Jeep’s long-awaited Grand Cherokee redesign has lastly been noticed testing.
The brand new mid-size SUV is due out in late 2020 as a 2021 mannequin, and it appears to be like to be rising in dimension. The prototype is bigger than the present Grand Cherokee, particularly within the case of the wheelbase and rear overhang.
Styling seems to be following an evolutionary route, with Jeep’s signature 7-slot grille up entrance and boxy wheel arches on the flanks. Shifting round to the rear, an impartial suspension setup is clearly seen, and piping for the exhaust appears to be like to have been tucked tightly for maximizing the departure angle, which is vital for the Grand Cherokee’s off-road chops.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee spy pictures – Picture by way of S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Underpinning the car is a modified model of Fiat Chrysler Vehicles’ rear-wheel-drive platform that debuted within the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia, referred to internally as Giorgio. Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed using the Giorgio platform in 2018, stating on the time that it could possibly assist each 2- and Three-row SUVs.
Whereas the Grand Cherokee will proceed with two rows, Jeep is planning a Three-row SUV within the mid-size section. This Three-row mannequin might be associated to the Grand Cherokee, although it is not clear whether or not the 2 autos may have frequent badging and styling. The three-row mannequin is due about the identical time as the brand new Grand Cherokee.
What is evident is that the 2 SUVs will share a plant, on this case a repurposed Mack Avenue Engine Complicated in Detroit. Jeep can even use the close by Jefferson North Meeting Plant for extra Grand Cherokee manufacturing.
Rendering of FCA Mack Avenue manufacturing plant for Jeep Grand Cherokee manufacturing
Within the powertrain division, count on a V-6 to stay the bottom possibility. Delicate-hybrid and plug-in hybrid choices are additionally deliberate, and hopefully we see a brand new technology of the Trackhawk packing a V-Eight. There can even be some degree of self-driving functionality, most certainly a freeway help characteristic.
Rivals to the Grand Cherokee embrace the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Volkswagen Atlas.
Be aware, whereas the Grand Cherokee and new Three-row mannequin will compete within the mid-size section, Jeep will goal consumers flush with money with a full-size providing reviving the Wagoneer nameplate. The brand new Wagoneer, plus an extra-plush Grand Wagoneer, might be based mostly on the body-on-frame platform shared with the most recent Ram full-size pickup vans. The Wagoneer duo might be constructed on the underutilized Warren Truck Meeting plant simply north of Detroit, beginning someday earlier than 2022.