It's been 80 years since the Willys MB and Ford GPW started production. Time to celebrate.
As old as it is, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is now expected to soldier on for the 2021 model year, without first undergoing a head-to-toe redesign as we'd originally anticipated. The all-new, next-generation Grand Cherokee is now expected to arrive for the 2022 model year, and in the meantime, the current model will undergo some minor changes as it enters its eleventh year on the market - just enough to keep it from getting stale.
But of the changes allegedly coming for 2021, one in particular caught our eye: a special 80th Anniversary Edition model. The model will commemorate the 80 years since the original Willys MB (and Ford GPW) "Jeeps" first started production as light military vehicles during World War II.
The new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition will be based on the rich Limited trim, according to Mopar Insiders. There's no word on what extra content will differentiate the Anniversary Edition from the model on which it's based, but on the road, the 75th Anniversary Grand Cherokee was mostly set apart by its low-gloss bronze wheels, grille inserts, fog lamp bezels, tow hooks, roof rails, and badging.
Inside, the 75th Anniversary Grand Cherokee rocked seats with special anniversary logos embossed into the backrests, orange accent stitching, and a few extra comfort and convenience gizmos.
That there might be an 80th Anniversary Edition of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is by far the biggest news regarding the new model year, but other updates will reportedly include new standard 18-inch alloy wheels on the base-level Laredo, finished in silver, and a new Sun and Sound package available for the Limited and Limited X trims. According to Mopar Insiders, that package will come with a big, dual-pane panoramic moonroof and a nine-speaker Alpine audio system.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected to start its short-lived production in September, with the all-new 2022 model coming to replace it at FCA's Jefferson North plant in Detroit early next year.