The Jeep Grand Cherokee will get a plug-in hybrid variant in 2022

The Jeep brand continues to climb to new heights as it celebrates its 80th year, introducing the first electrified Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe and the ultimate off-road Grand Cherokee, the new Trailhawk.

From the moment the Jeep brand introduced the Grand Cherokee in 1992, by literally driving the SUV up the steps of Cobo Hall in Detroit and through a glass window, signifying the breakthrough premium SUV, it set a new industry benchmark and quickly became synonymous with upscale design and uncompromised capability.

This fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee builds on its legacy as the most awarded SUV ever, bringing an all-new architecture, new plug-in hybrid powertrain, all-new exterior design, an all-new interior with world-class craftsmanship first-to-market technologies to the global full-size SUV segment. In addition, as the most capable SUV brand pushes toward its future of "Zero Emission Freedom," the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will be the most technologically advanced and 4x4-capable Jeep Grand Cherokee yet.

"The Jeep Grand Cherokee is our global flagship and will be leading the Jeep brand into a new era of premium refinement, innovative technology, advanced 4x4 capability, and electrification," said Christian Meunier Jeep Brand Chief Executive Officer. "With a perfect balance of on-road dynamics, 4x4 capability, and 4xe performance, the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most technologically advanced, luxurious, and 4x4-capable Grand Cherokee ever."

The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will arrive in Jeep dealerships in North America in the fourth quarter of 2021. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is scheduled to arrive in North America early in 2022 and later in global markets.

The state-of-the-art Grand Cherokee is designed inside and out to deliver unmatched capability and composed driving dynamics. In addition, its renowned 4x4 systems (Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II), Quadra-Lift air suspension, and Selec-Terrain traction management system instill Grand Cherokee with the Jeep brand's legendary 4x4 capability.

The all-new architecture and sculpted aerodynamic body style combine to improve vehicle performance, safety, and reliability, while significantly reducing vehicle weight, noise, vibration, and harshness. Designed to maximize overall passenger safety, comfort, and convenience, Grand Cherokee packs a powerful punch with next-generation features and technologies that make it stand out in the full-size SUV segment.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is the first Grand Cherokee to offer a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) variant. Its introduction signals the continued growth of the Jeep brand's electrified mission of "Zero Emission Freedom," as the brand explores future mobility during an anniversary year that celebrates 80 years of achievements, insights, and innovations.

Available in the Grand Cherokee Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve, the 4xe propulsion system combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and capability.

Overall, the Jeep 4xe system delivers 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) of torque. The Grand Cherokee 4xe, targeting an estimated 25 miles (40 km) of all-electric range, returns an estimated 57 MPGe and has an estimated total range of more than 440 miles (708 km).

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of Stellantis's Global Medium Engine family. The high-tech, direct-injection engine uses a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger mounted directly to the cylinder head. Efficiency is enhanced via the use of electric power steering and an electrically driven air conditioning compressor, removing those loads from the engine.

The conventional alternator is replaced with a high-voltage, liquid-cooled motor-generator unit. A larger high-voltage motor-generator is mounted in the transmission, replacing the torque converter. Two clutches manage power and torque from the e-motor and engine.

A clutch is mounted between the engine and the motor. When the system operates in electric-only mode, this clutch is open, so there is no mechanical linkage between the engine and the e-motor. And, when the clutch is closed, combined torque from the 2.0-liter engine and the e-motor flow through the automatic transmission. A variable clutch mounted behind the e-motor manages engagement with the transmission to improve drivability and efficiency.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe carries a 400-volt, 17-kWh EV battery. The battery units and controls mount underneath the vehicle, packaged under the floor, and protected by a series of skid plates.

The battery pack system includes a dedicated heating and cooling circuit to keep the battery at its optimum temperature for the best performance. In addition, the system consists of a dedicated heater unit and a chiller that uses the Grand Cherokee's air-conditioning refrigerant to reduce coolant temperature when needed.

The Grand Cherokee's 4xe system also includes an Integrated Dual Charging Module (ICDM)that combines a battery charger and a DC/DC converter in a single, compact unit and a Power Inverter Module (PIM) that is reduced in size. These are mounted under the body and protected with steel shields.

All high-voltage electronics are sealed and waterproof. The Trail Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe can water fording up to 24 inches (61 cm).

The charge port is beneath a push-open/push-close cover on the left front fender for convenient nose-in parking at charging locations. The charge port includes LED indicators of charging status. In addition, an LED battery level monitor sits on top of the instrument panel, making it easy to check the battery state of charge at-a-glance during charging.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee delivers unrivaled capability along with composed on-road driving dynamics. That legendary off-road capability begins courtesy of three 4x4 systems Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II with rear electronic limited slip-differential (eLSD). In addition, all three systems are equipped with an active transfer case to improve traction by moving torque to work with the wheel with the most grip.

The class-exclusive Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension, now with electronic semi-active damping, delivers up to class-leading 11.3 inches (28.7 cm) of ground clearance and 24 inches (61 cm) of water fording. In addition, the system automatically adjusts the shock tuning to changing road conditions for enhanced comfort, stability, and control, or maybe controlled manually with console controls, and features five height settings for optimum ride performance.

The class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system lets customers choose the on- or off-road setting for optimum 4x4 performance. This feature electronically coordinates 4x4 torque split, braking and handling, steering and suspension systems, throttle control, transmission shift, transfer case, traction control, stability control, anti-lock braking system (ABS), and steering feel.

In addition to the technologically advanced plug-in hybrid electric powertrain ofthe all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, the2022 Grand Cherokeelineup offers buyers a choice of two powerful, fuel-efficient, and refined engineswith proven performance for any driving situation.

Standard is the all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 293 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Lauded for its power and refinement, the 60-degree angle between the Pentastar V-6's cylinder banks makes it inherently smooth running, augmented by accessories that bolt directly to the engine block. A seven-time winner of the Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems award, the Pentastar V-6 engine is compact, with features such as exhaust manifolds integrated into the cylinder heads. Chain-driven dual overhead camshafts include two-step variable valve lift and variable-valve timing (VVT).

Buyers who want more power can opt for the award-winning 5.7-liter V-8, rated at 357 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque delivered over a broad powerband. The V-8 delivers performance and efficiency with VVT and Fuel Saver Technology (cylinder deactivation). With Fuel Saver Technology, the engine control computer turns off fuel and spark and closes the valves to four of the engine's cylinders during light-load operation, such as highway cruising, when full power is not needed. The system immediately re-engages the deactivated cylinders when the driver presses on the accelerator pedal. The 5.7-liter V-8 has a class-leading towing capacity of up to 7,200 pounds (3,265 kg). @viaSpare wheelandStellantis.