2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee: 4xe plug-in hybrid revealed

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Author: | Updated: 12 Jul 2021 14:20

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee – America’s answer to the Range Rover – was revealed a while back.

And now, ahead of its official launch at the upcoming New York Motor Show, the company has revealed the first pics of the 4xe – a plug-in hybrid variant.

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The pictures you see here are of the seven-seat Grand Cherokee L which is launching in the US ahead of two smaller UK-bound models that will arrive in 2022.

UK specs are to be confirmed, but here’s what we know so far.

Jeep Grand Cherokee exterior

All-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

The looks of the updated car have been directly inspired by the Wagoneer. That means it gets a much more imposing profile than the outgoing car courtesy of a longer bonnet.

The roofline is lower than previously too, while LED headlights and Jeep’s well-known vertical-slat grille are on show up front.

We’ve only seen a few snaps of the plug-in 4xe, but it looks like this variation will be available in a contrasting two-tone black and white colour scheme.

Jeep Grand Cherokee interior

The all-new 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve model’s spacious interior features standard 10-inch display screens, including a frameless digital gauge cluster and 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen radio, hand-wrapped, quilted Palermo leather and open-pore Waxed Walnut wood accents, all-new LED lighting with ambient features, driver and front passenger seat massage and personalized climate zones.

Inside, you’ll find a 10.1in infotainment system on the dashboard, along with an all-new 10.25in digital instrument display that replaces traditional analogue dials.

Quality has taken a step up in the new car too, with leather upholstery and Piano Black trim present. UK specs are again to be confirmed, but expect lots of tech and safety kit – Jeep is going all out to compete with the likes of Range Rover and Jaguar SUVs.

Jeep Grand Cherokee drivetrain and engines

All-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

In the US, the Grand Cherokee will be available from launch with either a 3.6-litre V6 and a 5.7-litre V8. The V8 features a clever gearbox and cylinder deactivation that’s meant to improve fuel economy by around 20%.

It’s not known yet whether UK-bound cars will be available with these engines, but the 4xe is definitely heading to our shores.

No specs of this plug-in model have been revealed yet, but it’s likely to use the same technology as the latest Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

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In fact, the Grand Cherokee will be the brand’s fourth plug-in model as it attempts to make in-roads into the electrified new car market.

Jeep wants 70% of all European-bound cars to be zero-emissions by 2030, and more than 40% in its home market of America.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee safety

A host of new safety features and equipment will be available on the new model, which aims to keep passengers safe both on and off the road.

Semi-autonomous driving tech will feature, while some versions will benefit from a special night-vision camera that can detect pedestrians in the distance. Traffic sign recognition and autonomous braking tech will also be available.

Jeep Grand Cherokee release date

All-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

We don’t know when the new car will arrive in the UK, but it’s likely to be sometime early in 2022.

We’ll bring you more pics, specs and details of the UK-bound car when we get them.

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