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Jeep Australia is drawing closer to releasing the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee large SUV, and we now have a better idea of what to expect when it launches in three-row L form in the first half of next year.
According to the Australian government’s Road Vehicle Certification System (RVCS), the ‘WL’ Grand Cherokee L will arrive with four grades: entry-level Limited, mid-range Overland and flagship Summit and Summit Reserve.
All four grades will come with seven seats as standard, although the Summit and Summit Reserve will also have the option of a six-seat configuration with two captain’s chairs in the second row.
But the big news is the Grand Cherokee L’s engine line-up, with only the familiar 3.6-litre Pentastar naturally aspirated petrol V6 homologated thus far, with it confirmed to produce 210kW of power. Torque remains a mystery, but it will be about 350Nm.
This unit is exclusively mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite torque-converter automatic transmission and Jeep’s Quadra four-wheel-drive (4x4) system with a low-range transfer case and five drive modes (Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow and Mud/Sand).
The lack of a turbo-diesel option shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as Jeep global president Christian Meunier told Australian media in January that the new Grand Cherokee would go without an oil-burner.
Which brings us to the other notable absentee locally: the globally available 266kW/529Nm 5.7-litre Hemi naturally aspirated V8. It hasn’t been certified for the Grand Cherokee L yet, and CarsGuide understands it won’t be indefinitely.
Bent-eight fans are likely to be disappointed, but the Grand Cherokee L will add a second powertrain option in the third quarter of next year, with the yet-to-be-detailed 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) set to become available then.
While a full list of standard equipment for the Grand Cherokee L is yet to be released, the Limited will feature 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Overland and Summit will step up with 19-inch items (and a sunroof). That said, the Summit Reserve will set the 21-inch benchmark.
The Limited is all but confirmed to come with coil springs, with the Overland, Summit and Summit Reserve’s higher ground clearance likely explained by the fitment of Quadra-Lift air suspension. However, the former’s 2813kg braked towing capacity leads all comers (versus 2268kg).
Speaking of the Grand Cherokee’s suspension, its tune will take into account the harsh Australian conditions, with local testing of the regular two-row and L models having been undertaken ahead of their launches.
For reference, the regular Grand Cherokee measures 4999mm long with a 2959mm wheelbase, while the L is 5204mm long with a 3091mm wheelbase. Either way, width is 1979mm, and height is 1816mm.
The two-row Grand Cherokee will enter Australian showrooms later in the first half of 2022, with its range expected to mimic that of the L, including grades and powertrain options.
Stay tuned for pricing and full specifications details for the new Grand Cherokee, but expect it to be positioned further upmarket than its ‘WK’ predecessor, which currently starts from $59,950 plus on-road costs and reaches $83,950 for the non-performance line-up.