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Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe speaks to electrified future


EV news seems to be all the rage these days with this state banning internal combustion engine by that date and this automaker promising to be all-electric within the next so many years. So, it makes sense that the newly minted Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) would have an EV Day. We talked about the Ram electric truck yesterday, but there was so much more news – including the first images of the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe.

We learned at the Grand Cherokee L press drive that the SUV’s platform was built with electrification in mind, and we knew a 4xe was coming, but these images tell us its coming sooner than we think. In fact, we now know we’ll see the two-row Grand Cherokee as well as the 4xe version at the New York Auto Show in August.

While we don’t have any hard facts about range or fuel economy just yet, we can guess that there will be some similarities to the Wrangler 4xe, with an all-electric range nearing 25 miles and fuel economy around 50 MPGe.

We also learned at Stellantis’ EV Day that the global automaker will be building four battery-electric-vehicle-centric platforms that will be the backbone of all the electrified vehicles from the automaker – covering everything from the littlest Fiat all the way to the largest Ram. The platforms are as follows:

  • STLA Small, with a range up to 300 miles
  • STLA Medium, with a range up to 440 miles
  • STLA Large, with a range up to 500 miles
  • STLA Frame, with a range up to 500 miles

So, there’s certainly more to come. A lot more.

The bottom line on the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

Stellantis, and therefore Jeep, seems committed to an electrified future, and even went so far as to make statements about each of the company’s 14 brands as it concerns electrification. In addition to learning that Alpha Romeo will become Alpha e-Romeo by 2024 (WTH?), Jeep’s guiding statement is: “Zero Emission Freedom.”

So, if you’re thinking the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee 4xe are one-off trials. Think again. This is just the beginning.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is a syndicated automotive writer. Jill also manages the “Drive, She Said” blog for ChicagoNow and posts reviews to DriveChicago. She is the president emeritus of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. She also serves as a judge for the Automotive Heritage Foundation Journalism Awards. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Chicago Sun-Times News Group and Pioneer Press Newspapers.

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