What’s the first thing you’ve noticed on the testing prototype of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee? Yes! It’s bigger than the predecessor, but no, the extra inches of wheelbase is not going to be used for the third row of seats. Jeep’s new three-row crossover SUV is some other story that has practically nothing with the next-gen Grand Cherokee. Well, almost nothing, since the unnamed seven-seat SUV is going to share underpinnings with the popular five-seat SUV.
New Platform Promises Softer Ride
FCA announced the platform switch a long time ago, so we have no doubt what’s going to be the basis of the new-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV will ride on a slightly modified Giorgio platform which currently underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia and the Stelvio SUV. At first glance, the platform will soften the famous nameplate, but you don’t have to worry about the off-road abilities of the new-gen model at all. After all, we are talking about Jeep and the automaker definitely “know-how” when the vehicle needs to go off the path. Instead, the successor will definitely offer refined ride quality and a higher level of comfort. The stretched SUV with longer rear overhangs sports an independent rear suspension, which guarantees improved drive.
The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee is going to arrive paired with five of six engine options. The entry-point model will exploit the Wrangler’s new 2.0-liter turbo that includes a 48-volt Belt Start Generator system. The ultra-efficient mill pumps out 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee’s second choice will be the Pentastar V-6 coupled with the eTorque hybrid-assist system. The hybrid aid is totally different as comes paired with an ultra-efficient Atkinson combustion cycle thanks to variable intake-valve lift and cam phasers. This one stays limited to 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of grunt. According to our insiders, the mid-size SUV will get rid of the V8 HEMI. Instead of it, the model will get the brand’s all-new turbocharged inline-six that hooks mild-hybrid technology for a total output of 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of twist. The carmaker will most definitely add the supercharged Trackhawk model at some point, but the hottest Grand Cherokee ever is not going to happen right away. Let’s don’t forget the diesel variant, which will use the new EcoDiesel V-6.
New Features And Tech
To be honest, we have no clue what’s cooking beneath the camouflage at the moment. As far as we can tell, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will receive an evolutionary redesign. While most of the new crossovers get sloped rooflines, this one is going to keep things straight without any doubt. The boxy shape is good because this way, there will be no compromise with interior room and cargo capacity. We can’t see the face right now, but we recognize the seven-slot grille and wide air intakes below. The company hinted the possibility of Level 3 autonomy earlier this year, while we largely expect to see the Ram 1500-based 12-inch touchscreen infotainment, better-quality soft-touch materials, and more standard features.
Arrival And Price
The next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee will make its official debut early next year, but it won’t become available before the end of 2020. The entry-level model will probably cost around $35K, while the topping option should be priced above $65K.