Redesigned 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Revealed As Chevy Blazer, GMC Acadia Rival55
Stellantis has pulled the wraps off of the redesigned 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will serve as a direct rival to the Chevy Blazer and GMC Acadia once it begins arriving at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.
Crucially, this new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee ditches the previous model’s WK2 platform for an all-new flexible architecture that promises to offer added refinement and comfort. The new platform has also enabled Stellantis to offer both a two-row Grand Cherokee and an extended wheelbase, three-row Grand Cherokee L model for larger families – the latter of which debuted earlier this year.
While the nameplate has gained a new platform, the base model sticks with the same entry-level 3.6LPenstar V6 engine, which is rated at 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Stellantis’ familiar 5.7L HEMI V8 engine also returns, producing 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Models with the V6 engine have a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds, while V8 models up the ante with a max tow rating of 7,200 pounds. Both engines pair to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The crossover will also be offered with three Jeep 4×4 systems (Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II), which offer different degrees of capability. Customers will be able to equip Quadra-Lift air suspension on certain trim levels, as well, while Jeep’s standard Selec-Terrain traction management system further enhances the vehicle’s go-anywhere attitude.
Starting from early 2022, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will also be offered with a 4XE plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 4XE will have a maximum combined power output of 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, along with an estimated all-electric driving range of 25 miles and a combined fuel economy rating of around 57 MPGe. These models will also come equipped with Jeep’s Quadra Trac II 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case and will boast a max tow rating of 6,000 lbs.
The crossover’s interior has also received a complete redesign with standard 10.1-inch digital display screens, an available 10.25-inch interactive passenger display and an available rear-seat entertainment system.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee lineup consists of Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, Trailhawk, Summit and Summit Reserve trims. The V6 is standard across the board, while the HEMI V8 is available on the Overland, Trailhawk, Summit and Summit Reserve. The 4XE powertrain will be offered on the Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve.
Look for the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk to begin arriving at Jeep dealers in the U.S. later this year.
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I wouldn’t call it a DIRECT rival, but it is a rival. I think that at least up to the Limited trim, maybe the trailhawk it’s a rival to both the Blazer and Acadia. But after that it’s going up against Cadillac, Lincoln, BMW and MB.
No one is shopping a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a Cadillac, BMW or MB, etc. Those are different class vehicles. This is a direct rival in terms of brand recognition and size for the Blazer/Murano/Edge etc. Interiors are different, the Blazer was designed years before this and only recently has the multiple big screen thing taken off. The redesign of the Blazer will better align interior wise with this, its competitor. Very few take them off road or know what the underpinnings are, so sales for the Jeep are from the Jeep faithful or those small percentage that off road, otherwise for a more on road focused and sporty ride they tend to gravitate towards the competition like the Blazer/Murano/Edge.
Commonsense: This new GC, the GC-L and the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer are now and will certainly compete with Cadillac and the likes. I’m speaking of interiors, comfort, features, brand experience, etc. Not talking about direct sizes. Jeep is no longer the hard-core off road brand it was for years. They are going “back” to being much more luxury like they kind of were in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
I don’t know what GM was thinking when they released the new Blazer. I will be taking a hard look at this new Jeep because GM is looseing it’s performance edge. GM need to build a suv like the TB SS again!
I’d love to see that. My 2008 TBSS just got killed by some falling tree limbs. Totaled. Needed a new roof (and other parts) but can’t locate one. Had to search for a replacement. Bought a 80K 2007 TBSS. Was lucky to find it. Wish GM would make it again. Perfect fit for me.
I lost my TB SS in 2019 due to a big truck slammed in the back of me then pushed me into another large truck.
Fwd based blazer has been r aped by this. Well done jeep
Blazer? Not Traverse?
It’s shorter than the Blazer in this configuration.
My mistake. I mistook it for a Grand Cherokee L
Chevy blazer and GMC Acadia don’t stand a chance against this. The Blazer and Acadia have a large and bulky exterior. Almost looks body on Frame, with a cheap Plastic interior. Don’t worry. I can already hear the 3.6L LGX engine fan sounding like an airplane about to take off in a year.
