Jeep is about to resume its flagship mannequin in Europe – the eight-year outdated Grand Cherokee – inside the subsequent two years, and prototypes have been noticed for the primary time within the US.
Seen in heavy physique camouflage that doesn’t reveal a lot concerning the design, we are able to no less than see that the Volkswagen Touareg rival will develop in measurement, providing an extended wheelbase and chunkier rear overhang. The latter characteristic would counsel the Grand Cherokee may very well be provided as a three-row mannequin, however Jeep’s product plan define (under) exhibits in any other case.
We all know that the brand new Grand Cherokee will make use of an enlarged, tailored model of the ‘Giorgio’ platform, a truth confirmed by the late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne in 2017. Whereas the carmaker’s product plan is shifting barely as his alternative, former Jeep boss Mike Manley, makes his mark, it’s understood that that is nonetheless the case.
The Giorgio platform received’t simply develop in measurement, it is going to even be revised to swimsuit the Grand Cherokee’s off-road focus. Impartial suspension all-round might be seen on this prototype, however the platform additionally permits the fitment of electrified powertrains for the primary time.
Count on to see gentle hybrid variants as a matter in fact, with plug-in hybrid choices accessible quickly after the automobile’s launch. Whether or not the bottom engine for Europe will stay a V6, or Jeep will look in the direction of a turbocharged four-cylinder choice, stays to be seen. There’s additionally an additional query mark over a diesel choice – Marchionne claimed FCA would start to section out the gas in 2022, but it surely’s nonetheless the bulk vendor for the Grand Cherokee in Europe.
Jeep additionally plans to introduce Degree three autonomy – beneath which a driver remains to be required to watch the car however it could possibly function solely by itself in sure highway situations – simply earlier than the Grand Cherokee’s arrival, in order that’ll possible be accessible on high-spec variants.
Jeep’s product plan has the Grand Cherokee as a 2022 mannequin 12 months automobile, so the present mannequin remains to be anticipated to reside on for some time but. Count on to see the brand new automobile unveiled in 2021 and on sale earlier than the tip of that 12 months.
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