Update: ’30th Anniversary edition package’ sub-section added to the ‘Price & Release Date’ section.
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee will soon replace the original model launched earlier this year. The plug-in hybrid model appeals to the environment-conscious and off-road enthusiasts alike. Take a look at what we know about Jeep’s most 4×4-capable Grand Cherokee to date so far, which carries some changes shifting to MY2023:
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Compared to the Grand Cherokee L, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, including the 4xe, is sportier. Thanks to the shorter length, slimmer, D-Pillar, angular boat-like glasshouse, and unique rear-glass design, it has somewhat of a unique identity. The chrome window surround floats from the front of the D-pillar instead of the rear, highlighting the unique design of the rear glass. At the rear, a distinctive sleek black bar connects the tail lamps adding to the sporty styling.
There are no flashy exterior features that scream “green.” Jeep has kept the styling understated, just the way premium SUV customers prefer it. There’s a tiny blue “e” badge on the push-open/push-close cover securing the charging port on the left front fender and a 4xe logo on the left side of the tailgate.
There’s only one exterior change on the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe from the previous model. It features Gloss Black accents instead of the old model’s Neutral Gray accents.
The interior design of the Grand Cherokee is the same as that of the Grand Cherokee L for the most part. The most noticeable difference is that it has a 10.25-inch front passenger screen integrated into the dashboard. The additional screen offers co-pilot assistance with navigation, camera viewing, and visual entertainment, making the journey for the front passenger nearly as engaging as the driver. Other changes inside the two-row model include updated switches, increased storage space in the front bin, and a new HD rear-seat entertainment system with FireTV built-in.
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe will employ a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and two electric motors, one in place of a conventional alternator and the other replacing the torque converter in the transmission. The transmission is the 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic unit. A 400-volt, 17.3 kWh traction battery pack residing under the floor, an Integrated Dual Charging Module (ICDM) that clubs a charger and a DC/DC converter, and a Power Inverter Module (PIM) are the main components of the 4xe plug-in hybrid system.
The driver can select from three different drive modes, namely Hybrid, Electric, and eSave. The first two are self-explanatory, while in the eSave mode, the vehicle drives using only gas, saving the electricity in the battery pack for later. This mode also offers the option of choosing between Battery Save and Battery Charge. Irrespective of the mode, the vehicle operates as a hybrid when the battery pack nears depletion. Here, the driver can select the level of regenerative braking.
Output & EV range
The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the 2023 Grand Cherokee will produce the same 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which are no different from the previous model year.
Jeep expected a pure electric range of 25 miles and a fuel economy of 56 MPGe for the 2022 model as well. EPA gave a slightly better certification of 26 miles of range and an identical combined fuel economy rating of 56 MPGe. The total range, as per EPA, was higher than the company-estimated 440+ miles – 470 miles. According to EPA data, the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe costs USD 1.88 to drive 25 miles on electricity or USD 3.79 using gasoline.
The 2023 Grand Cherokee 4xe will support Level 1 (120V AC) and Level 2 (240V AC) charging and 7.2 kW is its maximum charging rate. Like in the previous model, Level 1 charging could be a time-consuming process of 12 hours. The Jeep Level II (240V) home charger, which Mopar offers in normal and hardwired versions at the same price of USD 619, can charge the plug-in hybrid SUV’s traction battery pack up to six times faster than a typical Level I (120V) charger, in just over two hours.
|Aspect||2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Specification|
|Engine||2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline|
|Engine Power||200 kW (270 hp) at 5,250 rpm|
|Engine Torque||295 lb.-ft. at 3,000 rpm|
|eTorque Belt-Start Generator Motor Power||33 kW (44 hp)|
|eTorque Belt-Start Generator Motor Torque||39 lb.-ft.|
|Integrated Transmission Traction Motor Power||100 kW (134 hp)|
|Integrated Transmission Traction Motor Torque||181 lb.-ft.|
|System Power||280 kW (375 hp) at 5,250 rpm|
|System Torque||470 lb.-ft. at 3,000 rpm|
|Battery Pack Type||Lithium-ion (Li-NMC)|
|Battery Pack Capacity (Gross)||17.3 kWh|
|Battery Pack Operating Voltage||260-400V|
|Charging Modes||Level 1 — 120V AC, Level 2 — 240V AC|
|Maximum Charging Power||7.2 kW|
|EPA-est. Electric Range (Jeep-Expected)||25 miles|
|EPA-est. Fuel Economy (Jeep-Expected)||56 MPGe|
First Drive Review (2022 model)
Even though the new Grand Cherokee has a lot of power, it isn’t a very responsive SUV. Motor Authority says in its review that its powertrain takes a “second or so” to come to action when the driver needs it to use full power. This means changing from Electric to Hybrid mode and turning on the engine probably isn’t a swift action.
Motor Authority says that the Grand Cherokee 4xe delivered over 24 miles of electric range with 99% charging during its test drive. According to the trip computer data, the average fuel economy achieved over 106 miles of mixed driving was 23.5 mpg, slightly higher than the EPA-estimated rating of 23 mpg. However, the number was worse during the last 100 miles, most of which was on the highway. The battery pack was empty during that part of the drive, and the PHEV averaged out to just 18.5 mpg.
The regenerative braking doesn’t work well at high speeds. It starts performing with a higher intensity as the speed drops below 40 mph and peaks at just over 30 mph. It didn’t bring the vehicle to a half at the first sign during Motor Authority’s drive. Once the battery pack runs out of juice, the Grand Cherokee 4xe drives like a full-hybrid EV. The operation as a full-hybrid EV and the gearshifts are “seamless.”
