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JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE L PRODUCTION RISKS DELAY DUE TO SEMICONDUCTOR SHORTAGE

A Stellantis Supplier Requested An Emergency Order From A Judge To Secure Semiconductors, But Was Denied

2021 2022 WL Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUV
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JVIS-USA is an automotive industry supplier based in Michigan that builds electronic assemblies that control ventilation systems for several Stellantis vehicles. This includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300. But, as with the entire automotive industry, the supplier can’t seem to get ahold of the semicondutor microchips it needs to adequately produce the parts it’s responsible for. As such, the launch of the all-new 2021 Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV risks a massive delay, which could ripple through to affect the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row SUV launching later this year.

Per Reuters, U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis denied JVIS’s request for an emergency order to force shipment of the chips, noting that if she issued an order in favor of the supplier, it could result “in a line at the courthouse” of other cases seeking emergency court orders.

2021 2022 WL Jeep Grand Cherokee L Interior
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The new WL Jeep Grand Cherokee replaces the WK2 generation, which debuted a full decade ago as a 2011 model. The nameplate has been considered a flagship SUV from Jeep, which tallied 55,198 sales in the US market alone in Q1 2021, an increase of 10 percent year-over-year.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L debuted in January, with pricing announced at the end of February.  The base WL Grand Cherokee L Laredo trim will carry a base price of $36,995, plus $1,695 in destination charges. For comparison, a two-row, last-generation WK2 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo starts at $33,865. That money gets you a 2WD SUV powered by a 3.6-liter V6, which is mated to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Output is rated at 290 horsepower and 257 ft-lb of torque. Capping the lineup is the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve with the optional 5.7L Hemi V8, which comes in at $65,290.

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row SUV will debut later this year, along with a 4xe hybrid variant for both bodystyles. It’s expected that the off-road oriented Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the visceral SRT Trackhawk models will join the lineup later on.

2021 2022 WL Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUV
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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