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The Next-Gen Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Be All-New and Larger than Ever

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a car parked in a parking lot: The next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee has been spied for the first time, and it will be bigger and ride on an Alfa Romeo platform.

The next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee has been spied for the first time, and it will be bigger and ride on an Alfa Romeo platform.
© KGP Photography
  • The next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee has been spied for the first time, and it will be bigger than the outgoing model.
  • It will ride on Alfa Romeo's Giorgio platform, which underpins the Giulia and the Stelvio.
  • The Grand Cherokee should go on sale by the end of 2020 as a 2021 model.

For the first time since 2010, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting a full redesign, and we have the photographic proof. A camouflaged prototype was caught testing by our spies, and while not much of the design is revealed, we gleaned some new information about the upcoming all-new SUV.

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Despite the heavy camouflage, we can tell that the new Grand Cherokee will have a longer wheelbase and rear overhang to offer more interior space and cargo room. While the protruding hood on this prototype might seem reminiscent of classic Jeeps like the J-series, it's just part of the camo. Slim taillights and the hint of Jeep's seven-slot grille are visible through the coverings, but that's about it. Overall, the exterior styling of the Grand Cherokee should be fairly evolutionary, but the interior could receive bigger changes-maybe the 12.0-inch touchscreen from the Ram 1500-and it will likely receive a lot more love in terms of luxury, tech, and driver-assist features.

a black car parked in a field: 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee prototype© KGP Photography 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee prototype

Looking underneath the prototype, we can see that the Grand Cherokee will still have an independent rear suspension. In June of 2018, then-CEO Sergio Marchionne said the new Grand Cherokee would be riding on a stretched version of Alfa Romeo's rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform, which is used by the Giulia and the Stelvio. The Grand Cherokee will stick to having two rows of seats, as an unnamed three-row crossover based on the same platform will sit above it in the lineup and next to it on the assembly line.

We expect the Wrangler's turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four hybrid to be the new Grand Cherokee's base engine, while the new Pentastar V-6 with the eTorque hybrid-assist system will be the mid-range choice. The Hemi V-8 should remain the top option, with the eTorque version potentially being the only offering-that could give the Grand Cherokee an all-hybrid lineup. A plug-in-hybrid version will arrive a few years after the debut, as might the new EcoDiesel V-6. (We really just hope the supercharged Trackhawk model will return.) Late last year, new rumors pointed towards Fiat Chrysler working on a new turbocharged inline-six engine, which would debut in the Wagoneer and be even more powerful than the Hemi V-8. If those rumors ends up being true, the engine could appear in the Grand Cherokee as a high-end option.

a person driving a car: 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee prototype© KGP Photography 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee prototype

While it's possible the Grand Cherokee could debut this year, we think a reveal in the first half of 2020 is more likely, with the new SUV going on sale by the end of the year as a 2021 model. But given Fiat Chrysler penchant for pushing back new-model debuts, the Grand Cherokee might not see dealerships until a couple years from now. Expect a slight price increase over the current model's $33,440 base-price ask, with the Grand Cherokee able to pass the $65K mark when fully loaded.

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