For the first time, the 2022 Jeep Cherokee is available with an electrified 4xe powertrain.
After the order books opened last month, the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has finally broken cover, just in time to celebrate its 80th anniversary next year. Slotting below the larger three-row L variant, the new two-row Grand Cherokee boasts improved off-roading capability, a revamped exterior, more high-tech interior, and a new hybrid powertrain.
"The Jeep Grand Cherokee is our global flagship and will be leading the Jeep brand into a new era of premium refinement, innovative technology, advanced 4x4 capability and electrification," said Christian Meunier, Jeep Brand Chief Executive Officer. "With a perfect balance of on-road dynamics, 4x4 capability and 4xe performance, the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most technologically advanced, luxurious and 4x4-capable Grand Cherokee ever."
For the first time, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is offered with an efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain, joining Jeep's 4xe range of electrified off-roaders. Available in the Grand Cherokee Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve, the 4xe hybrid system combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with two electric motors and a 400-volt battery pack.
Impressively, the electrified Trailhawk - distinguished by its blue tow hooks and 18-inch wheels with blue accents - conquered the Rubicon Trail using all-electric power.
Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, this hybrid setup generates a combined 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. When running on pure electric power, the Grand Cherokee 4xe has an estimated range of 25 miles, while the total driving range is expected to be over 440 miles. As you would expect, the 4xe is the most efficient Grand Cherokee yet, with an estimated 57 MPGe economy rating.
Four driving modes are available in the Grand Cherokee 4xe: Hybrid, Electric, and eSave. The latter prioritizes the engine and saves the battery charge for later use. No matter which mode you select, the Grand Cherokee 4xe functions as a hybrid when the battery reaches its minimum state of charge.
A standard, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 rated at 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque is available for Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and Summit trims. If you want more power, the 4x4 Trailhawk, Overland and Summit can be equipped with an optional 5.7-liter V8 good for 357 hp and 390 lb-ft. All trims come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the 5.7-liter V8, the 2022 Grand Cherokee will tow up to 7,200 pounds.
Using three 4x4 systems (Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II) with a rear electronic limited slip-differential and an active transfer case that improves traction, the 2022 Grand Cherokee is more capable off-road than ever. Thanks to Jeep's Quadra-Lift air suspension, which is upgraded with electronic semi-active damping, the 2022 Grand Cherokee has 11.3 inches of ground clearance and can wade through water up to 24 inches deep.
Depending on the road conditions, the advanced air suspension automatically adjusts the shock tuning to optimize comfort, stability, and control. Five available terrain modes (Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, Mud/Sand) adjust the handling depending on the driving scenario. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 also features a new front axle disconnect, which automatically switches to two-wheel drive if four-wheel drive is not needed to tackle the road conditions, reducing drag and improving fuel economy. Four-wheel drive is automatically re-engaged if required.
The new Trailhawk improves on the Grand Cherokee's 4x4 capability with standard all-terrain tires wrapped around 18-inch wheels, an approach angle of 35.7 degrees, and a departure angle of 30.2 degrees. Other standard equipment for the Trailhawk includes an integrated off-road camera, a sway bar disconnect for improved articulation and traction over rocks and rough terrain, steel skid plates, and red tow hooks.
Underpinned by a new flexible architecture, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is five inches shorter than the three-row L, with a 116.7-inch wheelbase compared to the Grand Cherokee L's 121.7-inch wheelbase. At 193.5 inches long, the two-row Grand Cherokee is 11.4-inches shorter than the three-row version.
In terms of styling, the new Grand Cherokee has a more sculpted, premium design, while a lower roof, active grille shutters, and air curtains that improve the SUV's aerodynamic efficiency. A wider and larger seven-slot grille, longer hood, and wider track give the new Grand Cherokee a bolder appearance.
Inside, the redesigned interior features dual 10.1-inch screens for the digital cluster and infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. A separate 10.25-inch display is available for the front passenger along with new rear-seat screens featuring built-in Amazon Fire TV to entertain rear passengers.
New 16-way adjustable front seats offer power lumbar and memory, while front driver and passenger seats in higher trims include a back massage function. Heated and vented seats are also available in the first two rows. A 10-inch head-up display is available for Overland and Summit trims and a digital rearview mirror can be equipped for Limited trims and above.
Standard safety tech includes a collision warning with active braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection, rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, active lane management, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, advanced brake assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear back-up camera, rear park assist sensors, electric parking brake, and a tire-pressure monitoring.
Sales for the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will start in the US in Q4, 2021. The hybrid 4xe variant will arrive in North America in early 2022. Global sales will start later in 2022.