After 10 years of racking up awards from just about everywhere, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting a total overhaul. It was supposed to revealed at the now canceled Detroit Auto Show, but it’s been delayed along with several other new car launches. But even though it was supposed to come out by now, Jeep seems to be taking the extra time to test the vehicle, as it’s just been spotted on Michigan highways and sent to TFL for the video below.
While it’s hard to see anything about this test car, it looks like it’s the rumored three-row version of the new, 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The outgoing generation was only ever offered as a five seat, two-row SUV. This testing prototype seems to confirm the Grand Cherokee will either grow in size, or offer two different seating configurations.
The other major change to the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the platform. Some rumors indicate it will ride on the Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV, but that hasn’t been confirmed. It could also continue on the same WK2 platform as the current model, but with significant updates. For this, we will have to wait for the reveal.
But we won’t have to wait for the reveal to know what engines will go into the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee at launch. In the beginning, the same Pentastar V6 and 5.7 liter HEMI V8 are expected to be the only engines on offer, but they will gain FCA’s eTourque mild hybrid system. That means everything under the SRT Jeeps will be a mild hybrid as standard. A plug in hybrid with electric driving capabilities will probably follow down the line. The updated Dodge Durango is expected to get the same engines.
After the initial launch, we expect the SRT and Trackhawk performance variants to return. A four cylinder model, and possibly FCA’s upcoming GME inline 6, will probably join the lineup as well.