For the very first time given that 2010, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting a complete redesign, and we have the photographic proof. A camouflaged model was captured testing by our spies, and while very little of the style is exposed, we gleaned some new information about the upcoming all-new SUV.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Spy Shots
Regardless of the heavy camouflage, we can inform you that the new Grand Cherokee will have a longer wheelbase and rear overhang to offer more interior space and freight room. While the protruding hood on this model may appear similar to timeless Jeeps like the J-series, it’s simply part of the camouflage. Slim taillights and the hint of Jeep’s seven-slot grille show up through the coverings, but that’s about it. Overall, the exterior styling of the Grand Cherokee needs to be relatively evolutionary. Still, the interior could get larger changes– perhaps the 12.0-inch touchscreen from the Ram 1500–, and it will likely get a lot more love in regards to luxury, tech, and driver-assist features.
Looking beneath the model, we can see that the Grand Cherokee will still have an independent rear suspension. In June of 2018, then-CEO Sergio Marchionne stated the new Grand Cherokee would be riding on an extended variation of Alfa Romeo’s rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform, which is used by the Giulia and the Stelvio. The Grand Cherokee will adhere to having two rows of seats, as an unnamed three-row crossover based on the very same platform will sit above it in the lineup and beside it on the assembly line.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine
We anticipate the Wrangler’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four hybrid to be the new Grand Cherokee’s base engine, while the new Pentastar V-6 with the eTorque hybrid-assist system will be the mid-range option. The Hemi V-8 must remain the leading choice, with the eTorque version potentially being the only offering– that could provide the Grand Cherokee an all-hybrid lineup. A plug-in-hybrid version will arrive a few years after the launching, as might the new EcoDiesel V-6. (We hope the supercharged Trackhawk model will return.) Late last year, new rumors pointed towards Fiat Chrysler working on a new turbocharged inline-six engine, which would debut in the Wagoneer and be a lot more effective than the Hemi V-8. If those reports end upholding, the engine could appear in the Grand Cherokee as a high-end option.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Debut
While it’s possible the Grand Cherokee could debut this year, we believe a reveal in the very first half of 2020 is most likely, with the new SUV going on sale by the end of the year as a 2021 model. But provided Fiat Chrysler fondness for pressing back new-model debuts, the Grand Cherokee may not see dealers up until a couple of years from now. Anticipate a minor cost increase over the current model’s $33,440 base-price asks, with the Grand Cherokee able to pass the $65K mark when filled.