Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid available to pre-order next week

  • 31 miles electric range
  • Only the five-seater model will be sold in Europe
  • Prices have not yet been revealed

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available to order from Thursday, February 24th. Prices for the new SUV have not yet been confirmed, but all pre-orders until March 31 will be for a launch version called the Summit Reserve. When it arrives, the new Grand Cherokee will only be available as a plug-in hybrid.

The fifth-generation Grand Cherokee will only be sold in the UK with five seats; the previously announced larger, seven-seater model is intended for North America. The new Grand Cherokee will go on sale in the UK in the second half of 2022 and will be an alternative to the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 but one that has more off-road capability.

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Summit Reserve cars are equipped with what Jeep calls its “full-option specification”, so you will not lack standard features. The exterior is marked by 21-inch polished alloy wheels (the largest ever mounted on a Grand Cherokee), a black roof panel and chrome details. Buyers can also choose from six available color shades.

The equipment includes electrically adjustable heated seats upholstered in Palermo leather, climate-controlled rear seats, four-zone air conditioning, a large head-up display and a screen in the dashboard for the front passenger. Mounted safety features include parking assistance, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and a night vision camera. The Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has received a consistent modern redesign for this new model, with a more angular look than before. The front carries the brand’s brand design of the front grille with large intakes. Black protective body cladding is mounted on all sides, while the sides have a lowered window line, square wheel arches and an extended roof line for improved aerodynamics and more interior space. At the rear, a pair of narrow taillights from the rear quarter extend into the full-width tailgate. To distinguish it from the regular models, the plug-in has the hybrid model, marked ‘4xe’, bruises and towbars.

Interior, technical equipment levels

The interior of the Grand Cherokee has also been given a new modern look and a huge technology upgrade compared to the old car. The dashboard gets a trio of digital displays with a pair of 10.1-inch screens for the digital dial and main infotainment system, while the front passenger also gets a larger 10.25-inch display. This installation runs Jeep’s latest Uconnect 5 system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus TomTom satellite navigation. It also includes a 4G wireless hotspot and Amazon Alexa connection.

Jeep claims that the new interior is more comfortable and better made than before, partly thanks to redesigned seats with more adjustability. These can be equipped with heating, ventilation and massage functions. It also has a wireless charging pad, along with a new storage compartment that is large enough for two smartphones.

Full specifications for the Grand Cherokee series will be revealed closer to the car that goes on sale, but the brand has revealed that the plug-in hybrid will be available in Limited, Overland and Summit versions, along with the Summit Reserve launch model. A top-class Trailhawk model will also be available.

Security

Standard safety functions have been strengthened with collision warning with pedestrians and cyclist detection, rear crossing detection and autonomous emergency braking. File maintenance assistant, active lane management, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are also available. A reversing camera and parking sensors are also included.

Engines, chassis and off-road driving

The only driveline confirmed for Europe is the 4xe plug-in hybrid. This uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine with a pair of electric motors and a 17kWh battery. This gives it a pure-electric range of about 31 miles, with power going to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

4xe gets three different driving modes called Hybrid, Electric and eSave. In the “Hybrid” setting, the petrol engine and electric motors are optimized to provide the best balance between performance and fuel economy. ‘Electric’ switches the driveline to pure EV mode, while ‘eSave’ saves battery power for later use, usually at lower speeds in a city. To help recharge the battery on the go, there is also regenerative braking.

To ensure that it can handle uneven terrain, the 4xe models are equipped with additional protection panels under the body and also get Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II four-wheel drive system, which adds a low-gear set for off-road driving. Quadra-lift air suspension in standard fit means that the ride height can be increased to provide up to 278 mm ground clearance and 4xe can wade through water up to 610 mm depth.

An electronically controlled rear differential with limited sliding also has, along with switchable driving modes including Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, Mud and Sand. Ascent and descent control are also standard.

Elsewhere, the North American model will have two petrol engines alongside the 4xe PHEV model, namely a 289bhp 3.6-liter V6 and a 352bhp 5.7-liter V8. According to the brand, the conventional petrol engines are rated to pull 2,812 kg and 3,265 kg.

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