In January, the Jeep® brand unveiled its all-new three-row Grand Cherokee L lineup. Grand Cherokee fans were soon to point out that there was only one off-road-oriented model and it wasn’t the Trailhawk. Instead, the Grand Cherokee L got a “Trail Rated” luxury-oriented Overland with the Off-Road Group, which disappointed a lot of people who wanted more Trail Rated options from the brand.
But recently, our spy photographers caught the two-row Grand Cherokee Trailhawk out testing on public roads confirming that the model would be returning on at least the two-row variant for the 2022 model year.
Fast forward to today and we are seeing another “Trail Rated” 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee out testing. This particular model appears to be an Overland, maybe with the Off-Road Package. But what makes this particular Grand Cherokee tester stand out is its Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar tires.
On the Trailhawk model, we saw a set of Goodyear Wrangler Territory All-Terrain tires which are the same tires found on the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX performance off-roader. The Territory All-Terrain tires are far more aggressive than the Goodyear Wrangler with Kevlar All-Terrain tires, which come on this year’s fourth-generation Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (WK2) models.
Looking close at the wheel openings we can see the Quadra-Lift air suspension system peeking out from behind the tires. This leads us to believe that Jeep engineers will follow the same formula used on today’s Off-Road Adventure II Group for the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (WK2). That package includes tow hooks, skid plates for the fuel tank, transfer case, underbody, and suspension, Quadra-Drive II transfer case, Quadra-Lift air suspension, full-size spare tire, 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels, P265/60R18 Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar tires, and “Trail Rated” badges.
We expect that the package will be available with both the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 producing 290 horsepower and 257 lb.-ft. of torque, while those looking for more capability and power should be able to opt for the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8 delivering 357 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are mated to the same TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission that we have grown accustomed to in the WK2 lineup.
Overstepping the Trailhawk, the more luxury-oriented Grand Cherokee Overland will suit those who are looking for a premium offering than the Trailhawk, while still offering the legendary rock-climbing capability that has come to be expected from the Jeep brand.
We expect Jeep to unveil the new two-row Grand Cherokee WL74 later this summer. It will start production later this fall at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) alongside the recently refreshed Dodge Durango. The WL74 will also be joined with a plug-in electrified (PHEV) version using the new Jeep 4xe badge.
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