The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is finally here. It includes a plug-in hybrid model (Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe), which appeals to the environment-conscious and off-road enthusiasts alike.
Take a look at what we know so far about the most 4×4-capable Grand Cherokee to date:
Video Source: YouTube/Jeep
Compared to the Grand Cherokee L, the 2022 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.
The interior design of the 2022 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 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe employs 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 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 modes are self-explanatory, while in the eSave mode the vehicle drives using only gasoline, saving the electricity in the battery pack for later use. 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. The driver can select the level of regenerative braking, too.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the 2022 Grand Cherokee produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Jeep is targeting a pure electric of 25 miles and a total range of more than 440 miles. The company’s fuel economy estimate is 57 MPGe. EPA estimates should be out in the next 2-3 months. Jeep is yet to disclose the charging time.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee’s 4xe variant will be available in Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, Summit Reserve, and Trailhawk trims. The Quadra-Lift air suspension with electronic semi-active damping will be standard in all the trims except Limited. It provides up to 24 inches of water fording depth.
The Quadra Trac II 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case and a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, a 47.4:1 crawl ratio, and 6,000-lbs max towing capacity are some of the other highlights of the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe when it comes to mechanical features and capabilities. Its Trailhawk grade includes some additional hardware like a rear electronic limited-slip differential, Selec-Terrain traction management system, Selec-Speed Control. Blue tow hooks, blue-accented 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, and anti-glare black-and-blue hood decal are also part of the standard equipment of the Trailhawk grade.
Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep (North America), says that the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe is the “the most off-road capable Grand Cherokee yet.” While testing it this summer, Jeep conquered the Rubicon trail driving it only in the Electric mode.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee should get tens of accessories from Mopar, Stellantis’ in-house service, parts, and customer-care company. Many articles could be shared with the 2022 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 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe, which has not been announced yet.
Production & Release Date
Deliveries of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe in the U.S. and Canada will begin in early 2022. Mopar Insiders says that the production of the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe will start at the Mack Assembly Plant (Detroit) in October.
Jeep has sold more than 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.
‘Limited’ will be the gas-powered 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe’s base trim. Muscle Cars & Trucks caught the prices of the 2022 Grand Cherokee when they briefly appeared on Jeep’s online configurator in the U.S. From this leak, we got to know that the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited will cost USD 43,170. The 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe Limited could retail from around USD 55,000.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe FAQs
What is the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe release date?
Jeep will begin selling the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe in early 2022.
What is the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe EV range?
Jeep is yet to get an EPA estimate, but it is targeting 25 miles of pure electric range for the Grand Cherokee 4xe.
What is the price of the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe?
The hybrid range is expected to begin at USD 50,000-55,000.
Featured Image Source: Stellantis