The current generation of the Grand Cherokee is starting to show its age, having been in production since 2011. But Jeep whet our appetites for something new last year: While they retained the aging fourth generation for two-row Grand Cherokees, they offered a new generation of the iconic Jeep in a three-row variant dubbed the Grand Cherokee L. The question on everyone’s mind for 2022: Will the rest of the lineup move to the new design? The answer is a resounding yes.
For 2022, Jeep is dropping the old generation and brings the rest of the Grand Cherokee lineup into the fold of its fresh design. We can expect the new design to share most of the features of the 2021’s L model, including an upgraded interior with better materials and a sleeker and sharper exterior with the signature 7-slot grille. The exception is that standard models won’t have the L’s three-row seating and the platform will be sitting on a shorter wheelbase.
Jeep will of course offer multiple trim levels and offroad configurations on the new Grand Cherokee. As is currently the case, we can expect to see real-wheel drive as standard with a variety of options for all-wheel and four-wheel drive systems. Likewise, higher-end models will offer a two-speed transfer case for more capability offroad, while base trim models will likely come with a simpler setup that gets the job done without low-range gearing.
Engine and Transmission
The engine lineup for the 2022 Grand Cherokee will look much like previous generations, with the 290-hp 3.60-liter V-6 coming standard. For those wanting more power, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 will be an option, offering a solid 357 horsepower, and we should see it as an option for the shorter Jeeps too. We can also expect to see options for Jeep’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel motors. And for those looking for even more efficiency, we expect the Grand Cherokee to be electrified for the first time courtesy of the Wrangler’s 4Xe powertrain.
On the other hand, for those with pure power in mind, there should be new high-performance SRT models, though it’s still unclear whether the 700-hp V-8 will be an option. But it’s likely: The Durango currently offers a Hellcat configuration, so there’s no reason to think we won’t get it as an option in the new Grand Cherokees. We’ll also probably see something along the lines of a Desert-Rated version with more ride height and beefier off-road capabilities.
As for transmissions, The L currently offers an 8-speed automatic transmission, and we’ll likely see the same across all of the new models.
We can expect a completely revamped and modernized interior for the 2022 Grand Cherokee, which includes higher-quality materials throughout, a rotary shift knob and the same digital gauge cluster found in 2021’s L model. Base Laredos will, as expected, offer the essentials, but Overland and Summit trim packages will add wood trim, leather upholstery, customizable LED lighting, and additional digital displays into the mix.
For seating and cargo, we can expect the usual pair of captain’s chairs on all models. We’ll also see another three-row variant that offers space for up to seven. The shorter two-row models can expect more cargo room than its predecessor thanks to the stretched-out platform from Alfa Romeo Giorgio.
Infotainment and Connectivity
We expect the new Grand Cherokee to come standard with the same features we find in 2021’s Grand Cherokee L. We’ll see the 10-inch heads-up display and the 10.3-inch digital gauging standard on all models. The Laredo models will come with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, with upgraded trims getting a larger 10.1-inch display powered by FCA’s Uconnect 5 software. The software offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Sirius satellite radio, and higher trims will get advanced wireless connectivity for the aforementioned.
As for sound, base models will come with a basic six-speaker setup, but we’ll have options to upgrade to a nine-speaker Alpine system or an ultra-high-end 19-speaker configuration from McIntosh.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Safety and automation features are becoming increasingly common, and Jeep isn’t planning on skimping for its redesigned Grand Cherokee. Standard on all trim levels will be several of these key features, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance. We can also expect automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection.
Jeep has said that the 2021 Grand Cherokee L will have hands-free driving by the end of the year via software updates. While it’s not yet certain if the 2022 models will get these same features, it’s a very strong possibility.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Grand Cherokee’s warranty coverage is about the only thing that isn’t getting redesigned. The usual limited warranty offering 3 years or 36,000 miles of coverage will be standard, along with a powertrain warranty offering 5 years or 60,000 miles of coverage. We’ll also get the usual three years of free scheduled maintenance included.
2022 Grand Cherokee Price and Release Date
We don’t yet know exactly what Jeep will charge for the 2022 Grand Cherokee, but we expect the redesign to see a slight increase from 2021’s starting price of $35,495. Of course, moving up trim levels will increase the cost, and the high-end packages may go over $60,000, not including any other high-performance or off-road packages.
We also aren’t completely certain when the redesigned Grand Cherokee will launch, but we can expect Jeep to take the wraps off of the redesign in the coming months, and we should see the new models hitting dealerships before the end of the year.