The 2022 model year is aimed to be the best yet for the Jeep® Grand Cherokee. With an expanded portfolio that includes two- three-row and electrified options, the Grand Cherokee is poised to attract customers that would have never considered the nameplate in the past. With over 7 million vehicles sold during its initial debut back in 1992, the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee (WL) looks to continue being one of the Jeep brand’s most important vehicles.
In the past, those who have had bigger families have had to step up to a Dodge Durango (WD) over the last-generation Grand Cherokee (WK2). But now with two different offerings, which WL is best for you? And just how much bigger is the new three-row variant?
While the two-row Grand Cherokee (WL74) and three-row Grand Cherokee L (WL75) share the same overall width of 84.6 inches (215 cm), the two-row Grand Cherokee has a 116.7-inch (296.4 cm) wheelbase compared with the Grand Cherokee L’s 121.7-inch (309 cm) wheelbase, which is 5 inches (12.7 cm) shorter. When it comes to the overall length, the two-row is 193.5 inches (491 cm) compared to the Grand Cherokee L’s 204.9 inches (520.4 cm), an 11.4-inch (28.9 cm) reduction.
|2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee (WL74) vs 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L (WL75)|
|Grand Cherokee (WL74)||Grand Cherokee L (WL75)|
|Exterior Dimensions (in.)|
|Height (Standard Suspension)||70.8||71.5|
|Curb Weight (V6 4×2, lbs.)||4,238||4,524|
|Interior Dimensions (in.)|
|Front Head Room||39.9||39.8|
|Front Leg Room||41.3||41.3|
|Front Shoulder Room||59.2||59.2|
|Front Hip Room||54.7||54.7|
|Second-Row Head Room||39.4||39.9|
|Second-Row Leg Room||38.2||39.4|
|Second-Row Shoulder Room||58.0||58.0|
|Second-Row Hip Room||56.3||56.3|
|Third-Row Head Room||–||37.3|
|Third-Row Leg Room||–||30.3|
|Third-Row Shoulder Room||–||51.9|
|Third-Row Hip Room||–||42.9|
|Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)|
|Behind Front Row||70.8||84.6|
|Behind Second Row||37.7||46.9|
|Behind Third Row||–||17.2|
Both models feature almost identical dimensions when it comes to the front row. It’s no surprise considering both vehicles feature identical front doors, instrument panel (I/P), and center console. The “L” does have .1 inch drop in front row headroom for some reason.
With an additional 11.4 inches of length and 5 inches of wheelbase, the Grand Cherokee L is a far different cry than the three-row 2006 to 2010 Jeep Commander (XK) which shared the exact same wheelbase as its two-row 2005 to 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK) counterpart. Despite the difference in length, there are only about 285 lbs. of weight added to the “L” model over the standard Grand Cherokee.
The “L” also features a slightly bigger second row with more head and legroom but offers similar dimensions when it comes to hip and shoulder room. Unlike the standard model, the “L” features the second row comes with standard “tip and slide” bucket seats that have 7.1 inches of travel. One of our sources has indicated the use of the sliding second row in the “L”, as the reason for the lack of a 4xe variant due to battery location. The two-row model features a fixed bench seat, which supposedly allows for the 4xe battery pack to be stowed under them.
When it comes to cargo, of course, the Grand Cherokee L wins hands down. The “L” features a third-row seat with a 50/50 split that can be easily folded from the rear of the vehicle. For even more utility, both the second-and third-row seats fold forward into a flat-load floor. When the second- and third-row seats are folded flat, the “L” has a maximum cargo space of 84.6 cubic feet.
If you are an avid off-roader, the Grand Cherokee L does not have as many “Trail Rated” options. While the standard Grand Cherokee does offer the Trailhawk model, it is unavailable on the three-row “L”. Instead, both models can be equipped with the available Off-Road Group, on Overland 4×4 models.
Those models benefit from class-leading traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and improved water fording (capable of up to 24 inches). The Off-Road Group also includes high-strength steel skid plates, electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) rear axle, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and rugged, all-season performance tires. Just something to keep in mind, if you are planning to take your Grand Cherokee off-road.
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