Jeep fans, here is your new Grand Cherokee!
It is likely to be unveiled this October and launch in late 2021 and gets its platform from Alfa Romeo Giorgio.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been Jeep's flagship SUV and has clocked in the highest sales along side its relatively crude sibling, the Wrangler in the US. The car has been in production since August 1993 and comes as the most luxurious offering from the predominantly SUV maker with a great off-road prowess.
However, competition from Japan and Korea has been so stiff that it has stifled the progress of this mammoth (Well, at least to some extent as still there are those who prefer it over anything else in the market). With the wraps being taken off the new Grand Wagoneer concept and giving mid-cycle updates to its entire lineup, it was right about time Jeep told its boffins to fiddle with its design and come out with something that could be rightly commented, "brand new."
Going by spy shots of a few camouflaged test mules, I can say that you are in for a treat if you fancy this all-rounder SUV. One look at it and you'll say that it looks a lot bigger than the outgoing generation. Coming as a fruit of the FCA group, the car to lend its platform is the Alfa Romeo Giorgio. This is anticipated to make the car which weighs well over two-tonnes extremely well-balanced and restrict body roll when scooting through windy sections of road. Expect the front face to borrow design cues from the Grand Wagoneer concept and the RAM TRX which means a huge grille with several matte-black chrome slats and boomerang-shaped headlights with LED strips mounted. The spy shots openly reveal equally massive wheels that are accommodated rightly in the wheel arches.
With a considerable increase in dimensions and ride height, the Grand Cherokee gets an even more imposing stance and a conventional 3-box SUV layout. In fact, I think Jeep might even consider a seven-seat configuration for the Grand Cherokee. The rear also shows chrome-tipped round exhausts. However, not much can be made out of the rear fascia owing to the excessive camouflage.
One of the major highlights of the Grand Wagoneer Concept was that it had no less than 7 screens covering the dash. However, the car in question right now certainly won't be having as many screens but expect three of them including the digital instrument cluster. The screen on the centre-console is expected to have a 12" resolution which is followed by another small one for AC controls and seat ventilation. You can also find toggle switches on the dash and expect a round controller to scroll through menus akin to what we have seen in erstwhile Mercedes-Benz cars. The entire dashboard, doors and door panels are leather-wrapped to give a sense of opulence. We can expect features such as adaptive cruise control, panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, connected tech and driver assistance systems.
Americans are slowly but determinedly ditching their fuel-guzzling naturally-aspirated engines in favour of turbocharging. Hence, it is likely to come powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine along with the V6 and mild-hybrid tech in the base models. The V8 engine configuration will make its way into the SUV at the time of its launch for those wanting a rev-happy nature from the car. There will also be a 3.0-litre V6 diesel good for 260 hp and a stonking 651 Nm of torque. However, things might take an ugly turn for the Hemi-V8 Trackhawk version as it might not be able to comply to the nascent emission regulations. But don't lament as that isn't confirmed by the officials.
Expect it to debut this fall and it will be built at Jeep's long-standing Jefferson facility in Detroit, Michigan as that is the birthplace of the first gen Grand Cherokee. What do you expect from this true-blue sumptuous yet off-road friendly SUV?