I don’t care what anyone says… size matters. And featuring seven seats across three rows, size is certainly what you’ll get with the recently unveiled 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. But you’d be mistaken in assuming the next-generation SUV offers nothing more beyond a little extra space. In fact, many are already hailing it as the ultimate family whip.
Borrowing a handful of design cues from the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, the Grand Cherokee L has a Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 engine capable of delivering 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque; or a larger optional 5.7-litre V8 capable of delivering 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Eight-speed transmission is mated to both.
In terms of towing capacity, the standard model is rated for 6,200 pounds (2,812kg) while the upgraded version can pull 7,200 pounds (3,265kg). Paired with an improved ground clearance of up to 277mm thanks to an adjustable ride height, available water fording capability of up to 24 inches, 21-inch wheels, as well as the Jeep Selec-Terrain drive modes… the Grand Cherokee L also promises to be a certified weekend warrior.
As for the niceties, each of the 16-way adjustable power front seats in question is equipped with memory and massage functions. Other interior features include the following:
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster w/ heads-up display
- MX859 McIntosh Infotainment System, reportedly “one of the best” going around in any SUV right now (8.4-inch/10.1-inch screen)
- Apple CarPlay & Android Auto enabled
- 19-speaker sound system
- USB-A & USB-C power outlets
- Digital rearview mirror
- Digital rear seat monitoring
- Quad-Zone Automatic Temperature Control
- Ambient LED lighting
Additionally, there are over 110 safety and security features, including a night vision camera which utilises thermographic technology and infrared sensors to scan for pedestrians, the odd roo, and whatever obstacles may come.
According to CarAdvice, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is expected to launch in Australia sometime between August and September this year. Local pricing has yet to be announced.[Important note from Jeep: “The product specifications of the Grand Cherokee L revealed today are specific to North America. We will provide more information on the timing and specifications of the Grand Cherokee L for Australia closer to the local launch.”]