This Grand Cherokee 4xe is a plug-in hybrid mid-size SUV that drives the wheels with a 2.0L turbo engine assisted by an electric motor. This PHEV powerplant can generate a maximum of 375 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All models have an 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
Fuel consumption for this PHEV is rated at 56 MPGe combined, and running on gasoline only it drops to 23 mpg.
The Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe tips the scales at 6,900 pounds (GVWR) and has a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds. It is a heavy and strong vehicle due to the high-strength alloys and a “splash of composites”, which is reflected in the newly designed lift gate.
Outside, this hybrid Grand Cherokee has a stubby front with an overhang, flanked by trapezoidal fenders. My tester was coated in Baltic Gray Metallic Clear-Coat/Black Clear-Coat two-tone paint. The exterior color matched the Global Black interior well, but this black interior took longer to cool during our recent heat wave, even with the A/C turned on.
The Summit Reserve 4xe sits nicely on 21″ x 9″ fully painted aluminum rims that wear all-season performance tires.
Inside, Palermo Leather seats complemented the luxurious headliner which also blended well with the same leather and color on the door trim and open pore wood accents.
Uconnect 5 Nav with 10.1-inch touchscreen has Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Great sound was delivered by the McIntosh Sound System with 19 speakers.
The 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster complements the heated three-spoke steering wheel with control buttons. The Rotary Shifter is just below the climate and air suspension controls in the center console. This shift knob was big enough, it was so easy to use even when wearing gloves.
Don’t worry about cargo because the Grand Cherokee 4xe offers 37.7 cubic feet of cargo space that expands to 70.8 cubic feet with the seats folded. The Summit Reserve model has a full list of standard safety features, such as Select Terrain System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus and Blind-spot and Cross-Path Detection to name a few.
The electrified Grand Cherokee 4xe is not only for urban recreation, but also a wilderness explorer. The underside of the body is protected with a forced casing, and the battery pack is waterproof, allowing the 4xe to drive through 24 inches of water. It can be equipped with Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II 4×4 systems.
The Quadra-Drive II system features a two-speed transmission and uses sensors to detect tire slip and redirect power for maximum traction. Jeep claims the Quadra-Drive II system is their most advanced and robust four-wheel drive system. It’s an all-time 4×4 system with an electronic Limited Slip Differential (LSD) to distribute power to individual wheels as needed.
Although the 4xe is a plug-in hybrid, it has plenty of acceleration and towing capacity.
Jeep’s Grand Cherokee 4xe line offers a premier luxury vehicle package that delivers comfort and ruggedness with hybrid fuel efficiency.
MSRP for the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe starts at $58,095 for the base model. The Summit Reserve is the top model and has a list price of $74,695.
3 year/36,000 mile basic limited warranty
5 Year/60,000 Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
8 years/100,000 miles Hybrid System Limited Warranty
8 year/100,000 mile high voltage battery warranty
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