Revamped Grand Cherokee in the Works
Jeepers rejoice! Good news are in order as the Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting a full redesign for the first time since 2010. Automotive spies are hard at work and they spied a camouflaged prototype out for testing. Not much of the design can be seen or inferred, but here’s what the photographers spotted and offered up as new information about the upcoming all-new Grand Cherokee SUV.
Despite the fact that the Grand Cherokee was heavily camouflaged, photographers say they can tell the new SUV is set to have a longer wheelbase and a longer rear overhang as well to presumably offer more interior space and cargo room. There is somewhat of a protruding hood that’s reminiscent of the classic J-series Jeep vehicles, but it’s apparently just part of the camo. There are also slim taillights and the classic seven-slot grille is peeking through the camouflage but that’s about it. Industry insiders expect that the exterior design of the Grand Cherokee should be revolutionary in terms of updating its looks, but the interior changes are likely to be the most shocking of the two. The new Grand Cherokee will likely receive plenty of love in terms of luxury, driver-assist features, and technology. In fact, it may even borrow the 12-inch touchscreen from sister brand Ram.
Underneath the prototype, spy photographers could see that the Grand Cherokee will retain its independent rear suspension. Back in 2018, then-CEO Sergio Marchionne indicated that the all-new Grand Cherokee would likely ride on a stretched version of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia rear-wheel-drive platform. The Grand Cherokee will continue having two rows of seats, while a three-row crossover based on the same platform is likely to sit above in the lineup and designated to be assembled in the same assembly plant.
How’s this for a revolutionary change? Experts believe that the base trims of the Grand Cherokee will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four hybrid engine, the same one that debuted on the Wrangler at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. The mid-range engine choice will likely be the new Pentastar V6 equipped with the eTorque hybrid assist system that’s been a hit on the new Ram pickups. As for the top option, it’s asinine to think that the HEMI V8 will not remain in place, although it will probably be the HEMI equipped with eTorque as Jeep races to remain competitive and comply with emissions standards across the globe.
A plug-in hybrid variant will arrive a few years after the debut of the all-new Grand Cherokee if all goes according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) electrification plans. Rumors that circulated last year (2018) hinted that FCA is working on a new turbocharged inline-six engine to replace the existing Pentastar V6, but the automaker has not said a single thing about the matter as it does not comment on ongoing production. It’s unlikely that the redesigned Grand Cherokee will debut anytime soon, but experts believe the reveal will be in the first half of 2020, with the classic SUV going on sale by the fourth quarter as a 2021 model.
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