Jeep's mid-size money maker is finally getting a redesign.
Fiat Chrysler products have serious staying power, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee remains a strong profit-generator for the automaker, even though it hasn't received a major overhaul in a good long while - since 2011, as a matter of fact. But all good things must, eventually, come to an end, and previously, it was thought that the current fourth-generation Grand Cherokee would be succeeded by an all-new version for the 2021 model year.
Now, we can confirm that this is indeed the case: a new fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee design will launch for 2021, after staging a public debut sometime this year.
The timing of the new model was confirmed by FCA's Head of Design, Ralph Gilles, in a Facebook live chat earlier this week, as he fielded a question about what design he was most proud of during his career with FCA.
"If you go by what makes money for the company, it's hard to ignore the Ram and the Grand Cherokee," he replied. "They are our prized profit vehicles. And I love the Grand Cherokee, it has survived so beautifully. It's getting on now, and we're about to replace it later this year."
He later reiterated that the new Jeep Grand Cherokee would bow before the end of the year, although he didn't specify when, nor where, the all-new design would debut.
Detroit's North American International Auto Show in June might make sense as a potential venue for the new model's unveiling, especially given FCA's popularity in the Detroit-area market. But there are two other major US auto shows - New York, and Los Angeles - still on the calendar, and FCA could always opt instead to unveil the model at its own individual live streamed event.
As for what to expect from the new Grand Cherokee, that, too, is up in the air. Rumor has it the new mid-size utility vehicle will ride on Alfa Romeo's agile Giorgio platform like the Giulia and Stelvio, and a possible document leak last year purported to detail a dramatically revamped, tech-rich cabin with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, 10.5-inch digital instrument panel, and a rotary gear selector.
Reportedly, the fifth-generation model could even offer third-row seating, but we advise taking that with a grain of salt.