Earlier this year, Jeep greeted the New Year with the launch of the all-new Grand Cherokee. But instead of revealing the standard version first, Jeep actually debuted the larger Grand Cherokee L. With the longer wheelbase, this particular Cherokee has three rows of seats that can carry a total of six or seven passengers.
But what if you prefer Jeep's new global flagship SUV with just two rows of seats? After revealing the long-wheelbase version last January, Jeep recently launched the standard version of the flagship SUV.
Simply called 'Grand Cherokee', it features the same chiseled design as the long-wheelbase version. From the signature seven-slot grille, sleek LED headlights, squared wheel arches, flat hood, and thin wraparound taillights, the 2022 Grand Cherokee combines stylish looks with rugged capability.
The same goes for its cabin, which comes with plenty of high-tech amenities. These include a tablet-like touchscreen infotainment system, a flowing center console, a digital instrument panel, a full leather interior, an extra 10.1-inch screen for the front passenger, individual climate control, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a wireless charging pad, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
A new, state-of-the-art McIntosh audio system is available and features 19 custom-designed speakers (including a 10-inch / 25.4-cm subwoofer), 950 watts of power, and a 17-channel amplifier. Jeep is currently the only auto brand in the world to carry a McIntosh sound system.
Like the Grand Cherokee L, the two-row version also comes with various engine options. The entry-level engine is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that makes 293 PS with 348 Nm of torque. If that's not enough, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that cranks out 364 PS and 529 Nm of torque is also available. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
There's also the new 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. It's available on the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve variants, and comes with an electrically-assisted 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with a total system output of 375 PS with 637 Nm of torque. Thanks to a 17 kWh battery pack, the Grand Cherokee 4xe has an electric range of 40km. Power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
To keep the battery charged while on the move, the 4xe comes with regenerative braking, maximizing energy recovery when the vehicle is slowing down or coming to a stop. The system also has an Eco Coaching feature that can monitor power flow and see just how efficient one's driving is.
As with all past Grand Cherokees, this one comes with 4x4 as standard. But to reduce wear and tear on the drivetrain, the SUV now comes with a front-axle disconnect. When the system detects it no longer needs to have all-wheel drive, it automatically sets the drivetrain to 2WD – which will help reduce driveline wear and improve fuel economy.
Want to go off-road with confidence? Then the Trailhawk version is the way to go. It comes standard with the Quadra-Lift air suspension that provides up to 287mm of ground clearance. There's also the Quadra II active transfer case which comes with an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and a sway bar disconnect for better suspension articulation when going off-road.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is scheduled to arrive in North American dealerships in Q4 of 2021. Meanwhile, other global markets are set to receive the new Grand Cherokee in 2022. This means Jeep Philippines could get its hands on the all-new flagship SUV sometime next year.