Ten years. This was an extraordinary period during the reign of the current generation of Grand Cherokees. Sure, Jeep has tried to ensure a certain sophistication by gradually improving, but the basic material is similar to the launch of this fourth QV. The 2021 Grand Cherokee L, presented last week, revisits the idea, with an evolving posture.
This fifth generation is making its virtual debut, the saloon had to leave salons indefinitely. It opened a new chapter in Jeep history by becoming the first Grand Cherokee to offer extra seats behind the middle bench. It therefore accommodates a total of seven passengers, making it more attractive to large families.
As its name suggests, the Grand Cherokee L is an expanded version of the entry-level Grand Cherokee that will be unveiled later this year. Consequently, it is much more solemn than the current Grand Cherokee, with which it shares manufacturer’s showrooms for a few months. Separate them lengthwise not less than 38 cm (total 5204 mm for Grand Cherokee L). This new generation is bigger and bigger than what it will replace.
A “real” jeep
This design, which takes some inspiration from the Grand WagonR that was unveiled last year, is without a doubt a Jeep for sure without forcing too much on the note. Like some rivals, the seven-slot grille has angles to ensure a visually pleasing, thick look. We also believe that we have worked on interior refinement and are prioritizing technology with the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system.
The off-road capabilities of this newest platform are provided by standard all-wheel drive, which varies depending on the gear lever. The most advanced version (Quadra-Drive II) features an electronic limited-slip rear differential to provide more grip. Combined with an air suspension that can increase the ground clearance by 6.1 cm (28 cm in total), this SUV has announced its colors in terms of off-road capabilities.
On the mechanical side, Jeep has the content to reuse the engines of the previous generation, 3.6L Pentastar V6 (290hp) and 5.7L Hemi V8 (357hp), which was undoubtedly disappointing. . So we should not see a significant change in terms of fuel consumption, but Jeep is sure to follow the Wrangler 4xe footprint with a smaller body version this year with the plug-in hybrid group.
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