2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Spied, Will Embrace Electrification And Autonomous Driving Tech

The fourth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee was introduced over a decade ago at the 2009 New York Auto Show. While the model doesn’t feel quite that old, it’s about to get a significant redesign.

Recently spotted undergoing testing, the 2021 Grand Cherokee is heavily disguised but appears to have a sweptback grille which is mounted above a wide lower air intake.

Much the design is covered by bulky padding, but we can see a flatter roof and a longer wheelbase which should create a more accommodating interior. Other notable highlights include an angular rear window and a slightly longer rear overhang.

Little is known about the model, but reports have suggested it could ride on a modified version of Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform. That remains unconfirmed, but the photos clearly show an independent rear suspension.

Engine options are also unconfirmed, but Jeep has already said there will be a plug-in hybrid variant. The company also revealed plants that build the next-generation Grand Cherokee will have the “flexibility to build fully battery-electric models in the future.” That being said, FCA’s latest five year plan didn’t indicate a Grand Cherokee EV was in the works.

The entry-level engine is expected to an updated version of the company’s familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. There’s no word on performance specifications, but the current engine develops 295 hp (220 kW / 299 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque.

There could also be a new turbocharged inline-six that features mild-hybrid technology. Less is known about this particular mill, but it’s rumored to be more fuel efficient than the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 while also delivering similar performance specs. If that’s the case, we can expect an output of roughly 360 hp (268 kW / 365 PS) and 390 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque.

Regardless of what’s under the hood, Jeep has already confirmed the next Grand Cherokee will have connected technologies and a Level 3 semi-autonomous driving system.

The redesigned model will continue to be built at the Jefferson North assembly plant, in Detroit, thanks to a $900 (£707 / €794) million investment that was announced earlier this year. The model will also be built at a new facility on the site of the former Mack Avenue Engine Complex in Detroit. The latter plant will also build a new three-row Jeep model that will be closely related to the Grand Cherokee.

The three-row model is slated to go into production in late 2020, while the Grand Cherokee will follow shortly thereafter in the first half of 2021.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • david santiago

    The camo covering the grill seems particularly intresting to me. The angle is very reminiscent of 60’s to 70’s Grand Wagoneer and Cherokee Grill Angles. Perhaps Jeep might be returning to some of their former styling traditions. Also, do we know if this guy is riding on the Giorgio platform?

    • FordMopar

      We all know the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are coming so I hope it’s incorporated onto their hoods like you mentioned. Might look right with larger, possibly bit boxier W/GW than soft round Grand Cherokee looking.

    • Matt

      Not sure if that’s just the camo team wanting to give the impression it will have a throwback-style grille design. I’m pretty sure pedestrian impact regs would probably dictate a lot of the frontal design, and those old angled grilles would not be kind to pedestrians or the heads of children.

    • Six Thousand Times

      You never want to angle your grill. Your burgers will slide off.

      • Stephen G

        …and hot dogs! forget about it.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Unless you like ’em a little dirty and uncooked.

    • Emoto

      You may be right, but to me it looks like the camo is padded out to conceal the true contours of both the front and the rear of the vehicle.

  • no25

    Been waiting for this! Very excited to see the final product

  • Brian Regan

    Looks like there’s a regular cab/short bed Ram 1500 hiding in the background there, as well.

    • Jon

      Nice find.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    NO INLINE6 engine in FCA lineup, and it’s not in the works. IDK why you are so insistent on that.
    Also, the 2.0L I4 will be present

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    just please dont inject fiat technology into it..such as that crummy multiair…keep it jeep…use the platformm but dont use fiat tech

  • john1168

    I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. I’d love to get a current Grand Cherokee with the big V8 but man is it heavy and very thirsty. It does have a lot of good REAL off road stuff in it though so I know that contributes to the heavy weight. Still, I’m hoping this new one loses at least 400+ pounds. And an optional engine that makes over 450hp would be great too.

    • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

      it will be unreliable as always

  • Vinícius Sza

    It looks very rugged

  • botornot387

    just please dont be a supersized cherokee.

  • Richard Sloman

    Could also be that illusive Unicorn the Grand Wagoneer that was promised how many years ago and still hasnt surfaced…

  • Stephen G

    When you used the word “merger” it became abundantly clear you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    They still are bottom of the barrel according to ALG, TrueDelta, JD Power and Consumer Reports.

    What in the world are you talking about?

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    They should have had an all new model five years ago.

    I hope it is more reliable than the current model….

  • Cj Leyendecker

    You sure about the Giorgio Platform? Those are Maserati Levante Zefiro 19″ wheels its riding on. The Levante and Grand Cherokee Also have a remarkably similar Air-Suspension, wouldnt you say?

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