2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Redesigned 5-passenger midsize SUV
  • Multiple versions available, ranging from affordable to luxurious
  • New plug-in hybrid powertrain joins V6 and V8 gas engines 
  • Significant upgrade in terms of technology
  • Trailhawk returns with more capability than ever
  • High-performance SRT and Trackhawk models vanish from lineup
  • Continues to provide a mix of on-pavement comfort with off-road capability

It comes as no surprise to discover that the redesigned 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is essentially a 5-passenger version of the longer Grand Cherokee L, which has three rows of seats. Jeep introduced the Grand Cherokee L for the 2021 model year, and now the standard Grand Cherokee arrives for 2022.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe White Front Quarter View

Mainly, aside from its shorter length and reduced passenger and cargo capacity, the new 2022 Grand Cherokee differs from the Grand Cherokee L with an off-road Trailhawk trim level and a 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain option. It’s possible a 4xe version of the extended-length model could become available in 2022.

In any case, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee arrives in Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve trim levels. A V6 engine is standard, with a V8 engine and the same plug-in hybrid powertrain from the Wrangler 4xe available as upgrades. Most trims have standard rear-wheel drive, but buyers can choose between three different 4-wheel-drive systems.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Red Off-Roading Rear Quarter View

If you’ve seen the Grand Cherokee L, then you’ve seen the new fifth-generation 2022 Grand Cherokee. Just lop off 11.4 inches of length, chop out five inches of wheelbase, and yank out the third-row seat.

The result is an appealing SUV with better visual balance in comparison to its longer sibling. Classic Jeep design cues are present and accounted for, from the signature 7-slot grille and trapezoidal wheel arches to the angled rear roof pillar and wrap-around taillights.

A black roof is available on the new Grand Cherokee, and as you move up the trim-level ladder, the Jeep adds larger wheels and more upscale visual cues. The Trailhawk has no exterior brightwork, and comes with a revised front-end with a more aggressive approach angle, a matte-black hood decal to reduce sun glare, front and rear tow hooks, and all-terrain tires mounted to unique 18-inch wheels.

Choose the Grand Cherokee 4xe, and Jeep uses Surf Blue accents inside and out to signal its electrified powertrain.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve Interior Dashboard

With this redesign, the 2022 Grand Cherokee’s interior leaps into the 21st century. It’s thoroughly modern with up to six digital displays if you count the optional head-up display. Summit and Summit Reserve trims feature plush quilted and stitched leather, real open-pore wood trim, 16-way power adjustable massaging front seats with heating and ventilation, and other luxury fittings.

In addition to the head-up display, the Grand Cherokee is available with a 10.1-inch digital instrumentation panel, a dual-touchscreen rear-seat entertainment system, an infotainment system with an 8.4-inch or 10.1-inch touchscreen, and even an available 10.25-inch infotainment screen for the front-seat passenger. Available ambient lighting and new interior color schemes add to the Grand Cherokee’s appeal.

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Three different powertrains are available for the new 2022 Grand Cherokee, along with three different 4WD systems.

Standard equipment includes a 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It drives the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission, and can tow up to 6,200 pounds.

A 5.7-liter V8 engine is available with Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit trims. It generates 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, and bolts to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The V8 is offered only with 4WD, and provides a maximum tow rating of 7,200 pounds.

As options, Jeep offers Quadra-Trac I full-time automatic 4WD, Quadra-Trac II automatic 4WD with a 2-speed transfer case and low-range, and Quadra-Drive II automatic 4WD with flat-towing capability and a locking rear differential. Trailhawks have standard Quadra-Drive II, Selec-Speed Control (Jeep’s off-road cruise control system), and high-strength steel underbody skid plates. Selec-Terrain technology for 4WD Grand Cherokees provides Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand/Mud, and Rock driving modes.

The Grand Cherokee 4xe is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). It pairs a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with an engine-mounted belt starter generator, an electric drive motor mounted between the engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, two battery packs supplying 17-kW of energy, and a regenerative braking system. 

Grand Cherokee 4xe output measures 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, and the electric driving range is an estimated 25 miles. After the battery reaches a minimum state of charge, it switches to gas-electric hybrid operation and offers a total of 440 miles of driving range (including electric-only travel). Jeep says the Grand Cherokee 4xe can tow 6,000 pounds.

Hybrid, Electric, and e-Save driving modes are available, with the latter saving battery charge for use in specific situations. There is a maximum regeneration function that can help to extend battery life, and the engine can actively recharge the battery while the Grand Cherokee 4xe is underway.

Jeep assures customers that the Grand Cherokee 4xe is ready for severe off-roading duty. In Trailhawk specification, it has successfully traversed the Rubicon Trail to earn a “Trail Rated” badge of honor. All underbody electrical connections are sealed to ensure 24 inches of water fording capability, and 3.5mm skid plates protect the batteries and other electric drive components.

The new Grand Cherokee has a new multi-link rear suspension design and, with Trailhawk trim, an electronically disconnecting sway bar results in a 455 ramp travel index. Serious off-roaders will know that’s an impressive number.

A Quadra-Lift air suspension is available, supplying five different settings and a total of 5.7 inches of suspension travel. The Grand Cherokee can automatically lower on the highway to improve aerodynamics and fuel economy, and a Park mode drops the suspension for easier passenger loading and unloading. When off-roading, a Trailhawk with Quadra-Lift provides up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance.

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Jeep offers numerous standard and available advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) on the redesigned 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Three of them are of particular interest, however.

The first is Intersection Collision Assist, which monitors traffic at intersections and can warn a driver of a possible collision or automatically brake to avoid one. 

The second is a Night Vision system. Infrared cameras look ahead and depict an improved nighttime view on the available digital instrumentation. The system can also identify pedestrians and animals on the road ahead.

The third is Jeep Active Driving Assist. This technology combines the adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability with a lane-centering assistance technology to provide Level 2, hands-on semi-autonomous driving. At some point in the future, expect this to become a hands-off driving assistance system similar to Ford’s BlueCruise system.

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With its standard Uconnect 5 infotainment platform, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee takes a technological leap into the future. The standard version includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, but a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen is available.

Highlights include faster loading and response time, over-the-air update capability, a modernized user interface, Bluetooth support for two devices at once, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and satellite radio. 

Optional upgrades include wireless smartphone charging, a navigation system, connected services including a Wi-Fi hotspot, remote access via a new Jeep smartphone app, and an Alpine premium or McIntosh high-end audio system.

Jeep also offers dual 10.1-inch touchscreen entertainment system displays for the rear seat, complete with Amazon Fire TV. This allows occupants to stream content from their devices, or even continue watching a movie when transitioning from home to the Grand Cherokee. The front passenger’s available 10.25-inch infotainment screen also boasts the same capability.

Addtionally, the new Grand Cherokee is available with a rear camera mirror and a surround-view camera system. 

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Competitors - Find the best Jeep deals!

In the 5-passenger, midsize SUV segment, the only alternatives to a 2022 Grand Cherokee that can provide similar off-roading capability include Jeep’s own Wrangler Unlimited as well as the Ford Bronco and the Toyota 4Runner.

Move up to the luxurious Summit and Summit Reserve trims, and the Grand Cherokee goes up against luxury-brand models. But only the Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Defender, and Lexus GX would dare to take it on in an off-roading environment.

Jeep says the 2022 Grand Cherokee is the best one yet. Based on its specifications, it sure looks that way.

Jeep is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of September 29, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.