The new generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee will introduce numerous changes and improvements. In fact, the whole Fiat-Chrysler fleet is under construction at the moment. The Grand Wagoneer is set for a comeback, and the Dodge Durango will get a new platform as well. For the 2021 season, it will switch to the body on frame architecture. So, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee must follow this path of improvements also.
For the upcoming model, the wheelbase will be slightly longer, which opens a possibility for more room and more seating capability. The three-row version is finally confirmed, and it will debut with the release of brand-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Redesign and Three-Row Version
The announced redesign of 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will lead this mid-size SUV to the new generation. Originally, this vehicle was launched back in 1992, and now it is already fifth ongoing series. The current model has been around for the longest period of time since the production started in 2011. Now, with the new generation coming, the Grand Cherokee will get a couple of changes. According to the latest reports from the company, this mid-size SUV will get a new platform. Moreover, the same architecture will be shared between Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the new Grand Cherokee, although the first mentioned vehicle is a compact crossover. Surely, the platform will go through some modification, to be able to carry two-and three-row SUVs.
Upcoming Grand Cherokee will come with a more sturdy and visually appealing exterior design. Furthermore, the ground clearance is increased, now the vehicle sits 8.6 inches off the ground. The SRT model sits slightly below, at 8.3-inches and the Trackhawk version even lower – at 8.1 inches above the ground. The new Grand Cherokee will stand out with its tall profile, but it’s still an easy vehicle to get into. However, the liftgate is a little bit difficult to reach. But, the power-operated liftgate is available, so this problem can be solved.
The new Grand Cherokee will have a longer wheelbase. The current length is 190 inches and with a couple of extra inches, there be enough room to add one more row of seats. So, let’s speak of the most important change for 2021 Grand Cherokee. The three-row version of Grand Cherokee is confirmed, and it will available with the 2021 model. The thrid-row will obviously add more seating space, but it will also increase off-road abilities and fuel-economy of the vehicle. However, the handling may not be as smooth as before.
The forthcoming 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee span from rationally comfortable cabin to a very luxurious. Now, with the available 3-row option, the cabin will offer more space and comfort than ever. The two-row version delivers 36.3 cubic feet of cargo storage behind the back seat. However, if you fold the seats, this space is extended to 68.3 cubic feet. Of course, with the introduction of the three-row version, these figures will be proportionally different.
Entry-level Grand Cherokee offers cloth seats and manually seat adjustment. The upper trim level adds leather seats, and heated/ventilated front seats. Also, the basic Laredo is equipped with a brand-new higher resolution 7-inch screen Uconnect system and blind-spot monitoring. Rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, a rearview camera, and dual climate control are also part of the standard package.
The new Grand Cherokee will come in seven different versions, including the high-performance Trackhawk. However, with its high-performance and features comes a hefty price of $80,000. So, let’s look at the Limited model, shall we? With this trim, you get all of the equipment from the Laredo, plus a power liftgate, heated front/rear seats, and an option of purchase the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or 3.0 diesel V6 powertrain.
SRT and Trackhawk Models
The most interesting models in the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup are two magnificent trim levels – SRT and Trackhawk. The Grand Cherokee SRT will add rear taillights, and long narrow contact lenses, similar to the lenses on Grand Wagoneer or Jeep Wagoneer. The body of SRT will be more muscular, with a great number of strong elements and design solutions. Moreover, new D-pillar “shark fin” designs bring a similar visual language of the Compass, as well as the Renegade model.
The SRT adds front and back skylight sunroof, and the headlights will probably go with the same design as regular Grand Cherokee. Under the bonnet of SRT, you’ll find a 4-cylinder-turbo-in-addition-electric-motor system that will force miles up, and give some boost for the diesel. This engine can produce 475 hp and SRT accelerates from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds. Also, the Hemi powertrains will stay as optional, but the 5.7 Eagle may be discharged for 2021 models.
The Trackhawk adds distinguished quad tailpipes and supercharged emblazoned on the lower front doors. This model rides with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, the very same unit as in Charger and Challenger Hellcat. This drivetrain is can accomplish 707 hp and goes from 0 to 60 mph.
The upcoming 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will offer five engine choices, including earlier mentioned units for SRT and Trackhawk. Still, most customers will choose either the 3.6-liter V6 or 5.7 Hemi V8 powertrain. The 3.6-liter engine can accomplish 295 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This is a very decent amount of power and excellent engine choice, but the V8 unit delivers better towing ratings.
So, the 5.7-liter V8 produces 360 hp with 390 lb-ft of torque, with the fuel-economy ratings at 14/22 mpg, for the 4WD system. The third choice will be a 3.0-liter diesel V6. This unit is good for 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter V6 unit offers more torque than the Hemi V8 and better fuel economy than the 3.6-liter V6. The EPA fuel economy for this engine is 22/30 mpg (2WD), and 21/28 mpg (4WD). All these engines will come with 8-speed automatic transmission. The maximum towing capacity is 7,400 pounds.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date and Price
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo will come with MSRP starting just below $33,500 mark. The higher-trim will have the price tag at the mid $40,000 mark, and rise to the high $40,000, with the additional equipment and features included. Furthermore, the Trailhawk will cost around $45,000, and the SRT model around $70,000.
The Trackhawk version will cost just over $88,000. But, it can easily go even above $100,000 mark, with additional packages and options. With these prices, new Jeep Grand Cherokee starts higher than the rivals like Subaru Outback or Ford Edge. Although the official release date is still unknown, we expect that it will be announced very soon. So, the new generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee may come by the end of 2020.