Rumors about the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee have been around for a long time, which isn’t odd at all since the current model came in 2010. Even though it’s still a petty popular nameplate, the mid-size SUV desperately need new guise. Luckily, the automaker stated working on the successor, and we’ve got several spy shots of the testing prototype which has been spied a few hours ago.
Irrespective of the heavy camouflage all around the SUV, we can conclude in which direction thinks the automaker. As you can see, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will most definitely grow in size. The prototype shows both the longer wheelbase and rear overhangs, so the model must offer some extra space inside. Regardless of the fact that some reports suggest that there’s going to be an available third row of seating, that’s not going to be the case at all. Instead, the extra room will be used to increase rear-seat arrangement and cargo room, while the company works on a new three-row SUV which will share underpinnings with the 2021 Grand Cherokee.
Changes Outside And Inside
Speaking of which, the next-generation model will ride on Alfa Romeo’s rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform. The architecture that’s currently responsible for the Giulia and the Stelvio will reportedly be slightly modified for the Grand Cherokee’s needs, but we don’t know the details. As you can see, the prototype doesn’t really reveal much at the moment, but still, it points out an independent suspension setup around the back, as well as an angular rear window. We think that successor could get a flatter roof too, though that might change when the production model arrives. Up front, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to be getting a sweptback seven-slot grille and drastically wider air intakes which are likely positioned lower than before.
Jeep’s redesigned mid-size SUV isn’t going to offer just additional room inside. Instead, the cabin will receive more refined treatment including drastically better materials, additional tech, and a range of driver-assistant features. The list of the features will definitely involve the company’s Level 3 semi-autonomous driving system. Also, we largely expect the 12.0-inch touchscreen borrowed from the Ram 1500, as well as a new infotainment system.
The next-gen Grand Cherokee will make one big party under the hood. The redesigned SUV will start its journey with the Wrangler’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four hybrid mill, while the next available option should be the new Pentastar V-6 with the eTorque hybrid-assist system. The company promises a plug-in hybrid option as well, but we don’t know the details at the moment. The topping 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will stick to the familiar 5.7-liter HEMI V8. Well, the V8 will be the “vanilla” option until the supercharged Trackhawk doesn’t appear. The automaker could eventually offer an oil-burner model too. This one will host the new EcoDiesel V-6.
It’s not quite clear when and where exactly the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is going to be introduced, yet we are pretty sure that the SUV is going to make its official debut early next year.
Stay tuned for updates.