The all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L has just made its global debut. The bigger, more luxurious Grand Cherokee L will sit alongside the now 10-year old two-row standard Grand Cherokee, at least for now. An all-new version of the outgoing two-row version will debut later this year.
From a design standpoint, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L looks quite different from the two-row standard Grand Cherokee. As a matter of fact, it shares a lot of design cues from the recently-unveiled Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept, such as the slim LED headlights that are integrated into its seven-slotted grille. When viewed from the side, you’ll immediately notice the chrome strip running from the A-pillars all the way to the tailgate. At the back, you’ll see a pair of slim LED taillights and integrated exhaust tips.
The added length of the Jeep Grand Cherokee L is immediately noticeable. This SUV is 15.1 inches long (383.54 millimeters) compared to the two-row Grand Cherokee, enabling Jeep to offer an interior that can accommodate up to seven adults in comfort, though most variants will come with the optional captain’s chairs.
Speaking of the interior, the design is radically different from the standard Grand Cherokee’s. Drivers will immediately be greeted with a large 10.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster and an 8.4-inch UConnect 5 touch screen infotainment system. Higher variants, meanwhile, feature a bigger 10.1-inch touch screen. Splurging for the top trim Summit variant adds heated and cooled first- and second-row seats, 19-speaker McIntosh surround sound system, among other features.
As with every modern car nowadays, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L comes with the usual set of advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, radar-guided adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. Equipped as standard on the Summit variant and optional on the lower trims is a new Active Driving Assistant feature, which adds lane centering and a Hands-Free Active Driving Assistant system that’s expected to come out later in 2021. Other advanced safety features include a night-vision camera and an onboard infrared camera that lets you see and monitor those sitting at the back, even at night.
While the design and tech are quite revolutionary, the powertrains are carried over from current Jeep models. The base engine choice is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gasoline engine that produces 290 hp and 348 Nm of torque while the more powerful option is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 gasoline engine that produces 357 hp and 529 Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard while four-wheel drive is optional.
Of course, being a Jeep, you expect this SUV to do typical Jeep stuff, at least when equipped properly. The optional Quadra-Lift adaptive air suspension provides 210 millimeters of ground clearance under normal circumstances. When in Off-Road 1, this increases by 41 millimeters and then by 61 millimeters when in Off-Road 2. During high-speed drives, ground clearance can be lowered by 20 millimeters compared to the normal setting for better aerodynamics.
Pricing for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L has not yet been announced, though this all-new three-row SUV is expected to go on sale later this year in North America.