Well folks, it is finally upon us after nearly a decade. The WL generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is officially here, and has arrived for the first time with a three row variant. Known as the Grand Cherokee L, this seven-seat SUV is nearly a foot longer than the current offering. It also packs an all-new platform, loads of premium features, and decades of off-roading know-how. And while Jeep has positioned the upcoming Grand Wagoneer as their genuine range-topper, the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve might have something to say about that.
The Summit Reserve package for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L transforms the lowly 4×4 into a world-rivaling luxury SUV. The changes over less models start with an upgraded Quadra-Lift air suspension, complete with electronic adaptive damping. This allows the SUV to have a 4.17-inch lift span across its five drive modes: Normal Ride Height, Off-Road 1, Off-Road 2, Park Mode, and Aero Mode. When in Off-Road 2, the air suspension also allows the SUV to have a 30.1-degree approach angle, a 23.6-degree departure angle and 22.6-degree breakover angle. The 10.2 inch raised ride height also lets the SUV travel through water as high as 24-inches. Because it is based on the Summit trim, this package also brings four-wheel drive and an electronic rear limited-slip differential as standard equipment. The package also includes unique 21-inch machined cast aluminum wheels with Mid-Gloss Granite Crystal pockets.
Inside the SUV you’ll find a European-looking hand-wrapped and quilted Palermo leather interior. The front seats are memory and massage capable, while the front two rows benefit are ventilated for optimal comfort. The Reserve Package also brings unique open-pore Waxed Walnut accents, as well as an alcantara-like fabric on the headliner and A-pillars. The range-topping model comes as standard with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the only 19-speaker McIntosh audio sound system on the market.
FCA has even rolled out some new LED ambient lighting, which will help the SUV do its best Mercedes impersonation. Furthermore, FCA has fit this thing with over 110 advanced safety and security features. These include an L2 driver-assist system with hands-on automated driving, 360-degree surround view and night vision cameras, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A more advanced hands-free L2 automated driving system will be available in late 2021 for the 2022 model year.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve will be available with two familiar engines. The 3.6L Pentastar V6 is the base motor, rated at 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque. Buyers will be able to step up to the 5.7L V8 should they so choose, which is rated at 357 horsepower
and 390 lb-ft of torque. The V6 nets owners a maximum towing capacity of up to 6,200 pounds, with the V8 capable of pulling 1,000 pounds more. Both engines come mated to the brand’s TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve will arrive at dealerships in the second quarter of 2021. The debut of the Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row and 4xe Hybrid model are slated to take place later in the year. No pricing information for any of the SUVs has been released at this time. We wouldn’t expect this range-topper to come cheap however.