The PHEV is a big step for Jeep, as the company claims this is the second chapter of its “zero-emission freedom.” The automaker has taken the plug-in hybrid engine of the Wrangler 4xe in its entirety and incorporated it into its two-row midsize SUV.
Under the hood of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4XE, we have a turbocharged 2-liter I-4 Turbo four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is paired with a hybrid system. Total system output is 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Now on just gas power it gets 23 miles per gallon. Combined between highway and city driving, the MPGe rating is 56 miles per gallon and you also have 25 miles of all electric driving range.
It contains an electric battery of 400 volts and 17 kWh. It includes an integrated dual charging module that combines a battery charger and DC/DC converter in a single compact unit, and a small footprint Power Inverter module.
Here are all the details for Grand Cherokee Jeep deals for the 2022 model year.
- Height $45,225
- Limited $46,440
- Trailhawk $56,030
- Overland $56,035
- Limited 4x PHEV $59,495
- Summit $60,095
- 4x PHEV $61,660
- Trailhawk 4xe PHEV $64,280
- Summit Reserve $66,575
- Overland 4xe PHEV $67,555
- Summit 4xe PHEV $71,515
- Summit Reserve 4x PHEV $76,095
The arrival of the fifth iteration also brought with it the L variant, the first time in 30 years that Jeep has dared to put 3 rows of seats on the Grand Cherokee. It was important that the vast majority of customers in this segment choose configurations with capacity for more than five passengers.
There is a difference of 290 mm in length and 127 mm in wheelbase between the two.
For this review, Torque News also test drove the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s Overland 4xe trim, which is the off-road PHEV trim of the Jeep Cherokee.
When you look at the exterior of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, not how the flat center of the hood dips down on both sides and gives it a really nice distinct look. Especially it looks really cool from the driver’s point of view because the driver can clearly see where the end of the vehicle is from his driving position.
Notice that with the Jeep Loo, there is a nice blue accent around it. Below we have LED daytime running lights with LED headlights, fog lights below. Also note the parking sensors integrated into the front, as well as some front cameras.
The rims on the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4XE are also smaller to accommodate tires that are more suitable for off-road driving. These details are accompanied by equipment designed for this type of driving (off-road driving), including Quadra-Lift air suspension with up to 11 inches of ground clearance to offer better approach, departure and transition angles.
The suspension is also lowered at highway speeds to improve control and performance at high speeds. And I’m sure this second use case will be much more common in everyday life.
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022: Interior and equipment
The theme of discretion continues in the cabin where the 4xe doesn’t necessarily try to stand out from a thermal-only Grand Cherokee. All that makes this version recognizable are the displays for the electric range and the hybrid system, as well as the controls installed on the left of the steering wheel to switch between Hybrid, Electric and e-Save modes. The latter makes it possible to preserve the electrical autonomy for later use.
Jeep takes the opportunity to add a small button above the multimedia system to activate regenerative braking or one-pedal driving.
Being more expensive than standard versions of the Grand Cherokee, the 4xe is already very well equipped as standard.
The biggest surprise comes when we enter the cabin of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, it affects not only the eyes, but also the rest of the senses such as touch and smell. The inserts are made of real wood and metal, while the lining is a combination of Palermo and Nappa leather for the seats, door panels, among others.
But this interior is not only experienced as very luxurious, but also modern, the central touchscreen is 10.1” with the Uconnect interface and wireless compatibility with Android and IOS. The instrument cluster is digital, with a 10.15” screen and there is also a Head Up Display.
As if there weren’t enough screens, the passenger next to the driver also has a 10.1″ screen that is invisible to the driver and from which you can, for example, access certain vehicle settings or music.
Of course, there’s automatic climate control that’s 4-zone, a moonroof, heated and cooled seats, a wireless charger, and every other amenity you can think of.
Of all the above, we should mention the 950-watt sound system signed by McIntosh, it sounds incredible and even more, there is an app in the infotainment system to show moving needles on a blue background on the screen in step with the change in decibels, a detail that will delight audiophiles.
Although there are no third-row seats, the 2022 Grand Cherokee offers plenty of room. The passengers in the back seat will travel in absolute comfort and with a gigantic trunk, enough to carry a month’s worth of luggage.
In terms of security, absolutely nothing is lacking; 8 airbags, ESP, 360° camera, night vision and ADAS.
The 4xe is just as capable as a regular Grand Cherokee when hitting some pretty intense obstacles. This is also attested to by other reviewers that I looked up online before preparing this review. The height-adjustable Quadra-Lift air suspension (standard on Trailhawk, Overland and Summit versions) improves ground clearance and thus overcomes difficult obstacles better. The off-road capabilities of this plug-in hybrid are quite impressive.
When switching between the engines you hear some strange noises coming from the gearbox. But the box continues to impress with its performance and reaction times.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s natural habitat is highways where it can go fast without sacrificing passenger comfort.
The new Grand Cherokee is now on par with its German rivals in all aspects, which, to the good positioning that Jeep has, will allow it to maintain itself and continue to establish itself as a reference in the category.
But this very remarkable development comes with a cost, which is reflected in the invoice, if in terms of refinement, equipment and luxury, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is at the level of the German ones, it is also at the price.
With gas prices still on the rise, it’s clear that the arrival of an electrified engine in the Grand Cherokee lineup is doing very well. The idea of reducing the running costs of this iconic model is very tempting indeed, and even with this mechanism it loses nothing in terms of off-road prowess, comfort and versatility. Like its brother, the Wrangler 4xe, it is not equipped with a heat pump. So expect the internal combustion engine to activate in cold weather.
My conclusion is that despite its price, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4XE is just as capable as the combustion versions. It provides a smooth ride and has good towing capacity.
Armen Hareyan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Torque News. He founded TorqueNews.com in 2010, which has since published expert news and analysis on the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News TwitterFacebook, Linkedin and YouTube.
Reference: Autocosmos, RPMWeb.