The Jeep Grand Cherokee has long been a mainstay for Australian families with a sense of adventure, but the latest release moves the large SUV in a new direction.
Here are five things you should know about the Jeep Grand Cherokee L.
It’s a big deal
Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the first of a new generation of large cars from the American manufacturer, and the first seven-seater to wear the Grand Cherokee badge.
It looks smart, with a wide profile and a part that fits right at the top of the range.
Like all of Jeep’s efforts, it’s an off-road vehicle. The Grand Cherokee L features a low-range all-wheel drive system, an intelligent selection of driving modes linked to different environments, and an active air suspension that can raise or lower the vehicle to suit its terrain.
We tested it at launch events and were pleasantly surprised by its initial capabilities.
And she has a lot of things
The large Jeep is available with luxury equipment including 16-way power-adjustable massage seats with quilted leather trim, multi-colored ambient lighting, a McIntosh stereo with 19 speakers, a head-up display and much more.
You get a customizable digital dash, a 10.1-inch central touchscreen with satellite navigation, wireless smartphone reversing, and a 360-degree camera.
Other luxuries include a power tailgate, four-zone climate control and a double panoramic sunroof.
But this pocket is not cheap
The Grand Cherokee L starts at $89,900 off the entry-level Night Eagle, climbing to nearly $125,000 by car for the Summit Reserve.
This is a serious coin – you can get a Mercedes-Benz GLE or a Land Rover Defender for money similar to the most expensive jeep.
On the plus side, service is cheaper than before at $1,955 for five years, and Jeep’s five-year, 100,000-kilometer warranty includes cheaper parts and lifetime roadside assistance for people who get service through official dealerships.
There is a focus on the family
This massive vehicle, with a sliding rear seat that offers access to a surprisingly spacious third row, and clever foldable seats returns 2,395 liters of luggage space if you fold it flat.
A longer wheelbase and larger doors improve occupant access, and air vents and USB ports in each row add to its practical appeal.
Passengers can connect a second phone to the Bluetooth system to stream tunes from the back seat, and a ceiling-mounted infrared smart “FamCam” panel allows parents to keep an eye on children – even in the dark.
But it falls short in a key area
The big drawback of the latest Jeep is a relayed gasoline engine. The 3.6L V6 uses 10.6L/100km of gasoline to produce 210kW and 344Nm, but that’s the best case scenario – you’ll use more in the real world. Thirsty, noisy and not all grunty, the petrol V6 won’t win over customers who use the frugal diesel or the previous-generation Grand Cherokee’s “Hemi” V8 punch.
The good news is that a plug-in hybrid version is on its way to lower your fuel bills, but you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting to follow the V8-powered “Trackhawk” supercharged.
Originally Posted as 2022 New Jeep Grand Cherokee L Review