Following the unveiling of the fifth-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee L in January, Stellantis (formerly FCA) revealed the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe PHEV on July 8. The company will showcase the car at the 2021 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS 2021) that opens on August 19 for the press.
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The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe provides the first look at the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee as the three-row model has become the Grand Cherokee L in the fifth generation.
Compared to the L, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is sportier due to the shorter length and angular, boat-like glasshouse. The rear quarter glass and the D-pillar aren’t as wide. The chrome window surround floats from the front of the D-pillar instead of the rear, highlighting the unique design of the rear quarter glass. At the rear, a distinctive sleek black bar connects the tail lamps to add to the sporty styling.
Getting to the 4xe-specific visual elements, there aren’t many. Jeep has kept the styling understated, just the way luxury car customers prefer it. We spot a tiny blue “e” badge on the charging port flap and a 4xe logo on the left side of the tailgate.
Jeep hasn’t released images of the interior, where unique color-coding (and two rows of seats) could be the only change. Look for additional information ahead of the premiere on Aug 19.
The powertrain used in the next-generation Grand Cherokee could be similar to that of the Wrangler 4xe. For reference, the Wrangler plug-in hybrid’s system integrates a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline mill, two electric motors, the ZF 8P75PH 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 400-volt, 17 kWh battery pack. The result is 375 horsepower, 470 lb.-ft. of torque, an estimated 50 MPGe, and a 25-mile EV mode range.
Production & Release Date
Next month we’ll reveal the fifth generation of the most awarded SUV in history – the all-new Grand Cherokee – representing more than 7 million global sales. As you know it will offer 4xe technology too. It’s clearly another clear example of how our heritage inspires our future.Christian Meunier, CEO of Jeep, at a virtual roundtable on July 13.
Production of 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe will take place at the Mack Assembly Plant later this year. Jeep has sold more than seven million units of the Grand Cherokee worldwide. The availability of a more fuel-efficient, electrified powertrain in the fifth generation could significantly improve its sales. The 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe could go on sale in the U.S. this fall or early next year.
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