New Jeep Grand Cherokee |

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee has arrived in the UK and prices have been confirmed. The UK will only get the brand’s new flagship for Europe with plug-in hybrid power and five seats, while US customers have the additional option of V6 and V8 power, as well as a seven-seat option. Customers can configure the Grand Cherokee online, and Jeep says the first cars will arrive in early 2023.

Jeep says the styling of the new Grand Cherokee L is inspired by the original Jeep Wagoneer. It has a longer hood than its predecessor, along with slimmer LED headlights, a lower roofline and the signature seven-louvre radiator grille.

Christian Meunier, CEO of the Jeep brand, says the newcomer is “the luxurious 4×4-capable Grand Cherokee of all time.” With this in mind, the Grand Cherokee will have plenty of large, premium SUVs to compete with in the UK, such as the BMW X7, Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes GLS and even higher specification versions of the Toyota Land Rover. Cruiser.

There are four Grand Cherokee trim levels to choose from. The range starts with the Limited 4xe at £69,900, then the £73,900 Trailhawk 4xe, then the Overland 4xe at £75,900 and the Summit Reserve 4xe tops the £82,900 range.

Engines and transmission

UK buyers will only have the option of a plug-in hybrid model with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 17kWh electric motor and battery system, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It develops 380 hp and 637 Nm of torque, has a towing capacity of 2,721 kg and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds.

Running on battery and motor alone, an electric range of 32 miles is quoted. To improve fuel economy, Jeep has added a front axle disconnect system, which automatically cuts drive to the front wheels in light load situations.

There are two four-wheel drive systems, Quadra Trac II and Quadra Drive II. Quadra Trac II comes in Limited and Overland specification cars, and uses a two-speed low transfer case that can send up to 100 percent of available torque to either the front or rear axle.

Quadra Drive II comes on Trailhawk and Summit Reserve models and uses an electronic limited-slip rear differential, four locking modes for rock crawling and towing, and a selectable system for ‘Snow’, ‘Sport’, ‘Sand/mud’ and ‘Snow’. Rock’. The Grand Cherokee also features full-range ‘Quadra-Lift’ air suspension with semi-active electronic damping. This offers 10.9 inches of ground clearance and a fording depth of 24 inches.

The Grand Cherokee also features ‘E Selec’ modes. ‘Hybrid’ combines the torque of the electric motor and the petrol engine for a combination of fuel efficiency and performance. ‘Electric’ will mean power only comes from the electric motor until engine power is required and ‘eSave’ only uses the four-cylinder engine to save battery charge.

Exterior design

Jeep says the latest Grand Cherokee is its most luxurious yet and that this approach has extended to the exterior. Up front we see the traditional seven-slot grille incorporating active louvers for better aerodynamic efficiency, a long, level hood and slim daytime running lights.

There’s a 36mm wider track than before and, combined with the upright proportions, the new Grand Cherokee certainly looks more aggressive than most of its rivals. Beneath those chunky wheel arches, customers can specify up to 21-inch wheels, and a gloss-black roof comes standard on Trailhawk and Summit Reserve models. At the rear, the exhaust tips are built into the bumper.

Interior design and technology

Inside the Grand Cherokee is a 10.1-inch infotainment display with Jeep’s UConnect software and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A 10.25-inch digital TFT cluster and 10-inch color head-up display sit in front of the driver. Other standard features include a digital rearview mirror, ventilated front seats, second-row window shades, power trunk lid release and a wireless smartphone charger. There is a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot that can also connect up to eight devices. The infotainment system also comes with an integrated pitch and roll sensor for off-roading.

Summit Reserve has leather seats, walnut wood trim, a 19-speaker sound system, a 10-inch passenger display screen, 12-way adjustable front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

Standard safety systems on the Grand Cherokee include full speed collision warning with active braking for pedestrians and cyclists, adaptive cruise control, active lane management, ground departure warning, reversing camera, blind spot monitoring and rear crosswalk detection. Optional safety equipment such as night vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection up to 200 meters, drowsiness detection, level two autonomous driving, parking assistant and a 360-degree camera system can be added.

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