For those who have been using the Build & Price configurator for the all-new 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L (WL75), you may have noticed the disappearance of the popular Quadra-Lift air suspension. The class-exclusive Quadra-Lift air suspension features electronic adaptive damping, delivering class-leading ground clearance and water fording capability. The system automatically adjusts the shock tuning to changing road conditions for enhanced comfort, stability, and control.
The Grand Cherokee L’s Quadra-Lift system operates automatically, or maybe controlled manually with console controls, and features five height settings for optimum ride performance. Those five height settings include the following…
- Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8.3 inches (212mm) of clearance offers improved fuel economy, as well as improved aerodynamics during on-road driving
- Off-Road 1: Lifts the vehicle an additional 1.6 inches (40mm) from NRH for added height in clearing obstacles (9.9 inches)
- Off-Road 2: Delivers legendary Jeep off-road capability and provides an additional 2.4 inches (60mm; 9 percent more range than the previous generation) from NRH for increased, best-in-class ground clearance of 10.9 inches and up to 24 inches of water fording depth (improvement of four inches over the previous generation)
- Park Mode: Lowers 1.8 inches (46mm) from NRH for easy ingress/egress, which levels down the vehicle twice as fast over the previous generation. NRH and Park Mode are driver-selectable, giving the driver full control over vehicle ride height. Air suspension improvements include a dual tank design to enable more controlled and quicker functionality
- Aero Mode: Lowers the vehicle 0.8 inches (21mm) from NRH. Aero Mode is controlled by vehicle speed and adjusts for optimal performance and fuel economy. The vehicle will also lower to Aero Mode when in Sport Mode
The Quadra-Lift suspension adds an additional 4.17 inches (106mm) of lift to Grand Cherokee L thanks to four-corner air springs that provide an air-cushioned, premium ride. This means that the Grand Cherokee L has up to a 30.1-degree approach angle, a 23.6-degree departure angle, and a 22.6-degree breakover angle.
The system which has a standard feature for the rugged Overland and the luxurious Summit (Summit Reserve) models, is now unavailable. The absence of the air suspension from the lineup has left a lot of Grand Cherokee L customers scratching their heads.
We reached out to Jeep for the official reason why the Quadra-Lift suspension was quickly removed from the lineup. “Chip constraints have necessitated some changes to available equipment on the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. If a vehicle was built without the equipment, the U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) was adjusted accordingly to reflect a reduction in overall cost”, a Jeep spokesperson told us.
For those who purchased an Overland or Summit (Summit Reserve) model, will now get a $750 credit for the option not being available.
There is no word of when the option will be reinstated for ordering availability. With the latest word of the semi-conductor shortage lasting well into 2023, it is unknown if the change is temporary or will continue into the 2022 model year.
Those who are interested in or already own a new Grand Cherokee L should check out our dedicated WLJeepForum.com website for all the latest news and information surrounding the all-new fifth-generation Grand Cherokee.