The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has lastly arrived. Slotting in alongside the three-row variant that was unveiled earlier this 12 months, the usual two-row mannequin features primarily the identical new tech and options, albeit with much less inside passenger and cargo room. It isn’t all downsides, although, because the two-row mannequin can also be the primary variant of the Grand Cherokee to include Jeep’s new 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain. We coated fairly a little bit of floor with the disclosing of the Grand Cherokee L, so you should definitely examine that out when you’re inquisitive about any of the Grand Cherokee household’s newer options.
Let’s begin with the powertrain. As within the Wrangler and Wagoneer, the plug-in hybrid 4xe system contains a 2.0-liter turbocharged ICE and a 100-kilowatt electrical motor (together with a 17.3 kWh battery pack for juice) which collectively produce 375 whole system horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Jeep says it is good for 25 miles of all-electric vary (additionally on par with its different functions), and at launch, will probably be probably the most highly effective engine obtainable within the Grand Cherokee, topping the 5.7-liter Hemi V8’s 357 horses and the three.6-liter V6’s 293.
The 2-row Grand Cherokee can also be probably the most off-road-ready. Whereas it already has a leg up on the three-row due to its shorter wheelbase, the five-seater additionally has the benefit of a devoted off-road mannequin in Trailhawk, which is to the Grand Cherokee nameplate what Rubicon is to Wrangler and Gladiator, representing the head of its off-road functionality. Trailhawk fashions with the V6 and V8 get an additional 0.4 inches of floor clearance on the air suspension’s max peak setting (topping out at 11.3 inches).
Trailhawk 4xe fashions modify to the identical max clearance as the usual Grand Cherokee – 10.9 inches. Customary peak for all fashions is 8.4 inches off the bottom. However there’s extra to Trailhawk than a re-jiggered air suspension. In truth, for 2022, it features a class-exclusive digital sway bar disconnect, permitting for extra articulation when issues get significantly tough underfoot. Trailhawks additionally come customary with all-terrain tires, Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4WD system with an digital rear limited-slip differential and the Selec-Terrain drive modes, plus all the traditional trail-ready exterior bits (skid plates, tow hooks, and so forth.) together with entrance and rear bumpers designed to enhance off-road clearances.
All informed, the three.6L and 5.7L Trailhawks achieve 5.6 levels of strategy angle, 1.8 levels of breakover angle and three.6 levels of departure angle. The 4xe fares barely worse, seemingly because of the added weight of the PHEV system, however performs no less than in addition to (and infrequently higher than) every other air-suspension-equipped Grand Cherokee. Water fording depth is mounted at 24 inches (61 cm) for all Trailhawk fashions.
Inside, a lot of what we noticed again in January nonetheless applies, however just a few further parts of Jeep’s new range-topping Wagoneer SUV have clearly filtered all the way down to the two-row’s inside. The passenger-side display (checking in at 10.25 inches) is optimized for leisure capabilities and a second-row high-definition leisure system with Amazon Hearth TV integration is offered to develop these choices. The range-topping Summit 4xe cabin proven right here actually seems to be each bit the a part of a luxurious SUV.
There’s not a visual floor that seems uncared for by Jeep’s inside designers, who clearly needed to lean into Grand Cherokee’s legacy of being a premium SUV. The Summit is offered with two wooden trim packages (oak for the usual mannequin; walnut for the Summit Reserve package deal) and fabric choices embody material, leatherette, leatherette with suede inserts, Nappa leather-based and quilted Palermo leather-based (with some perforated variants sprinkled in for further selection).
As you would possibly count on, there’s fairly a bit much less obtainable inside house, particularly within the rear, nonetheless eliminating the third row of seats signifies that a lot of the cargo house misplaced to the shortened wheelbase has been recovered, giving up solely 9.2 cubic ft of cargo house behind the second row to the bigger L. Total, the Grand Cherokee gained greater than 4.0 cubic ft of inside passenger quantity and 1.4 cubic ft of cargo house over its predecessor within the transfer to this newer, extra future-proof platform.
Search for pricing and extra effectivity particulars nearer to the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s arrival in showrooms. Gasoline fashions will start to trickle into sellers late this 12 months; 4xe manufacturing will start early in 2022 for the U.S. and later within the 12 months for world markets.