The Grand Cherokee L is here, and it's a baby Grand Wagoneer
It looks a lot like the Grand Wagoneer Concept, doesn't it?
So here's the thing: Jeep released a thing. This thing appears to be the result of if the Grand Wagoneer Concept and the current Jeep Grand Cherokee had a baby. And this thing is called the Jeep Grand Cherokee L (I promise that's the last time I'll use the word "thing"...).
So then, let's talk basics. The Grand Cherokee L is Jeep's full-size option to the Grand Cherokee. It features a third row, and an overall more luxurious interior than you'd otherwise get in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. With 1-million way adjustable power front seats and memory functions, you certainly won' t be feeling cheaped-out with Jeep's latest SUV option.
As I'm sure you noticed, luxury is the name of the game for the Grand Cherokee L. It takes a lot of the fancy features from the Grand Wagoneer Concept and puts them to life on the Grand Cherokee L. For example, Jeep implemented the McIntosh Entertainment System, which essentially provides customers with one of the best all-around infotainment systems, covering both stellar audio-quality (it does have 19 speakers throughout the interior) and overall great usability.
McIntosh sound system and infotainment system.
Continuing with the theme of luxury, the interior offers quilted leather, open-pore wood trim, and multiple screens throughout the cabin. As stated above, there's now the option to get the Grand Cherokee with three rows, which would bring seating up to seven people. Other options include getting captain's seats in the 2nd row, which assuming you get the third row seats, would get 6 seats.
You also get a 10.1 inch infotainment screen, which proudly stands from the beautiful wood trim that makes up the dashboard. The infotainment screen offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though I should mention those are options. Otherwise, you get the standard wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Yet, for the Jeep purists, don't let the fancy wood and quilted leather distract you from the Jeep's main party trick: offroad capability. Should you get the Overland model, the Grand Cherokee L comes with skid plates, a limited-slip diff, and the ability to put the car into two-wheel drive if four-wheel drive isn't necessary.
Powerwise, not much is changing, YET. You still get the 3.6-liter V6 producing 290 hp and 257 lb-ft of torque as standard, though you can option up to the 5.7liter V8 making 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. If we're being honest, there is a slight bit of power lost due to the addition of the third row, but that doesn't affect how this car will move by any means of the word.
Later on, Jeep does plan on offering a hybrid option for the Grand Cherokee L, dubbed the 4xe. Jeep also plans on adding hands-free driving capability, only in the second model-year of the Grand Cherokee L.
And that puts a wrap on the Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Really, it's a bigger, more luxurious version of the Grand Cherokee. It'll arrive in dealerships this Spring, and you can expect a starting price of under $40,000.