New Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV now for sale

  • 31 miles electric range
  • Only the five-seater model will be sold in the UK
  • Now selling from £69,900

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is now available to order, with prices starting from £69,900. The outgoing Grand Cherokee has been on sale for over 11 years, and the new model features a more brutal design, the latest technology and a muscular, but yet efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain.

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The fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee will be sold in the UK only with five seats; the previously announced larger, seven-seat model is intended for North America. First deliveries are expected to hit showrooms in early 2023, with the Grand Cherokee set to offer a more robust alternative to the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee: trim levels and specifications

Buyers can configure their new Jeep Grand Cherokee in one of four distinct trim levels: Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and Summit Reserve. Despite its premium-sounding name, the Limited model acts as the entry point to the Grand Cherokee range and starts from £69,900.

We expect this to be the most popular version in the range as the level of standard equipment is very high. Grand Cherokee Limited cars benefit from 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a dual-screen infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, plus 10.25-inch digital dials, and leatherette upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats. The Limited also comes with a range of safety and driver assistance equipment such as a digital rearview mirror, a reversing camera, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

Jeep is well known for its ultra-capable 4x4s, and the Trailhawk is perhaps the most off-road-oriented model of the Grand Cherokee available. From £73,900, Trailhawk cars get smaller 18in wheels with custom off-road tyres, as well as a host of mechanical tweaks optimized for off-road driving, such as extra support and a limited-slip differential.

Aimed primarily at an urban audience, the Grand Cherokee Overland starts from £75,900. This model can be identified by its 20-inch diamond cut alloys and painted body cladding. On the inside, cars specified in Overland trim get Nappa leather upholstery, a head-up display, a 19-speaker sound system and a panoramic sunroof.

At the top of the Grand Cherokee range sits the luxurious Summit Reserve model. This benefits from many of the mechanical upgrades seen on the Trailhawk car, as well as the sleek looks of the Overland model. In addition to 21-inch wheels, a sumptuous Palermo leather interior, and plenty of wood trim, perhaps the Summit Reserve’s most defining feature is an additional 10-inch touchscreen for the front passenger. Pricing for this model starts from £82,900.

Design and exterior

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has received a thoroughly modern redesign for this new model, with a more angular look than before. The front carries the brand’s trademark louvre grille with large intakes. Black protective body cladding is fitted on all sides, while the sides feature a lowered window line, square wheel arches and an extended roofline for improved aerodynamics and more interior space. At the rear, a pair of narrow taillights extend from the rear quarter into the full-width tailgate. From launch, buyers will be able to choose from seven different colours.

Interior design and technology

The interior of the Grand Cherokee has also received 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 setup 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 connectivity.

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

Standard safety features have been boosted with collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic detection and autonomous emergency braking. Lane keeping 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

Jeep only offers the new Grand Cherokee as a plug-in hybrid in the UK. It’s called the “4xe” and uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine with a pair of electric motors and a 17 kWh battery. This gives it a pure-electric range of around 31 miles, with 375bhp going to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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 powertrain to pure EV mode, while ‘eSave’ saves battery power for use at a later time, usually at lower speeds in a city. To help top up the battery on the go, regenerative braking is also available.

In the UK, the Grand Cherokee comes with two distinct all-wheel drive setups, called Quadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II. The former comes fitted to Limited and Overland cars and can send up to 100% of the engine’s power to either the front or rear axle.

The Quadra Drive II setup is a bit more complex and is exclusive to Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Summit Reserve models. This has a low range mode for traversing difficult terrain and a limited slip differential to maintain maximum possible grip.

Regardless, all cars get Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension that can raise the ride height to an impressive 278mm, allowing the Grand Cherokee to ford water that’s over 600mm deep.

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