Yesterday, Jeep finally took the wraps off the 2021 Grand Cherokee L. It’s a massive step on from the previous generation, especially when the outgoing WK2 generation is still the most awarded SUV in history. The new model features a completely new exterior and interior design, improved chassis, new tech, and will offer a three row model for the first time ever. If you missed yesterday’s reveal video on the 2021 Grand Cherokee L, here’s the official Jeep launch of their important new SUV.
Turning the Grand Cherokee into a three row SUV is a huge deal for Jeep. For years, Jeep has somehow had an expansive lineup of SUVs that didn’t include a true competitor to family SUVs like the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, and popular newcomers like the Kia Telluride. That all changes with the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The new generation launches with three rows thanks to an increased wheelbase, which also offers best in class second row leg room, and comes in six or seven seat configurations.
The design is unmistakably Jeep, but is very different from the previous generation, with looks inspired by the Grand Wagoneer Concept. The front grille tips forward slightly, while the rear is more squared off and boxy than before. Slim LED lights front and rear give a modern look, as does the floating roofline. It’s more stately than before, but isn’t too in your face from any angle. The interior is also a massive improvement, especially on the top-spec Summit trim level.
There’s nice leather everywhere, open pore wood, metal accents, and an all new steering wheel. Based on looks alone, we’d go as far as to say the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit may have the nicest interior FCA has ever made, but final judgement will have to wait until we see it hands on. The tech should be great too, thanks to a 10.1 inch central infotainment display, 10.25 inch instrument cluster screen and 10 inch heads up display. It packs available night vision, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, interior monitoring, and a swarm of driver aids including Level 2 autonomous drive assist and night vision. The optional 19 speaker McIntosh audio system should be a treat, too. Hopefully the lower trim Laredo and Limited models can live up to the impressions the Summit interior has made.
Of course, off-road capability is still a priority for the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension delivers best in class 10.9 inches of ground clearance, and allows for an improved 24 inches of water fording. Three 4×4 systems are available, with the top-spec Quadra Drive II getting an active rear eLSD. There’s also a five mode Selec Terrain drive mode system for whatever conditions lie ahead.
Powertrains are familiar to the Jeep lineup, with the Pentastar V6 and 5.7 liter Hemi V8 available at launch. Other than the Dodge Durango, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the only vehicle in its class to offer a V8. It pumps out 357 hp and 390 lbs ft of torque, and achieves best in class 7,200 lbs of towing.
Later in 2021, a next generation two row Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available for the 2022 model year, as will a 4xe plug in hybrid model.