MOAB, Utah – Acceptable to the aboriginal drive of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee! Hey, didn’t we already do this? Well, yes and no. Jeep launched the redesigned (now with three rows!) 2021 Grand Cherokee L beforehand this year. This time, we’re active the all-new two-row and it’s a 2022. Yeah, sorry. The apple is strange.
In abbreviate (sorry), you booty the three-row L model, drudge off a few inches of breadth and an accompanying 250 pounds or so of mass, and you get the new, accepted Grand Cherokee. The best adaptation is a bit added complicated because a few items weren’t absolutely accessible for prime time aback the L landed beforehand in 2021, but were already the two-row’s on-sale date came around. The best noteworthy amid those is the dash-mounted commuter infotainment screen.
Despite its avant-garde age, which is a affair aback it comes to Stellantis articles actuality in the United States, the approachable Grand Cherokee was absolutely a appealing solid entry. As its absolute replacement, the new two-row absolutely alone had a scattering of key bugbears to address. Its interior, while still of appropriate affection and possessing an accomplished infotainment suite, could not adumbrate its age-old architectonics that anachronous aback to the Cerberus era. As a result, it was a footfall or two abaft the Grand Cherokee’s exceptional SUV aspirations.
We assiduously discussed the new Grand Cherokee’s autogenous aback we collection the three-row L model, but the two-row arrives with a aboriginal affair piece: a 10.25-inch passenger-side infotainment screen. Utilizing a tile-style UI, it’s advised to action brawl and abundance options for front-row cartage afterwards appetizing the disciplinarian with distraction. It additionally includes a few items that Uconnect’s engineers alarm “copilot” features, such as admission to the aeronautics and camera systems, abbreviation the passenger’s ability to these controls aback alleged aloft to abetment the driver.
This, and the accessible rear-seat brawl screens, are all Amazon Alexa-enabled and cartage in anniversary bench can watch altered programs (or altered episodes of the aforementioned program). Anniversary position has its own Bluetooth receivers to accumulate from bridge audio streams. Jeep will not clearly affirm that the passenger-side brawl awning is advancing to the three-row L model, but the acute money says it’ll access by the 2023 archetypal year at the latest, if not in the accessible 2022 updates.
While the anachronous autogenous got a aloft upgrade, the aforementioned cannot be said of the anachronous powertrains. The 2022 Grand Cherokee’s abject 3.6-liter V6 and alternative 5.7-liter V8 both backpack over from the ’21 afar from a atomic abridgement in ponies. The Pentastar V6 drops from 295 application to 293 and the Hemi V8 from 360 to 357. Like we said, trivial, and back the car absent about 200 pounds in the generational transition, you won’t absence ‘em. A constituent amalgam 4xe archetypal is advancing with 25 afar of all-electric range, but that’s not yet absolutely baked.
While the Grand Cherokee relies on the tried-and-true, car-based SUV blueprint that is now active appealing abundant universally throughout the industry (aka crossover), Grand Cherokee’s rear-wheel-drive blueprint is bit of an outlier. Its age-old nemesis, the Ford Explorer, would be the added attenuate archetype of a non-luxury, RWD SUV with crossover architecture. That’s afterpiece in admeasurement to the Grand Cherokee L, however, and all abroad actuality equal, the two-row’s FWD-based competitors accept a packaging advantage in agreement of commuter and burden room. Despite actuality below in both wheelbase and all-embracing length, a Honda Passport offers a hardly roomier advanced bench and added burden aggregate abaft the additional row, for example.
There is addition RWD-based competitor, of course, but the Toyota 4Runner sticks to body-on-frame architecture to angular added heavily into its 4×4 persona. The Grand Cherokee’s mission is aggressive added against on-road affluence than off-road prowess. While that may complete odd for a Jeep, it’s annihilation new for Grand Cherokee. Unlike the Wrangler and Gladiator, which get locking rear (and advanced on Rubicon) differentials, the Grand Cherokee stops at a limited-slip rear arbor and brake-based advanced differential.
For the on-road allocation of our drive, Jeep set us up with a V6-powered Summit Reserve model. Afar from the engine, this is about as loaded as it gets. Uconnect 5 pairs blithely with the alternative McIntosh audio system. Granted, you’re advantageous a lot for a Grand Cherokee with this arrangement (it’s alternative on Overland and Summit models, and accepted on Summit Reserve), but it’s as acceptable as you’ll acquisition in the boilerplate market. High-quality audio files complete excellent; low-quality sources are abundantly processed, and while alike McIntosh can’t save accessory radio from itself, it could be a lot worse. Wireless smartphone affiliation is dirt-simple to set up too.
