The Jeep® brand is celebrating its 80th year, and they continue to innovate and scale new heights. This time, they’re launching the ultimate off-road Grand Cherokee, the new Trailhawk. They also introduced the first electrified Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe.
It was back in 1992 when Jeep introduced the first Grand Cherokee in the most dramatic way in Detroit. Jeep drove the SUV up the steps of Cobo Hall, through a glass window, to signify a breakthrough premium SUV. The Grand Cherokee immediately set a new industry standard, and the name became synonymous with luxury design with uncompromised capability.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has created a legacy of being the most awarded SUV, and the fifth-generation model builds up on that with an all-new architecture, exterior design, hybrid powertrain, luxury interior, as well as first-to-market technologies to the global full-size SUV segment. With the Jeep aiming towards a “zero emission freedom” future, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will be the most 4×4-capable and most technologically advanced Jeep Grand Cherokee yet.
Jeep Brand Chief Executive Officer Christian Meunier shared, “The Jeep Grand Cherokee is our global flagship and will be leading the Jeep brand into a new era of premium refinement, innovative technology, advanced 4×4 capability and electrification. With a perfect balance of on-road dynamics, 4×4 capability and 4xe performance, the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most technologically advanced, luxurious and 4×4-capable Grand Cherokee ever.”
In the fourth quarter of 2021, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will be in Jeep retailers in North America. For the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, it will arrive in early 2022 in North America, while it will be available in the global markets later in the same year.
Setting the Standard
After a global sales number of more than seven million, the most awarded SUV continues to raise the bar amongst all SUVs in the market.
Jeep Brand North America Vice President Jim Morrison said, “Customers have come to depend on and enjoy their Grand Cherokee for four generations. We have taken their input into making the most-awarded SUV of all time even better for the fifth generation.”
More powertrains – the 4xe (PHEV) technology aims to deliver roughly 25 miles of all-electric range, with 57 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge), so that it could give a combined driving range of more than 440 miles or 708 kilometers. The 4xe will be the most 4×4-capable and sustainable Grand Cherokee yet. It a testament to the commitment that the brand has to “zero emission freedom.”
More legendary capability – the new Trailhawk 4xe is the most 4×4-capable Grand Cherokee so far. It managed to conquer the Rubicon Trail while in full-electric operation. The new class-exclusive sway bar disconnect gives the SUV better articulation and traction over rocks and rough terrain.
More technology – it has an Active Driving Assist, new high-definition rear-seat entertainment system, and Uconnect 5 which has a segment-first front passenger screen.
More space and versatility – the total interior passenger volume of the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is 144.6 cu. ft. which is 4.1 cu. ft more than the previous model. The cargo space is 37.7 cu. ft which is 1.4 cu. ft. more. The new model has improved space and comfort, and it can even transversely accommodate a set of golf clubs in the cargo hold.
More innovative features – the innovative features of the new model are not just in the architecture and exterior design. The new 4xe was also given an all-new interior with Amazon Fire TV, front passenger screen, electronic semi-active damping, independent front and rear suspensions, and class-exclusive Quadra-Lift air suspension.
More safety – the new model is equipped with more than 110 advanced safety and security features which includes 360-degree surround view, Active Driving Assist with hands-on automated driving, and night vision cameras.
The most innovative Grand Cherokee has been designed to provide unmatched capability and composed driving dynamics. It is equipped with the Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Terrain traction management system, and its famed 4×4 systems – the Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II – to give the Grand Cherokee the legendary 4×4 capability that the Jeep brand is famous for.
The sculpted aerodynamic body and new architecture give it an improved vehicle performance, safety, and reliability. They were also able to greatly reduce the vehicle weight, vibration, noise, and harshness. The new 4xe is designed to give optimum passenger comfort, safety, and convenience. The Grand Cherokee is filled with next generation features and technologies that sets it apart in the full-size SUV segment.
First Grand Cherokee 4xe
The all-new 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe is the first Grand Cherokee to have a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant. The introduction of this model shows the continued growth of the Jeep brand’s pledge to the “zero emission freedom” mission. As Jeep celebrates their 80 years of achievements, innovations, and insights; the new model is another testament to their dedication to the future of mobility.
