Jeep is set to restore its flagship model in Europe– the eight-year-old Grand Cherokee– within the next two years, and prototypes have been found for the very first time in the United States.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Spy Shots
Seen in heavy body camouflage that doesn’t reveal much about the design, we can expect a minimum of seeing that the Volkswagen Touareg rival will grow in size, offering a longer wheelbase and chunkier rear overhang. The latter feature would suggest the Grand Cherokee might be provided as a three-row model, but Jeep’s product strategy summary (below) reveals otherwise.
We know that the new Grand Cherokee will use a bigger, adapted variation of Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform, a fact verified by the late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne in 2017. While the car maker’s product plan is shifting a little as his replacement, former Jeep employer Mike Manley makes his mark, and it is understood that this is still the case.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Platform
The Giorgio platform will not simply grow in size, and it will also be revised to suit the Grand Cherokee’s off-road focus. Independent suspension overall can be seen on this prototype, but the platform also enables the fitment of amazed powertrains for the very first time.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine
Expect to see mild hybrid variants as a matter of course, with plug-in hybrid options available not long after the car’s launch. Whether the base engine for Europe will remain a V6 or Jeep will look towards a turbocharged four-cylinder choice, remains to be seen. There’s also a further question mark over a diesel choice – Marchionne claimed FCA would start to phase out the fuel in 2022, but it’s still the bulk seller for the Grand Cherokee in Europe.
Jeep likewise prepares to present Level 3 autonomy – under which a chauffeur is still needed to keep track of the vehicle however it can operate totally by itself in certain road conditions – just before the Grand Cherokee’s arrival, so that’ll likely be available on high-spec variants.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date
Jeep’s product plan has the Grand Cherokee as a 2022 model year car, so the existing model is still expected to live on for a while yet. Anticipate seeing the new car revealed in 2021 and on sale before completion of that year.
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