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Our spies caught the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee testing on public roads in Southern California this week, giving us a close look at the new SUV that's slated to abandon its aging WK-platform bones in favor of Alfa Romeo's stellar Giorgio architecture.
These spy images reveal little except the new SUV's general stance, which looks to be longer and wider than the outgoing Grand Cherokee. The sleeker, more planted stance should allow the Jeep
to better compete with luxury SUVs like the BMW X3
, as well as on-road-oriented lifestyle crossovers such as the Ford Edge
and Nissan Murano
The Giorgio platform should make a fine base for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
, allowing for superior safety technology in addition to impressive off-road capability. Its modern electrical architecture should enable Level 2 autonomy for the Grand Cherokee—at least as an option—allowing for advanced driver-assist on freeways and in certain situations.
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Furthermore, the Alfa platform will allow 48V mild-hybrid tech, possibly mated to a turbocharged 3.0L I-6 that might replace the V-8 in the Grand Cherokee's higher trim levels. The possible return of a straight-six is tantalizing, recalling the beloved AMC-designed 4.0L I-6 found in the first- and second-generation Grand Cherokee.
Other engine options will include a revitalized, direct-injected Pentastar 3.6L V-6 and at least one or two fire-breathing V-8s for the SRT
and Trackhawk (and possibly the Trailhawk). It's also likely Jeep will build a plug-in hybrid variant with 40 miles of all-electric range, and our fingers are crossed for the return of the 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6 to the Grand Cherokee lineup.
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Don't expect off-road capability to diminish at all when the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee debuts on its new platform. Although the Giorgio architecture is also found under the Guilia sport sedan, its adaptability should allow Jeep engineers to build in plenty of ground clearance, suspension travel, and drivetrain technology.
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The Grand Cherokee will remain a two-row, five-seat SUV when it is redesigned, but it will be joined by two new Jeep SUVs
shortly after its debut. The first will be an unnamed three-row unibody SUV based on the same Giorgio platform as the Grand, doing battle with the Ford Explorer
, Buick Enclave
, and Lincoln Aviator
âdepending on trim level. The second will be the body-on-frame fullsize Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, sized akin to the Chevrolet Tahoe
and GMC Yukon
, with prices ranging between $50,000 and $100,000.
The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will hopefully be revealed at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, allowing the company to drum up excitement for a few months before the SUV hits showrooms in mid- to late-2020.
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Source: SpiedBilde Photography