The 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technology adds to the fun, adventure, and freedom that the Jeep brand is famous for. And it also brings unparalleled fuel economy, performance, and environmental friendliness:
It aims to give an estimated 25 miles or 40 kilometers of all-electric range as well as 57 mpge
375 hp and 637Nm (470 lb.-ft.) torque
Quadra Trac II 4×4 system with two-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio
47.4:1 crawl ratio
2,720 kg (6,000 lbs) 4xe max towing capability
Meunier added, “The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe driver can tailor its hybrid powertrain to suit each trip, from daily commuting in pure-electric mode to extended road trips with no range anxiety, allowing owners to explore nature off-road in near silence. This is another important step toward achieving our global vision of zero emission freedom. By 2025 we plan to offer a fully electric Jeep vehicle in every SUV segment.”
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available in Grand Cherokee Limited, Overland, Trailhawk, Summit, and Summit Reserve. The propulsion system of the 4xe brings together two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission to give the optimum capability and efficiency.
The 4xe system can produce 375 hp (280 kW) and 637 Nm (470 lb.-ft.) of torque. The target estimate of the Grand Cherokee 4xe of 25 miles or 40 km of all-electric range, gives roughly 57 mpge, with an estimated total range of more than 440 miles or 708 km.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is fuel-efficient and is part of the Stellantis Global Medium Engine family. The direct-injection engine utilizes a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger that is directly mounted to the cylinder head. Efficiency is enhanced and the load of the engine is relieved by using electric power steering and an electrically driven air conditioning compressor.
A high-voltage, liquid-cooled motor generator unit replaced the typical alternator. The motor generator is connected to the engine crankshaft through a belt, and it spins the engine for an almost seamless, fuel-efficient, start-stop operation, and produces electricity for the battery pack.
The transmission is mounted with a larger high-voltage motor generator, replacing the torque converter. Two clutches are used to manage the torque and power from the e-motor and engine.
Between the engine and the motor is a clutch. The clutch is open when the system is operating in electric-only mode so that there is no mechanical linkage between the e-motor and the engine. When it is closed, the e-motor and 2.0-liter engine’s combined torque flows through the automatic transmission. Behind the e-motor is a variable clutch that manages the engagement with the transmission to enhance drivability and efficiency.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe has a 400-volt, 17kWh EV battery. Under the vehicle, the battery units and controls are mounted, placed under the floor, and mounted under the body with a series of skid plates for protection.
To keep the battery at its optimum temperature so it can give its best performance, the battery pack system comes with a dedicated heating and cooling circuit. It also comes with a dedicated heater unit and chiller that utilizes the air-conditioning refrigerant of the Grand Cherokee to lessen coolant temperature when required.
An Integrated Dual Charging Module (ICDM) is also in the 4xe system of the Grand Cherokee, and it combines a DC/DC converter and a battery charger into one, compact unit, and the Power Inverter Module (PIM) was made physically smaller. They are mounted under the body of the SUV with steel shields for protection.
All the high-voltage electronics are sealed shut and waterproofed. The Trail Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe can go through water up to 24 inches or 61 cm.
The charge port is under a push-open/push-close cover on the left front wheel arch for easier nose-in parking at charging locations. To immediately know charging status, the charge port has an LED indicator. There is also an LED battery level monitor on top of the instrument panel to easily see the battery level at a glance while it is charging.
4xe E Selec Modes
The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe can tailor the hybrid powertrain to what will best match the trip using the E Selec modes. The driver can choose between commuting, off-roading, or long-distance travel.
Buttons mounted on the instrument panel, left of the steering wheel, allows the driver to select the desired powertrain mode.
Hybrid: Blends torque from the petrol engine and electric motor. The powertrain will maximize battery and engine power to give the best combination of fuel efficiency and performance.
Electric: Operates completely on zero-emission electric power until the battery reaches minimum charge or until the driver requests more torque (like a wide-open throttle) and it will then engage the engine.
eSave: Prioritizes the use of the engine and saves battery charge. There is also an option of Battery Save and Battery Charge during eSave through the Hybrid Electric Pages in the Uconnect 5 system.
The Grand Cherokee 4xe will automatically operate as a hybrid once the battery nears its minimum state of charge, no matter the type of mode previously selected.
Eco Coaching Pages are also included in the driver information display and the main touchscreen. The Eco Coaching Pages allows the owners to keep track of their power flow as well as see the impact of regenerative braking. It also allows the driver to schedule charging times to take advantage of times when the electricity rates are lower. They can also check their driving history as well as get detailed information regarding their electric and petrol use.
The 4xe system also has regenerative braking. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, the maximum available regenerative braking, which is 0.25 g, is engaged by the powertrain control from the electric motors to help slow the vehicle, aided by the traditional friction brakes on the Grand Cherokee.
With 4×4 engaged, all the four wheels feed torque for regenerative braking, optimizing energy recovery. Electricity from regenerative braking is sent to the battery pack to keep or increase the state of charge.
