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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Full Redesign, Alfa Romeo’s Platform, Hybrid Powertrain

Road tests of the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee are underway. It will presumably be available on the market by the end of next year. The forthcoming model is longer than the outgoing SUV.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is built on Alfa Romeo’s rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform suitable for a hybrid powertrain. The same architecture the Stelvio and Giulia are based on.

The new-gen SUV has a longer wheelbase and rear overhand. So it will offer more space for passengers and cargo, but remains a 5-seater.

A three-row model will also arrive, but  it isn’t simply a 7-seat Grand Cherokee and will have its own name.

While the exterior is evolutionary, the interior will likely undergo significant updates: a 12.0-inch Ram’s 1500 touchscreen is possible, as well as more hi-tech, luxury and driver assistance features.

What will be under the hood?

The new Grand Cherokee’s will be hybridized. Its entry-level version will likely receive a turbo 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, while the mid- and top-range vehicles will be powered by a new Pentastar V6 and a Hemi V8 respectively, combined with the eTorque hybrid system.

Eventually, a plug-in-hybrid modification will follow. A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 and Fiat Chrisler’s all-new turbo inline-6 motors may join too.

On sale

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is coming as a 2021 model. The carmaker will probably unveil it in the first half of next year. Deliveries to dealerships, if not postponed, should start by the end of 2020.

The current Cherokee costs from $33,440, the next-generation model will be pricier.

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