A new generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is upon us. Jeep begins the unveiling of this new model with the Grand Cherokee L, an elongated variant that will integrate a third row of seats.
Here are five things to know about the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L.
Six or seven passengers
According to the automaker, many customers have requested the addition of a third bench in the cabin of the Grand Cherokee to accommodate families. It’s now done! Standard, the Grand Cherokee L will accommodate six passengers – seven if you choose the option of a second-row bench.
To facilitate accessibility for on-board passengers, Jeep has increased the opening of the rear doors by 64 °. In addition, the second row seats are sliding and can be folded completely flat. As for the third row seats, they can also be folded flat, but separated 50/50.
In terms of amenities, second row riders can have heated seats (standard in trims Limited and more) and even ventilated seats thanks to the set Summit Reserve.
Two engines on the menu
Like the other variants of the Grand Cherokee, the L will continue to use powertrains well known from Jeep. The entry-level Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 generates 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft. To help fuel consumption, the engine will be fitted as standard with the Stop / Start function which has been improved. This engine will allow a towing capacity of 6,200 lbs (approximately 2,812 kg).
If that’s not enough for your taste, know that it will be possible to opt for a 5.7-liter V8 engine that develops 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This can deactivate up to four of its cylinders when the engine is not in use. Being more powerful, the towing capacity increases to 7,200 lbs (approximately 3,266 kg).
Both engines will be mated to all-wheel drive systems as well as the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission.
A Jeep without a 4×4 would not be a real Jeep. In fact, the manufacturer offers three different systems depending on the versions chosen. All three systems are equipped with an active transfer case to improve traction by shifting torque to the more grippy wheel.
- Quadra-Trac I is an active single-speed transfer case. When wheel slip is detected, up to 100% of the available torque is instantly delivered to the axle with the most traction.
- The Quadra-Trac II’s active two-speed transfer case with low-range downshift uses multiple sensors input into the vehicle to preemptively adjust torque distribution.
- The Quadra-Drive II employs an active two-speed transfer case and rear eLSD. The system is available on the Overland with the set Road and standard on models Summit.
Finally, it will be possible to opt for a Quadra-Lift air suspension.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee L offers more than 110 driving assistance and safety functions. Among these, we find the 360 ° camera (optional for Limited and Overland, standard for Summit), head-up display, parallel and perpendicular parking assistance (Summit), a digital rear view mirror and a night vision camera (Overland and Summit).
The infotainment system will be served by the new generation of Uconnect. The latter allows in particular the functionality of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless, 4G LTE Wi-Fi and communication with Amazon Alexa. The Uconnect 5 system can also be used thanks to a central screen of 8.4 inches or 10.1 inches (optional). The control station will replace the analog dials with a 10.25 inch screen.
In order to accommodate more passengers, Jeep had to review the dimensions of its SUV as well as its chassis. Among these modifications, one notes among others a widened track of 36 mm and the exhaustive use of aluminum to lighten the vehicle.
The Grand Cherokee L is made of over 60% advanced high-strength steel to promote ductility and energy absorption. In addition, the manufacturer has perfected its air suspension system and incorporated an engine housing with a shock tower reinforcement that improves local lateral stiffness by 125%, to name a few.
Finally, the front axle is bolted directly to the engine to allow better management of noise, vibrations and harshness.
According to FCA Canada, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L will be on sale at dealerships in the spring or summer of 2021 at a price that has not yet been released. A next-generation five-passenger Grand Cherokee will also arrive later in 2021, as will the 4xe plug-in hybrid variant.