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Get ready SUV-lovers, the fifth-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee is offering a lot of really awesome stuff, including the first-ever electrified Grand Cherokee and a new Trailhawk model. 

The 2022 model year is combining the best of all worlds, making the new Grand Cherokee the most technologically advanced, most off-road capable, and most luxurious Grand Cherokee to ever be offered by Jeep

Let's take a closer look at how the Grand Cherokee is leading Jeep's global journey to a new chapter of refinement and innovation.


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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trims and Models

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Earlier this year, AND Editors got a chance to drive the Wrangler 4xe -- "four by e." Now, Jeep is crossing over another milestone with the introduction of its first electrified Grand Cherokee 4xe. This plug-in hybrid will offer five trim levels, while the traditional gasoline-only powertrain will have seven trim levels. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trims (4x4 or 4x2) 

  • Laredo
  • Altitude
  • Limited
  • Trailhawk
  • Overland
  • Summit
  • Summit Reserve

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Trims (4x4 only)

  • Limited 4xe
  • Trailhawk 4xe
  • Overland 4xe
  • Summit 4xe
  • Summit Reserve 4xe

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The Grand Cherokee 4xe models will start arriving at AutoNation Jeep showrooms beginning early 2022, and will feature a water-sealed battery pack, an all-electric drive mode, an estimated 57 MPGe, and up to 6,000 pounds of towing capacity. It's everything you love about Jeep, with a lot less emissions. 

For off-road adventurers, the storied Trailhawk model has been upgraded to be the best version of itself, offering up to 11.3 inches of ground clearance, improved approach, departure, and breakover angles, plus an active transfer case with a rear eLSD for incredible traction. 

Lastly, the Summit and Summit Reserve models offer the most luxurious interiors you'll find across the entire Grand Cherokee lineup, with quilted Palermo leather seats and a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Exterior

Exterior view of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

In the looks department, I think this is the sleekest version of the Grand Cherokee yet thanks to an emphasis on slim, sculpted details. 

The roofline has been lowered and tapered, while the beltline has also been moved down a bit so that the windows can let in more natural light and allow for improved outward visibility. The Grand Cherokee's iconic grille is wider and larger, and fits nicely with the new front fascia. 

For the 2022 model year, the Grand Cherokee can be spec'ed in five monotone colors, or four two-tone colorways, depending on the model:

Monotone colors

  • Diamond Black Crystal
  • Baltic Gray Metallic
  • Silver Zynith
  • Velvet Red
  • Bright White

Two-tone colors

  • Baltic Gray Metallic / Black
  • Silver Zynith / Black
  • Velvet Red / Black
  • Bright White / Black

A gloss black roof is available for the first time on the Overland models and comes standard on Trailhawk, Summit and Summit Reserve.

But the exterior features aren't all about looks, though. New active grille shutters, front wheel spats, air curtains, a hood aero flick, and rear vertical-pillar spoilers improve aerodynamic efficiency as well as fuel efficiency.


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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior

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As you slide onto the plush seats of the Grand Cherokee, you might start to wonder if you've accidentally wandered into a luxury lounge at a high-end department store. This new interior has progressed from the previous generation, now offering even more handcrafted materials and modern comfort amenities.

In terms of design, the same sleekness found on the vehicle's exterior is also present inside the cabin, with slim A/C vents, a streamlined center console, and multiple digital screens. If you're all about entertainment, the Grand Cherokee can be configured to include a 10.25-inch front passenger interactive display, as well as a new high-definition rear-seat entertainment system with Amazon FireTV built in. 

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Hosting all of this connectivity is Uconnect 5, the most advanced infotainment system to be included with Grand Cherokee. It offers a huge selection of helpful features, like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the ability to simultaneously pair with two smartphones via Bluetooth, Amazon Alexa capability, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

For maximum comfort, the front seats feature a lot of customization, including 16-way adjustments, power lumbar support, memory feature, and available heating/venting. On the higher trims, the front seats offer back massage functions - a much welcomed feature when you're sitting in traffic. 

And for the first time on Grand Cherokee, all models come standard with a full suite of customizable LED lighting with daytime/nighttime settings. Overland, Summit, and Summit Reserve models add to this with true ambient lighting featuring five color selections.


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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Performance

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For the new model year, Grand Cherokee is offering buyers a choice of three powertrains:

  • Plug-in hybrid electric system w/ 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine
  • 375 total system horsepower
  • 470 lb-ft of total system torque
  • Total range of up to 440 miles

3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine

  • 293 horsepower
  • 260 lb-ft of torque
  • Up to 6,200 pounds of towing capacity

5.7-liter V8 engine

  • 357 horsepower
  • 390 lb-ft of torque
  • Up to 7,200 pounds of towing capacity

No matter which powertrain you choose, Grand Cherokee is backed by Jeep's legendary off-road performance thanks to three available 4x4 systems: Quadra-Trac 1, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II. All three systems come standard with an active transfer case that can move torque to the wheels with the most grip, and the Quadra-Drive II system features a rear electronic limited slip-differential (eLSD) for advanced traction. 

Jeep's Quadra-Lift air suspension is also available on Grand Cherokee, and delivers a class-leading 11.3 inches of ground clearance, along with up to 24 inches of water fording. This system automatically optimizes its behavior based on road conditions, or you can manually set the height to five presets.

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And of course, we can't forget about the award-winning Selec-Terrain traction management system. With it, Grand Cherokee smartly coordinates 4x4 torque split, steering and suspension systems, stability control, and much more to deliver the most confident driving dynamics for any paved or unpaved surfaces. Selec-Terrain offers five modes: Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, and Mud/Sand.

Jeep is already the one to beat when it comes to off-road performance, but the 2022 Trailhawk model takes Grand Cherokee's 4x4 capabilities even further by offering sway-bar disconnect for enhanced wheel articulation, automatic speed control on steep inclines/declines, high-strength steel skid plates, and upgraded all-terrain tires. You'll find the same prowess on the plug-in hybrid Trailhawk 4xe, with the added bonus of electric blue tow hooks instead of red tow hooks.

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety

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Every 2022 Grand Cherokee is packed with over 110 active and passive safety features, which is obviously too many to list here. So let's focus on the main highlights that come standard across the lineup.

Standard safety features of the 2022 Grand Cherokee:

  • Full-Speed Collision Warning with Active Braking and Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection
  • Rear Cross Path detection
  •   Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Active Lane Management
  • LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Advanced Brake Assist
  • Blind-spot Monitoring
  • ParkView rear back-up camera
  • ParkSense rear park assist sensors with stop
  • Switch-activated electric park brake
  • Tire-pressure monitoring

And depending on your specific model choice, even more safety features can be added, including a night vision camera with pedestrian and animal detection, intersection collision assist, drowsy driver detection system, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and a new Active Driving Assist automated driving feature.


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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overall

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Jeep is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and they've gifted us with the best Grand Cherokee to ever be produced, along with the first-ever plug-in hybrid option. 

There's so much awesome-ness about the new Grand Cherokee that we barely scratched the surface here. So hurry and visit your local AutoNation Jeep dealership to explore all the new details that were introduced for the fifth generation. It's also a good time to put your name on the list for a Grand Cherokee 4xe as they'll be arriving in showrooms in early 2022.

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Andrew Chen | Dec 17, 2021

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