All-new Jeep Grand Cherokee unveiled with plug-in hybrid power
The new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee features a more upmarket design inside and out, the latest tech and a plug-in hybrid powertrain
- First plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Grand Cherokee
- Only the five-seat model will be sold in Europe
- Goes on sale in late 2022
This is the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV. It’s the all-new model of the brand’s large SUV and is the first version of the car to be offered as a plug-in hybrid model.
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.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee: design and trim levels
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 UK version of the Grand Cherokee 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, Summit and Summit Reserve trims, as well as range-topping off-road Trailhawk guise.
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 25 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.
Jeep has yet to confirm the full range of powertrains but have confirmed 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, both of the conventional petrol engines are rated to tow 2,812kg and 3,265kg.