The American SUV Will Be Larger And More Premium Than Before

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The 2021 model year is shaping to be a big one for American SUV enthusiasts. There’s the incoming Ford Bronco, as well as a smaller off-road SUV sharing the “Bronco” name in some fashion. Then there’s also a whole new family of SUVS from General Motors coming, as well, including an LT4 supercharged V8-powered Cadillac Escalade. Meanwhile, at FCA, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV is set to break onto the scene. And based on spy photos, it’s going to be larger than ever, and could even accommodate three rows of seats.

There’s more to the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee than just added size. According to reports from Motor1 and others, the 2021 Grand Cherokee is believed to introduce a completely new platform, allowing for implementations such as electrification, similar to what we see in the JL Jeep Wrangler’s mild hybrid system paired with a 2.0L turbo four cylinder. A V6 offering is also expected, as are several Hemi V8 engines, muck like today. Whether or not the bigger engines will see electrification remains to be seen. Though, if we’re going off of recent quotes from Dodge marketing wizard Tim Kuniskis, the higher-ups at FCA certainly aren’t averse to the technology.

2019 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Aside from a next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, the iconic American off-road SUV brand is reportedly working on not just one, but two other vehicles to slot above it. Possible names include “Wagoneer” and “Grand Wagoneer,” which are expected to be even larger in size, and will compete in a highly premium space occupied by the likes of Land Rover. Powertrains rumored include an all-new inline six cylinder engine, as well as a thundering Hellcat V8.

FCA plans to spend $1.6 billion to build a next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, as well as the three-row Jeep flagship SUV, plus a plug-in hybrid at its Mack Avenue facility in Detroit, Michigan. FCA is converting and expanding the facility from an engine plant, to a new assembly plant.

2019 Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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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