2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L review

Fans of this large four-wheel drive may be disappointed with a change, but there is still a lot to enjoy in this family rider who goes everywhere.

Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee L has come with good and bad news. The good news is that it is an impressive, handsome and capable beast with room for seven to spread in luxury. The bad news is that there is no diesel engine for those who like extra torque and superior fuel economy.

The only engine offered is Jeep’s familiar non-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 petrol, which offers 210 kW and 344 Nm.

The maximum tensile strength is 2813 kg, or only 2268 kg for top-class Summit Reserve with its trickle air suspension. The outgoing Grand Cherokee diesel could carry 3,500 kg, making it a heavy tower’s American dream.

“I just wonder how many of them really needed three and a half tons; 2.8 tonnes is not enough? ” suggests Jeep Australia’s CEO Kevin Flynn. “What lies ahead is the plug-in hybrid and we will take it to heart. The bottom line is that this is a new model, it does not come with diesel, and I can largely guarantee that it will be same with many other brands in the future. “

Diesel’s public image may be in shambles, but 57 percent of old Grand Cherokees sold were oil burners. It will leave a hole. For those looking for more performance and economy – and who are willing to pay a price tag of around $ 100,000 – a five-seater plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee will arrive early next year with 280 kW and 637 Nm. However, it will only pull 2800 kg.

Meanwhile, the seven-seater starts at $ 82,250 plus roads for the cheapest Night Eagle model, rising to $ 87,950 for Limited and $ 115,450 for Summit Reserve.

With a few options, the range is likely to cost $ 130,000 down the road. Jeep says it is a premium product and priced accordingly.

Summit Reserve’s cabin is really special. Plush quilted leather seats adjust in all directions and warm or ventilate your buttocks and back while massaging them. There is a panoramic sunroof, pumping McIntosh sound with 19 speakers and a walnut finish with open pores that would not look out of place in a Bentley. Really.

Jeep charges $ 5,500 extra for a package with head-up display, cordless phone charging, night vision and a passenger screen.

No Night Eagles were available for testing, but Medium-specific Limited looks like the choice. Its cabin also exudes class and quality – leather, heated rows over two rows, a digital instrument panel, 10.1-inch center screen and knurled metal gearbox.

The third-row passengers have impressive headroom, while the cavernous second-row slides forward for adult-friendly legroom as well.

You do not feel third class here either; there are four USB devices (from a total of 12), bottle holders and soft armrests. There is even 487 liters of luggage space with seven seats up – more than you will find in a Mazda CX-5.

Grand Cherokee L’s trump card is to be able to go where luxurious seven-seater rivals do not dare to step. Our test trip included Aussie wilderness trails with large loose rocks, giant ruts and scrap heaps on the underside.

Only the Summit Reserve has a 4×4 with low range, and it goes into its terrain suit without vulgar clinking. The air suspension rises 61 mm above its on-road Sport mode and you can choose between five different terrain settings, while the backback control keeps order.

You pluck when you plow a $ 120,000 Jeep with 21-inch alloys and wall rubber up a sketchy climb, but this thing is very competent. Its 276 mm ground clearance makes it the true terrain hero; smaller qualities have only 215 mm free space so chassis sounds are more common. Despite that, Limited went everywhere the range top did – more than most owners would dare think of – albeit with a little more hassle.

Such hardcore ability makes performance on the road all the more impressive. The Grand Cherokee L cruises beautifully in almost silence while feeling safe and planted through corners for a vehicle of its size. Show it lumpy, bumpy roads and it absorbs hits very well. In terms of comfort, you miss not having Summit Reserve’s air suspension.

The V6 makes a great tone and feels powerful enough, but it lacks the traction of a diesel or V8, which would be more noticeable when towing. For reference, when cruising we returned 10.2 l / 100 km – almost identical to our return in the V6 diesel-equipped new Toyota LandCruiser.

DOM 3.5 / 5

Beautifully designed, spacious and well-equipped, but the price and lack of a diesel alternative can prove challenging.

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE L VITALS

AWARD From $ 82,250 plus roads

WARRANTY / SERVICE 5 years / unlimited km, USD 1,995 for five years / 60,000 km

SECURITY 8 airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping and blind spot assistance, front and rear cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control, speed sign recognition

ENGINE 3.6-liter V6 petrol, 210kW and 344Nm

THIRST 10.6L / 100 km

RESERVE Full size

LUGGAGE 487-1328 liters

Originally published as a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L review

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