New Jeep Grand Cherokee: specifications, practicality and off-road ability

New Jeep Grand Cherokee revealed with lots of space and a high-tech interior – no word yet on when it’ll go on sale in the UK

James Allen
Feb 10, 2021

There are plenty of large SUVs on sale right now, and there’ll soon be another option to have on your radar. By the end of 2021, it’s expected the latest version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be available to buy.

While the new Grand Cherokee has been showcased first in its largest and longest seven-seater guise, Jeep has confirmed that this version won’t be sold in the UK - meaning you’ll only be able to get it in five-seater form. Because it’s shorter, the version of the Grand Cherokee we’ll get also won’t be as spacious as its seven-seater cousin, but (as it’ll still be a pretty large SUV) there should be decent amounts of legroom, headroom and luggage space on offer.

Full specifications will be revealed closer to launch, though the US-spec Jeep Grand Cherokee gives us a good idea of what to expect. The interior in particular looks like it’ll be a big improvement over its predecessor’s, thanks to the more up-to-date digital displays and higher-quality materials. Don’t expect to find the American market Grand Cherokee’s big and inefficient petrol engines under the bonnet of UK cars, though. We’re more likely to get a plug-in hybrid option, which is expected to be shared with the Jeep Wrangler.

Jeep hasn’t confirmed an official UK launch date yet for the new Grand Cherokee, but says the car will start going on sale in Europe in late 2021. Prices also haven’t been outlined yet, though using the previous generation Grand Cherokee and other upmarket large SUVs for reference, we'd expect this new version will start from around £50,000.

Quick facts

  • Five-seater only
  • Plug-in hybrid confirmed
  • All-wheel drive and automatic gearbox
  • Full specifications to be confirmed
  • Expected to go on sale in late 2021
  • Likely starting price around £50,000

New Jeep Grand Cherokee performance

So far, Jeep has only confirmed the US-spec Grand Cherokee’s petrol engine options, which are a 290hp 3.6-litre and a 357hp 5.7-litre. It’s highly unlikely, however, that these engines will be available on UK cars, as you can expect them to prove pretty thirsty on petrol, which is fine in America where fuel is much cheaper, but likely to be more of a problem for potential UK buyers.

Jeep has also confirmed the Grand Cherokee will eventually be available with a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid system, which has a much better chance of being offered on our side of the pond. Full details on the plug-in Grand Cherokee are being kept under wraps for now, though there’s a good chance it will use the same 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor setup that can be found in the upcoming Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid. In the Wrangler, it produces up to a substantial 380hp and is capable of up to 31 miles of electric-only driving on a full battery.

As is the case with its American counterpart, the UK-spec Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected to only be available with an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. Likewise, the Grand Cherokee will only be offered with all-wheel drive - which, in conjunction with the car’s off-road driving modes, means the Jeep shouldn’t be fazed on unpaved roads and muddy trails.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee practicality

Jeep is claiming impressive practicality for the new Grand Cherokee. In its five-seater guise, there’s up to 1,328 litres of luggage space, and this increases to 2,395 litres with the rear seats folded down. However, do bear in mind those figures are for the US-only long-wheelbase Grand Cherokee L version, so UK-spec cars won’t be quite as roomy. Even if these figures were 20% lower, though, that'd still mean you get a pretty big boot.

As the Grand Cherokee models we will get will be shorter than their American counterparts, the Jeep Grand Cherokee won’t be available with a seven-seater option in the UK - it’ll only be offered as a five-seater car. As there’ll almost certainly be no height difference between the standard and extended versions, though, the Jeep Grand Cherokee should offer good amounts of headroom for passengers.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee in-car tech

Full specifications haven’t been confirmed yet, though it’s expected most of the American market Jeep Grand Cherokee’s tech will find its way into UK cars. Expect standard equipment to include features like an 8.4-inch touchscreen media system (which you’ll be able to pair your smartphone to using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), built-in sat-nav, climate control and a digital dashboard display. Optional extras will likely include a 19-speaker sound system and heated and ventilated front seats.

If the US-spec Jeep Grand Cherokee is anything to go by, a good amount of safety equipment should be offered on the car. Available as standard on American Grand Cherokees are driver assists such as a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and monitoring systems that can alert you if the car is drifting out of its lane or there’s another vehicle in one of the blind spots.

New Jeep Grand Cherokee prices

Jeep says the new Grand Cherokee will start going on sale in Europe before the end of 2021, with a more concrete release date set to be revealed closer to the car’s launch. Prices also haven’t been confirmed yet - though, using the outgoing Grand Cherokee as a reference, expect this new Jeep to start from at least £50,000.

 

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