About two weeks ago, the Jeep® brand officially unveiled its plans to bring the American-built electrified 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe to the European Union (E.U.). As the E.U. continues to push forward with its adoption of electrification in the mobility sector, Jeep will only be offering the Grand Cherokee (WL74) in its 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) configuration. Jeep Europe has announced that soon all of its offerings for the E.U. will feature some kind of electrification.
All Grand Cherokee 4xe models are powered by a propulsion system that combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and capability. Overall, the 4xe system delivers 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque.
The application of 4xe PHEV technology to the Jeep Grand Cherokee gives the brand’s flagship benchmark off-road capabilities, courtesy of the instantaneous availability of torque performance, guaranteed by the combination of the two propulsions, turbocharged internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric, and of course the option to drive with zero CO2 emissions.
Now, while Jeep Europe announced that they would be offering a “Launch Edition” model based on the highly-optioned Summit Reserve model, there wasn’t much said about the rest of the lineup. A few press shots included the Overland 4xe trim, but it was absent from all information given during the initial press release. But thanks to our friends at GabetzSPYUnit, we can confirm that the Overland 4xe will indeed be part of the lineup.
The Overland 4xe package was designed to offer both an upscale ride for both on- and off-road adventures. The Overland 4xe features Jeep’s Quadra-Trac II four-wheel-drive (4×4) system, which adjusts torque distribution and will continue to reactively make corrections if tire slip occurs. When wheel slippage is detected, as much as 100% of available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction. The Selec-Terrain system and Hill-descent Control, which works both in forward and reverse, are standard on Overland models.
We noticed that the European-Spec Overland 4xe is absent of its front tow hooks and we aren’t sure if the “Trail Rated” Overland 4xe with Off-Road Group will be available in Europe.
Inside, Overland 4xe models feature premium interior comfort and convenient amenities are prominent. Enhancements include Nappa leather seats and door panels, An-Teak interior trim, ventilated front seats, leather-stitched instrument panel and premium McIntosh audio system with 19 speakers, subwoofer and 950-watt amplifier. Also standard are Uconnect 5 navigation with 10.1-inch display and new ambient lighting with a five-color selection that casts an inviting glow along the entire instrument panel, as well as the front and rear doors for a personalized sensory experience.
As far as its exterior styling, Overland 4xe models include 20-inch aluminum wheels with Black Noise pockets, a unique Overland front fascia, Gloss Black roof rack with Bright Stainless insert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, trailer towing, approach-lit door handles, rearview mirror puddle lighting, power-folding multifunctional Gloss Black mirrors with Bright Chrome insert, auto-tilt down in reverse, auto-dimming glass on driver’s side and courtesy lighting, windshield wiper deicer and passive entry
Overland also features a new electronic remote release in the rear cargo area to quickly and effortlessly fold the second row flat as well as a hands-free, foot-activated adjustable power liftgate.
Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom will be recieving the new Overland 4xe model later this summer.