Not to mention the Jeep has the genuine off road chops- even if most buyers do not use it. It’s nice to know it’s there.
Love the exterior. Although the interior is better than anything from any Japanese brand and much better than what Ford is doing, this interior still pales when compared to the Envision Avenir trim and dash. Don’t take me wrong. I’m a Jeep fan and have owned many of them. I was impressed with Jeep’s dash/screen design until now. Just the other day I went on the Jeep site and was able to build a 2022 Compass. How sad to see how they killed the dash and interior for the ’22 with yet another victim of the screen protrusion syndrome.
Scanning over the article again, I wanted to mention the 4xE thing. I’m for electric. I’ve had both an all electric Spark back in 2015 and loved it and now I have a Volvo S60 T8 plug in hybrid. Here’s the problem: Lack of range. I have to say that it’s quite frustrating to try and drive as an electric vehicle with ony 20-25 mile range. Constantly charging and it’s going to drive many people back toward gas only. So my question to Jeep and Volvo would be why on earth are you worried about the HP and performance side of it instead of concentrating on the efficiency side of it? Why does Volvo need to brag that it’s T8 models have over 400 HP? Why does it need such a complex, expensive and heavy hole in the roof? Why does it need AWD? Answer, it doesn’t or at least make it optional for those who feel they need that stuff. Instead, drop the sunroof, drop the AWD, put the smaller/less powerful engine in and instead increase the battery capacity. Give the car a 35 mile range which would be huge and make it much more useful.
Same with this Jeep. Who cares about the HP and performance? Offer it with the highest efficiency they can with the highest range they can. Make it usable for real daily driving. For those who want performance, buy the V8 or V6.
Yea I know a guy with a 4XE wrangler and he said the same about the range but what he does like about it is the added torque.
WTF. What vehicles need to be recharged after only 20-25 miles?
Butch: there are several types of vehicles: EV for all electric only (Bolt, Tesla). PHEV for plug in hybrid electric vehicle (Ford Fusion Engergi, Wrangler 4xE). Hybrid (Ford Fusion hybrid).
Any good EV will have 250+ range. Nearly every PHEV will have no more than 25 miles on all electric, but then goes back to traditional gas engine. In those cases, the “hybrid” part is nearly useless. Hope that helps.
The Blazer and Acadia are not the same class. Both are FWD based models that really are not for off road. They are family CUV models.
I know the classed look the same but what is under the vehicle that separates them.
GM needs a competitor here one 4 door to compete with the Jeep and one two door to compete with the Wrangler.
The models GM has make a ton of money and do what they do well but it would be nice if they had a mid size RWD base model based on the Colorado. It also would have helped leverage the cost of the Colorado more to help in price and profits.
I’d say the traverse needs a update to compete with the grand Cherokee. It’s to bad that they made the blazer to take the 3.6 and stop there. A ground up redesign of the traverse and a fully digital gauge clusters would help, with a little more upscale interior, or better yet the Buick Enclave or whatever’s the shared platform with the traverse
Traverse could use an update but it is still a big FWD mini van and that is ok as that is what many want.
GM just needs a read mid size 4×4 that can go off road too.
You don’t want to go off road with am AT4 Acadia for nothing.
4xe = European compliance vehicle. I am being pushed back to gas engines with this model that requires a 12 hour charge everyday!
LOLOLOLOLOL 4XE is a hybrid you aren’t stuck with just the battery. Also that 12 hour is if fully depleted and only using a 120V cord to charge it. If you have 240V it will only be 2 hours. You drive to and from work and charge in the time it takes you to relax and make and eat dinner at home.
Drive orientation has nothing to do with class. Volvo/Acura are FWD based and is in the same class of buyers as RWD MB and BMW’s until you get to the higher performance and big dog luxury models. These CUV’s compete for the same customer, entry-mid level buyers which Chevrolet and Jeep are squarely in. 80% of the buyers of either of these vehicles probably have no idea which wheels are driven if they go 2wd and care less how they get their awd. Jeep just tries to aim for a slightly different customer base with the rugged off road back ground but most just use it on road for ride and errands and both are similar price points.
