The new Jeep Grand Cherokee has a more compact appearance, technological innovations and 5-seater bodies, it also has, for the first time, a plug-in hybrid 4xe version.
The American brand belonging to the Stellantis group has just presented its new 5-seater Jeep Cherokee 2022 range, adapting to European tastes (after showing the 7-seater variant a few months ago, aimed at the American and Eastern markets). As a novelty, it includes the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe as its new plug-in hybrid version of this iconic North American all-terrain vehicle that is so famous worldwide. Know more about smart ne shitje.
This fifth generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee constitutes the next step in the brand’s expansion policy in terms of electrification and takes place just one year before the Jeep brand celebrates its “80 years of innovation” . Already the Renegade 4Xe, Compass 4Xe and Wrangler 4Xe have this expansion.
This new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee maintains its 5-seat formula with a slightly modified design in which the “Trailhawk” version stands out, and will feature the 3.6 and 5.7-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8 engines and the new and unprecedented 4Xe version with 375 hp and 637 Nm of maximum torque with an official 100% electric range of 40 km .
With slight aesthetic differences
There is no doubt that a good job has been done to give the new Cherokee a more compact appearance through some very subtle, but important changes in its exterior appearance that credit it as a new generation of the model.
It has a slightly shorter wheelbase and a highly modified front end, especially in the “Trailhawk” versions, which provide a much more adventurous and off-road visibility.
The main differences that can be seen in this version compared to its predecessor are its red or blue hooks (depending on whether it is an internal combustion engine or the 4Xe hybrid variant), clear and striking edges on the fog lights, a front bumper with lower section in black plastic, larger fenders and side skirts, striking vinyl on the hood and various badges and identifiers along its body.
On the other hand, its rims have also been reduced to better adapt them to optimization tires for off-road driving, very characteristic of this model.
All these details are accompanied by perfectly balanced equipment for this type of driving, including:
- Active “Quadra-Drive II” transfer case with rear “eLSD” and “ Selec-Terrain ”.
- Disconnection of the stabilizer bar.
- Steel protective plates.
- “Quadra-Lift” air suspension with up to 11 inches of ground clearance for good approach, departure and breakover angles.
Its new dimensions have been adapted very directly to its off-road vocation.
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As for its versions, the new range has the “ Laredo ”, “ Altitude” , “ Limited” , “ Overland” , “ Summit” and “ Summit-Reserve ” , in addition to the already mentioned “ Trailhawk” , all of them more close to the American 7-seater Gran Cherokee, but already with body-color fenders and bumpers and all the chrome trim adapted to the European style.
One of the details that makes it possible to distinguish the 5-seater versions from the 7-seater is the super trim/chrome frame or also in a dark color that starts at the “A” pillar running along the roof and down to the end of the side windows, in addition of the specific rims of these European versions.
More connected and technological interior
A great job of adapting to current technological trends has been done in the new Grand Cherokee 2022, with two 10.1-inch screens that support the instrumentation and all its infotainment attributes with the “ Uconnect 5 ” compatible with all mobile systems current wirelessly.
Optionally, it can be equipped with an additional 10.25″ upper screen for the front passenger and even opt for “fire TV” as an entertainment system for all passengers.
On the other hand, the arsenal of driving assistance systems that is fitted as standard is also remarkable, including:
- Active Lane Management
- Advanced Brake Assist
- ParkView rear view camera
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
- Blind spot detection (Blind – Spot Monitoring)
- rear sensors
The big news is the plug-in hybrid propulsion
The brand’s well-known mechanics that are made available are the 3.6-liter V6 with 293 hp and 353 Nm of maximum torque as an access version, and the highly gifted 5.7-liter V8 with 357 hp and 529 Nm , both associated with an 8-speed “TorqueFlite” automatic transmission and three possible differentiated 4×4 systems: “Quadra-Trac I”, “Quadra-Trac II” and “Quadra-Drive II” with electronic limited-slip rear differential (eLSD) .
Indeed, the great novelty is the unprecedented Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid variant, which will undoubtedly be the star version of the model in Europe.
This variant combines a supercharged 2.0-litre in-line 4-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors for a total combined output of 375PS and 637Nm of peak torque, aided by a 400-volt 17kW/h battery. capacity that gives it a range in electric mode of around 40 km according to brand data.
At the moment there are no prices officially available from the brand since the only thing known is that the Grand Cherokee 2022 will begin its marketing process in North America before the end of 2021 with a subsequent launch of the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant in January 2022 The arrival in European territory is scheduled immediately after, although the specific date and marketing prices are still unknown.