The year was 1992. Grunge rock was in full effect. It was the start of a new decade — and the start of a new vehicle for then Chrysler Corporation as it launched the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Fast forward 30 years as the Grand Cherokee enters its fifth generation, now under the corporate umbrella known as Stellantis. This new Grand Cherokee introduces a new architecture, new technology and the first-ever electrified variant.
Sure, we’ve already seen the first-ever three-row Grand Cherokee L, but what we see here is (finally!) the five-passenger version. So, let’s see what there is to get excited about. (The short answer is: Plenty.)
Jeep calls the 4xe program “zero emission freedom.” With limited pure-electric range, the Grand Cherokee 4xe allows Jeep to ease its way toward an electrified future — without giving up range — but still offering excellent fuel economy.
The Grand Cherokee 4xe is expected to have 25 miles of all-electric range for a total of 57 MPGe. This would make it the most fuel-efficient Grand Cherokee ever. Even better: The Grand Cherokee 4xe has an estimated total driving range of more than 440 miles.
Some of the other notable details for the Grand Cherokee 4xe include:
The 4xe architecture will be available on the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve trims.
Jeep has done well branding the Trailhawk badge as something valued and respected in the off-road world. And bringing the Trailhawk features and badging to the 2022 Grand Cherokee should help elevate the prestige further.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will feature standard all-terrain tires; integrated off-road camera; Quadra-Lift air suspension with up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance; improved approach, departure and breakover angles; and the Quadra-Drive II active transfer case with rear eLSD and Selec-Terrain.
Some other notable features Trailhawk gets include:
Jeep is celebrating 80 years in 2022, and it does so by showcasing new looks for the Grand Cherokee. Stellantis seems to have employed some very talented designers as many of its new vehicles have big, bold designs. If you haven’t seen the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, you’d be amazed at just how amazing the “Jeep look” has become.
That same bold styling shows through on the Grand Cherokee with a tapered roofline, offering a sleek, aerodynamic look. Have no fears, the iconic waterfall seven-slot grille is still there, but it now has new front fascia. We especially like the functional active grille shutters and feel like that really completes the look of the Grand Cherokee.
Plus, Jeep announced a gloss black roof is available for the first time on the Overland models and comes standard on Trailhawk, Summit and Summit Reserve.
We’ve grown accustomed to Jeep vehicles being sparsely appointed inside. Heck, they’re meant to get dirty, and for many years the interiors were designed accordingly. However, as evidenced in the aforementioned Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, the new-look Jeeps have starkly different interiors. They’re less rugged and more luxurious.
It appears as though that will apply to the 2022 Grand Cherokee as well. Sixteen-way adjustable front seats are part of Jeep’s new interiors that include handcrafted materials and modern amenities. It’s certainly a new era in that regard as Jeep announced that heated/vented seats are available in first two rows, with three-level configurable controls.
I absolutely love automotive technology. I want as much technology as possible. Infotainment systems are something I’m always picky about, and fortunately the UConnect system from Stellantis has always been intuitive and good. The 2022 Grand Cherokee gets the fifth iteration of this system (Uconnect 5), which brings with it three 10.1-inch and two 10.25-inch digital displays throughout the cabin in addition to the intuitive user experience.
One of the most impressive things I saw on the Jeep Grand Wagoneer during last week’s Motor Bella event was a passenger-side screen. Jeep will bring this to the Grand Cherokee, too. With that, the front passenger gets co-pilot assistance with navigation, camera viewing and visual entertainment.
A 4G LTE WiFi hot spot can host up to eight devices. A hot trend in the industry is streaming services in today’s vehicles. As such, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will connect Fire TV through the hot spot and allow passengers to download and watch Prime Video content without connectivity while on the road with 16 GB of included built-in storage for each rear display (9 GB of user available storage per rear display). Talk about a feature that’s clearly cued in to today’s family!
The Grand Cherokee has matured, much like all of us who came of age in the 1990s. We started out basic, with flannels, Doc Martins and Converse. Our style may not have been great, but our music was legendary. Now we want the finer things in life. Similarly, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has evolved and matured to offer the nicest version ever of the Grand Cherokee.
The all-new gasoline version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2021, and the 4xe is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. by early 2022.