Jeep has revealed the standard wheelbase sibling of the Grand Cherokee L that debuted earlier this year. Highlights of the 2022 Grand Cherokee lineup include the first-ever Grand Cherokee 4xe (PHEV), more off-roading capabilities, and of course, more onboard technology. The new Grand Cherokee will arrive at North American dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2021, but the 4xe variant is expected in early 2022 in North America, followed by global markets later that year.
The styling is pretty similar to the Grand Cherokee L; you probably won’t be able to tell the difference until you see the side profile where the L clearly shows its extended length. The three-row Grand Cherokee L boasts a wheelbase of 121.7-inches (309 cm), while the standard-wheelbase model we’re seeing here has a shortage of 5-inches. The overall width, however, remains the same at 84.6-inches (215 cm). The 4xe variant gets some subtle blue accents and decals on the hood as a distinguishing factor. New for the lineup include active grille shutters.
Other key highlights of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe include 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires; 10.9-inches (27.8 cm) of ground clearance; 24-inches (61 cm) of water fording capability; Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with 2-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio; 47.4:1 crawl ratio; Selec-Terrain traction management system; rear electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD); and up to 2,722 kg (6,000 lbs) max towing capability.
Trailhawk-specific highlights include sway bar disconnect to allow improved articulation and traction over rocks and rough terrain; integrated off-road camera; Quadra-Lift air suspension with up to 11.3-inches (28.7 cm) of ground clearance; and of course, improved approach, departure and breakover angles.
The 4xe PHEV powertrain is available with Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve trims. It combines a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, two electric motors, a 17 kWh 400-volt battery pack, and TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain delivers a combined 280 kW (381 metric hp) and 637 Nm (470 lb-ft) of torque. Jeep is targeting 25 miles (40 km) of all-electric range, a 57 MPGe fuel economy and a total range of more than 440 miles (708 km).
Other powertrain options include a 3.6L Pentastar V6 petrol with 219 kW (298 metric hp) and 352 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque, and a 5.7L HEMI V8 with 266 kW (362 metric hp) and 529 Nm (390 lb-ft) of torque. Which means it’s the 4xe that packs higher output figures. But anyway, both these engines are also paired with the aforementioned 8-speed automatic transmission.
Features inside include 10.1-inch digital screens (digital cluster and central touchscreen), optional 10.25-inch front passenger display, a 10-inch head-up display, Amazon Alexa virtual assistant, wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, optional rear-seat entertainment system with FireTV built-in, optional 19-speaker McIntosh audio system, 16-way adjustable front seats, front driver and passenger seatback massage function depending on the trim, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices, and many more.
Standard safety and ADAS include Full-Speed Collision Warning with Active Braking and Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection; Rear Cross Path detection; Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go; Active Lane Management; LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist; Advanced Brake Assist; Blind-spot Monitoring; and TPMS. Optional equipment includes a 360-degree surround view camera system with front and rear washers; Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist; Traffic Sign Recognition; Drowsy Driver Detection system; Intersection Collision Assist; and Night Vision Camera with pedestrian and animal detection.