Having debuted its new Grand Cherokee in February in its long-wheelbase ‘L’ designation, Jeep has now released its first pictures of the standard short-wheelbase model, including the nameplate’s first plug-in hybrid. While it’s still to be confirmed, expect these models to appear in New Zealand’s Jeep line-up next year.
The 4xe PHEV combines a turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder with a 17kWh battery pack and dual electric motors. Jeep claims a power output of 280kW and an impressive torque rating of 637Nm.
Pure electric range, meanwhile, is rated at 40km, meaning those with a daily work commute of less than 40km can work for a week without forking out for fuel. Real-world range permitting, of course.
Two other powertrains have been confirmed for the model; a Pentastar V6 and a tasty Hemi V8. The former is a 3.6-litre unit producing 213kW/352Nm and the latter is a 5.7-litre bruiser making 266kW/528Nm.
Yes, you read that correctly. That means the 2.0-litre PHEV is actually the benchmark model in the line-up for power and torque, even ahead of the 5.7-litre V8. It’s tipped that Jeep will eventually ensure a V8 leads the line-up, with rumours that another Trackhawk variant is on the way.
The Grand Cherokee line-up has always been a fairly complex one, and things haven’t changed with this new model. The three engine options are arranged across a whopping six trim levels; Laredo, Altitude, Overland, Summit, Summit Reserve, and Trailhawk.
Base models are rear-wheel drive and aren’t available with the PHEV engine option. Most are all-wheel drive, though, in keeping with Jeep’s off-road reputation.
Along with more premium and distinguished ‘mini-Wagoneer’ looks on the outside, the new Grand Cherokee is also quite grown-up looking inside. The handsome cabin features quilted leather upholstery and wood (presumably not in all models), as well as a 10.25-inch digital cluster and 8.4-inch infotainment screen.
Among the available toys of note in higher trims is an Alpine sound system, ambient lighting, air suspension with adaptive damping, a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen, parking assist, 360-degree camera, and a Level 2 autonomous driving system that promises hands-free driving.