There’s no hotter automotive segment than the SUV segment, and we’ve officially gotten our first glimpse at the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. Spy photographers caught a camouflaged prototype out for a ride. The next-generation Grand Cherokee is considered to be an important offering for Jeep considering the vehicles has long been a top-tier SUV staple across the entire segment. Given these facts, the debut of the Grand Cherokee will be of tremendous importance for the Jeep brand.
Industry insiders are convinced that the next-generation Grand Cherokee will be slightly bigger than the current-generation to match the ongoing design trend that bigger is generally better and more comfortable. It’s difficult to gauge the real structure of the Grand Cherokee prototype, but the camouflaged one spied certainly looks a lot beefier than the current existing model. Photographers were able to get up close and personal with the Grand Cherokee prototype since they caught it at rest while getting some fuel.
According to industry rumors, the next-generation Grand Cherokee is slated to share the same platform as the newly-revamped Alfa Romeo. The current Grand Cherokee design dates all the way back to 2011, so it’s not far fetched to think that fresh underpinnings could help the SUV further evolve — especially in terms of the latest technology. Among other technology updates, the next-generation Grand Cherokee could also see a large electrification change if Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) electrification plans are executed as planned.
The next-generation Grand Cherokee may enjoy a mild hybrid system, much like the existing eTorque technology, or something much more advanced. A V6 engine will remain the standard for the near-term, while experts also believe that the beloved V8 will remain as an option of the Grand Cherokee’s range-topping trim. When it comes to size and design, the spotted prototype is covered in tarps that take on somewhat of a Dodge Durango look thanks to a bunch of false panels hiding underneath. Body lines and the Grand Cherokee’s actual size are both obscured thanks to the large panels.
In the front the spied prototype has some sort of bracing that can be seen through the mesh screen of the grille area, thus exaggerating the nose of the Grand Cherokee. Although it is unlikely, Jeep could be intending to get automotive spies to think that they’re looking at the larger Grand Wagoneer instead. Of course, there’s no exact science, but spy photographers are confident they spotted the next-generation Grand Cherokee. It featured a longer wheelbase as expected and without the excessive cladding, the actual proportions appear to be what we’d expect from the Grand Cherokee. Rumors have made the rounds that the next-generation may have third-row seating, but nothing is confirmed and the upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are slated to have a third row.
There’s still a long way to go until Jeep makes it official. The next-generation Grand Cherokee is destined for the 2021 model year, with a big reveal expected sometime towards late 2020. Visit Miami Lakes AutoMall and get behind the wheel of the most-awarded SUV ever, check out the 2019 Grand Cherokee Inventory. No matter your needs, whether you want to ride in luxury or hit the path less traveled, the Grand Cherokee has got you covered. Visit Miami Lakes Jeep and schedule your test drive today!