The Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV will launch its fifth generation. It is presented with a three-row model called the Grand Cherokee L that can accommodate up to seven people. If the choice of three-row design raises questions about the off-road credibility of this new jeep, department manager Jim Morrison replies, “Don’t let the third line fool you, this jeep is still capable.”
This popular SUV will continue to offer a two-row model that will go into production along with the 4xe plug-in hybrid at the end of the year. Hands-free driving will also be available in the second model year, Jeep said. Meanwhile, the Grand Cherokee L shown here will hit stores in the spring of 2021 and is expected to start at under $ 40,000.
The Grand Cherokee’s updated cabin looks sleek and sophisticated, with LED ambient lighting, lots of open-pore wood, and accents of fine leather and metal. Audiophiles will enjoy the available McIntosh sound system, and those who want to relax will appreciate the heated and ventilated seats in the first and second rows. The front seats even have backrests for massage chairs.
The 10.1-inch color touchscreen features the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system from Jeep with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Below that you’ll find redundant temperature controls and a wireless charging pad that can accommodate two phones at the same time. A backlit, smoothly cut rotary gearshift lever complements the center console, flanked by a pressure lever for the terrain management system and the air suspension.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will initially be offered with two engines: today’s Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 (290 hp, 257 lb-ft of torque) and a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 (357 hp and 390 lb-ft) Deactivates four cylinders when not needed. Both are connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Grand Cherokee L offers an all-wheel drive system with an active transfer case that can direct almost any torque to the axle with the greatest traction. It is unclear whether the SUV will be offered in rear-wheel drive camouflage like many competitors.
|Engine||DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection|
|Displacement||220 cu in, 3604 cc|
|Power||295 hp @ 6400 rpm|
|Torque||260 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode|
|Passeger Volume||106 cu ft|
|Cargo Volume||36 cu ft|
|Curb Weight||5077 lb|