The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L is set to debut as a luxurious three-row variant this summer followed by the Grand Wagoneer and will be sold along side the two-row model.
As we expected, the exterior design of the Grand Cherokee L is quite a bit different than the Grand Cherokee we’re familiar with. For example, the front end bears a resemblance to the Grand Wagoneer concept with slim, horizontal headlights and a seven-slate grille. Depending on the trim level, there are also LED daytime running lights positioned low in the bumper.
Viewed from the side and the added length of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L becomes apparent. The wheelbase sits at 121.7 inches, meaning the SUV has a total length of 204.9 inches. Visible at the rear are slim taillights.
The inside of the Grand Cherokee L is radically different than the standard Grand Cherokee model. There’s an all-new dashboard that houses an 8.4-inch touchscreen or an optional 10.1-inch touchscreen, both of which use the automaker’s latest UConnect 5 infotainment system and feature wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As standard, the SUV includes a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster that is configurable and can display a multitude of different information, including the vehicle’s night vision system.
In extending the wheelbase and adding a third row of seats, there is 17.1 cubic-feet of space behind the third row with this figure jumping to 46.9 cubic-feet when the third row is folded flat. With the second row also folded flat, cargo space increases to 84.6 cubic-feet.
Four variants will be offered. These start with the Grand Cherokee L Laredo and landing as standard with a manually-adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-speed audio system, the aforementioned 8.4-inch infotainment display, and 18-inch wheels. Next up is the Limited, arriving with leather upholstery, heated eight-way power driver’s seat, heated second row seats, nine-speaker Alpine audio system, foglights and optional 20-inch wheels.
Jeep will also sell the Grand Cherokee L in Overland and Summit forms. The first of these has 20-inch wheels as standard and also receives a two-speed active transfer case and an electronic limited-slip rear differential available with an off-road package. The Summit is positioned as the most luxurious version and includes cooled front- and second-row seats, memory and massage front seats, a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system, Active Driving Assist, and a 10.1-inch infotainment display as standard.
Not much changes under the hood of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The same base 3.6-liter V6 engine from last year’s model remains, producing 290 horsepower and 257 pound-feet. The optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 also carries over, available on the Overland and Summit models, producing 357 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both of those engines come paired to the same eight-speed automatic transmission, with two-wheel drive standard and four-wheel drive available as an option. With the 3.6-liter V6, the Grand Cherokee L can tow up to 6,200 pounds in either two- or four-wheel-drive configurations, while the more-robust V8 can tug up to 7,200 pounds with 4WD.
In terms of off-road capability, the Grand Cherokee L comes with three optional 4×4 systems: Quadratrac I, Quadratrac II, and Quadra-Drive II with a rear electronic limited-slip differential, and all three of those AWD systems offer an active transfer case. Another carryover from last year’s model is the Quadra-Lift adaptive air suspension, which has five different firmness settings available depending on the situation.
A host of safety features come standard. These include an automatic emergency braking system, rear cross-path detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist, to name a few. The aforementioned Active Driving Assistant that’s standard on the Summit model and optional for other variants, includes lane-centering and later this year will get a Hands-Free Active Driving Assistant system.
Jeep has yet to announce pricing details for the 2021 Grand Cherokee L.