Chrysler’s ever-popular Jeep brand has finally revealed pricing info on its first-ever electrified Grand Cherokee model, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, and it’s a bit hard to swallow. Jeep says the new hybrid Grand Cherokee will start at $57,700 before destination and other fees, without taking into account any government tax incentives. That’s a big ask for a midsize crossover from one of the Big Three’s more accessible brands, even if it is a plug-in hybrid.
To put that price in perspective, the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT starts at $61,995 before destination and fees, and that model comes packing 480 horsepower and a whopping 600 lb-ft of torque – enough to facilitate a sprint to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Of course, they’re very different crossovers, but it just goes to show you the sort of performance $60k can get you in today’s market.
Jeep also published starting prices for higher-trim models in the 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe line:
- Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe: $62,485
- Grand Cherokee Overland 4xe: $65,760
- Grand Cherokee Summit 4xe: $69,820
- Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe: $74,300
Jeep’s First Electrified Grand Cherokee
Of course, the Fiat Chrysler half of Stellantis has always been sort of lukewarm on the topic of electrification. Back when the Fiat 500e was in production, Fiat Chrysler’s then-CEO Sergio Marchionne urged the public not to buy one because the automaker lost thousands of dollars on each one sold. More recently, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said that electrification was “a technology chosen by politicians, not by industry,” cautioning that the added costs associated with switching to electrification could sink automakers.
Despite this, Stellantis has laid out a $34-billion road map to a thoroughly electrified future, and Jeep has been tapped to play a pivotal role. Years ago, the brand promised to offer electrified versions of every nameplate in its portfolio by the end of 2022, and it’s resolved to sell a pure-electric model in every SUV segment by 2025. But that doesn’t necessarily mean an electrified Jeep has to be affordable.
Despite the $20k-or-so price premium for the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, the plug-in hybrid offers a pure-electric driving range of just 25 miles on a full charge, although its rated mpg equivalent is a respectable 56 mpge. It does this with a 400-volt battery pack, two electric traction motors, and a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed automatic. Total system output is 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to motivate the midsize crossover.
And true to form, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has some off-road acumen, as well. With a Quadra Trac II 4×4 system featuring a two-speed transfer case and a 47.4:1 crawl ratio, plus Jeep’s competent Selec-Terrain traction management system, the Grand Cherokee 4xe has the right stuff to handle at least basic off-road duties.