Jeep will add an all-new seven-seat Grand Cherokee L to its local lineup in 2022, which will be followed by a two-row variant with plug-in hybrid power later in the year.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep hasn’t had a true seven-seat four-wheel-drive in its lineup since the Commander of the 2000s, which limits the brand from competing directly with the likes of the Nissan Patrol, Toyota LandCruiser and Land Rover Discovery.
However, this is all set to change with the introduction of the next-generation 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Jeep is clearly keen to plug that seven-seat gap, because the first model to hit the Australian market will be the longer three-row Grand Cherokee L. This will be followed by the two-row Grand Cherokee, which will finally put the current model (which has been available since 2011) out to pasture.
Going against the grain of the segment – especially in Australia –, the new Grand Cherokee won’t be available with diesel power. It will instead get the familiar 3.6-litre ‘Pentastar’ petrol V6, which makes 216kW and 350Nm in the US.
Australia-specific engine details are yet to be divulged, but Drive understands that V8 options are in the future pipeline – with a plug-in hybrid version of the two-row Grand Cherokee set for launch in the second half of the year. Government filings suggest the petrol V6 could be the sole petrol-only option at launch.
|Model||What’s new?||Segment||Timing||Read more|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee (five seats)||All new||Large SUV||H1 2022||Details|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee L (six/seven seats)||All new||Large SUV||H1 2022||Revealed|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV||New variant||Large SUV||H2 2022||Revealed|
Note: H1 refers to the first half of the year, H2 refers to the second half.