– Probably available in two and three row versions
– Should be revealed in 2021 as a 2022 model
A few months ago, we brought you the first images of the test mule of the three-row version of the Grand Cherokee under test. This time our spy investigators took clearer images of the SUV with less camouflage and production-ready headlight and taillight units.
The new spy images from Michigan reveal a new set of details of the full-size SUV that is expected to enter the production line later this year. The Grand Cherokee will be based on the elongated version of the new Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform. On the front are the new sleek, sharper-looking headlights with seven-blade mesh front grille. The overall design and styling cues appear to be borrowed from the Grand Wagoneer, but the model is likely to be positioned below the flagship SUV. The rear split tail lights can also be spotted with a sleek design and optimized bumpers that house the dual exhaust pipes.
Interior details are scarce at the moment. However, we expect it to get significant changes such as a larger touchscreen infotainment system, digital driver display, rotating shift knobs, and use of high-quality materials throughout the cabin. The longer wheelbase will also benefit second-row passengers with more room and legroom. The Grand Cherokee will continue to be offered in its five-seat layout and this new seven-seat configuration will be positioned above the standard one with modified cosmetics for visual differentiation.
Under the hood, the new Cherokee will keep the 3.6-liter V6 engine in an updated state of tuning. Some reports also suggest that the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 could be replaced by a new 3.0-liter straight-six with a light hybrid system borrowed from the recently revealed Wrangler 4xe. The American brand could also equip it with adjustable air suspension and all-wheel drive system. The Grand Cherokee is likely to go into production later in 2021 and could be introduced overseas as a 2022 model. At launch in the future, it will collide with the Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer.