Ten years. This is the unusually long period during which the current generation of the Grand Cherokee reigned. Of course, Jeep tried to ensure a certain modernity by gradually improving it, but the basic material remained similar to the beginnings of this fourth vintage. The 2021 Grand Cherokee L, presented last week, revisits the idea, with an evolving posture. This fifth generation is therefore making its virtual debut, the pandemic having forced the abandonment of the salons for an indefinite period. Opening a new chapter in Jeep history, it becomes the first Grand Cherokee to offer additional seats behind the middle bench. It can therefore accommodate seven passengers in total, which will make it more attractive to larger families.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY JEEP Rear view of Jeep Grand Cherokee L As its name suggests, the Grand Cherokee L is in effect a stretched version of the entry-level Grand Cherokee to be unveiled later this year. Consequently, it is much more imposing than the current Grand Cherokee with which it will share the manufacturer’s showrooms for a few months. No less than 38 cm separate them in length (5204 mm in all for the Grand Cherokee L). This new generation is also larger and larger in dimension than the one it replaces.
A “real” Jeep
There is no doubt that the design, which draws some inspiration from the Grand Wagoneer unveiled last year, is resolutely Jeep without forcing the note too much. The angles are present to ensure a beefy appearance, as is the grille with seven slots, not too insistent visually, as with some rivals. It is believed that we have also worked on refinement of the interior and put the emphasis on technology with the new Uconnect 5 infotainment system.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY JEEP The interior of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L The off-road capabilities of this all-new platform are provided by a standard all-wheel drive, the equipment of which varies depending on the livery. The most advanced version (Quadra-Drive II) will have an electronic limited-slip rear differential to ensure more grip. Together with an air suspension that can increase ground clearance by 6.1 cm (28 cm in total), this SUV announces its colors in terms of off-road capabilities. On the mechanical side, Jeep was content to reuse the engines of the previous generation, the 3.6 L Pentastar V6 (290 hp) and the 5.7 L Hemi V8 (357 hp), which is undoubtedly a disappointment. . We should therefore not witness a significant change in terms of fuel consumption, but Jeep ensures that the short body version will be offered this year with a plug-in hybrid group, following in the footsteps of the Wrangler 4xe. On sale from the second half of the year.