Jeep unveils the next fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee in an elongated three-row L version.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will be available at dealers in the second quarter of this year. A shorter two-row modification and a 4xe hybrid model will come after.
The Grand Cherokee L offers four trims: entry-level Laredo, mid-level Limited and Overland (comes with an Off-Road Group package), top-level Summit. Pricing will follow later.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee L rides on a completely new platform: no current product uses it.
The vehicle has an unibody chassis mostly composed of high-strength steel. The hood, hatch, shock towers, front subframe are aluminum.
A multi-link independent suspension and an adjustable air suspension are available. The standard ground clearance is 8.5 inches. The air suspension lowers it to 8.3 inches and can raise the clearance to 10.9 inches in the off-road mode.
Three rows of seats inside is a great news. The second row offers either a bench or as buckets for 7 or 6 occupants.
The dashboard resembles that of the Jeep Wagoneer, but has fewer screens.
A highly customizable 10.25-inch instrument display and a 10.1-inch infotainment screen that uses the latest UConnect 5 software come as standard. A 10-inch head-up display is available as an option.
In addition to metal accents on the dash, Jeep uses real wood and leather for the interior.
A McIntosh sound system features a menu with Jeep’s signature green and blue logo and VU needles.
The base engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 290 hp and 257 lb-ft. The towing capacity with this unit is 6,200 lbs.
The optional engine is a 5.7-liter V8 making 357 hp and 390 lb-ft. The vehicle can tow up to 7,200 lbs with this unit.
Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Three 4WD systems are available: Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II (adds a low-range gear set), Quadra-Drive II (adds an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential).