As the next chapter of the most award-winning SUV nameplate ever, the fifth-generation Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WL) brings an all-new architecture, all-new exterior design, all-new interior with world-class craftsmanship and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain.
Since its introduction in North America, Jeep has rolled out the new electrified Grand Cherokee 4xe to Europe and parts of Asia. But this week, Jeep announced that it will be rolling out the Grand Cherokee 4xe to the Mexican market.
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe will be available in Mexico in Limited, Overland and Summit Reserve models, the 4xe powertrain combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and capacity.
Overall, the 4xe system delivers 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 470 lb.ft. (637 Nm) of torque. Targeting an estimated 25 miles (40 km) of all-electric range, the Grand Cherokee 4xe delivers an estimated 57 MPGe (23.8 km/l) and has an estimated total range of more than 440 miles (708 km).
The fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of the Stellanti Global Medium Engine family. The high-tech direct-injection engine uses a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger mounted directly on the cylinder head. Efficiency is improved through the use of electric power steering and an electrically driven air conditioning compressor, which removes these loads from the engine.
The conventional alternator is replaced with a high-voltage, liquid-cooled motor-generator unit. Connected to the engine’s crankshaft pulley via a belt, the engine generator spins the engine for near-seamless, fuel-saving start-stop operation and generates electricity for the battery pack.
With E-Selec modes, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe driver can tailor the hybrid powertrain to best suit each journey, whether commuting, off-road or long-distance travel.
The driver selects the desired powertrain mode via buttons mounted on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering wheel:
- Hybrid: Mixes torque from the electric motor and the gas motor. The powertrain will optimize battery and engine output to deliver the best combination of fuel efficiency and performance
- Electrical: Operates on zero-emission electric power only until the battery reaches minimum charge or the driver requests more torque (such as wide-open throttle), which engages the engine
- eSave: Prioritizes the engine and saves the battery charge for later use. The driver can also choose between battery saving and battery charging during eSave via the Hybrid Electric Pages in the Uconnect 5 monitor
Regardless of which mode is selected, the Grand Cherokee 4xe operates as a hybrid when the battery is nearing its lowest state of charge.
The driver information display and main touchscreen include hybrid electric vehicle pages. The hybrid electric vehicle pages allow owners to monitor power flow and see the effects of regenerative braking, schedule charging times to take advantage of lower electricity prices, and view their driving history with details on electricity and gasoline usage.
Regenerative braking is part of the 4xe system. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, powertrain control activates the maximum available regenerative braking, up to 0.25g, from the electric motors to slow the vehicle, augmented by the Grand Cherokee’s traditional friction brakes. With 4×4 engaged, all four wheels feed torque for regenerative braking, maximizing energy recovery. Electricity from regenerative braking is fed to the battery pack to maintain or increase the state of charge.
A driver-selectable Max Regen feature uses a more confident regenerative brake calibration when the vehicle sees zero throttle input from the driver (coasting). Max Regen can brake the Grand Cherokee 4xe faster than standard regenerative braking and generate more electricity for the battery pack.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers unmatched capability along with composed on-road driving dynamics. Legendary off-road capability begins with three 4×4 systems – Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II with rear electronic limited slip differential (eLSD). All three systems are equipped with an active transfer case to improve grip by shifting the torque to work with the wheel with the most grip.
The class-exclusive Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension, now with electronic semi-active damping, provides up to a class-leading 11.3 inches (28.7 cm) of ground clearance and 24 inches (61 cm) of water clearance. The system automatically adjusts shock absorption to changing road conditions for increased comfort, stability and control, or can be controlled manually with console controls and has five height settings for optimal driving performance.
The class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system allows customers to select the on or off-road setting for optimal 4×4 performance. This function electronically coordinates 4×4 torque distribution, braking and handling, steering and suspension systems, throttle, transmission shifting, transmission, traction control, stability control, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and steering feel.
The Selec-Terrain system offers five available terrain modes (Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, Mud/Sand) to provide optimized calibrations for any given driving scenario.
Pricing for the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe in Mexico will start at $1,549,900 MXN (or about $80,360) for the Limited model. Overland models will start at $1,739,900 MXN (or $90,210 USD), while the luxury Summit Reserve will cost $1,954,900 MXN (or about $101,360 USD).
For those interested or owners of the Grand Cherokee 4xe, be sure to check out our dedicated fifth generation Grand Cherokee forums, WLJeepForum.com.