Jeep Unveils New Electric and Trailhawk Grand Cherokee Models

September 29, 2021 by Jerry Hirsch, @Jerryhirsch

Stellantis launched the fifth generation of its Grand Cherokee SUV Wednesday, displaying an all-new architecture that includes a plug-in hybrid powertrain, a different exterior design and an upgraded interior.

The 2022 Grand Cherokee range now has a conventional gasoline model, the electrified Grand Cherokee and the off-road-ready Trailhawk.

“The Jeep Grand Cherokee is our global flagship and will be leading the Jeep brand into a new era of premium refinement, innovative technology, advanced 4×4 capability and electrification,” said Christian Meunier, chief executive of the Jeep brand.

The plug-in version 4xe will offer an estimated 25 miles of all-electric range, a 57 miles per gallon equivalent fuel economy rating and a combined driving range of more than 440 miles.

It will provide up to 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and have a maximum towing rating of 6,000 pounds.

Stellantis, which owns the Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, Dodge, Fiat and Peugeot brands, plans to sell a fully electric Jeep vehicle in every SUV segment by 2025.

But the company still plans to sell two conventional gas powertrains for the Grand Cherokee.

GASOLINE POWERTRAINS

The standard configuration uses the all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It carries a towing capacity of up to 6,200 pounds and an estimated driving range of more than 500 miles.

Buyers can also pick a 5.7-liter V-8, rated at 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. It has a towing capacity of up to 7,200 pounds.

The Grand Cherokee’s new architecture allows for a variety of configurations, wheelbases and lengths. The two-row and three-row Grand Cherokee L share the same overall width of 84.6 inches. But the 116.7-inch wheelbase is five inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee L’s 121.7-inch wheelbase. It is 11.4 inches shorter in overall length.

The new styling features a lower, tapered roof that improves the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance. But the automaker said the sleeker design doesn’t intrude on cargo space or utility. The new model’s lowered beltline and larger windows allow more light into the cabin and increase outward visibility. Jeep also widened the grill and stretched the hood.

Jeep also added important advanced driver assistance system safety features to the new Grand Cherokee. The standard features now include forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian/cyclist detection. There’s also standard rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance and blind-spot alert.

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