2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit V-6 4×4 improves its game

From 10 steps away, you may not be able to see how different the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee really is compared to the outgoing model. After all, it is still permeated by the same stubby front and rear overhangs, tent-shaped greenhouses and trapezoidal fender openings that we know well. The cut of its jib is slightly tougher due to a slight slope forward to its required seven-jaw grille. It is also a wider machine with wider tires and an even wider suspension that pushes out the wheels flush with the flanks. But even if none of it catches your eye, you will understand that the new Grand Cherokee has taken a big step forward once you open the door and slide behind the wheel, especially if it’s a charged Summit Reserve, like our $ 71,080 test drive. .

The interior of the outgoing Grand Cherokee had been steadily updated over its roughly decade-long span, but the new fifth-generation top-class Summit Reserve is on another level. All except the Laredo base now come with leather seats of some description, and they gradually become softer until you get to our Summit Reserve’s sumptuous Quilted Palermo Leather seats, which have matching leather armrests and door panels paired with wooden accents with open pores. The driving position is perfect and the thick, heated steering wheel feels good in your hands as it frames a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster that is easily configured using the wheel’s spoke-mounted buttons.

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HIGH: Impeccably tuned interior, refined driving and handling, impressive McIntosh stereo.

A 10.1-inch touchscreen that supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay appears draped across the center of the dashboard. Just below are the climate controls, rotary controls and air suspension switches, and these customized controls have a satisfying feel. The latest Uconnect 5 system has logical main controls and is suitably responsive, but the wealth of personalization options built into the depths takes time to master. What is not difficult to understand is the incredible McIntosh sound system, which delivers 950 watts of impeccable sound through 19 speakers scattered around the cabin and comes complete with the brand’s signature dancing blue output power meter.

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In progress, the Grand Cherokee impresses with a composite ride that largely denies the existence of the corroded asphalt that its 275 / 45R-21 Continental CrossContact LX Sport tires cross. Multilink front and rear independent springs consist almost exclusively of aluminum pieces, with air springs and ZF adaptive dampers that are expertly tuned – the latter benefit from a high 200-Hz sampling frequency that allows them to react quickly to surface changes. Bend this Grand Cherokee through curves and you will appreciate the intuitive steering effort structure as the chassis takes a soothing set. It’s not a track star, but there is much more available grip than in previous Grand Cherokees. This matches our track test results, which gave 0.85 g on the ski pad and a 163-foot stop from 70 mph. Compare that with the results of 0.76 g and 181 feet we got with the latest generation Summit V6 4×4, and you will see how far this new generation has come.

Tire and suspension changes are visible here, but Jeep has also lowered the engine in the chassis by about 1.5 inches with the help of a new oil pan that allows the front axles to pass through the sump. And the engineers have gone hard after the weight loss as well, with greater use of aluminum, more high-strength alloys and a splash of composites (as in the tailgate). Our charged Summit Reserve tipped our scale to 4863 pounds, which is 122 pounds less than the 2016 Summit V-6 4×4 we tested.

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LOWEST: The Summit Reserve price is above ground, does not look much different than before, less off-road than other trims.

But that did not lead to more speed despite the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, identical eight-speed gears and 3.45: 1 transmission with final drive. In fact, our 2022 Summit Reserve trailed by 0.3 seconds to 60 mph (7.4 seconds to 7.1) and by 0.2 seconds in both 30 to 50 mph lines (4.0 to 3.8) and in quarter mile (15.6) compared to 15.4). Its fatter tires may provide a slight rolling resistance, while the one-inch wider body makes a larger hole in the air. However, this narrow loss is hardly a tragedy, as the V-6 4×4 feels nimble enough in the real world and pulls the same 6,200 pounds as before. In addition, the 2022 edition provides 1 extra mpg across the board: 22 mpg combined (19 city / 26 highway) instead of 21 (18/25). We’ll take it. If you want more speed and an additional 1000 pounds of towing capacity, the V-8, which has a total rating of 17 mpg, is waiting for the alternative blade.

