After nearly a decade on the production line, it is almost time for the WK2 Generation Jeep Grand Cherokee to hit the big parking lot in the sky. And while we have captured spy shots of the all-new WL Jeep Grand Cherokee out testing near FCA’s headquarters, the automaker has been rather tight-lipped about the SUV. Outside of confirming that production is slated to begin in Q3 of 2021, few details have escaped. According to one Allpar forum user, this may not remain the case for long. That is because Jeep has just sent out emails suggesting the all-new, three-row, 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV will make its debut on January 7.
According to the Allpar forum user, an email message from Jeep arrived in their inbox containing the following text: “The most awarded SUV ever is adding something new to the adventure—a third row. Sign up below to be among the first to receive updates and save the date for the big reveal.”
There is only one SUV that can make such a claim, and that is of course the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Giant hint aside, the email also contained a banner asking readers to save a specific time and date into their calendars: 12:00 p.m. EST on January 7, 2021. Other forum users did more digging and found that Jeep is indeed planning a YouTube stream event during that time, which only further suggests a COVID-19 era product debut.
The addition of a third row isn’t the only change coming to the next-gen SUV, as it is slated to ride on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s Giorgio platform. The powertrain lineup is expected to mirror the current offerings though, and the addition of a hybrid model is expected down the line.
The WL Jeep Grand Cherokee is slated to replace one of the brand’s best selling models, and as such there are high expectations for the SUV. Fans didn’t immediately fall in love with the Grand Wagoneer concept, only further raising the stakes for Jeep in this case. Official word regarding a product debut has yet to come from FCA, though that may change as the week progresses. Be sure to check back to MC&T for updates as more information becomes available.