Jeep will introduce its first three-row Grand Cherokee in Australia in mid-2022, with prices starting at $82,250 before on-road costs.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will be available in three trim levels – Night Eagle, Limited and Summit Reserve – but with only one powertrain, at least for now, plus seven seats.
That engine is a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre petrol V6 with 210kW of power and 344Nm of torque, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The diesel V6 is dead, though a plug-in hybrid 4xe variant has been announced.
Using a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 4xe has total system outputs of 280kW of power and 637Nm of torque.
The ‘regular’ Grand Cherokee and all 4xe variants are due in the second half of this year.
Missing from the line-up is the 266kW/530Nm 5.7-litre petrol V8 available in the North American-market Grand Cherokee.
Jeep is expected to imminently reveal a new 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that may replace the venerable Hemi V8.
The Grand Cherokee L rides on a new platform and features the latest uConnect 5 infotainment system.
It has a total length of 5204mm, meaning it’s 289mm longer from bumper to bumper than the redesigned, two-row Grand Cherokee.
Its 3091mm wheelbase is also 127mm longer than that of the two-row model.
The base Night Eagle features gloss black exterior accents, with the Limited replacing these with chrome and the Summit Reserve replacing these with platinum chrome.
The range-topper also features painted lower portions for the front and rear ends, plus body-colour wheel arch flares.
The new Grand Cherokee L has been tested locally, with Jeep engineers developing a bespoke suspension tune.
It has shifted to a new platform, and has been designed to be stiffer, lighter, and subsequently more efficient and safer than before.
Jeep has always pitched the Grand Cherokee as an almost-premium SUV. It’s taken a number of measures to smooth out noise and vibrations, including active engine mounts that soften off at idle for better refinement, but stiffen up at speed to make sure the car feels stiff and the suspension can do its job.
There’s also double-sealed body joins and door seals, and acoustic glass to keep the outside, well, outside, plus available active noise cancellation.
The Grand Cherokee L will be the first three-row Jeep sold in Australia since the Commander was axed in 2010.
- 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Night Eagle: $82,250
- 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited: $87,950
- 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve: $115,450
All prices exclude on-road costs.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre petrol V6 with 210kW of power at 6400rpm and 344Nm of torque at 4000rpm, mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Night Eagle and Limited use Jeep’s Quadra-Trac I active four-wheel drive system with a single-speed active transfer case. The Limited also gets the Selec-Terrain traction management system.
The Summit Reserve receives the Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with Selec-Terrain, Quadra-Lift air suspension, and a two-speed active transfer case with low-range gearing.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L has a combined cycle fuel economy rating of 10.6L/100km.
All models have a 104L fuel tank.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L measures 5204mm long, 2149mm wide, and spans a 3091mm wheelbase. All models are 1816-1817mm tall.
Jeep says there’s a maximum cargo capacity of 2395L. All models feature a full-sized 18-inch spare steel wheel.
Braked towing capacity and gross vehicle mass are 2813kg and 2948kg in the Night Eagle and Limited and 2268kg and 3039kg in the Summit Reserve, while unbraked capacity is 750kg for all variants.
The roof rack load limit is 68kg for all models.
Approach, breakover and departure angles are 20.6, 18.2 and 21.5 degrees, respectively, on the Night Eagle and Limited. These increase to 28.2, 22.6 and 23.6 degrees on the Summit Reserve.
Likewise, running clearance and wading depth are 215mm and 530mm in the Night Eagle and Limited but increase to 276mm and 610mm in the Summit Reserve.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is backed by a five-year, 100,000km warranty.
Servicing intervals are 12 months or 12,000km, whichever comes first. The first five services are capped at $399 each.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee L has yet to be tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Lane-keep assist
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Driver fatigue detection
- Traffic sign recognition
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
- Front, front-side, front knee and curtain airbags
The Summit Reserve also includes:
- Highway Assist
- Active Driving Assist
- Surround-view camera
The Night Eagle comes standard with the following features:
- 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels
- 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect 5 infotainment system
- Satellite navigation
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Wireless phone charging
- Six-speaker sound system
- DAB digital radio
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Dual exhaust outlets
- Leather upholstery
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Tri-zone climate control
- Eight-way power front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated front seats
- Keyless entry and start
- Power tailgate
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Tilt/telescope steering column
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- Automatic reflector LED headlights
- LED daytime running lights with parking/cornering function
A single-pane sunroof is a $2450 option.
The Limited gains:
- 20-inch polished alloy wheels
- 10.1-inch touchscreen Uconnect 5 infotainment system
- Nine-speaker sound system with 506W amplifier
- Off-Road Info Pages
- ‘Capri’ leather upholstery
- Ventilated front seats
- Driver seat memory
- Heated second-row seats
- Power tilt/telescope steering column
- Automatic high-beam
- Ambient lighting
The $4250 Vision Group adds a panoramic sunroof and head-up display.
The Summit Reserve gains:
- 21-inch polished alloy wheels
- McIntosh 19-speaker sound system with 760W amplifier
- Semi-active damping
- Semi-autonomous parking assist
- Quadra-Lift air suspension
- Quadra-Trac II 4×4 system
- Panoramic sunroof
- Interior rear-facing camera
- ‘Palermo’ quilted leather upholstery
- Open-pore Waxed Walnut wood finishes
- Wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Illuminated sill plates
- Four-zone climate control
- 12-way power front seats with passenger memory
- Ventilated second-row seats
- Massaging front seats
- Hands-free power tailgate
- Steering column memory
- Off-road camera
- Rear camera washer
- Colour-adjustable ambient lighting
The Summit Reserve’s $5500 Advanced Technology Group adds:
- Head-up display
- Wireless phone charging
- Night vision
- Front passenger display
Unusually, the Summit Reserve isn’t listed as offering a wireless charging pad unless this option package is ticked.
Premium paint is a $1750 option.
Jeep says the Grand Cherokee L will initially be available in the following colours:
- Bright White
- Velvet Red
- Diamond Black
- Silver Zenith
- Baltic Grey
Other colours listed on Jeep’s spec sheet include:
- Midnight Sky
- Rocky Mountain
- Velvet Red
- Diamond Black
- Hydro Blue
All models feature black leather upholstery, though the Summit Reserve is available in a tan/brown shade called Tupelo.
Summit Reserve models also receive a black headliner instead of the grey one used in other variants.