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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Debuts With More Space, More Luxury

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is due for a refresh, but before that happens, Jeep has debuted the first-ever Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV. More space, more luxury, and more family-friendliness, all in one car. The Grand Cherokee L utilizes an all-new platform and independent front and rear suspension systems, along with a Quadra-Lift air suspension that can elevate the car in five different settings (8.3 inches, 10.9 inches, and 24 inches). Park and Aero modes lower the SUV on demand. With the new platform and improved suspension, Jeep boasts a premium driving experience on the road.

As for off the road, the Grand Cherokee L keeps the purpose of Jeep. The vehicle will offer three 4x4 systems, including Quadra-Trac I and II, as well as Quadra-Drive II with eLSD. The SUV has a 30.1 degree approach angle, a 22.6 degree breakover angle, and a 23.6 degree departure angle. Selec-Terrain traction management provides five different terrain modes: Auto, Pock, Sport, Mud/Sand, and Snow. A 4xe plug-in hybrid variant will follow the footsteps of the Wrangler 4xe with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder and electric motor.

Other engine options start with the base 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, which produces 290 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. It also has a range of 500 miles and a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds. Buyers can also choose a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 with 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The V8 also boosts towing capacity to 7,200 pounds and can turn off four cylinders for increased fuel efficiency. The 4x4 front-axle disconnect can switch from all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, or vice versa. All engines use a TorqueFlite eight speed automatic.

Now for the design part. We have to admit that we love the way that Jeep overhauled the Grand Cherokee, and perfectly expanded the wheelbase and total length. The front fascia is mostly inspired by the Grand Wagoneer concept, and we should see this face on more Jeep models in the future. Thin headlights integrate with the sharp seven-slot grille. The chrome window accents echo the Compass crossover, while promoting the floating-roof design (a two-tone roof appears to be an option, according to a few images). In fact, the whole side portfolio blends in nicely with the longer wheelbase. We also notice that the rear end is entirely different from the rest of Jeep's lineup. The thin taillights give a more Mercedes-like impression, and the sculpted rear bumper looks good as well.

The Grand Cherokee L is even better inside, with an all-new look. The outdated dashboard is replaced by a thoughtfully-designed 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 infotainment screen and a steering wheel wrapped in leather. A Waxed Walnut wood accent spans the entire dashboard, curving up behind the infotainment screen. The steering wheel includes paddle shifters, while the area behind it has a fancy digital instrument cluster and a start/stop button. The Grand Cherokee L can comfortably seat six to seven adults. Speaking of seats, the SUV has heated and ventilated ones in the first and second rows, with massaging seats in the Summit and Overland trim levels. So far, we know that the Grand Cherokee L offers captain's chairs in the second row. Bench seats are likely available. There is also a second's row console with cupholders, as well as 12 USB ports (Type A and Type C). Interior LED lighting includes five colors. Four-zone automatic temperature control, including vents in the first, second, and third rows will keep occupants comfortable. Jeep also offers a 950-watt McIntosh sound system with 19 speakers.

With the third row folded, the Grand Cherokee L has a spacious 49.6 cubic feet, and 84.6 cubic feet with just the first row. The second and third rows of seats can be easily folded with optional electronic remote release. This is the first FCA vehicle to offer that. Over 500 Mopar parts will let owners customize their family SUV to the ground. Luxurious options vary from rear-seat entertainment and integrated side-steps, to floor mats, crossbars, and 21-inch wheels.

Production begins rather soon at Jeep's Detroit Assembly Complex Mack Plant alongside the upcoming 2022 Grand Cherokee two-row. Sales begin shortly after. The Grand Cherokee L will include the Jeep Wave customer service for three years. Pricing hasn't been announced, but should be released soon.

Source Credits: CarBuzz

Image Credits: Jeep


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