Here’s What We Know About The Next-Generation Grand Cherokee
Although the ongoing pandemic has delayed many planned debuts, Jeep is still planning to take the wraps off of their next-generation two-row Grand Cherokee toward the middle of next year, after first unveiling the unnamed three-row variant in the first quarter of 2021. Here’s everything we know about the next-generation Grand Cherokee (WL).
As seen on the rendering above, which was based on leaked photos, the Grand Cherokee will be adopting a squared-up exterior design. The hood will be longer and flatter and the front end will be far more upright and square. The roofline is also flatter, while sloping down toward the rear not unlike some Range Rover products. Just like the all-new Wagoneer, the Grand Cherokee’s side window shape takes some retro cues with a sharp angle where the rear quarter window meets the D pillar. At the rear, expect a similar design to the Grand Commander found in other countries with slimmer LED tail lamps and horizontal styling elements.
You can see the new proportions in the .gif below:
We expect the length of the Grand Cherokee to grow by a few inches, mostly in the wheelbase. This will increase the second row passenger space as well as improve the maximum cargo capacity.
Because of the new platform, the new Grand Cherokee will reflect more traditional RWD proportions, lending a sleeker, more muscular appearance to the Jeep.
We believe the rendering above to be extremely accurate in regard to the exterior design.
Inside, the Grand Cherokee benefits from an all-new design. As has long been the case for the Jeep brand, Grand Cherokee will remain one of the Jeep brand’s leaders in technology and luxury, surpassed only by the new Grand Wagoneer.
Because of the fantastic reporting at Mopar Insiders, we have a good idea of what design and features to expect on the interior. The dashboard of the new Grand Cherokee is far more horizontal with a center screen appearing to flow upward into the dash. Speaking of screens, 8.4″ and 10.1″ variants of the Uconnect 5 system will be on board which features multiple user profiles, wireless CarPlay, and other new features. The instrument cluster will also be available as a fully digital display, similar to the system seen in some Audi products. A head-up display will be optional on the higher trim levels while additional safety technology such as a 360-degree camera, pedestrian detections and semi-autonomous driving capability (likely late availability) will also find their way into the Grand Cherokee.
Other features such as heated and ventilated front and rear seats will be offered, plus new switchgear for the window and lock controls, memory seat controls, Selec-Terrain switch, and HVAC controls. A rotary shift dial will replace the more traditional looking shifter in the current WK2.
The all-new Grand Cherokee will be based on the Giorgio Global architecture. This is a variant of the architecture used for the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, but updated with support for electrification and obviously reconfigured to fit the new Grand Cherokee’s build points.
At launch, we are told that the WL will have two available engine options, neither of which are completely new: the ubiquitous 3.6L Pentastar V6 and 5.7L Hemi V8. Both of these engines will feature eTorque mild hybrid technology to increase fuel efficiency and improve the start-stop system response.
Later on, the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder, currently found in the Wrangler and the Cherokee, will join the lineup and will also feature eTorque technology. The eventual 4xe plug-in hybrid variant of the Grand Cherokee may also pair this 4-cylinder engine to a battery pack, as Mopar Insiders has reported will be the case in the Wrangler 4xe.
At some point, and inline-6 engine will appear as an option, though this may be quite some time after the initial launch. We are told that the high-performance models will continue to be available in the new Grand Cherokee, though not at launch. Because high-output version of the inline-6 engine are reported to be in development, potentially with electronic turbochargers or superchargers, we may see the 6.4L 392 V8 engine bite the dust in favor of a smaller displacement inline-6 engine for the “entry level” performance model.
The unnamed three-row WL75 variant of the Grand Cherokee will debut before the 2-row version, likely in the first quarter of 2021. The 2-row WL74 Grand Cherokee should be unveiled in late summer or fall of 2021, with production starting shortly after.
Pricing is expected to rise a bit from the current Grand Cherokee as Jeep moves further into luxury territory.
James Brown was born in Seattle, Washington and has a passion for the automotive industry. Particularly interested in off-road capable trucks and SUVs, James spends much of his free time navigating off-road trails and enjoying other outdoor activities.