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The next Grand Cherokee?

by David Zatz on

We know that the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee is based on an evolution of the current platform; and that, barring any last-minute problems, the one after that will be based on the new corporate rear-drive platform/architecture.

next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee

But what does the final “Mercedes-influenced” Grand Cherokee  look like? That’s a good question, which Maffetmotorwerks, above, and DarkSky, below, addressed. (The rendering above was a Wagoneer, but since that’s now known to be body-on-frame, we’ve adapted it.)

The next-generation “PUG” Pentastar V6 may power the lower-level Grand Cherokees, and we may finally see a forced-induction V6 accompanying the Hemi V8, though we’re heard reports of delays there. The diesel is likely to be certified any week now, but FCA may decide that, until lawsuits and state investigations are over, the Grand Cherokee should be gasoline-only.

There aren’t many earth-shattering changes we see for the next generation. All the gadgets FCA has will be brought to bear, possibly adding 360° views from inside. LED lighting is almost certainly to be an option, or standard on higher-end models. Another UConnect generation is probably, and maybe the touch-screen will be enlarged again. A lighter body seems to be a given, unless safety changes nix that.

No insider information was used in the creation of these renderings.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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