The Jeep® brand announced this morning, that it plans on unveiling its highly-anticipated all-new two-row 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WL74) next week. The announcement comes as many have been wondering when the Jeep brand would unveil the fifth-generation replacement of one of its biggest nameplates after the initial unveiling at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) was canceled last month.
Jeep says that it will now Livestream an official unveiling on Wednesday, September 29th at 9 a.m. EDT / 1 p.m GMT on Jeep.com. We will also be sharing the event here on the MoparInsiders.com homepage as well.
The introduction of the WL74 will mark the first time that the Grand Cherokee nameplate will offer an electrified model, with the addition of the Grand Cherokee 4xe. Jeep has confirmed that both the standard lineup and the 4xe lineup will be unveiled during the event. It is another step towards the brand expanding electrification within its lineup and strengthening the brand’s new vision of “Zero Emission, 100% Freedom”.
While most are expecting a copy of the lineup from the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L (WL75) with the Laredo, Altitude, Limited, Overland, and Summit trim offerings, we will also get our first glimpse of the next-generation off-road-oriented Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. A vehicle we saw earlier this year, testing on the streets of Metro Detroit. We saw another off-road-oriented model, which may be a more aggressive Overland Off-Road package.
MoparInsiders.com was the first to announce that the WL74 would feature slightly different exterior looks than its WL75 counterpart, as we have been able to confirm with several uncamouflaged test vehicles that have been caught on public roads. We also showed you photos of a pre-production Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe on a holding lot, that one of our readers had sent us. In the photos, we could clearly see that the Summit Reserve 4xe was available with a passenger-side infotainment screen similar to what is found on the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer (WS) models.
Under the hood, we can expect at least three different powertrains. The all-aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 293 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque will be the standard engine across the lineup. Buyers who want more power can opt for the award-winning 5.7-liter V-8, rated at 357 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque delivered over a broad powerband on higher trim levels.
While Jeep has been pretty quiet about what will be powering its new 4xe offering, our sources have said it will be an almost identical setup to the Wrangler Unlimited 4xe utilizing a turbocharged 2.0-liter GME-T4 inline-four, a ZF-sourced 8HP hybrid 8-speed automatic transmission, and plug-in capability.
Be sure to check out our dedicated WLJeepForum.com website for all the latest news and information surrounding the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee L, and Grand Cherokee 4xe.