The 2022 Grand Cherokee line-up debuts with the first-ever 4xe hybrid variants that are also available with the famed Trailhawk edition!
A while back, Jeep had pulled the wraps off the new, fifth-generation Grand Cherokee L. While that is the three-row version, Jeep did say at the time that the standard five-seater version will also be refreshed soon. That moment has finally arrived as the 2022 Grand Cherokee line-up has been officially revealed. When we say line-up, it also includes the first-ever Grand Cherokee 4xe plug-in hybrid and the top-dog Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which is also available (for the first time) as a hybrid 4xe model.
As expected, the Grand Cherokee's styling remains quite similar to that of its bigger sibling. In fact, barring some subtle changes like the reshaped front vents in the bumper and a black strip joining both taillamps, both models look pretty much identical. Likewise, the technology and features on offer also remain shared, but the Grand Cherokee exclusively offers a dedicated 10.1-inch digital display for the front passenger.
On the powertrain front, all models are powered by a 3.6-litre Pentastar petrol V6 as standard. However, there's a 5.7-litre V8 on offer as well. The 4xe variants offer a 2.0-litre I-4 petrol unit with a twin-motor setup and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
What makes the new Grand Cherokee all the more important for us is the fact that it is due to launch here, most probably in the latter half of 2022, and this time, it will be launched as a locally assembled CKD model. Therefore, expect the pricing to be much more accessible and lucrative this time around. Whether Jeep will bring the 4xe hybrid models here is something that's yet to be confirmed. The Grand Cherokee will be positioned just above the new Meridian (Commander) SUV, which is essentially a three-row, extended wheelbase version of the Compass.