A Max Regen feature can also be selected by the driver to have a more assertive regenerative braking calibration when the SUV detects zero throttle input from the driver or when it is coasting. The Grand Cherokee 4xe can be slowed down faster using Max Regen compared to the standard regenerative braking, allowing it to create more electricity for the battery pack.
Legendary Jeep 4×4 Capability
The driving capability and composed on-road driving dynamics of the Jeep Grand Cherokee is unmatched. Three 4×4 systems gives the SUV its legendary off-road capability, namely the Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II with rear electronic limited slip-differential (eLSD). All three systems have an active transfer case to improve traction by shifting torque to the wheel with the most grip.
The Jeep Quadra-Lift™ air suspension is class-exclusive, and it is now capable of electronic semi-active damping. It can deliver an impressive 11.3 inches (28.7 cm) of ground clearance as well as 24 inches (61 cm) of water fording. For better comfort, control, and stability, the system automatically adjusts the shock tuning when it senses changing road conditions. It can also be manually controlled through the console controls. It has five height settings to give the best ride performance.
The class-leading Selec-Terrain™ traction management system gives the drivers the choice for on or off-road setting to give the best 4×4 performance. The feature electronically coordinates between braking and handling, 4×4 torque split, throttle control, steering and suspension systems, transfer case, transmission shift, stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and steering feel.
There are five available terrain modes in the Selec-Terrain system namely Auto, Sport, Snow, Rock, Mud/Sand and it gives optimized calibrations for any driving scenario.
The front axle disconnect is new for the 2022 model year Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4. The front-axle automatically disconnects when the vehicle senses that the road conditions does not really need an all-wheel drive. It automatically shifts the Grand Cherokee into a two-wheel drive, improving fuel economy and lessening the drag on the driveline. When the vehicle senses the need, it will automatically re-engage the four-wheel drive.
The 5.7-liter V8 engine of the Grand Cherokee has a class-leading 7,200 lbs (3,265 kg) max towing.
Trailhawk – the most capable
The all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk brings the capability of the 4×4 Grand Cherokee to a completely different level.
The new Trailhawk has standard all-terrain tires, Quadra-Lift air suspension that has a ground clearance of 11.3 inches or 28.7 cm, improved approach, departure, and breakover angles, integrated off-road camera, and Quadra-Drive II active transfer case with Selec-Terrain and rear eLSD.
The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk features are:
Class-exclusive sway bar disconnect for better articulation and traction on rocks and rough terrain
Selec-Speed® Control to control vehicle speed in 4LO while on off-road terrain. Selec-Speed Control automatically uses engine torque and/or brake pressure on steep inclines and declines or when it is traversing obstacles. This allows it to maintain a constant and safe off-roading speed without needing for the driving to control the throttle or the brake.
High-strength steel skid plates
Red tow hooks
18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
Class-leading traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and increased water fording capability of up to 24 inches (61 cm)
The fifth-generation Grand Cherokee will offer the electrified Trailhawk 4xe for the first time. It brings together 25 miles or 40 kms of all-electric “zero emission freedom” and 57 mpge with the renowned 4×4 capability of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.
It was the all-new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk that was able to conquer the challenging Rubicon Trail and they did achieve this with its all-electric power using eSave.
Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe features are:
Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with 2-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio
Rear electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD)
Selec-Terrain traction management system
10.9 inches (27.8 cm) of ground clearance
24 inches (61 cm) of water fording capability
47.4:1 crawl ratio
Targeting an estimated 25 miles (40 km) of all-electric range and 57mpge
Blue tow hooks
Blue-accented 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
Aside from the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe’s innovative plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, the 2022 Grand Cherokee lineup gives buyers the choice between two powerful, refined, and fuel-efficient engines that has proven their optimum performance in any driving situation.
The all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine comes as standard, and it is rated at 293hp and 352Nm (260 lb.-ft.) of torque. It is hailed for both its power and refinement. The 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks of the Pentastar V6 allows it to run smoothly, and this is improved by the accessories that bolt directly to the engine block.
The chain-driven dual overhead camshafts have a variable-valve timing (VVT) and two-step variable valve lift. The combination adjusts the engine output to give the best combination between performance and fuel economy based on the demands of the driver.
The Pentastar V6 comes with the fuel-saving engine start-stop (ESS) technology as standard, and it has been refined and upgraded for the Grand Cherokee. Upgrades include the addition of the pressure reserve element in the eight-speed transmission. It allows for a quick launch as it gives dedicated transmission fluid to the shift elements at engine restart. Early engine restarts coming from the driver’s foot on the brake pedal are minimized due to the refined powertrain controls and new starter technology. The revised controls and switchblade engine mounts also reduced the restart noise, vibration, and harshness.
