New Jeep Grand Cherokee arrives in USA

Published: 08 January 2021

► Overhauled Jeep Grand Cherokee
► US debut first, Europe later in 2021
► Three-row 'L' version for North America only

Jeep has pulled the covers off the new Grand Cherokee, revealing a three-row ‘L’ version first for the North American market. The new, chunky SUV will arrive in Europe later in 2021 as a five-seater only.

Design-wise, the new Grand Cherokee takes inspiration from the Grand Wagoneer concept that arrived in September 2020. It’s still recognisably a Jeep, but the brand has made significant efforts to both liven up its model range and inject a bit of plushness to the mix.

What are the powertrain specs?

For the North American market, a 3.6-litre V6 making 290bhp and 257lb ft, and 5.7-litre V8 with a relatively lax 357bhp and 390lb ft will initially be available. A 4Xe hybrid, like the Wrangler and Renegade models, will join the engine line-up later in 2021.

Grand Cherokee red cornering

Jeep has packed the new Grand Cherokee with tech. All-wheel drive is, understandably, standard in three variants: one with a single-speed active transfer case that can move all of the power to the front or rear axle, a second with that plus a low-range ratio and a third with a two-speed active transfer case and electronic limited-slip differential on the rear axle.

The new Grand Cherokee will be available with air suspension with selectable ride heights, an electronic terrain mode system.

Still a bit crude inside?

Absolutely not. Along with really nudging up the amount of plush materials and a clean design, the Grand Cherokee boasts a large and glossy central display and digial dials with configurable information.

Grand Cherokee interior

Along with a massive list of safety and connectivity features, Jeep offers a digital rear view mirror similar to JLR’s ClearSight system and this new Grand Cherokee is the first Jeep to offer a head-up display.

For the L version, you can spec either a six- or seven-seat version. In Europe, we’ll only get a five-seat variant when the new SUV arrives here later in 2021.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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