The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is not going to be the only SUV with the Hellcat engine. The FCA adds the same powerplant to the new Durango. Still, the outputs are slightly lower (702 hp). So, the Grand Cherokee remains the most powerful model in the US. We’ll see what will Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer does about it.
The SUV belongs to the mid-size class. Still, the lineup is not offering a three-row version, and this is the first thing we expect from the SUV. Of course, there are cosmetic updates and other interior changes that will make the vehicle more appealing, safer, and convenient.
The new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will also feature a wide choice of engines. A V6 remains the main powerplant. Still, the best-seller in the mid-size SUV class also offers three different configurations with V8 units. The SRT will be dropped since it is well known as Dodge’s badge. Now, every performance model with a seven-slot grille will be called Trackhawk. A 6.4-liter engine will be a lighter version, while the Hellcat engine is the most powerful one.
COVID-19 is Delaying the Redesign
The company was ready to update the SUV next season. However, that will have to wait, since the coronavirus pandemic spoiled plans and fans have to wait a bit longer. The SUV will get an update after a decade, and even the new generation is possible. Well, Jeep and FCA are coming out with plenty of changes recently, and it is time for the flagship SUV to bring something big.
One of the main updates might be the three-row Grand Cherokee. On the other hand, some experts are denying this version, since the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer should be full-size models with at least seven seats. Similar styling and V8 will be shared. The seating capacity will be one of the main differences.
Wide Range of Powertrains
The base version of the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will still use a V6 engine, which makes it eligible for the mid-size class. With every next upgrade, the SUV can go against the larger segment, and some of them will make them competitive to the luxury tier. Popular Pentastar is a 3.6–liter displacement with 295 hp and 260. All the main competitors will offer similar outputs. An eight-speed transmission is standard and it sends power to a 2WD system. With savings in weight, the fuel economy should be better. Currently, Grand Cherokee can do 23 mpg combined.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
Still, V8 engines are more popular. Buyers love power provided from big displacements. A 5.7-liter raises the bar to 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Still, the higher level of performance is coming from an SUV equipped with a 6.4-liter Hemi mill. This was the main upgrade of the SRT model, which will be turned into the Trackhawk on the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Sources are reporting that engineers are preparing a version with 500 hp, which is a 25 horsepower upgrade compared to the current edition.
Still, when you hear the Trackhawk word, the first impression is the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine with 707 horsepower. It is the most powerful model in the world and with some aftermarket upgrades, it can go up to 1,000 horsepower. The same gearbox is routing power to all wheels.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Three Row Model
The choice of engines is wide, but the mid-size SUV is not offering a seven-seat version. Well, this is a hot topic for several seasons in the past. Now, it is less likely to happen with the new Grand Wagoneer on the way. Its faith is the same as for the redesigned Grand Cherokee. Fans and buyers will have to wait because of the unpredicted situation that hit the automotive market really hard. There is a room inside for the third row. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be even longer and it will provide extra space. Still, the company will use it to boost the overall comfort. So, if you need extra seating capacity, wait for the comeback of the full-size SUV.
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The interior should feature the new Uconnect infotainment system. FCA is not making it official yet, but our sources say the next-gen multimedia will set standards in the market. Larger screen, upgraded voice commands, smarter safety options, and many more are coming with the Uconnect 5.0.
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When Will 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Be Available?
A lot of things are already known about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Chiefs in the FCA only need to make them official. Of course, there are also many surprises that will be unveiled at the premiere. The Trackhawk will be top of the class edition with the price tag close to $100,000. A model for the upcoming season won’t get too many chances, so the focus is on the second half of 2021 when the release date of the new Grand Cherokee will occur.