It's only a few days away.
Jeep has taken an interesting approach when revealing the next-generation Grand Cherokee. Rather than start with the model we've known since 1993, Jeep first revealed a new three-row Grand Cherokee L model for the 2021 model year. The two-row model, which will arrive sporting a plug-in hybrid 4xe drivetrain, has yet to make its official debut, but Jeep has already revealed what the model will look like and what trims it will come in.
We won't have to wait much longer to see the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe in full, because both models will debut on September 29 at 9 am Eastern time. Jeep teased the new model on its Twitter account, saying it will arrive "late fall '21."
From what we've seen, the two-row Grand Cherokee won't look drastically different from the three-row L version, which is also part of the nameplate's fifth generation. Jeep calls this latest version "the biggest Grand Cherokee breakthrough in 30 years," likely referring to the "zero emission freedom" offered by the 4xe system. We still don't know the specifications on the 4xe model, but the Grand Cherokee will likely borrow the Wrangler's drivetrain, which produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. We hope the Grand Cherokee improve's on the Wrangler's 22-mile electric range.
As for the non-hybrid model, it shouldn't stray away from Jeep's successful formula. The base engine will be a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 producing 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, while an optional 5.7-liter V8 will up the output to 357 hp and 390 lb-ft. As of now, there are no immediate plans for any SRT models. Inside, we expect the cabin to be nearly identical to the Grand Cherokee L, albeit without the third row. Given Jeep's timing in the past, pricing likely won't be announced until closer to the on-sale date.