Jeep split the Grand Cherokee lineup in two earlier this year, introducing the three-row Grand Cherokee L. The regular two-row GC hasn’t been completely absent, but there hasn’t been a full reveal yet, either. That will change next week when Jeep finally unveils – fully – the regular 2022 Grand Cherokee. This will happen on September 29 and will also include the plug-in hybrid 4xe variant.
A short teaser video posted to Jeep’s Instagram page reveals the GC front-end, although we saw it earlier this year when Jeep teased the 4xe variant. Our spy photographers also caught the model testing without any camouflage covering its design. The two-row Grand Cherokee is as sleek and stylish as its longer stable mate. The GC sports a similar front end to the GC L, although the lower grille opening looks a bit sportier. Jeep’s iconic grille is front and center, flanked by a pair of sleek headlights.
Most of the GC’s styling differences are at the rear, where the greenhouse is much smaller while sporting a unique floating pillar design. The GC is expected to borrow the same powertrains available in the larger GC L, meaning entry-level offerings for the model will have the brand’s venerable 3.6-liter V6 under the hood. It produces 290 horsepower (216 kilowatts) and 257 pound-feet (348 Newton-meters) of torque. Jeep will reserve the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which develops 357 hp (266 kW) and 390 lb-ft (528 Nm) of torque, for the Overland and Summit models.
The regular Grand Cherokee will also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which the company teased this summer. Rumors continue to suggest that Jeep will use the same configuration offered in the Wrangler 4xe – a 2.0-liter turbo mated to two electric motors. The combo produces 375 hp (280 kW) and 470 lb-ft (673 Nm) of torque, which would make it the most powerful variant. We’ll have all the details next week when the debut begins at 9 a.m. ET.