The fifth generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been unveiled in its first-ever extended version with three rows of seating. Built on a replacement architecture, it features a mess of improvements for a far better drive experience along side a reduced weight to enhance economy.
The new Grand Cherokee features a sharper design language, less curvy than the older model. In its three-row ‘L’ iteration, the SUV’s elongated hood and body make it look sleeker. The lowered roofline that tapers towards the tail and therefore the added width provides it a more agile stance. At the front, an outsized central air dam and vents make the bumper look sportier while the more upright seven-slat grille flanked by angular LED headlamps provides it an imposing presence. The sleek characteristic is noticeable in profile also . The rear design gets slimmer taillights and sharper creases within the tailgate and therefore the bumper.
It is worth noting that the front bumper design changes slightly counting on the variant, as seen below with the Summit Reserve and Overland variants of the new Grand Cherokee L.
As seen with the 2021 Compass, Jeep is updating the cabin experience of its SUVs with modern dashboard designs. The 2021 Grand Cherokee also gets a ten .1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with UConnect 5, but the screen is ergonomically repositioned for the space and driver position of the larger SUV. It also gets a ten .25-inch digital instrument cluster to exchange the multi-dial layout of the older model. Overall, the new width-oriented layout of the central console with the Piano Black finish makes it look up-to-date and more premium than before. The controls for the off-road modes are now toggle operated while the massive central dial is that the drive selector.
Onto the seating layouts of the first-ever three-row Grand Cherokee, it’ll be offered with the selection of 6-seat and 7-seat configurations. The third row are often split folded 50-50 while both the center and last row of seats are often folded flat for max luggage capacity. Jeep is additionally offering a foreign release within the boot area to fold the second row flat with ease without shuffling around.
In terms of comforts, this premium Jeep has plenty to supply . counting on the variant, you get heated and ventilated seats for the primary two rows also as 16-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar and seat back massage functionality. In total, you get 12 USB ports (Type A and sort C combined) spread throughout the cabin. It also has four-zone climate control with the rear AC vents for second and third rows having been moved from the roofline to the pillars while also being wider and slimmer than before. The Grand Cherokee L also offers a dual-pane sunroof with a powered sunshade.
The 2021 Grand Cherokee L gets a number of advanced tech for safety and driver assistance. The Active Driving Assist feature is FCA’s Level 2 autonomous driving tech that uses automated lane-centering and adaptive control as long because it detects your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. It also can be had with hands-free driving assist later within the year that permits the user to let the car drive itself on approved roads (depending on local street regulations) which will also predictively slow the car for tight corners. Included within the options list is that the 10-inch head-up display (HUD) for up to 5 information elements. Other assists include a 360-degree camera, rear cross path detection, and blindspot monitoring.
Under the hood, Jeep is offering an equivalent two petrol engines as before: a 3.6-litre V6 that creates 294PS and 348Nm and a 5.7-litre V8 that produces 364PS and 520Nm. Both are mated to an 8-speed automatic drive . The V8 engine also features cylinder shut-off tech and may hamper to only four cylinders while cruising for improved fuel efficiency. a replacement feature for the 2021 Grand Cherokee is front-axle disconnect which detects when 4WD isn’t required and automatically switches to RWD only which further enhances fuel economy. It also re-engages automatically if the system detects the necessity for 4WD. Besides, the front axle is bolted straight to the engine for improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) and driving dynamics.
As a Jeep, the Grand Cherokee, of course, comes with the brand’s off-road driving capability and technology. The Selec-Terrain management system is standard with five modes: Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow and Mud/Sand. It also offers three 4×4 systems: Quadra-Trac I and II and Quadra-Drive II. the primary gets a single-speed active transfer case, subsequent one comes with a two-speed transfer case with low-range, while the third one adds an electronic limited slip differential for the rear axle. The water wading depth of the Grand Cherokee L is rated for upto 610mm.
Lastly, we’ve Quadra-Lift which is that the name of the air suspension offered on the new Grand Cherokee. At normal ride height, it’s a ground clearance of 212mm which may increase up to 276mm at the best while also capable of lowering itself to 191mm in Aero Mode for better stability and efficiency at highway speeds. With the air suspension equipped, the Grand Cherokee L features a 30.1-degree approach angle, a 26.3-degree departure angle, and a 22.6-degree breakover angle. great for a car measuring over 5,200mm long .
The standard 5-seater version of the Grand Cherokee is scheduled to be unveiled later within the year along side the new 4xe plug-in hybrid version. Jeep is predicted to supply this new Grand Cherokee L in India by 2022 as a locally assembled model, unlike the older model that was sold as CBU offerings. Expect it to be priced around Rs 75 lakh and combat likes of the Mercedes Benz GLE and therefore the BMW X5.