By Veeno Dewan
There are some minor updates to keep the Grand Cherokee fresh, a few interior changes, improved technology and of course there are a couple of engine options— including a diesel. There are V8’s and a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 300 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque through rear-wheel drive and a new 8-speed automatic transmission. We tested the new Grand Cherokee L version, a new larger SUV which includes a roomy third row of seats that allows it to accommodate up to seven passengers with the optional second row bench. It’s just the ticket if you haul around a large family.
New standard and available features include the excellent Uconnect 5 infotainment system with 8.4-inch or 10.25-inch screen and mobile app; There is navigation, camera viewing and entertainment; wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; digital rearview mirror; 10-inch head-up display; wireless charger; Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices, with Fire TV availability; and a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system.
Safety is also high with all 2022 models including: emergency front braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear park assist sensors with auto braking. Also available is active driving assist, night vision camera, intersection collision assist, drowsy driver assists, and 360-degree camera with front and rear washers.
Of course, the highlight of any Jeep is the All-Wheel Drive system, and the Jeep offers the Grand Cherokee with a choice of systems New for 2022, the Grand Cherokee has front-axle disconnect, which automatically reverts the system to rear-wheel-drive if full traction isn’t required, and automatically re-engages when it is needed. The result is excellent on road and off-road performance if properly equipped.
There will also be an electrified Grand Cherokee 4xe, which will go on sale early in 2022, with pricing announced closer to its launch. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee also gets a plug-in hybrid, Trailhawk, and plug-in Trailhawk trim line. The Grand Cherokee will come in five trims: Laredo, Altitude Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit. Pricing for the lineup ranges from $51,545 to $81,535, plus a destination fee
Key interior attributes include a roomy, wide cabin with correspondingly big, comfortable seats in both the front and rear. The interior design is smart, well detailed with plenty of leather and dark wood trim. The dash has the latest generation technology with an already excellent upgraded U Connect 8.4-inch or 10.1-inch infotainment system that includes navigation. It is an intuitive, very well thought out piece of kit. A remote start, a twin pane sunroof, heated power-adjustable front seats, heated steering wheel, a 115-volt household outlet, and more features than there is room to describe are all present.
Head, shoulder, and front legroom is good front and rear, while the rear seats recline up to 12 degrees and offer 38 inches of leg room. The high seating position is delightful with great visibility in all directions. The extra row of seats in the L version is well designed with more room than you would think – Good for teens or kids. Behind the second row, 36.3 cubic feet of cargo room is present expanding to 63 cubes are available with the rear seats folded flat.
On the road, the Overland model proved plenty smooth with more than adequate amounts of torque. Handling is good, and cornering is well controlled thanks to a strong unibody construction and a well-engineered independent suspension setup. The eight-speed automatic in the Grand Cherokee, also makes good use of the torque than before, with improved acceleration and throttle pickup.
At the mild off-road track, we took the Grand Cherokee to, the Jeep made light work of the mud, light snow, slippery surfaces. Meanwhile tarmac performance delivered a refined, no drama ride befitting a luxury SUV. the suspension is supple, not overtly harsh and the springs and dampers have a good return rate. Fuel economy is rated at 11.3 combined L/100 km 12.7 city 9.6 highway.
Overall, the grand Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a competitive upper-class SUV and the three row -seven-seater format is excellent if you have long road trips with the family. There is great interior luxury and plenty of kids and family friendly features. If you can stretch to the Overland model as tested – buyers gain all the equipment and luxury you would ever need. You won’t be disappointed, however, other models in the Jeep Cherokee lineup still offer excellent value for the buck. No doubt it will follow on and keep the standard even higher. The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is a recommended buy in this
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee l Overland base priced from $55,035 plus options. Destination charge – $2,095.
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