Fiat Chrysler is growing its popular Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup with another three-row model, which the organization believes will enlarge the vehicle’s appeal in an inexorably competitive SUV market.
The Grand Cherokee L denotes the fifth-generation of the SUV since its debut almost 30 years prior. A three-row Jeep has been over a decade in the making. Jeep left the segment in 2010 after lackluster sales of a vehicle called the Commander.
“There is high-demand in a Grand Cherokee three-row. We know we are going to do extremely well,” Christian Meunier, Jeep’s global president, said during a media briefing. “We are going to improve our leadership a lot.”
The 2021 Grand Cherokee L is conspicuous as a Jeep yet includes another exterior design with horizonal LED daytime running lights, a more extensive seven-slot grille and other design elements that appeared a year ago on the organization’s Grand Wagoneer SUV concept. It is worked off another Fiat Chrysler vehicle architecture, which additionally will support an updated two-row Grand Cherokee and another plug-in hybrid version.
Fiat Chrysler said the three-row vehicle will go on sale in the second quarter, followed later this year by the two-row and plug-in models. The organization declined to release pricing for the L model, however it will probably be over the current Grand Cherokee at $34,000 and below the forthcoming Wagoneer, a bigger three-row SUV that is required to go on sale this year beginning at about $60,000.
Meunier said there will be “significant differentiation” between the three-row Grand Cherokee model and the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer model, an upcoming luxury Jeep that will top $100,000.
Before the following year’s over, Jeep is required to grow its lineup from six vehicles to nine, including the Grand Cherokee L and Wagoneer vehicles.
The Grand Cherokee L will come standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 290 torque and 257 lb.- ft. of torque. A 5.7-liter V-8 engine rated at 357 horsepower and 390 foot-pounds of torque additionally will be accessible. The organization said the new Grand Cherokee will offer hands-free driving technology in late-2021 on 2022 model-year vehicles.
The interior of the Grand Cherokee L features 8.4-inch or 10.1-inch touchscreen displays as well as a 10.25-inch frameless digital driver data screen behind the steering wheel. It will offer in excess of 110 safety and security features, including 360-degree surround view and night vision cameras, as indicated by the organization. It will be accessible in six-seat and seven-seat configurations.
The next-generation Grand Cherokee models will be worked at a new assembly plant that the organization is completing in Detroit. Fiat Chrysler invested $1.6 billion to build a 790,000-square-foot paint shop and to change over the two original Mack Avenue engine plants into the new assembly plant.
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