Production is underway of the all-new three-row 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L (WL75) at the Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack plant. While we have seen all the details of the new three-row variant of the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee, the Jeep brand is holding its cards close to its chest on its two-row variant (WL74) and the direct replacement of the current Grand Cherokee (WK2).
Our spy photographers recently caught up with the off-road-oriented Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (WL74), showing us that Jeep was planning to continue to produce the popular off-roader into the next-generation model. But now, we are getting a closer look at the more premium 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit.
Looking more sporty, than its Jeep Grand Cherokee L sibling thanks to a more aggressive front fascia and ‘fast’ slopped rear D-pillar, the two-row WL74 looks less bulky than its three-row companion. The rear pillar design reminds us of the third-generation Grand Cherokee (WK) models that ran from 2005 to 2010 and although it is covered in swirl pattern camouflage, still looks better than the aging ‘shark fin’ design that Jeep continues to put on all of its SUVs. It is nice to see the design studio allowing the WL74 to stand out.
We expect much of the equipment to be shared between the two variants and if the two-row Grand Cherokee Summit continues in its three-row big brother, it will be packed with premium appointments. This includes Nappa leather seats with quilted seat bolsters and perforated seat inserts for both front and second rows. An absolute oakwood and leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel and Berber floor mats will also be equipped. First-row seats with new power 16-way adjustable position with memory and lumbar are standard on the WL75 model and we expect them to come to the WL74 as well. We also expect the WL74 to get the new front-row seat massage that includes five customizable profiles with three levels of pressure intensity.
In the Summit model, expect passenger comfort to be ‘elevated’ with four-zone automatic temperature control, which has the capability to select different fan levels and modes for individual passengers in the first and second rows. The system also offers four different temperature settings. Additional interior touches unique to the Summit model include a new, second-row floor console with two illuminated cup holders and a two-tier armrest with additional storage for mobile devices.
As for the exterior, this Summit tester appears to be riding on the same 265/50R20 Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tires and 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels (this time painted black for testing duties) as the WL75. The WL74 still features LED fog lamps but at a more slant than the horizontal ones found on the WL75. We expect power-folding multifunction Gloss Black mirrors with a Platinum insert, a new 360-degree camera, illuminated door sills, and roof rack (which is on this tester, but covered in camo) with Fine Silver rails and Gloss Black insert.
Summit models will also include a number of additional standard safety features like…
- Active Driving Assist
- Drowsy Driver Detection
- Intersection Collision Assist
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- 360-Degree Surround View Camera with Front & Rear Lens Washers
- Parallel & Perpendicular Park Assist
We also expect the WL74 to adopt the newly available Summit Reserve Package from the WL75. The Summit Reserve sets the benchmark for luxury in the segment. Premium hand-wrapped, quilted Palermo leather, ventilated front and second-row seats, memory and massage front seats and choice of a new Tupelo interior color add distinguishable details to the model. Also unique to the Summit Reserve Package is genuine open-pore Waxed Walnut wood and premium, wrapped, suede-like fabric on the A-pillars and headliner. For the first time on Grand Cherokee, 21-inch wheels come standard with the Summit Reserve Package. Also standard is superior audio delivered through the 950-watt, 19-speaker McIntosh audio sound system.
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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