By on January 7, 2021

Grand Cherokee L

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is full-sized luxo SUVing at its best, loaded with as many features as this class will allow, plus for the first time, three-row seating.

Grand Cherokee L

Not over the limit for its weight class but big-boned like your grandmother, three 4X4 systems and Select-Terrain traction management mean the Grand Cherokee L will clear most obstacles and ford streams better than its predecessors.

Grand Cherokee L

Independent front and rear suspensions are nothing new, but for the first time on the Grand Cherokee L, the front axle is bolted directly to either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, rated at 290 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque, or the optional 5.7 liter V8, rated at 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Better management of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) and superior driving dynamics are achieved with this setup, along with engine mounts that absorb more vibration and motion when at idle but stiffen at higher speeds to optimize ride glide.

Grand Cherokee L

A 36mm increase gives the Grand Cherokee L a wider, more confident stance. The wheel flares are tightened around the tire to strengthen the designers’ vision, something that might need to be replaced if you actually wheel this rig. The tires are flush with the body side to showcase its wheel arches and, for the first time on a Grand Cherokee, 21-inch wheels come standard with the Summit Reserve Package, a fine way to achieve mall crawler status but questionable off-road.

Grand Cherokee L

In case you were wondering, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L’s new unibody design received a plethora of upgrades to optimize ride and handling while reducing road noise, improving fuel economy, and cutting weight.

Grand Cherokee L

You have to shed tonnage somewhere if you want to use wood, leather, and metal to achieve what their designers are calling a visual masterpiece. The center stack, which was a console for most of its life, is now reconfigured to be more accessible to the driver. I’m guessing it’s the size of the stack that counts, and here the Grand Cherokee L doesn’t disappoint, with plenty of room for a next-gen 10.1-inch display for the Uconnect 5 system. Also new is a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster with two dozen different menus from which the user can select, none of which should be selectable while driving, even though the Grand Cherokee L’s multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters.

Grand Cherokee L

Jeep Grand Cherokee L arrives in Jeep dealerships in the second quarter of 2021. A new Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row and its 4xe-electrified version are scheduled to debut later in 2021. No idea where this luxury liner will pencil out at, but be sure to bring plenty of cryptocurrency.

[Images: FCA]

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31 Comments on “2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee: L is for Large...”


  • avatar
    thegamper

    Looks very nice, especially the interior. 3 row seating will have a big impact on sales I would imagine, long time coming. From some angles, difficult to tell the new model from the old, but the old one was a fairly pleasing shape so I don’t really see that as a negative. I would guess that the one pictured crosses the $50k mark when it goes on sale.

    • 0 avatar
      Lichtronamo

      Considering the GC is currently has best retail sales of midsize SUVs and CUVs (on an ancient platform), I agree. The GC and the GC-L hit the sweet spot in the market in terms of being practical and luxury. The two row GC may look even more like the current model, which I also agree, is not a bad thing.

  • avatar
    crtfour

    Wow looks great. That design will age well unlike many of the other gazillion crossovers.

  • avatar
    turiMaximo

    Looks impressive from the outside. Interior IP looks somewhat dated already to me, but more than good enough for the buyers of this Jeep.

  • avatar
    MrIcky

    I’m not normally big on gimmicky electronics- but I’m enamored with the MacIntosh VU Meter graphics. They aren’t shown on this set of slides TTAC has chosen though.

  • avatar
    BrentinWA

    Ooooh. Exciting. Yet another wallowy crossover that’s a chore to drive

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Just when you thought there weren’t enough cars on the road that you can’t see around…

  • avatar
    statikboy

    I thought Jeep already had other new giant crossovers coming…? Doesn’t this eat their lunch?

    • 0 avatar
      detlump

      That’s a good point – but the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are targeting the Land Rover market, at higher still price points. That’s where the huge money is at. Look at the new Defender, starts at around $55K and can be optioned to over $80K, at least. Pure profit.

  • avatar
    Lichtronamo

    Looks good, especially the interior (good to see real knobs/buttons). Ford should be worried about Explorer now that Jeep is coming with 3-rows, as well as 2-rows of seats.

  • avatar
    lstanley

    I wonder if these are going to be popular in some parts of the country and non-existent in others. From my time living on the East Coast it seemed like Grand Cherokees had some status. But now out here in the upper Midwest you barely see any. This is firmly Tahoe country.

  • avatar
    MKizzy

    The gray example in his article is sharp. The red lower trim GC-L model I saw on another site with much smaller wheels looks like a oversized budget station wagon.

    Wonder what’s up with the Dodge Durango since the extended length + 3-row seating of the GC-L kinda makes the Dodge redundant. Perhaps the Durango is either going away for good (big trouble for Dodge) or will be re-imagined as an on-road faux minivan to compete with the likes of the Mazda CX-9.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Beautiful, inside and out :)

  • avatar
    Mike-NB2

    It must be a Jeep thing, because I sure don’t get it…

  • avatar
    tonycd

    I think the styling is compromised by the squared-off rear required to give it a third row. To my eyes, it doesn’t look as graceful as its predecessor. In the D pillar, it looks uncomfortably like a Chevy Traverse.

  • avatar
    Dan

    “but for the first time on the Grand Cherokee L, the front axle is bolted directly to either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine”

    So it’s now wrong wheel drive?

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Yummy, LWB all the things.

    Really this is how it should have launched ten years ago.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    This is absolutely stunning. The outside is very different but still instantly recognizable as a Grand Cherokee. The interior is an absolute home run. This looks like a far more expensive vehicle from the inside. It’s clear the same design principals that made the 2019+ Ram the best pickup on the planet (by a long shot) has migrated over to this new Grand Cherokee

  • avatar
    jimmeh72

    I have a 2012 Grand Cherokee I have owned since new. It has been an excellent vehicle without a single issue. I don’t want to tempt fate but literally nothing has gone wrong with it, and it still looks and drives like new. I used to get a new car every 2 years, and now I have had this GC for 8. I have been waiting for this new GC but want the 5 passenger, not this L model. The exterior and interior both look outstanding, and will put it in my top 3 list.

  • avatar
    markd

    Handsome and clearly capable.

    Quilted leather (especially combined with woodgrain) looks super tacky to my eye, but I’m not marketing them, so.

  • avatar
    USluxuryman

    The 5.7L Hemi V-8 gets 375 HP, not 357! Get an Editor.

  • avatar
    NoID

    I wonder if this platform will underpin the next-gen Durango, same as the current-gen is built off the WK platform.

    It’s been a long time coming for Jeep. Chrysler/FCA has always been a little bit weird about not filling obvious holes in its lineup (they went forever without a proper crew cab pickup) and this plugs an obvious one for an SUV brand such as Jeep.

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