Forget that coupe-like styling.
For better or worse, it was the BMW X6 that introduced coupe-like styling to the SUV and crossover segments. It may not appeal to true off-road, SUV enthusiasts, but many automakers have copied this theme in order to broaden sales. Needless to say, it’s worked. With that in mind, will definitive SUV brands like Jeep adapt coupe styling for hot-selling models like the Grand Cherokee? Not likely. In a new interview with Motoring, Jeep’s head of international product planning, Adrian Van Campenhout, confirmed that an X6-styled Grand Cherokee is not in the cards.
A redesigned Grand Cherokee is due to arrive sometime in 2017 and is expected to retain its definitive Jeep looks. However, this doesn’t mean that Jeep hasn’t ruled out three-door versions with sportier styling of existing smaller models. Take the Renegade, for example. There are rumors that Jeep is planning an even smaller three-door model slotted below the Renegade. Both could be given coupe-like styling in order to broaden the brand’s appeal, especially in Europe. But we can expect for the next-gen Grand Cherokee to still look very much like a true Jeep.