The Current-Generation Grand Cherokee Gets One Last Hurrah
Although rumors pointed strongly to the debut of the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee happening sometime this year (2020), it appears the ongoing pandemic has made a dent in those plans. The current-generation Grand Cherokee will soldier on for one more year as the automaker puts the finishing touches on its successor. Mopar Insiders is reporting that Jeep is planning a gracious send-off for the SUV with a unique 80th Anniversary Edition trim. If this is true, it would be a continuation of a previous trend the automaker set in 2016 to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary with the Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition trim.
If MoparInsiders is correct, Jeep will build the 80th Anniversary Edition with the Limited trim as its base. For the time being there are no specifics on what a package of this caliber would entail. Upgrades such as a unique front fascia, low gloss bronze accents, exclusive badging, seats, a unique grille and many other upgrades were some of the ones offered on the brand’s previous 75th Anniversary Edition just five years ago. Jeep will likely do something similar for the brand’s upcoming anniversary, but enthusiasts shouldn’t expect anything too crazy like a performance boost etc.
The purported anniversary edition trim will join the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s other core trims such as the Trailhawk, Summit, Overland, along with the rest of the model’s lineup. Other few minor tweaks are also in the works for the next model year SUV. The Limited and Limited X trims will feature a new Sun & Sound package that includes a nine-speaker Alpine audio system and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, while the entry-level Laredo trim will ride on new 18-inch wheels.
When the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee model arrives, it’s destined to ride on a similar architecture that currently underpins the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia models. Additionally, the model is rumored to be making a significant change with two- and three-row interior layouts, allowing it to compete directly against other large SUVs such as the Ford Explorer for example. Powertrain details are scarce for the time being, but customers can expect some form of light hybridization, likely from the eTorque mild hybrid system. The next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee was expected to make its big debut at the Detroit Auto Show, but that was scrapped and there’s no reschedule date in sight.
In the meantime, as we eagerly await the debut of the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, take your time to explore the current Jeep Grand Cherokee inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. The Jeep Experts will be happy to help with any questions you may have. Follow Hollywood Chrysler Jeep on social media to be the first to know when the next-generation makes its official debut.