Update: ‘Specifications’ ‘Grades & Features,’ and ‘Price’ sections updated.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee was launched last year, and 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:
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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 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 2022 Grand Cherokee produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Jeep expects a pure electric range of 25 miles and a fuel economy of 56 MPGe. EPA has given 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, is higher than the company-estimated 440+ miles – 470 miles. According to EPA data, the Grand Cherokee 4xe costs USD 1.88 to drive 25 miles on electricity or USD 3.79 using gasoline.
First Drive Review
Even though the 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.”
The Grand Cherokee 4xe will ship with a Level I charging cable included. However, Level 1 charging will be a time-consuming process of 12 hours. One of the options available from Mopar is a Level II (240-volt) home charger, priced at USD 599. It can charge the plug-in hybrid SUV’s traction battery pack up to six times faster than a typical Level I charger, in as little as 2 hours.
Grades & Features
The 2022 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.
The standard grade will be feature-packed, including 18-inch wheels, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, Uconnect 5 navigation with 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, subwoofer, and 950-watt amplifier, four-zone automatic climate control system, and many other additional/better features will be available optionally.
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 will be available.
Capabilities (Off-roading & Towing)
The Quadra-Lift air suspension with electronic semi-active damping will be standard in the Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit grades. 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 highlights of the Grand Cherokee 4xe when it comes to mechanical features and capabilities.
Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep (North America), says that the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe is “the most off-road capable Grand Cherokee yet.” While testing it last summer, 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.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept
To celebrate the introduction of the first-ever electrified Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe this spring, Easter Jeep Safari gives the Jeep design team a real opportunity to take the production SUV to the next level.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe Concept gets blue tow hooks, blue-accented wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, an anti-glare black-and-blue hood decal, black Rhino Liner roof for extra durability, unique foglight bezels with four LED projector lamps, and custom vinyl graphics on the side for protection. The Trailhawk concept’s interior gets saddle-colored upholstery with ‘Rodney’ houndstooth inserts, 4xe Trailhawk badging, and Surf Blue stitching to distinguish itself from the regular model. The PHEV concept retains the basic powertrain and comes with chunky off-road tires: 33-inch BFG mud-terrain tires wrapped around 20-inch Neutral Gray wheels.
Prices of the Grand Cherokee 4xe in the U.S. start at USD 58,095 and go up to USD 74,695.
|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|
Production & Release Date
Production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe takes place at the new Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack plant. The plug-in hybrid Jeep will start reaching U.S. dealerships in the spring. 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.
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 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.
Strong start for first Jeep 4xe model in America
The Jeep Wrangler 4xe, the brand’s first 4xe (four-bar-e) model in the U.S., is off to a strong start. Christian Meunier, CEO of Jeep, has told ABC News that the plug-in hybrid variant of the Wrangler accounts for nearly 25% of Jeep’s sales volume. Recording a total of 204,610 units in sales, the Wrangler was the brand’s second-highest selling model in the U.S. last year.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe FAQs
What is the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe release date?
Jeep will begin sales of the Grand Cherokee 4xe in the U.S. this spring.
What is the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe’s EV range?
26 miles of pure electric range and a combined fuel economy rating of 56 MPGe, as per EPA.
What is the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe price?
The 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe prices start at USD 57,700 (excl. USD 1,795 destination charge).
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