Grand Cherokee is one of the Jeep’s best-selling vehicles at the moment. This SUV arrived in 2011, and it comes with power and tradition. The upcoming 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is almost ready to arrive. It will get a couple of upgrades, mostly visual. However, a new platform could be in the works as well. This may suggest a new engine under the bonnet.
The new Jeep model would ride on a new platform, and it will be larger than before. However, Grand Cherokee will remain a two-row SUV. Thanks to that, new model is quite a mystery until we get official information.
Last summer, Jeep’s SEO said the new model would ride on a stretched variant of the Alfa Romeo’s architecture. That means the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will get famous Giorgio platform. The same platform underpins Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. If this is the case, new Grand Cherokee will be larger than its predecessor, but not significantly. The current model is riding on the architecture shared with Mercedes-Benz and Dodge Durango.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Spy Shots
We have no doubts. The brand-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will look impressive. Jeep will look to retain its iconic cues, such as seven-slot grille. New spy shots are showing us a longer wheelbase. The rear overhang looks prominent as never before, as well. This will result in more cabin space and an increased cargo area. As for the styling, Jeep will surely make a couple of tweaks. On the other hand, we don’t expect anything significant to happen.
Drastic Interior Changes
Newly leaked information is saying the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will get drastic interior changes. Jeep plans to deliver a sleeker design and new instrument panel. Moreover, center console will get a couple of modifications as well. The HVAC vents will be horizontally-oriented, and a new 7-inch touchscreen is in the offer. Next to that, Grand Cherokee will host another 10.5-inch cluster on the upper trim levels. A new steering wheel, 360-degree camera system, and shift leveler are also available.
Whatsoever, the rotary dial is now replacing the current ZF 8-speed automatic shift leveler. Interestingly, we still didn’t mention the most significant change on the inside. The longer wheelbase and stretched platform will provide more interior room. Not only that, the 2021 Grand Cherokee will offer an optional third-row for the first time.
The new architecture is bringing the biggest question so far: What engine will power new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee? There has been a lot of rumors about this subject. One of the stories are the new turbo-six engine, aka “GME-T6”. This engine is producing over 400 hp. However, the more realistic outcome is a lineup made of familiar and proven engines. A 3.6-liter V6 is the most likely candidate.
This engine can be found under the hood of basically every Jeep’s new crossover or SUV. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is making a return for 2021, and it will be optional. The last engine option could be a smaller 2.0-liter turbo-four that delivers 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The iconic Trackhawk variant and its incredible supercharged V8 will carry over into 2021.
2021 Grand Cherokee Price and Release Date
It is almost impossible to predict the exact price of the brand-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Given the number of updates and changes, the price will surely jump. The current model starts at $33,500, so the new model will inevitably arrive with the price at around $35,000.
The most expensive is the Trackhawk model that will undoubtedly cost over $85,000. The next Grand Cherokee will go on sale at the beginning of 2021.