Grand Cherokee is one of the most versatile SUVs in the market. Different engine options, trim level, additional upgrades, and now the three-row version, are the main advantage of the mid-size sport utility vehicle. Excellent outputs, great towing capacities, and high-performance engines are certain for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. But, there is more. We can also hear about further upgrades including hybrid version, new Trackhawk edition, and the interior redesign.
The current generation of the SUV is from 2011. Although big SUVs are not going through redesigns so often, it is clear that the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee needs a larger update. We already know about some, while many of these speculations are not confirmed yet. Redesigned, Grand Cherokee will threat Toyota Highlander and its #1 spot as the best-selling mid-size three-row SUV.
The smallest petrol displacement for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that is capable to deliver 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This one is available with all trim levels (except SRT and Trackhawk) and returns the best gas mileage.
If you want more power, then a 5.7-liter V8 is an option. With 360 hp and 390 pound-feet of torque, the SUV accelerates faster and achieves higher speeds. Of course, the V8 consumes more fuel. On the other hand, it also increases towing capacity.
Still, the 5.7-l V8 is not the most powerful unit in the lineup. A 6.4-liter V8 is available for SRT models (for now… continue reading to find out what is happening with this trim level). With it, the SUV delivers 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.
Whatsoever, neither this one tops the range with outputs. The most impressive offer comes from the model with Trackhawk badge. A 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, also called the Hellcat, bursts 707 horsepower and makes the Grand Cherokee the most powerful SUV in the US.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Hybrid
The company is already using a mild-hybrid system based on the 5.7-liter engine. Ram 1500 truck is not getting an extra boost. But, even the 1 mpg of the fuel economy gain is a good start. The next 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee could develop a stronger hybrid with refined improvements. On the other hand, we will see if the company wants to spice up the situation in this segment by launching the PHEV system.
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There is also a diesel engine available for buyers both in the US and the rest of the world. It is the same 3.0-liter unit, but with different outputs. For example, the US version is tuned to deliver 190 hp and 325 lb-ft to meet all the emission and efficiency regulations. On the other hand, European customers are getting 245 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque from the same powertrain.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT to Trackhawk
The SRT model is the best known for Dodge vehicles. In the matter of fact, Grand Cherokee is the only non-Dodge to offer this badge. But, not for too long. Experts believe the company will shut down SRT version for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Actually, it will be renamed to Trackhawk. Ok, but what is happening with the current 707 hp model? It will remain the part of the squad as well. Jeep will rename all future performance SUVs to Trackhawk, and the Grand Cherokee is the first of them. Further rumors say the vehicle could get even stronger configuration, with possible Demon engine under the hood. IMHO, this is not going to happen any time soon.
The new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is going to be the three-row seven-seater SUV. This is an official update and we can’t wait to see how rivals are going to react to this. For a long time, Grand Cherokee was a two-row model, while the third row was available for Dodge Durango (both are FCA’s mid-size SUVs). Now, not only that 2021 Grand Cherokee is going to get more seats, but the company is also launching a full-size SUV, Grand Wagoneer.
FCA Will Increase Production of the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The new Dodge Durango is moving to the body-on-frame platform. What is more important – the SUV changes the place of production. Now, it moves to Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan, where Ram 1500 is also built. So, it leaves more room for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer in Jefferson North Assembly plant.
The company wants to produce more units. Ever since the start of the current generation, the sales numbers of the Grand Cherokee are raising. Last year the SUV had worse numbers than in 2017, but buyers are probably expecting a redesign and wait for the new model to appear. The waiting is over and the 2021 season model will boost the sales once again, that is for sure.