I wish people would stop saying GM needs a competitor for the Raptor/Wrangler/BOF midsize markets, they don’t. That is a small market that doesn’t need more saturation (Raptor/Wrangler) and the 4runner barely sells 100k yearly because it is rubbish on road with much less storage space and ride/handling. GM is doing it right, while a SUV based on the Colorado would help spread the development and build costs it would maybe sell 50k a year as rarely anyone off roads and it would be a much worse DD than a Blazer. You can get 7k ish towing with a unibody platform as many have shown so a BOF isn’t needed. Shoot, I had a buddy sell his 4runner for an Explorer as it was smaller than expected and rode horrible (it was the wifes vehicle and she hated it, it was gone in less than a year). If they did a Blazer based on a BOF vehicle as opposed to what it is now, sales would be half what they currently are at best.
The Wrangler/Bronco competitor would sell even worse once the newness wears off. They get dinged horribly on any road based driving so that once people realize how bad they are for a daily if they aren’t taking them off road regularly (which maybe 20-30% do) they sell them for something that better aligns with their uses. It is a toy purchase that they don’t realize until later how bad they really are. My Jeep fan boy buddy got rid of his wrangler after 100k for a new Titan, he was blown away how much quieter and smoother and overall better his commute was. He said he would only get one as a toy again, not a DD.
Don’t get me started on the Raptor/TRX, that sells less than 50k a year at best for the Raptor. Stay out of saturated markets, if you aren’t first or second of a limited production specialized market, find a new one as there are many more profitable ones (those specialized markets aren’t that lucrative with all the special development and non standardized production pieces that are needed).
My Acadia has more in common with my old SSEI than a Tahoe. RWD based can carry more off road work if you choose. The FWD based not so much.
The new grand Cherokee has way more in common with your Acadia then a Tahoe. Both the Acadia and Grand Cherokee are on cuv based platforms. Both have all season tires and you’re not going to do anything extreme with either model. Just because the Jeep is RWD doesn’t mean it’s something extraordinary for off road.
Exactly, these guys complain about a vehicle that’s selling. Do GM need a 4×4?, yes but can’t blame the money game.
Toyota 4Runner sales by year
Chevy Blazer sales by year
Jeep Grand Cherokee sales by year
The 4Runner and GC were selling better, in the case of the GC a LOT better, than the Blazer and they were both a decade-old design. Jeep seems to be going after some luxury shoppers with the top trims of the GC and the GC simply has a more “legit” SUV image than the current Blazer, Traverse, Murano, and the joke of an Edge whether it’s earned or not. Jeep is obviously doing something right with the GC for it to have been so old and still sell so well. Same with Toyota and the 4Runner. It’ll be interesting to see if the GC L takes sales away from the regular GC.
Really? 250k Wrangler sales and 150k bronco sales are not small potatoes especially considering the profit margins they generate.
Time to resurrect the VSS R.
The Grand Cherokee would compete with Omega-based crossovers, but since they don’t exist and they never will, GM has no direct rival to the Grand Cherokee.
If Ford moves the Edge and Nautilus to the Explorer RWD platform, they will have rivals to the Jeeps.
so your just gonna forget That the Explorer and Aviator is direct Competitors wth the GC?
How GM allowed FCA to completely embarrass them in the Interior Department is Mind Boggling.
FCA had the most plasticky interiors in the Industry and now it is GM. I have been harping for years just how important interiors are and look where GM is at now. GM needs a New Bob Lutz at Ren Cen freaking out constantly for better interiors.
This new Grand Cherokee makes Cadillac interiors (except Slade) look like a Toyota.
GM needs to do better. But man did Jeep nail it with the new GC…….Wooooooooow
The new Silverado puts the Ram back in its place. The new keep Cherokee L is closer to a Cadillac, or even better than that it is a traverse. It’s all competition and competition is good. The next GM or Ford will have the best interior….. ETC. the only thing we can be certain of is the nicest interior will not be Volvo. They just announced that along with limiting all vehicles to 65MPG and going all eletric, they are no longer using leather to “save the planet”.