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A Summit Reserve like ours is not the one you should get if you plan to take it off the road a lot, even though our Jeep has the same Quadra-Drive II system that combines the Quadra-Trac II’s active low-range gearbox with an electronically controlled rear differential with limited slippage. Why? First, all Summits have a more street-focused front panel that has a less favorable approach angle (28.2 degrees in the highest position versus 35.7 for the Trailhawk), not to mention the lack of front towbars. And then there are the 275/45 tires and vulnerable 21-inch rims, which are much less terrain-oriented than the Trailhawks’ 265 / 60R-18 Goodyear Wrangler AT tires and smaller 18-inch rims. If the playroom and rubber weren’t enough, the Trailhawk also benefits from a new ’22 ‘front anti-roll bar that you can’t get on any other Grand Cherokee. The difference was clear when we drove them both in Moab.

When it comes to the rear passenger compartment and towing gear, the second row of the new Grand Cherokee feels no more spacious than the outgoing model, despite almost a full two – inch increase in this Jeep’s wheelbase, from 114.8 to 116.7 inches. The cargo space image is slightly improved, as there is now 38 cubic feet of cargo volume instead of 36 with the rear seats up and 71 cubes instead of 68 with the seats down. If you want more rear passenger compartment and cargo space, the new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L is where you should look. To do so, however, sacrifices some terrain potential as the wheelbase swells to 121.7 inches, and there is no Trailhawk option.

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But for the most part, the cost of all the improvements that have been made to the Grand Cherokee 2022 comes in the form of higher sticker prices. The model starts reasonably enough if you look at a base Laredo with rear-wheel drive, which goes for 40 120 dollars. The limited V-6, which is sure to be the most popular, is still within reach for $ 46,440, with a step of $ 2,000 to get four-wheel drive. But the Summit is on another level, with a starting price of $ 60,095 for an example of rear-wheel drive. Our four-wheel drive tester with the $ 4480 Summit Reserve package and a few other baubles rang in at an eye-catching $ 71,080, and it would have been an additional $ 3795 higher with the optional V-8. For that money, it would be nice if it looked the price on the outside, not just on the inside. The new Grand Cherokee is much better than the one it replaces, but the Summit Reserve represents a luxurious new top that may be priced out of reach for many current fans.



2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4X4
Vehicle type: front engine, 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door trolley

Base / As tested: $ 62,095 / $ 71,080
Options: Summit Reserve Group (front passenger display, Palermo leather seats and premium headliner, 10.1-inch infotainment display, McIntosh high-performance sound), $ 4480; Advance Protech Group IV (head-up display, night vision with pedestrian detection, automatic dimming rearview mirror with digital display), $ 2235; rear seat entertainment, $ 1995; Luxury Tech Group V (wireless charging and umbrella on the second row), $ 275

DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 220 inches33604 cm3
Power: 293 hp at 6400 rpm
Torque: 260 lb-ft at 4000 rpm

8-speed automatic

Suspension, F / R: multilink / multilink
Brakes, F / R: 13.9-inch vented disc / 13.8-inch vented disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport
275 / 45R-21 110Y M + S

Wheelbase: 116.7 inches
Length: 193.5 inches
Width: 77.5 inches
Height: 70.9 inches
Passenger volume: 145 feet3
Load volume: 38 feet3
Service weight: 4863 lb

60 mph: 7.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 15.6 sec @ 87 mph
100 mph: 21.4 sec
The results above omit the 1-foot launch in 0.3 sec.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.8 sec
Top Gear, 30-50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top Gear, 50-70 mph: 5.3 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 117 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 163 ft
Road holding, 300 feet Ski pad: 0.85 g

Observed: 14 mpg
75 mph motorway driving: 22 mpg
Motorway range: 500 mi

Combined / city / motorway: 22/19/26 mpg


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