The All-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is Officially Here
Jeep debuted the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe, a new barrier broken as it’s the first plug-in hybrid variant of the automaker’s best-selling SUV. The latest 4xe model follows the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe that launched earlier this year (2021), making it the second model in the lineup to receive a hybrid powertrain. Additionally, Jeep also announced there’ll be an off-roading variant of the Grand Cherokee — the Trailhawk trim — which also includes a hybrid motor. The automaker continues to work on a purely electric variant of the Grand Cherokee, while the lineup as a whole continues to lack any battery-electric vehicles. Jeep is poised to release “zero-emission” variants of all its lineup by 2025, along with the inclusion of plug-in hybrids as well.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe has a total driving range that exceeds 440 miles, is rated at 57 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe), and is estimated to get 25 miles of purely electric range. Jeep revealed its plug-in hybrid propulsion system includes a 400-volt battery pack, two electric motors, a 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, and an eight-speed transmission. Overall, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe boasts 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
As is customary with all Jeep vehicles, this Grand Cherokee 4xe is no exception and lets drivers tailor the energy output depending on the driving situation. Drivers have three modes to choose from: Hybrid, blending power from the traditional combustion engine and electric motor, Electric, self-explanatory and operates on electric power until the battery is depleted, and eSave, which largely prioritizes the engine and saves the battery charge for later use.
Monitoring the hybrid system is easy via the Grand Cherokee 4xe’s infotainment screen, complete with views of how much power the regenerative braking is contributing. Owners can adjust the regenerative braking system from minimum to maximum levels to best match driving styles and to control how much power the system creates. Drivers are also encouraged to schedule charging times to help them take advantage of lower electric rates, all while viewing their driving history of electric versus gasoline usage.
Additionally, the all-new Grand Cherokee 4xe also includes an Integrated Dual Charging Module (ICDM), responsible for combining the battery charger and a DC/DC converter into a single unit, along with a Power Inverter Module (PIM) that’s reduced in size. Jeep mounted these under the vehicle and clad them in steel shields for protection. It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that Jeep vehicles are meant to conquer unbeaten paths, and as such, the automaker made the Grand Cherokee 4xe with a water fording capacity up to 24 inches, thanks to the electronics being properly sealed and waterproofed.
Pricing, as is customary, was not announced at the debut. While a plug-in variant isn’t expected to be anywhere near entry-level pricing, the federal EV tax credit of $7,500 (when available) should really take some of the sting out of it. Jeep was criticized in the past for being slow to warm up to electric vehicle technology, but the resounding success of the Jeep Wrangler 4xe has the automaker full-steam ahead and the Grand Cherokee 4xe is here to help Jeep pick up the pace.
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