The towing capacity rating of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is up to 6,200 pounds or 2,812 kg. It also has a class-leading driving range of more than 500 miles.
The Grand Cherokee V8 engine has a cylinder shut-off technology. During light acceleration or when cruising on the highway, it deactivates four cylinders. Compared to the previous generations, the system is active in an expanded region, so it is not noticeable to the driver. For acceleration and heavy loads, it gives V8 power, and when the torque requirement is less than the maximum available from the four cylinders, it switches to four-cylinder operation automatically. The cylinder shutoff can improve fuel economy from five to twenty percent depending on the driving scenario.
The VVT technology also adds to the fuel economy by minimizing the engine’s pumping work by delaying the closing of the intake valve, so that the expansion process of the combustion event is increased. This transfers more energy to the wheels instead of it simply being lost out of the exhaust as heat. The VVT also enhances the engine breathing, and in turn, it improves the engine power and efficiency.
Each engine is connected to the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, enhancing fuel economy while giving crisp and smooth gear changes. The gear ratios are widespread to help keep the engine rpm in the perfect range for the task at hand, be it exploring off-road trails or simply cruising on the highway. Shift-map changing gives the transmission the capability to adjust its shift strategy quickly to match the driver’s demands based on the inputs like hill detection, engine torque changes, temperature and longitudinal and lateral acceleration.
The front-axle disconnect is another new upgrade for the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4×4. The front-axle disconnect automatically places the Grand Cherokee in two-wheel drive when the vehicle senses that that the current road condition does not need an all-wheel drive. This minimizes the drag on the driveline and also adds to the fuel economy of the SUV. When the vehicle senses the need, the four-wheel drive is automatically re-engaged.
All-new flexible architecture
The all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee has an all-new architecture which was created specifically for the fifth generation Grand Cherokee. It is a flexible architecture engineered specifically for three and two-rows and for the electrified 4xe capability.
The Grand Cherokee has a new unibody construction and chassis that smoothens the electrification. Both the two-row Grand Cherokee and the three-row Grand Cherokee L have the same overall width of 84.6 inches or 215 cm. The two-row Grand Cherokee has a wheelbase which is five inches or 12.7 cm shorter with 116.7 inches or 296.4 cm compared to the 121.7-inch or 309 cm wheelbase of the Grand Cherokee L.
In terms of overall length, the two-row is also shorter at 193.5 inches or 491 cm compared to the 204.9 inches or 520.4 cm of the Grand Cherokee L., so the two models have an 11.4-inch or 28.9 cm difference. Sans a third row, the fifth generation two-row package size was enhanced to support 4xe electrification and Jeep capability without any customer compromise.
The most capable 4×4 Grand Cherokee is the two-row Grand Cherokee which is the second vehicle in the family of Jeep SUVs that will be using the new architecture, following the first three-row Grand Cherokee L which was launched early in the year. By early 2022, they will begin the third and final phase with the launch of the first electrified Grand Cherokee 4xe in North America, and it will eventually be released to the global markets later in the year.
Dynamic and capable model lineup
The lineup of the new Grand Cherokee are made up of: Laredo, Limited, Altitude, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve trims.
The all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine will come as standard on all the models. The award-winning 5.7-liter V8 is available on the Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve.
The Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve can be fitted with the all-new 4xe powertrain, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, two electric motors, and eight-speed automatic.
New exterior design
The Grand Cherokee has an all-new slim and sculpted exterior showcasing a more modern and premium appearance, creating the most luxurious Grand Cherokee released so far.
The aerodynamic performance and efficiency of the SUV is improved by the lowered and tapered roof without compromising the cargo space and utility. It was given a lowered beltline and expansive glass to increase outward visibility and also allow more light into the cabin.
The long-range radar and other advanced technology features of the Grand Cherokee are hidden behind the new front fascia and the wider and bigger iconic seven-slot grille. The longer and level-set bonnet as well as the bold headfirst stance gives visual strength with the aerodynamic body giving a better fit and finish.
On-road performance and fuel efficiency are also improved by the active grille shutters, air curtains, bonnet aero flick, front wheel spats, rear vertical-pillar spoilers, and lowered roof line that was decreased by 10 mm.
For the first time, Overload models can have the gloss black roof, and it is a standard on the Trailhawk, Summit, and the Summit Reserve.
