There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the launch of the fifth-generation of the 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WL). The Jeep brand’s popular E-segment vehicle is getting suited up to have its biggest launch ever, with both a two-row and three-row variants, as well as electrified versions of both. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has placed a lot of focus on it one of its best-selling vehicles, even building a second assembly facility in Detroit, Michigan to produce more of the upcoming model.
While Jeep has been tight-lipped on the launch of its newest Grand Cherokee, we have now learned from one of our sources that production is likely to start in early March 2021. The initial launch will be of the yet to be officially named Grand Cherokee three-row (codenamed WL75), followed by the two-row variant (WL74) sometime in the third quarter of 2021. Plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) versions will then follow in 2022.
With a launch aiming for March, our spy photographers have caught the new three-row model out testing near Detroit with most of its heavy black vinyl cladding remove. While the swirling camouflage tries to make it difficult to focus on the bodylines of the all-new Grand Cherokee, these newest spy shots reveal much of the production-spec bodywork.
Starting with the door handles which seem to be placed just underneath a bodyline that runs around the entire exterior of the vehicle, the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee appears to be more chiseled than before. Utilizing some styling elements from the recently unveiled Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept, we can see the heavy use of chrome around window trims and the rear hatch peeking out from the camouflage. Certain models can be seen using a familiar Jeep Compass design element, a two-tone exterior with black roof and pillar accents.
Standard LED exterior lighting seems to be apparent on all of the trim models so far. For the first time ever, we get a close look at the exposed design of the new Grand Cherokee’s hatch and the new LED signature taillight design. The taillights run across the back of the vehicle and look familiar to the design first foreshadowed on the Jeep Yuntu Concept, a precursor to the Chinese-exclusive Jeep Grand Commander (K8). Similarly, styled taillights can be seen in recent spy photos of the upcoming Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer (WS) models.
Also pictured more clearly are the dual exhausts that exit out the rear of the bumper. While we originally thought that all models on upper-level trims would feature this design, these recent photos have shown us that there are units without the dual rear exiting exhausts with the same model specifications. This leads us to believe that units using the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V8, are likely to have the rear-mounted exhaust. Those with single exhaust mounted under the bumper are more than likely the Pentastar powered models.
These newest spy photos pretty much confirm the leaked images recently shown on Motor1.com of the final product of Grand Cherokee (WL). FCA has been known to release photos to media publications to build up hype of its upcoming vehicles and the Motor1.com photos are too spot-on, not to be the real deal.
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