Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid available to pre-order next week

The new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a more upmarket design inside and out, and comes exclusively with a plug-in hybrid powertrain

  • 31-mile electric range
  • Only the five-seat model will be sold in Europe
  • Prices yet to be revealed

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available to order from Thursday 24 February. Prices for the new SUV are yet to be confirmed, but all pre-orders until 31 March will be for a launch-edition model called the Summit Reserve. When it arrives, the new Grand Cherokee will only be available as a plug-in hybrid.

The fifth-generation Grand Cherokee will only be sold in the UK with five seats; the previously announced larger, seven-seat model is destined for North America. The new Grand Cherokee will go on sale in the UK in the second half of 2022 and will be an alternative to the BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 but one that has more off-road ability. 

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Summit Reserve cars are equipped to what Jeep calls its ‘full-option specification’, so you won’t be left wanting for standard features. The outside is marked out by 21-inch polished alloy wheels (the largest ever fitted to a Grand Cherokee), a black roof panel and chrome trim detailing. Buyers have a choice of six available paint colours as well.

Equipment includes electrically adjustable heated seats upholstered in Palermo leather, climate-controlled rear seats, four-zone air conditioning, a large head-up display and a screen in the dashboard for the front passenger. Among the fitted safety features are park assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and a night vision camera. The Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance capability.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has received a thoroughly modern redesign for this new model, with a more angular appearance than before. The front bears the brand’s trademark front grille design with large intakes. Black protective bodywork cladding is fitted on all sides, while the sides sport a lowered windowline, squared wheel arches and an extended roofline for improved aerodynamics and more interior space. At the rear, a slim pair of tail lights extend from the rear quarter into the full-width tailgate. To mark it out from the regular models, the plug-in hybrid model, badged ‘4xe’, features blue badges and tow hooks. 

Interior, technology trim levels

The interior of the Grand Cherokee has also been given a new modern look and a vast technology upgrade over the old car. The dashboard gets a trio of digital displays with a pair of 10.1-inch screens for the digital dial cluster and main infotainment system, while the front passenger also gets a larger 10.25-inch display. This setup runs Jeep’s latest Uconnect 5 system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus TomTom sat nav. It also incorporates a 4G wireless hotspot and Amazon Alexa connectivity. 

Jeep claims the new interior is more comfortable and better made than before, thanks in part to redesigned seats with more adjustability. These can be specced with heating, ventilation and massage functions. A wireless charging pad also features, along with a new storage bin large enough for two smartphones. 

Full specifications for the Grand Cherokee range will be revealed closer to the car going on sale, but the brand has revealed that the plug-in hybrid will be available in Limited, Overland and Summit trims, along with the Summit Reserve launch model. A range-topping Trailhawk model will also be available.

Safety 

Standard safety features have been bolstered with collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, rear cross-path detection and autonomous emergency braking. Lane keep assist, active lane management, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control also feature. A rear-view camera and parking sensors are also included.

Engines, chassis and off-roading

The only powertrain confirmed for Europe is the 4xe plug-in hybrid. This uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with a pair of electric motors and a 17kWh battery. This gives it a pure-electric range of around 31 miles, with power going to all-four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 

The 4xe gets three different driving modes called Hybrid, Electric and eSave. In the ‘Hybrid’ setting, the petrol engine and electric motors are optimised to deliver the best balance between performance and fuel economy. ‘Electric’ switches the powertrain into pure-EV mode, while ‘eSave’ conserves the battery power for use at a later time, typically at lower speeds in a city. To help top-up the battery on the move, regenerative braking is also fitted.

To ensure it can handle rough terrain, 4xe models are fitted with additional underbody protection panels and also get Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II four-wheel drive system, adding a low-range set of gear ratios for off-roading. Standard fit Quadra-lift air suspension means the ride height can be raised to give up to 278mm of ground clearance and the 4xe can wade through water up to 610mm deep. 

An electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential also features, along with switchable driving modes including Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, Mud and Sand. Hill ascent and descent control is also standard.  

Elsewhere, the North American model will get two petrol engines alongside the 4xe PHEV model, namely a 289bhp 3.6-litre V6 and a 352bhp 5.7-litre V8. According to the brand, the conventional petrol engines are rated to tow 2,812kg and 3,265kg. 

Read our reviews of the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Renegade here. 

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