I will withhold judgement on the Silverado until I see it and feel the materials in person.
First three Trims of Silverado will still utilize that awful current interior. Last I checked the Ram uses same interior on all trim levels. They do not have a completely different interior for the lesser models just lesser materials which makes perfect sense.
Please name me one current GM interior that is best in Class besides Escalade?
There aren’t many competitors in that space so not very hard to accomplish. But Slade interior is phenomenal.
Jeep in no way shape or form competes with Cadillac. Jeep is a GMC competitor and their interiors completely shame GMC interiors.
I will say that both the Cherokee and the Terrain both have awful interiors but I will give the Nod to the Terrain. But the Cherokke is old and about to be replaced.
Lol stop it with that nonsense
What? The Ram is a far superior to the Silverado in exterior and interior design. Especially the suspension.
I think you were dreaming when you wrote that and I’m no where a truck guy. But facts are facts fan boy
Watch out you will upset the gm nut swingers with this comment.
Chrysler put the money inside GM did it in the mechanicals. That is why the GM shifter works and the Chrysler knob need reset to work.
You mean gm put the $ with there executives? I know you aren’t praising the recall king
Thats a sharp looking rig. I’ve always liked the looks of the grand cherokee. As someone who does alot of hunting (driving off-road) and fishing (towing a boat) I would only cross shop this with the toyota 4runner. I think that this the only two midsize SUVs that still have a transfer case (please tell me if there are others).
I agree with a lot of what you say, but the 4Runner is ancient – but people still buy it because of the frame and it’s capabilities. They don’t seem to care that it gets worse mpg’s than an Escalade, and has an interior that sends you back in time.
I get that. But some of the forest service and BLM roads I go on require real 4×4 with a low range and locking diffs help alot. Also need something that tows 5000 so that narrows the field alot unless trucks or full size SUVS are included.
This thing burns both the Blazer and the Acadia to the ground. I’m not a fan of FCA/Stellantis but this Jeep is really nice.
Sit in that interior before you think it is great. It is full of gloss black. Finger prints all over it. Going to a knob from a normal shift lever is also a bad move. The seats are not comfy. It is not available in any color but white/black/silver and dark red. No blues, no greens, no beige or browns. What is going on here? As for exterior, I think the front grill should be bigger and the lower chin opening smaller, but the exterior we can get used to. The interior black gloss and knob are different story.
People understand it’s hard for a person like you to appreciate nice things since you are use to the cheap crappy plastic interiors of gm vehicles. So your foolish comment full of arrogant remarks which are untrue is forgiven.
Sour grapes anyone?
Jeep Cherokee made in USA
Chevrolet Blazer made in Mexico.
I bought a Cherokee and love it.
No Mexican gM for me.
GC and 4Runner are 4x4s not cross over or soft roaders. blazer is a good rent a car choice
Very conservative redesign. I can see why all of the Octogenarians who comment frequently on GMA really like it. It is attractive, but I can’t imagine anyone under 50 buying this based on styling. This thing looks like the box the Blazer came in, the new GC is almost stodgy looking.
To the author:
You really think the Blazer and Acadia are competitors to the Grand Cherokee? Are you nuts?!?!?
The GC is so far ahead of those 2 vehicles it isn’t even funny. ESPECIALLY in capability.
And why do you keep calling it a crossover?
The GC is one of the last REAL SUVs on the market.
I agree with you but maybe folks consider it a CUV because it is unibody constructed? Not sure.
There isn’t a definite definition of both SUV and CUV. In the 50s station wagon was identified as a SUV
Have you seen the unibody on a GC?
It’s basically a full frame that’s incorporated into the body (at least the WJ was; not sure about the newer ones).
They’re pretty stout.
New Grand Cherokee rival to Blazer and Acadia (they are closer in size to the Jeep Cherokee). The Grand Cherokee & L are the size of Chevy Traverse, Buick Conclave, Cadillac XT6.
Cherokee is Compact , the same as the Compass. Cherokee is the tweener model that straddles more on the compact size (it’s only longer by a lot because of the front snout). It’s interior dimensions are near identical. GC is Blazer sized.