The new Jeep Grand Cherokee has arrived in the UK and prices have been confirmed. The UK will only get the brand’s new flagship for Europe with plug-in hybrid power and five seats, while US customers have the additional choice of V6 and V8 power as well as a seven-seat option. Customers can configure the Grand Cherokee online, and Jeep says the first cars will arrive in early 2023.
Jeep says the styling of the new Grand Cherokee L is inspired by the original Jeep Wagoneer. It has a longer hood than its predecessor, along with slimmer LED headlights, a lower roofline and the company’s trademark seven-slat grille.
Christian Meunier, Jeep Brand Chief Executive Officer, says the newcomer is “the most luxurious and 4×4-capable Grand Cherokee ever.” With this in mind, the Grand Cherokee will have plenty of large, premium SUVs to contend with in the UK, such as the BMW X7, Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes GLS and even more specific versions of the Toyota Land Cruiser.
There are four trim levels of the Grand Cherokee to choose from. The range starts with the Limited 4xe at £69,900, then the £73,900 Trailhawk 4xe, then the Overland 4xe at £75,900 and the Summit Reserve 4xe tops the range from £82,900.
Engines and drivetrain
UK buyers will only have the option of a plug-in hybrid model that uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 17kWh battery and electric motor system, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It develops 380 hp and 637 Nm of torque, has a towing capacity of 2,721 kg and can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds.
Running on battery and motor only, an electric range of 32 miles is claimed. To improve fuel economy, Jeep has added a front axle disconnect system, which automatically cuts off drive to the front wheels in light load situations.
There are two four-wheel drive systems, Quadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II. Quadra Trac II comes on Limited and Overland specification cars and uses a two-speed low-range transmission that can send up to 100 percent of available engine torque to the front or rear axle.
Quadra Drive II comes on Trailhawk and Summit Reserve models and uses an electronic limited-slip rear differential, four locking positions for rock crawling and towing, and a selectable system for ‘Snow’, ‘Sport’, ‘Sand/Mud’ and ‘Rock’. The Grand Cherokee also gets “Quadra-Lift” air suspension across the range with electronic semi-active damping. This gives 10.9 inches of ground clearance and a wading depth of 24 inches
The Grand Cherokee also has “E Selec” modes. “Hybrid” mixes torque from the electric motor and the gasoline engine for a combination of fuel efficiency and performance. “Electric” means that power only comes from the electric motor until power from the motor is required and ‘eSave’ uses only the four-cylinder engine to conserve battery charge.
Jeep says the latest Grand Cherokee is its most luxurious yet, and that approach has been extended to the exterior. Up front, we see the traditional seven-slot grille with active shutters for better aerodynamic efficiency, an extended level hood and thin daytime running lights.
There’s a 36mm wider track than before, and combined with the upright proportions, the new Grand Cherokee definitely looks more aggressive than most of its rivals. Underneath those chunky wheel arches, customers can specify up to 21-inch wheels, and a gloss black roof is standard on Trailhawk and Summit Reserve models. At the rear, the exhaust tips are built into the bumper.
Interior design and technology
Inside the Grand Cherokee is a 10.1-inch infotainment screen with Jeep’s UConnect software and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A 10.25-inch digital TFT cluster and 10-inch head-up color display sit in front of the driver. Other standard features include a digital rearview mirror, ventilated front seats, second-row window protection, power tailgate, and a wireless smartphone charger. There is a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot that can also connect up to eight devices. The infotainment system also comes with an integrated pitch and roll sensor for off-road driving.
The Summit Reserve gets leather seats, walnut wood trim, a 19-speaker sound system, 10-inch passenger display, 12-way adjustable front seats and a panoramic sunroof.
Standard safety systems on the Grand Cherokee include full-speed collision warning with active pedestrian and bicyclist braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic detection. Optional safety equipment such as night vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection up to 200 meters, drowsiness detection, level two autonomous driving, parking assist and a 360-degree camera system can be added.
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