2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee: L is for Large

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
2021 jeep grand cherokee l is for large

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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  • USluxuryman USluxuryman on Jan 11, 2021

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

  • NoID NoID on Jan 11, 2021

    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.

  • Theflyersfan As a kid, a neighbor had one of these full-sized conversion vans with the TV and wet bar in the back. And it was so cool to go in - as a kid it was, driving it had to be terror at times with blind spots, iffy power and brakes, and the feeling that you're hauling your living room with you! Kids of the 1970s and 1980s had this experience. Afterwards with minivans and then CUV everything, not so much.And I'm crushed that a 1977 van doesn't have some kind of mural on the sides. Coyote howling at the moon, American flag, Confederate flag, bright stripes, something! You can't have a 1970's era van with plain sides! At least a "Don't Laugh. Your daughter's in here" bumper sticker on the back. I always get a Gacy or Bundy vibe with these vans...
  • Jeff S In the EV market Tesla is not a niche player it is the major player. According to the latest data of the California-based vehicle valuation and automotive research company  Kelley Blue Book, Tesla has the lion’s share with 75 percent market share in  the electric vehicle market in the first three months of 2022.Tesla has dominated the electric vehicle market for years in the United States. The electric vehicles manufactured by Tesla accounted for 79 percent of the new electric vehicles registered in the United States in 2020 and 69,95 percent in 2021. The decrease in the market share in 2021 might be explained by backlogs and the global chip shortage, but the company is ramping up its sales and has already increased its market share to 75 percent in the first quarter of the year. According to Kelley Blue Book, the top 10 EVs sold in the US in the first quarter of 2022 are;[list=1][*]Tesla Model Y[/*][*]Tesla Model 3[/*][*]Ford Mustang Mach-E[/*][*]Tesla Model X[/*][*]Hyundai Ioniq 5[/*][*]Kia EV6[/*][*]Tesla Model S[/*][*]Nissan Leaf[/*][*]Kia Niro[/*][*]Audi e-Tron[/*][/list=1]Tesla has delivered 310,048 vehicles in the first quarter of 2022, another first-quarter record. The success of Tesla is proven once again as the company has three electric cars in the top 10 most selling electric vehicles in the United States, while no other manufacturer has even two different models on the list.Tesla leads all others, selling slightly over 936,000 units in 2021. This gave the company a market share of nearly 14%.Mar 30, 2022https://interestingengineering.com/transportation/tesla-ev-market-75-percent-market-share
  • Jeff S I did not know Plymouth had a full size van prior to the mini vans. I did know about the Plymouth pickups and the Trail Duster.
  • Arthur Dailey When I grew tired of the T-Bird trying to kill me by refusing to start at the most inconvenient times/places, I replaced it with a '79 fullsized Dodge (Sportsman) van. Similar to this but with a different grille and rectangular headlights. The 4 'captains' chairs in my van were pretty much identical to the ones in this van. Mine certainly was not as nicely finished inside. And it was a handful to drive in snow/ice. One thing that strikes me about this van is that although a conversion it does not seem to have the requisite dark tint on the windows.
  • Jeff S I am not a fan of Tesla and they were niche vehicles but it seems that they have become more common. I doubt if I get an EV that it would be a Tesla. The electrical grid will have to be expanded because people over the long run are not going to accept the excuse of the grid can't handle people charging their EVs.