The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Has Been Spotted
Four Wheeler spies have caught the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee testing on public roads in Southern California this week. A closer look at the new SUV that’s slated to abandon its aging WK-platform bones was seen, in favor of Alfa Romeo’s stellar Giorgio architecture.
These spy images reveal little except the new SUV’s general stance, which looks to be longer and wider than the outgoing Grand Cherokee. The sleeker, more planted stance should allow the Jeep to better compete with luxury SUVs like the BMW X3, as well as on-road-oriented lifestyle crossovers such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.
The Giorgio platform should make an excellent base for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, allowing for superior safety technology in addition to impressive off-road capability. Its modern electrical architecture should enable Level 2 autonomy for the Grand Cherokee—at least as an option—allowing for advanced driver-assist on freeways and in certain situations.
The Alfa platform will allow the 48V mild-hybrid tech, which could possibly be mated to a turbocharged 3.0L I-6, to replace the V-8 in the higher trim levels on the Grand Cherokee. Straight-six is tantalizing, and it might make a possible return, which recalls the beloved AMC-designed 4.0L I-6 which is found in the first- and second-generation of the Grand Cherokee.
The other engine option will include a direct-injected and re-energize Pentastar 3.6L V-6 and at least a couple of fire-breathing V-8s for the SRT and Trackhawk (the Trailhawk could possibly get one as well). It’s likely that Jeep will build a plug-in hybrid alternative with 40 miles of all-electric range, and hopefully, the return of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 to the Grand Cherokee lineup will be available.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee, when it debuts on the new platform, don’t expect off-road capability to diminish at all. Found under the Guilia sport sedan is the Giorgio architecture. The adaptability should allow Jeep engineers to build in plenty of ground clearance, suspension travel, and drivetrain technology.
The Grand Cherokee remains a two-row, five-seat SUV even when it gets redesigned; two new Jeep SUVs will join it shortly after its debut. The first SUV will be an unnamed three-row unibody SUV which will be based on the same platform as the Giorgio platform, the same as the Grand, doing battle with the Buick Enclave, Ford Explorer, and Lincoln Aviatorâ depending on trim level.
The second will be the body-on-frame full-size Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, sized akin to the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, with the prices ranging from $50,000 and $100,000. The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be revealed at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show hopefully, which allows the company to drum up excitement for a few months before the SUV hits showrooms in mid- to late-2020.
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