On September 29, the all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced to the world via an online presentation. Not surprisingly, this Grand Cherokee looks practically identical to the Grand Cherokee L which went on sale earlier this year, but unlike the “L”, this Jeep has the traditional two-row seating layout.
That is the most significant difference between the two vehicles that use the Grand Cherokee name right now, but the new two-row is available with the 4xe plug-in hybrid drivetrain that is not currently available with the three-row. Also, the two-row 2022 Grand Cherokee is offered in Trailhawk 4xe form, meaning that you can buy an off-road-ready, plug-in hybrid Jeep.
If you have seen the Grand Cherokee L in person, you have an idea of what to expect from the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee with two rows of seats. It showcases a bolder, more muscular exterior than the outgoing generation while the interior gets a big step in the luxurious direction.
The traditional drivetrain components are carried over from the previous generation and shared with the L, with the exception of the 4xe plug-in drivetrain which could be one of the more popular options with buyers.
Grand Cherokee Goes Upscale
When the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee goes on sale later this year, it will be offered in five basic trim levels – Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland and Summit. While there are obviously varying materials and features among the different trim levels, the new Grand Cherokee cabin offers more space and more premium features as standard equipment.
While the entry-level Laredo comes with cloth seats, every other trim level comes with some sort of leather upholstery and if you opt for the top-of-the-line Summit Reserve model, you get quilted Palermo leather. The driver’s seat in every model has power adjustability, heated front and rear seats are standard on every trim level but the Laredo and ventilated seats are standard on Trailhawk, Overland and Summit. In the Summit Reserve models, massaging front seats are standard, as are ventilated rear seats.
Next, all 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee models come standard with a large touchscreen running the UConnect 5 infotainment system. In the Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk and Overland, an 8.4-inch screen is standard while the Summit models come standard with a gorgeous 10.1-inch screen. That 10.1-inch screen is also optional on Limited, Trailhawk and Overland models as part of the Entertainment Group package – which is sure to be a popular option among buyers.
In addition to the big infotainment screens, every 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with the 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, which is another impressive feature. This is the same gauge display that is in the Grand Cherokee L, offering a broad spectrum of information and customization options. Frankly, it is easily one of the best looking gauge displays on the market today and although it is elaborate, it is easy to use.
For those who really want to pack in the modern technology, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first vehicle in the class to offer a passenger’s side screen, measuring 10.25 inches, while the optional rear entertainment system adds a pair of 10.1-inch screens to the back of the front seats.
Finally, in addition to being more luxurious, the 2022 Grand Cherokee is a bit bigger inside than the outgoing two-row models. The 2022 offers a total of 144.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, up 4.1 cubic feet from the current models, along with an increase of 1.4 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear.
2022 Drivetrain Options
All five trim levels of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee come standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, offering 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque is optional on every trim level, but regardless of the engine chosen, an 8-speed automatic is standard. Rear-wheel-drive is standard on Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit models and four-wheel-drive is optional, except for the off-road-ready Trailhawk, which is only available with four-wheel-drive.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the V6 will tow up to 6,200 pounds whole the Hemi-powered models will pull up to 7,200 pounds.
Arguably the biggest news from this debut of the two-row 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the optional 4xe package. This package is centered around a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel-drive and an electric motor.
This drivetrain yields the best fuel economy of the lineup with a rating of 57 MPGe, but more importantly, it offers 25 miles of all-electric driving and it does so without any compromise of the expected Jeep capabilities.
In fact, a Grand Cherokee 4xe covered the dreaded Rubicon Trail using only electric power. With a total system output of 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, the 4xe is the most powerful option in the lineup and it is available in Limited, Overland, Summit and Trailhawk form, so we expect that it will be very popular.
While rear-wheel-drive is standard on every version of the 2022 Grand Cherokee, we expect that the vast majority will be built with one of the three available advanced four-wheel-drive systems. The Quadra-Trac I full-time single-speed is standard on the Laredo and Limited models while Quadra-Trac II active 4WD with a two-speed transfer case is standard on the Overland models.
The off-road-ready Trailhawk and premium Summit models get the Quadra-Drive II 4WD system with an electronic limited-slip differential in the rear axle. For the 4xe models, Quadra-Trac II is standard on Limited and Overland models while Quadra-Drive II comes with the hybrid Trailhawk and Summit models. A fixed suspension system is standard on Laredo and Limited while the Quadra-Lift air suspension system is standard on Trailhawk, Overland and Summit models.
There are a wide variety of wheel-and-tire options for the 2022 Grand Cherokee, but in standard form, the Laredo comes with 17-inch wheels, Limted and Trailhawk come with 18-inch wheels, the Overland and Summit models come with 20-inch wheels and the premium Summit Reserve comes with 21-inch wheels, even in 4xe trim.
Off-Road-Ready Trailhawk, with Hybrid
Most people who buy a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will never leave a paved surface, but for those who want a properly Trail Rated SUV, the Trailhawk is the answer. The package includes all-terrain tires on unique 18-inch wheels, an integrated off-road camera, the Quadra-Drive II active transfer case with rear eLSD and Selec-Terrain, a class-exclusive disconnecting sway bar, high strength steel skid plates, red tow hooks and specific exterior badging.
The most significant aspect of the package is the Quadra-Lift air suspension system, offering up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance and the ability to ford 24 inches of water. The new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will also offer improved approach, departure and breakover angles:
- Ground Clearance (in inches):
Standard Suspension: 8.4
Air Suspension: 10.9 (non-Trailhawk), 10.9 (Trailhawk 4xe), 11.3 Trailhawk
- Approach Angle (in degrees):
Standard Suspension: 20.5
Air Suspension in Position 2: 28.2 for Summit, 30.1 for Overland, 35.7 for Trailhawk
- Breakover Angle (in degrees):
Standard Suspension: 19.1 (V6), 16.3 (4xe)
Air Suspension: 24 (non-Trailhawk V6 or V8), 20.9 (non-Trailhawk 4xe), 24.4 (Trailhawk), 22.3 (4xe Trailhawk)
- Departure Angle (in degrees):
Standard Suspension: 26.6
Air Suspension: 30.2 (Trailhawk), 30 (Trailhawk 4xe)
Another surprising aspect of the 2022 Grand Cherokee is the Trailhawk 4xe – an off-road-ready plug-in hybrid. It comes with the same functional components as the non-hybrid, but the 4xe has unique blue accents around the exterior and, due to the battery location, a slightly lower ground clearance number of 10.9 inches.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will begin reaching dealerships later this year, with the 4xe models arriving sometime early next year. Pricing will be announced closer to dealership launch.