The Grand Cherokee’s accessible air abeyance has bristles accessible heights. Accepted (8.4 inches off the ground) is asleep in the average and the absence ambience for the Auto drive mode. Sport access drops the acme hardly but firms up the springs, absolution the Grand Cherokee crouch bottomward a bit. There’s a apparent advance in admiration at little amount in comfort. In fact, if it weren’t for the powertrain arrangement included in Sport access (the connected aerial revs are a bit much), this would be a altogether accomplished accustomed ambience for anybody who doesn’t consistently argue with pockmarked alley surfaces.
Even aback active in the “Sport” end of the rev range, the V6 offers alone able power. It’s altogether able for the midsize SUV class, but it’s not accidentally invigorating. By contrast, the 5.7-liter Hemi absolutely sounds the allotment and pulls like a bales alternation on the highway. It makes for a bigger cruiser and gets you addition 1,000 pounds of towing accommodation (7,200 vs. 6,200), but the adamant block V8’s ample accumulation makes itself known.
This brings us to the two-row model’s added bend over the three-row L: Trailhawk. It’s to Grand Cherokee what Rubicon is to Wrangler and Gladiator. This is the archetypal that absolutely earns Jeep’s “Trail Rated” badge. Trailhawk models with the V6 and V8 get an added 0.4 inches of arena approval at the air suspension’s max acme ambience (topping out at 11.3 inches). Trailhawks additionally get the best able-bodied of the Grand Cherokee’s three 4×4 systems, accumulation a two-speed alteration case with a 2.72:1 low-range ratio.
For 2022, Trailhawk additionally assets a class-exclusive cyberbanking amplitude bar disconnect, acceptance for added delivery aback things get decidedly catchy underfoot. Trailhawks additionally appear accepted with all-terrain tires, an cyberbanking rear limited-slip differential, added Selec-Terrain drive modes, drift plates, tow hooks and an anti-glare decal on the hood, which absolutely comes in handy. Its bumpers were additionally redesigned to advance off-road clearances.
Altogether, its best access bend improves to 35.7 degrees, breakover bend to 24.4 degrees and abandonment bend to 30.2 degrees vs. 30.1/24.0/30.2 for the air abeyance on the Overland (the Summit has a hardly worse approach), and 20.5/19.1/26.6 for those able with the accepted multi-link animate suspension. Back they appear with both the brake-based biasing and upgraded rear differential, Trailhawk models can put as abundant as 100% of accessible torque to the advanced or rear. Of that, it can again agent as abundant as 100% to either rear caster or as abundant as 85% to either advanced wheel.
To appearance off all this tech, Jeep took us up to Raven’s Rim, a clandestine aisle perched aloft city Moab. Our baby array of V6-powered Trailhawks anguish up through the switchbacks and were guided over a analytic abstruse alternation of boulders and washes, alternating noses and tailgates in the air over the trickier bits. It was far added arduous than annihilation a archetypal buyer would anytime do with their Grand Cherokee, but it was Jeep’s adventitious to appearance off aloof how able its midsizer is alike afterwards the account of locking differentials.
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And as air-conditioned as the cyberbanking sway-bar abstract is, the absolute hero actuality was the Grand Cherokee’s front-facing camera, which can be accessed from the app awning in Uconnect. It absolutely eliminates the awning as a dark spot, removing assumption from the blueprint in bound spots and dark crests. As with any agenda beheld aid, it alters the angle hardly and can abolish some allegiance and depth, but it beats the heck out of accomplished guesses. And while few will charge the Grand Cherokee’s abounding ambit of abeyance delivery on their circadian commutes, that aforementioned camera is aloof as able of absolute a confused bike that is about to accommodated its doom below the auto of your agleam new Jeep.
And that agleam new Jeep is a little added big-ticket too. The abject Laredo RWD V6 costs $2,130 added for ’22 than it did for ’21, blockage in at $39,185 afterwards destination (which went up by $200 to $1,795). Here’s the basal appraisement structure, with destination included:
Note the prices listed are for the abject archetypal of anniversary trim. Adding 4×4 to V6 models costs $2,000 and the exceptional for the V8 area accessible (Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, Summit Reserve) is about $3,300. Jeep has not yet appear appraisement for the 2022 Grand Cherokee L, so we’ll accept to delay and see how that all-overs out afore cartoon any added conclusions.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an about 50/50 alloy of the new and familiar. The tech, autogenous upgrades and weight accident are all acceptable advances — the new. The powertrain, however, strikes us as dated. It’s accustomed and functional, but it’s not agitative and it doesn’t move the brawl forward. Yes, yes, the accessible 4xe is and it will. That’s great. In fact, alike afterwards active it, we’re able to say that it’s apparently the one to buy unless your best cogent occasional-use case is towing (its appraisement is overshadowed alike by the V6). But for now, these crumbling ICEs are snoozers.
Fortunately for Jeep, the absolute adventure is central the cabin, and we’re admiring with the narrative. The improvements are not about as affecting as those Ram accomplished with its half-ton redesign, but as reasonable as the Grand Cherokee’s exceptional hypothesis was before, it’s far added acceptable with the latest updates. And you can already super-size it to boot. What’s not to like?
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