As we get closer to the unveiling of the upcoming 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WL) and its all-new three-row variant, we are learning more details about one of the brand’s most important vehicles in the global market. Thanks to some new spy photos of the two-row model out testing on Italian public roads, we are seeing a few new details about the prototypes we have currently seen in the United States.
Thanks to our friends at GabetzSPYUnit, we are seeing that like early prototypes of the updated 2019 Ram Heavy Duty the early prototypes featured the current Grand Cherokee (WK2) headlights and front grille design. This is becoming a common theme with recent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) mules. Another shot shows us another prototype featuring the production headlamps hidden underneath the camouflage featuring state-of-the-art LED headlamp technology. We were questioning the decision that all of the smaller models of the Jeep lineup, are getting LED lighting options, some as standard equipment. So why wouldn’t the Grand Cherokee?
We are also seeing hints at the all-new horizontal tail lamps to adorn the back of the vehicle. The tail lamps still look to be the units found on the current Grand Cherokee, however, we are hearing that the production units will be thinner than the current model ones featuring LED light piping around the outer edges of the lenses.
While the photos are shown here showcase the all-new 2022 Grand Cherokee two-row model (known internally as WL74), the three-row variant (known internally as WL75) will actually be the first version to hit dealer showrooms. Sources close to MoparInsiders.com have the new WL74 model making its way to dealer inventories in the first quarter of 2021.
The fifth-generation Grand Cherokee will feature a number of new features including the new 7-inch, 8.4-inch, and 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 infotainment systems. The Grand Cherokee will debut the all-new Uconnect heads-up full-color display system, which for the first time will display vehicle information, customizable by the driver at the bottom of the windshield. There will also be a new 10-inch full-digital thin-film-transistor (TFT) screen instead of the common analog gauges.
The Grand Cherokee will also feature a number of new powertrains, including the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with eTorque mild-hybrid system from the Ram 1500. Also joining the Pentastar from the Ram 1500 is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with eTorque. Both engines will available at launch. They will later be joined by the 2.0-liter turbo-four-cylinder with the eTorque system. This will mark the first time a four-cylinder will be offered in the lineup of the Grand Cherokee since its debut in 1992. The 2.0-liter will join the lineup sometime around May of 2021. The last powertrain choice will be a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or 4xe model that will debut in July of 2021. It will use a similar powertrain to the upcoming 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4xe lineup.
We can’t wait to see the finished product, as the three-row WL75 model should be making its debut fairly soon. To learn more about the upcoming Grand Cherokee and discuss various topics about it, you can visit our sister site WLJeepForum.com.