The Jeep brand has introduced its first electrified Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe along with the off-road-ready Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, the company announced.
This fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee brings an all-new architecture, new plug-in hybrid powertrain, all-new exterior design and an all-new interior.
“The Jeep Grand Cherokee is our global flagship and will be leading the Jeep brand into a new era of premium refinement, innovative technology, advanced 4×4 capability and electrification,” said Christian Meunier, Jeep Brand Chief Executive Officer. “With a perfect balance of on-road dynamics, 4×4 capability and 4xe performance, the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most technologically advanced, luxurious and 4×4-capable Grand Cherokee ever.”
The all-new 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe is the first Grand Cherokee to offer a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) variant.
“The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe driver can tailor its hybrid powertrain to suit each trip, from daily commuting in pure-electric mode to extended highway road trips with no range anxiety, allowing owners to explore nature off-road in near silence,” Meunier added. “This is another important step toward achieving our global vision of Zero Emission Freedom. By 2025, we plan to offer a fully electric Jeep vehicle in every SUV segment.”
Available in the Grand Cherokee Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve, the 4xe propulsion system combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and capability.
Overall, the 4xe system delivers 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) of torque in addition to 6,000-lbs max towing capability. The Grand Cherokee 4xe, targeting an estimated 25 miles (40 km) of all-electric range, returns an estimated 57 MPGe and has an estimated total range of more than 440 miles (708 km).
The SUV is also equipped with a Quadra Trac II 4×4 system with two-speed transfer case and 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio and 47.4:1 crawl ratio.
The Grand Cherokee’s off-road capability begins with three 4×4 systems – Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II with rear electronic limited slip-differential (eLSD). All three systems are equipped with an active transfer case. The Jeep Quadra-Lift air suspension, now with electronic semi-active damping, delivers up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance and 24 inches of water fording.
The all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk elevates Grand Cherokee’s 4×4 capability even further.
The new Trailhawk features standard all-terrain tires, integrated off-road camera, Quadra-Lift air suspension with up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance, improved approach, departure and breakover angles and the Quadra-Drive II active transfer case with rear eLSD and Selec-Terrain.
The most capable model in the new Grand Cherokee lineup also features:
- Sway-bar disconnect
- Selec-Speed Control
- High-strength steel skid plates
- Red tow hooks
- 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
- Water fording capability of up to 24 inches
- Glare-proof black-and-red matte “Trailhawk” hood decal
In addition to the plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, the 2022 Grand Cherokee lineup offers two additional powertrain options.
Standard is the all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 293 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5.7-liter V-8, rated at 357 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, is also available.
The new Grand Cherokee also has a completely redesigned interior.
The front panel features new slim HVAC vents, a realigned center stack and 10.1-inch (25.6 cm) digital screens (digital cluster and touchscreen radio), as well as an available 10.25-inch (26 cm) front passenger interactive display and a new high-definition rear-seat entertainment system with FireTV built-in.
The all-new Jeep seating architecture features a length-adjustable cushion for the front row passengers. The new 16-way adjustable front seats have power lumbar and memory and higher specification versions offer new front driver and passenger seatback massage. Heated/vented seats are available in the first two rows, with three-level configurable controls.
The center console layout now has updated switches, more storage space in the front bin that can hold two wireless devices and a wireless charger.
An all-new premium, full-suite of customizable LED lighting with daytime/nighttime settings is standard on all trim levels for the first time on Grand Cherokee, and true ambient lighting with a five-color selection is available on Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve models.