Grades & Features
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe comes in standard, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit grades. Many optional packages will be available to expand features, including a Summit Reserve package for the top-end Summit grade. While the Trailhawk grade was available in the gas-powered Grand Cherokee in the 2022 model year, now it is exclusive to the Grand Cherokee 4xe.
The standard grade is feature-packed, including 18-inch wheels, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, Uconnect 5 10.1-inch touchscreen, 10.25-inch front passenger screen, 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat with memory, 4-way electrically adjustable lumbar support for the front seats, 506-watt, 9-speaker Alpine audio system, and more.
21-inch wheels, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats with memory and massage, 10-inch HUD, McIntosh audio system with 19 speakers, 10-inch subwoofer, and 17-channel, 950-watt amplifier, four-zone automatic climate control system, and many other additional/better features are available.
On the safety front, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Blind-spot Monitoring, Full-Speed Collision Warning with Active Braking and Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection, ParkSense rear parking sensors, and ParkView backup camera will be standard. Drowsy Driver Detection, Intersection Collision Assist, Night Vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection, ParkSense front parking sensors, and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist are available.
Capabilities (Off-roading & Towing)
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe has a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 lbs. The Quadra-Lift air suspension with electronic semi-active damping is standard in the Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit grades. It provides up to 24 inches of water fording depth. The standard and Overland grades have the Quadra-Trac II active 4WD system with a two-speed transfer case, while the Trailhawk and Summit grades use the more advanced, Quadra-Drive II 4WD system with a two-speed transfer case and a rear electronic limited slip-differential (eLSD).
The Trailhawk grade boasts a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, a 47.4:1 crawl ratio, and Selec-Speed Control as well. Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep (North America), says that the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe is “the most off-road capable Grand Cherokee yet.” Jeep conquered the Rubicon trail driving it only in the Electric mode.
The PHEV features a new sway bar disconnect which allows the front and rear axles to articulate at crazy angles over rocks and boulders—reconnecting the sway bar improves on-road handling of the SUV as it functions like an anti-roll bar to reduce the lateral forces. The same setup is found on the hardcore Jeep Wrangler as well.
According to Motor Authority, the electric motor delivers torque instantly. However, the power comes too quickly, which could become an issue during rock climbing or rolling over a boulder. Changing the regen to max level can make things a little easier, though. Towing with maximum load didn’t present any issue during Motor Authority’s test drive.
Price & Release Date
Made at the new Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack plant, the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe should start reaching U.S. dealerships soon. The 2022 model is already in American showrooms, as per Grove City (Pennsylvania)-based Diehl Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram‘s website.
Prices of the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe in the U.S. may start at around USD 61,000 and go up to approximately USD 76,500. Below are the current model’s prices for reference:
|Grand Cherokee 4xe||USD 58,095|
|Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe||USD 62,880|
|Grand Cherokee Overland 4xe||USD 66,155|
|Grand Cherokee Summit 4xe||USD 69,820|
|Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe||USD 74,695|
30th Anniversary edition package
The features of the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary edition from the 2022 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS 2022) will become available with an optional package costing USD 4,700 later in 2022. The 30th Anniversary edition package will be available to order for a limited time, and deliveries of the 2023 Grand Cherokee 4xe units specified with it will start by early 2023.
The 30th Anniversary edition package gives the 2023 Grand Cherokee a unique blacked-out exterior appearance. It includes a modified front fascia, special-edition badging, new 20-inch black wheels, dual exhaust, body-colored rear fascia, lower moldings, wheel flares, and sill claddings, a dual-pane sunroof, and blue tow hooks. Inside, the 2023 Grand Cherokee equipped with the 30th Anniversary edition package has black Capri leather seats.
Right-hand drive version launch
The right-hand drive Grand Cherokee 4xe will go on sale directly as a 2023 model. On August 1, 2022, Jeep started accepting orders for the plug-in hybrid SUV in the UK. It offers British market customers a choice of four grades: Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit Reserve. OTR prices start at GBP 69,900 and go up to GBP 89,900. According to the WLTP, the Grand Cherokee 4xe delivers a pure electric range of 30 miles. Jeep says that the new plug-in hybrid SUV will start reaching its showrooms in the UK in early 2023.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe should get tens of accessories from Mopar, Stellantis’ in-house service, parts, and customer-care company. Many articles could be shared with the all-new Grand Cherokee L (LWB), where customers have 75 choices for enhanced style, utility, comfort, and convenience. Unique alloy wheels, integrated side steps, cargo basket, bike, and watersport carriers, and tent kit are some of the official accessories we expect for the Grand Cherokee 4xe. Mopar’s U.S. online store is yet to list the 2023 Grand Cherokee 4xe.
Strong start for the new GC in America
Jeep has sold over 7 million units of the Grand Cherokee worldwide. The availability of a more fuel-efficient, electrified powertrain in the fifth generation will further improve volumes for the company. In H1 2022, sales of the Grand Cherokee in the U.S. grew 25% year-over-year to 134,369 units (H1 2021: 107,924 units).
2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe FAQs
What is the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe release date?
Jeep should begin sales of the 2023 Grand Cherokee 4xe in the U.S. by fall.
What is the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe’s EV range?
The 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe’s EPA-est. electric range should be 26 miles.
What is the 2023 Grand Cherokee 4xe price?
Prices of the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe in the U.S. should start at around USD 61,000.
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