Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee on its way here

Jeep has given the large SUV Grand Cherokee a thorough overhaul for 2022, including more technology, a new platform and three-row seating for the first time, with the first examples landing locally in a few months.

Two different 4×4 systems are available for the new Grand Cherokee, depending on the model. Quadra-Trac I is a one-speed active transfer case that uses input from multiple sensors to proactively adjust torque distribution and will continue to reactively make corrections if tire slip occurs. When wheel slip is detected, as much as 100 percent of available torque is immediately directed to the axle with the most traction.

Quadra-Trac II’s two-speed active low-reduction transmission uses a similar torque distribution system but adds Active 4-Low Torque Control with 2.72:1 ratio to further improve off-road maneuverability.

The new three-row Grand Cherokee L has arrived.

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The new three-row Grand Cherokee L has arrived.

Unfortunately, Kiwis miss out on the Quadra-Drive II system, which uses the two-speed active transfer case and adds a rear eLSD. The system can detect tire slippage and in some cases anticipate low traction and preemptively adjust to limit or eliminate tire slippage.

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New to the Grand Cherokee is the Quadra-Lift air suspension with electronic adaptive damping, which can raise the vehicle by 60 mm or lower it by 46 mm, depending on which mode is selected. Modes include Normal Ride Height (NRH), Off-road 1, Off-road 2, Park Mode and Aero Mode, which are applied automatically when Sport mode is selected. This is exclusive to the top spec Summit Reserve model.

All models have four-wheel drive, but the better systems are reserved for more expensive variants.

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All models have four-wheel drive, but the better systems are reserved for more expensive variants.

Quadra-Lift allows a 30.1-degree approach angle, a 23.6-degree departure angle and 22.6-degree break angle.

Mention driving modes, the Selec-Terrain system returns in Limited and Summit Reserve variants with five available terrain modes (Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, Mud/Sand) to provide “optimized calibrations for any given driving scenario.”

The new platform uses lightweight, high-strength aluminum enclosures, including the hood and tailgate, to reduce weight and improve fuel economy. More weight savings came from mounting the axle directly to the engine, along with a solid-mounted aluminum front cradle, aluminum engine mounts and steering gear, a magnesium cross-car beam, aluminum struts and an all-new electronic master brake booster system.

Expect plenty of high-quality leather and digital displays inside the new Grand Cherokee.

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Expect plenty of high-quality leather and digital displays inside the new Grand Cherokee.

Jeep is keeping quiet on this, but some quick googling reveals that the GC now rides on the Giorgio platform, shared with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio as well as the upcoming Maserati Grecale. That means the Grand Cherokee is car-based rather than truck-based, which should make it quite smart on the road.

Inside the new GC is a 10.1-inch gauge cluster along with an 8.4-inch infotainment screen (upgradable to 10.1-inch), powered by Android-based UConnect 5. Wireless phone mirroring for both brands is also standard. Lots of leather and high-quality materials are also available.

Each model has three rows and seating for seven, for the first time in the model’s history.

A plug-in hybrid 4xe-powered version will arrive later this year.

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A plug-in hybrid 4xe-powered version will arrive later this year.

In terms of technology, the Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a long list of standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with lane control, blind spot monitoring and rear parking sensors. Additionally, there’s a digital rearview mirror, a night vision forward camera, a surround camera system, park assist and plans for Level 2 autonomous driving.

The only engine available is the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 with 210kW/344Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic. It can tow up to 2812 kg. A plug-in hybrid 4xe-powered version will arrive later this year, while the V6 versions will arrive in May.

Pricing starts at $99,990 for the entry Night Eagle, then goes to $104,990 for the Limited and $134,990 for the Summit Reserve. Jeep says its WLTP CO2 rating is 271g/km for all variants, meaning it faces a $4250 charge on top of the price and on-road costs of the initial registration.

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