The Jeep Grand Cherokee Slated to be All-New Very Soon
When it comes to automotive experts, they all tend to agree on that “if it ain’t broke…” mentality, especially when it comes to successful vehicles that haven’t changed generations in a while. The Jeep Grand Cherokee happens to fall under this particular category — the current generation came out in 2010 — but it doesn’t really need to be replaced according to general consensus. In fact, Jeep sold more than 242,000 units in the U.S. in 2019 — making that not only the best year of this current generation’s run, but the best year for the nameplate since 2000. That said, it’s now been confirmed that the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is slated to launch in 2021.
Change comes to all things, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is no exception. As it stands now, the current-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee’s underpinnings date back to the DaimlerChrysler days. That’s all programmed to change when Jeep debuts the next-generation Grand Cherokee later this year, although the new model won’t make it into buyers’ hands until early 2021. New owners will enjoy a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the same underpinnings found on the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio models. Now only will Jeep be borrowing from the Alfa Romeo platform, it’ll be expanding the wheelbase for a roomier SUV than the outgoing model.
The model will launch as a two-row SUV like all previous Grand Cherokee generations, but sometime down the road, Jeep will likely offer it with a third row as well to keep the model competitive in the ever-expanding SUV segment. A three-row Wagoneer is also in the works for Jeep, but that vehicle is slated to be much larger and feature body-on-frame construction — experts don’t believe the two models will overlap at all. Other expectations from the next-generation Grand Cherokee include a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, likely equipped with the eTroque mild hybrid system, as the standard engine. Surely Jeep will also continue to offer the trusted Pentastar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and eventually a plug-in hybrid option as well.
Experts also think that eventually the new EcoDiesel engine will be offered if the demand is right. Additionally, they don’t see Jeep walking away from a HEMI-powered Grand Cherokee model either. Just like the current-generation model, the upcoming new Grand Cherokee will be offered in rear- and four-wheel-drive variants. On the inside, Jeep is likely to continue its use of supple and luxurious materials, especially on the high-tier trims that give luxury vehicles a run for their money. Digital screens and other more modern accents are sure to replace the analog gauges, while a rotary knob is expected to replace the conventional shifter. The outgoing Grand Cherokee set the standard for SUVs, here’s hoping that the same substance carries over to the redesigned upcoming model as well.
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