come courtesy of three 4×4 systems – Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II, as well as class-exclusive Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension, now with electronic semi-active damping.
The combination means the Jeep Grand Cherokee now offers up to 11.3-inches (28.7cm) of ground clearance and 24-inches (61cm) of water fording. Improved articulation and traction over rocks and rough terrain is achieved thanks to sway bar disconnect.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe delivers what Jeep describes as the ultimate 4×4 experience with 3,265kg braked towing capacity, while delivering immense power through the pairing of its hybrid powertrain and an optional 5.7-litre V8 engine.
The Uconnect 5 infotainment system brings a 10.1-inch display, five-times-faster operating speed and over-the-air software updates. In a first for passengers, their are interactive entertainment screens for all.
The front passenger scores a 10.25-inch interactive display and there are 10.1-inch rear seat entertainment displays, all with built-in Amazon Fire TV (at least in the North American market).
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in Jeep dealerships in North America in the fourth quarter of 2021. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is scheduled to arrive in North America early in 2022. Australian availability is yet to be announced.