Superior handling and nimble maneuverability are provided by the widened track which had a 36 mm or 1.4-inch increase. The Grand Cherokee is offering eight wheel options and they all carry the signature Jeep geometry. For the first time, they are offering 21-inch diameter wheels.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee’s luxurious, next-generation interior features modern amenities with handcrafted materials.
The front panel is equipped with new, slim HVAC vents, 10.1-inch digital screens that has a digital cluster and touchscreen radio, re-aligned center stack for better driver accessibility, new high-definition rear-seat entertainment system with Amazon Fire TV, and a segment-first 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display.
The seating architecture of the all-new Jeep has a length adjustable cushion for the front row passengers. The new front seats are 16-way adjustable, and it also features power lumbar and memory. For the higher specification versions of the Grand Cherokee, it will also come with a front driver and passenger seat back massagers. The first two rows will also have heated/vented seats and it will have three-level configurable controls.
The layout of the center console were given updated switches, and the front bin was given more storage space and can easily accommodate two wireless devices as well as a wireless charger.
In another first, the Grand Cherokee will come with the all-new premium, full-suite of customizable LED lighting with daytime/nighttime settings as standard. The Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve models will have the additional ambient lighting with a selection of five-colors as an option.
Advanced high-tech safety and security features
The top-of-the-line Jeep Grand Cherokee has a variety of more than 110 advanced safety and security features. It also has technology applications that improves on the connection between the vehicle, the driver, and the road.
Across the lineup, the standard safety features are:
Full-Speed Collision Warning with Active Braking and Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection
Rear Cross Path Detection
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
Active Lane Management
LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
Advanced Brake Assist
ParkView rear back-up camera
ParkSense rear park assist sensors with stop
Switch-activated electric park brake
Other safety features that are also available are:
New Night Vision Camera with pedestrian and animal detection
New Intersection Collision Assist
New Drowsy Driver Detection system
Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist and new Traffic Sign Recognition
New 360-degree surround view camera system with front and rear washers
Also available is the New Active Driving Assist (L2) hands-on-wheel and eyes-on-road automated driving.
Most technologically advanced Grand Cherokee
In the history of the Grand Cherokee, the new fifth-generation model has the most technological features. The suite of features that is available for the Grand Cherokee includes:
Uconnect 5 – it is the latest and most advanced Uconnect system so far and it gives three 10.1-inch and two 10.25-inch digital displays inside the cabin, and it also provides intuitive user experience
A segment-exclusive front passenger screen offers co-pilot assistance with navigation, camera viewing and visual entertainment
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
New digital rearview mirror
New full-color, 10-inch (25.4 cm) windscreen head-up display (HUD)
New wireless charging pad in front center console
Greater connectivity with two Bluetooth-enabled phones paired simultaneously
SiriusXM 360L platform with personalized stations powered by Pandora
Tom-Tom navigation with predictive search, natural speech, and live traffic updates
Maps over-the-air updates
4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot to connect up to eight devices
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will also have Amazon Fire TV available. This will enable the passengers to stream videos, listen to music, play games, watch downloaded programs, and even get information while on the road.
Connect Fire TV through in-vehicle 4G Wi-Fi hotspot or mobile device hotspot
Watch Prime Video even without connectivity while on the road. 16 GB of built-in storage for each rear display is also included.
Watch content individually on each rear display or watch it together and mirror across both displays
Fire TV connects to Uconnect 5 so rear seat passengers can adjust individual climate settings and see destination ETA
Front seat controls for Fire TV: Monitor content or apps used in the rear seats, select favorites to quickly start a movie on the rear displays, or you can pause or stop the content for family chats
Includes two Voice Remotes with Alexa. Just press and ask Alexa to easily find, launch, and control content. Check sports scores, play music, or see your live camera feeds (compatible smart home device required and sold separately)
Also available is the state-of-the art McIntosh audio system. It has 19 custom-designed speakers which includes the 10-inch or 25.4 cm subwoofer and 950-watts of power, with 17-channel amplifier. Currently, the Jeep brand is the only automotive manufacturer in the world to have a McIntosh sound system.
The new Grand Cherokee is the perfect balance between dynamic performance, state-of-the-art technologies, luxurious elegance giving it a captivating presence and capability that is rare in its class. It is undeniably Jeep, and definitely world class.
The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee is manufactured in the new Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack Plant, the first new manufacturing facility set up in the city for almost three decades.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee will be in Jeep retailers in North America. In early 2022, the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe will be released in North America, with a subsequent release in the global markets later in the year.