The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the start of a brand new three-row period for the Grand Cherokee mannequin. Now in its fifth technology, Jeep is giving patrons a two- or three-row model of the SUV to select from that’s right-sized for his or her wants. Only the brand new three-row mannequin is out this summer time.
The full-size 2022 Grand Cherokee L sits between the bigger Wagoneer and smaller, forthcoming two-row Grand Cherokee providing patrons a real three-row possibility with the gasoline effectivity of a midsize SUV.
This new Grand Cherokee L is 15 inches longer than the Grand Cherokee of right this moment and has a wheelbase that’s seven inches longer. Its design takes the perfect components of the Wagoneer’s seems to be and downsizes them, giving off unmistakably Jeep vibes within the course of.
Up entrance is a contemporary tackle the model’s signature seven-slot grille, with lively shutters hiding behind it that work to extend gasoline financial system. Slim, customary LED headlights flank the grille whereas the SUV’s window line attracts the attention rearward in a single steady component by the rear quarters and to the usual LED taillights.
Grand Cherokee L seems to be lengthy in the identical manner that the Dodge Durango does, however it maintains a sturdy stance that immediately wins it road cred as a Jeep. Tires are flush with the physique sides, which function little cladding.
Jeep provides the Grand Cherokee L Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit grades a 3.6-liter V6 engine as customary. It achieves 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Select variations of the Grand Cherokee L Overland and Summit can be found with a 5.7-liter V8 that makes 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automated transmission is customary with both energy plant.
As examined with the V6 powertrain, the Grand Cherokee L Summit is keen to rise up to hurry, however its transmission is not so eager underneath heavy acceleration, hiccuping and bumping its manner into a suitable gear.
The Grand Cherokee L comes customary with rear-wheel drive and is obtainable with four-wheel drive. The mannequin shall be offered in Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit trim ranges. Depending on the trim stage, the SUV comes with both a Quadra-Trac 1, Quadra-Trac II, or Quadra-Drive II rear digital limited-slip differential. The Quadra-Drive II is probably the most succesful and what the tester was armed with.
The Grand Cherokee L has a most towing capability of 7,200 kilos when correctly outfitted.
Jeep has furnished 4×4 fashions with a quantity of Selec-Terrain traction modes (Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow and Mud/Sand) which change drive dynamics, steering enter, throttle responsiveness and automobile peak. Sport mode made these adjustments however solely served to make time within the automobile a extra related expertise relatively than a very sporty drive.
On- or off-road, the Grand Cherokee L stays firmly planted and is comfy taking up all obstacles from pace bumps and boulders to highways and rural roads with out passing as a lot physique lean onto passengers because the outdated model did because of its inflexible structure. The automobile is extra comfy round turns than its steering lets on in Auto mode, with usually an excessive amount of play within the wheel to make driving at pace enjoyable.
During on-road testing, there gave the impression to be a disconnect between the chassis and the cabin. It’s like a mullet, besides on this case, all of the enterprise is on the backside whereas all of the celebration is on the prime, within the passenger compartment. The two parts really feel as in the event that they’re working independently of one another, although each have the identical purpose in thoughts. Despite this, the 2021 Grand Cherokee L is worlds forward of the place the last-generation Grand Cherokee and present Durango is in phrases of dealing with and drive dynamics.
The champion of the Grand Cherokee L is the cabin. In the Summit grade, the mannequin’s styling is as elegant as any premium automobile in the marketplace right this moment and rivals some of the luxurious SUVs at its worth level. The design of the dashboard provides the cabin a way of spaciousness whereas the usual 8.4-inch or accessible 10.1-inch infotainment contact display screen show remained simply inside attain.
Jeep has put in the brand new Uconnect 5 infotainment system within the Grand Cherokee L. It gives one of the perfect consumer experiences you may discover on a dashboard right this moment. What automobile occupants see on the display screen is sort of fully customizable and simply in a position to be navigated because of level, swipe and contact instructions that make the display screen behave in the identical manner as an iPhone or iPad.
A ten.25-inch digital gauge cluster sits in entrance of the driving force with a clear show that is no drawback to decipher whereas on the go. The accessible head-up show works as marketed and does not distract from the duty at hand.
Jeep benchmarked the Acura MDX throughout the creation of the Grand Cherokee L and it exhibits, particularly on the inside. High-quality supplies fill the cabin. Open pore wooden, leathers in wealthy colorways, styled bezels and simply the correct quantity of trim items make the Grand Cherokee L rise to a stage of sophistication just like that within the new Grand Wagoneer. Everything feels nearly as good because it seems to be. The leather-based is supple and the rotary shifter’s distinctive design, weight and tension-filled motion improve the extent of sophistication.
The McIntosh high-performance audio system delivers spectacular, Volvo-rivaling sound high quality all through the cabin because of its 19 audio system and 950-watt amplifier. A six-speaker sound system is customary and a nine-speaker Alpine audio system is obtainable in mid-grade fashions.
Jeep’s new SUV seats six or seven passengers relying on the trim stage and choices bins which are checked. With captain’s chairs within the second row and related, conjoined variations of these seats within the third row, there’s lots of area for six adults. The Grand Cherokee L’s tapered roof is aerodynamically environment friendly however does not minimize down on third-row headroom or cargo area, with adults and youngsters over six-feet tall having no drawback becoming within the again. Getting there may be simple as nicely with second-row seats providing 180 millimeters of backwards and forwards journey.
There’s extra cupboard space behind the third row than what you may discover in lots of three-row SUVs that the Grand Cherokee L has as rivals. Small merchandise storage all through the cabin is well-designed too.
Jeep outfitted the take a look at mannequin with its newest Level 2 hands-on superior driver help system (ADAS). This system facilities the automobile in its lane whereas sustaining adaptive cruise management performance on the freeway. It’s very very like Nissan’s ProPilot Assist.
The system is engineered to work seamlessly with capabilities drivers are already accustomed to whereas including a stage of expertise to assist with security. Jeep has actually achieved its homework right here and executed this method nicely. The automobile strikes out and in of site visitors on the freeway with ease, resuming pace rapidly upon passing a slower automobile.
When taking your arms off the wheel, the system relatively seamlessly begins a sequence of countdowns which are designed to get the driving force’s consideration and remind them to place their arms again on the wheel. The sensors work nicely and do not require the requisite squiggle steering maneuver some German manufacturers’ techniques do to register that arms are again on the wheel.
When the system disengages it does so with a suitable alert after which it rapidly re-engages when potential. These operations, even when occurring moments aside on the roadway, are half of an easy expertise ballet.
Pricing for the Jeep Grand Cherokee L begins at $36,995 for the Laredo grade. The Grand Cherokee L Limited is priced to begin at $43,995 and the Overland model has a beginning MSRP of $52,995. Opting for the Grand Cherokee L Summit will price a minimum of $56,995. Getting four-wheel drive as a substitute of the usual two-wheel drive provides $2,000 to each worth level. Getting the bigger V8 engine provides $3,295 the place accessible. Add-ons can drive the value as much as $65,290.
The trim ranges of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L that may arrive on seller heaps first are a strong step into the premium automobile class. They’re competent off-roaders with sufficient expertise to maintain them fashionable with usability that simply integrates into your way of life. With a cushty and spacious cabin that’s finely appointed and unmatched off-roading prowess, the full-size Grand Cherokee L earns its worth level.