When it comes to automotive experts, they all tend to have that very same “if it ain’t broke…” outlook, especially when it comes to successful vehicles that haven’t updated generations for some time. The Jeep Grand Cherokee can be found under this specific category, as the current generation launched in 2010 — but, according to general consensus, the model doesn’t really need to be replaced . In fact, Jeep sold more than 242,000 units in the U.S. in 2019 — making 2019 not only the best year of this current generation’s run, but the best year for the nameplate as a whole since 2000. That all said, it’s been confirmed by Jeep that the next-generation Grand Cherokee is scheduled to launch in 2021.
Change comes to all things — the Grand Cherokee is no exception. As is, the current-generation Grand Cherokee’s underpinnings date back to the DaimlerChrysler days — we’re talking early 2000’s! That’s all destined to change when Jeep debuts the latest generation of the Grand Cherokee later this year (2020), although new buyers won’t find themselves behind the wheel at least until early 2021 . Buyers will enjoy a Grand Cherokee model with the same underpinnings as the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio models. Not only will Jeep be borrowing the platform from its distant relative, it’ll also be expanding the wheelbase to make way for a roomier SUV.
The next generation will launch as a two-row SUV, just like all previous Grand Cherokee generations, but sometime down the road, Jeep is looking to offer the vehicle with a third row as well. This would help the model remain competitive in an expanding SUV segment. A three-row Wagoneer is also in the works for the automaker, but that vehicle is slated to be much larger and feature body-on-frame construction — experts don’t believe the two models will overlap at all. Other expectations from the next-generation Grand Cherokee include a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine, likely equipped with the eTroque mild hybrid system, as the standard engine. Surely Jeep will also continue to offer the trusted Pentastar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and eventually a plug-in hybrid option as well.
Experts also think that eventually the new EcoDiesel engine will be offered if the demand is strong. They also don’t see Jeep walking away from a HEMI-powered Grand Cherokee model either, so everything’s pretty much on the table. Just like the current-generation model, the upcoming Grand Cherokee will be offered in rear- and four-wheel-drive options. The interior is likely to continue Jeep’s use of supple and luxurious materials, especially on the high-tier trims. Digital screens and other more modern accents are sure to replace the current analog gauges, while a rotary knob is supposed to replace the conventional shifter. The outgoing Grand Cherokee set the standard for modern SUVs, here’s hoping that the same substance carries over to the redesigned version as well.
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