The new Grand Cherokee will debut later this year, but these spy shots give us an early preview.
For the first time in its model history, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is now available with three rows of seats. After debuting back in January, the three-row 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will soon be arriving in dealers. The current-generation two-row Grand Cherokee, on the other hand, will soldier on for the 2021 model year. Jeep has confirmed the new Grand Cherokee will debut later this year, but a CarBuzz reader has sent us some photos of a camouflaged prototype caught roaming the streets of Tuckahoe in New York, giving us an early preview of the new Grand Cherokee.
Compared to the current model, the next-generation Cherokee is larger with a noticeably longer wheelbase, so there should be more legroom for rear passengers.
The slimmer, redesigned headlights appear to have carried over from its three-row sibling, giving the Grand Cherokee a more contemporary appearance. For reference, the Grand Cherokee L is 204.9 inches long and has a 121.7-inch wheelbase, while the current two-row Grand Cherokee is 189.8 inches long, with a 114.8-inch wheelbase.
Elsewhere, the new Grand Cherokee features a redesigned seven-slot grille and the front fascia is more angular and aggressive than the current SUV's, with larger front air intakes and a more prominent lower grille. We also get a peek inside the cabin, which looks more premium. At the center is a new touchscreen for the Uconnect 5 infotainment system carried over from the Cherokee L.
The prototype appears to be fitted with the standard 8.4-inch touchscreen, but a larger 10.1-inch screen will likely be optionally available. There's also a digital instrument cluster, a new multifunctional steering wheel and a rotary dial for the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Under the hood, the new Grand Cherokee should share the same engine options as its larger sibling, which include a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque and a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 rated at 357 hp and 390 lb-ft.
Hat tip to Steven for sending us the images!