2020 was supposed to be the year the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee finally arrived. But unfortunately, we are going to have to wait another year, as the current WK2 model will solider on for 2021. Obviously, this is due to production and launch slowdowns caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. This information comes from Mopar Insiders, who also reports the 2021 Grand Cherokee could gain an 80th Anniversary Edition. It’s certainly a bummer we aren’t seeing the all-new generation hit dealerships this year, as rumors indicated the new WL Grand Cherokee would have likely debuted at the 2020 Detroit Auto Show in June.
That leaves the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee as a final hurrah for the WK2 generation car, but at least it may see an 80th Anniversary model. In fact, this trim level might be rolled out across the Jeep lineup in celebration of 80 years of Jeep. Unfortunately, it’s unclear what that will look like, but watch this space for any updates on Jeep Anniversary editions.
The rest of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee model lineup will likely remain unchanged. This means you can choose between Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk flavors. The 2021 model is essentially just to fill the gap until the all-new generation comes because of the production setbacks.
On a positive note, this means the production time for the 2021 model will be fairly short. The 2021 Grand Cherokee will enter production in early September, and the all new generation will begin production in early 2021 as a 2022 model year vehicle.
This also indicates we will see the new WL Jeep SUV launch either later this summer or over the fall, if the production timetable is accurate. When it launches, rumors indicate it could ride on a modified version of the Alfa Romeo Giorgio platform and come in either a two or three row configuration. It’ll also probably launch with mild hybrid Pentastar V6 or Hemi V8 engine choices at launch, with a four cylinder down the line, along with the SRT performance variants.