Jeep’s ‘WL’ Grand Cherokee may be inching closer to its reveal, but we now know when the fifth-generation large SUV will go on sale.
The WL Grand Cherokee will enter Jeep Australia showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2021, pointing to a debut in the months prior, although it reportedly was originally scheduled to do so earlier this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic likely to have changed those plans.
Either way, it won’t be long until we know what the WL Grand Cherokee is all about, but expectations are high given it will replace the WK2 model that’s been around for a decade.
That said, the WL Grand Cherokee is expected to use a larger version of FCA’s Giorgio platform, which is currently used by Alfa Romeo’s Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV. Critically, this in-house architecture supports rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.
Standard- and long-wheelbase variants of the WL Grand Cherokee will reportedly be available, with the former a five-seater and the latter a seven-seater, which would see it take the fight to the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder.
Styling-wise, the WL Grand Cherokee is expected to share its design language with the Grand Wagoneer Concept revealed earlier this month.
Inside, the WL Grand Cherokee will reportedly carry over its predecessor’s 7.0- and 8.0-inch touchscreens, although a new 10.1-inch unit will be an option alongside fresh 7.0- and 10.1-inch digital instrument clusters.
A new rotary gear selector is also expected, with it able to switch the WL Grand Cherokee’s transmission into low range. Suitably, Terrain Select drive modes will be nearby.
In a familiar move, a ‘Pentastar’ 3.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol V6 is expected to be the WL Grand Cherokee’s entry-level engine option.
Meanwhile, a fresh ‘Tornado’ 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol inline six-cylinder unit will reportedly succeed the ‘Hemi’ 5.7-litre naturally aspirated petrol V8. Other engine options are also expected, potentially including the Wrangler’s new plug-in hybrid powertrain.
As always, time will tell what the WL Grand Cherokee has in store, so stay tuned as we bring you the latest information as it comes to hand.