Watch out, Land Rover. Jeep has just unveiled its fifth-generation Grand Cherokee, and there’s no doubt that the carmaker has a certain British SUV in sight.
The huge American four-wheeled car will be available in three different variants: there is a standard two-row version and a plug-in hybrid model called 4XE. But it is the Grand Cherokee L that will appeal to luxury car drivers. Designed with an extended wheelbase, the model features three rows of plush seats that can carry seven, and a host of high-end features.
The new design of the Jeep takes clues from the original Grand Wagoneer from the 90s, which was considered the most luxurious American SUV on the road. Marque plans to begin production of the next generation Wagoneer in the second quarter of this year, which means that the new Cherokee will be in good company.
Thanks to a handful of external tweaks, the 2021 Grand Cherokee L has a beautiful overall look. It has a longer front cover and cab, a thinner grille with seven slats and thinner LED headlights than its predecessor. Both the front and rear end are aligned to give the SUV a striking, slightly boxy silhouette. The main wheels are 18 inches in diameter, but can be replaced with 21-inch aluminum tires if you want a little more impact.
Under the hood, the base model is equipped with a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated Pentastar V-6, which delivers 290 hp and 257 feet of torque. Choose the Overland or Summit options and you’ll upgrade to a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V-8 that can throw 357 horsepower and 390 feet of twisting pounds. Whichever engine you choose, power is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of handling, the ride has an all-new air suspension with adjustable shocks that are constantly adapted to road conditions as well as driving styles. It works in tandem with five different terrain modes to adapt to weather and road conditions.
The new model will be available with three 4 × 4 systems called Quadra-Trac, plus a new front axle disconnector. In principle, if the Cherokee determines that the conditions do not require four-wheel drive, the front axle automatically shuts off and the car returns to two-wheel drive to improve fuel efficiency. All-wheel drive automatically switches on again when needed.
Inside, the cab is available in four trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit. The new dashboard layout features a 10.3-inch digital cluster and an 8.4-inch central touchscreen, along with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Upgrade to the upholstery on top and you’ll get a bigger screen and an exclusive sound system designed by McIntosh lab audio experts. Summit and Overland clothing also offers adaptive cruise control, lane centering assistance, a head-up display and a night vision camera.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee L will go on sale this spring and is expected to be priced at around $ 40,000. Meanwhile, the two-row and hybrid models will be released by the end of the year.
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