The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a mid-sized SUV that has been on sale since the early 1990s. Over its past four generations, the Grand Cherokee has built a name for itself, with a buyer base all over the world. However, in all this time, this Jeep was only sold as a five-seater – not the most successful formula for an SUV this size. But all that is about to change with the introduction of the all-new, fifth-generation Grand Cherokee L. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L has just been unveiled, and it comes with three rows of seats. Built on FCA’s revised Giorgio Platform (also found on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio), the Grand Cherokee L is the first of the breed to offer the third row as standard.
Speaking at the reveal, Christian Meunier, Global President of Jeep Brand, said, “The new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is crafted to exceed expectations and do what no other SUV can do: deliver legendary Jeep 4×4 off-road capability blended with superior on-road manners. It is built on an all-new architecture and wrapped in a stunning new design that honors its iconic Jeep design heritage, while also extending to accommodate a third row to meet the growing needs of our Jeep customers who have asked for more space and functionality. The Grand Cherokee L truly stands out in its segment and continues to raise the bar in capability, performance and luxury, while also breaking new ground in versatility and functionality.”
The all-new Grand Cherokee L is 175mm longer than its outgoing five-seater iteration. This is primarily what has allowed Jeep to fit that additional third row in the back. To that effect, this SUV does not hide its true size – it is evidently larger than the outgoing model. Despite that, it still technically sits in the ‘mid-size’ segment. For the L model, Jeep has stretched the wheelbase and it now measures 3,091mm, while the overall length is 5,128mm. Then when you take into account its near-2 meter wide and 1.8-meter tall frame, the Grand Cherokee L definitely looks the part. Unlike some modern SUVs, the design of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L plays with flat angles and straight lines.
Its boxy outline renders well with the brutish flat nose, muscular bumpers and wheel arches, and a tall rear facade. The design of the Grand Cherokee L also takes into account an all-new 7-slatted front grille, stylish LED headlamps & tail lamps, and bold alloy wheels that can be up to 21 inches in diameter. However, one of the most unique styling elements of this Jeep is an extended chrome strip. This strip of chrome starts at the A-pillar and goes all the way around the car, forming a visually unbroken line. Overall, the exterior design of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L will be to your liking if you love large boxy SUVs. Meanwhile, the interior of the Grand Cherokee L is just as fascinating and an even more modern affair.
Where the outgoing Grand Cherokee’s cabin looked and felt traditional, this one’s feels techie and urbane in comparison. There is plenty of modern gizmos to fiddle with, while the dashboard and center console layout look pretty interesting, too. The slanted 10.1-inch touch-infotainment screen runs the latest Uconnect 5 system, whilst the 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster boasts multiple display varieties.
Thankfully, Jeep has retained some of the main physical controls for the climate control and audio systems. This means that one need not faff around with the central touchscreen for anything and everything. There are also proper physical selectors for the different terrain and drive modes, while gear selection is made using a rotary dial.
The all-new Grand Cherokee L’s cabin looks promisingly premium and comfortable, with swathes of leather and wood about the place. Combine that will all the glass around (including a dual-pane sunroof), this interior should fare well with the whole family. Some of the noteworthy features here include four-zone climate control, climate-controlled & massaging front seats, adaptive cruise control, LED ambient lighting, and a 19-speaker & 95-watt premium audio system.
On the safety front, the Grand Cherokee L is very well-equipped with a ton of passive & active systems. It gets Blind-Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Lane Keep Assist (LKA), and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Active Braking & pedestrian/cyclist detection. Of course, there is also the usual ABS with EBD, stability and traction management, plus a suite of 8 airbags.
The entry-level Jeep Grand Cherokee L is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar six-cylinder engine that makes 290hp and 348Nm. If firepower is your thing, there is also a 5.7-liter V8 that urges 357hp and 529Nm to all four wheels. Irrespective of the engine, all variants of the all-new Grand Cherokee L come equipped with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Also, a new front axle disconnect feature means that the Grand Cherokee L can switch from all-wheel-drive to just rear-wheel-drive. This helps improve efficiency by reducing the drivetrain drag. However, if the system detects loss in traction, it will automatically link-up the front axle – pretty clever stuff, this. As of now, the actual arrival date of the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L to India is quite unclear. Having said that, the American brand will likely bring the new Grand Cherokee to our shores sometime in late 2022.
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