In a different reality, we would have already seen the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The rugged all-terrain brand was supposed to remove the cover of the SUV updated earlier this month at the Detroit Auto Show, but the coronavirus has forced a three-month production delay. In the meantime, we are still looking at spy photos, although the last one finally shows part of the sheet metal of the SUV for the first time.
We can see that the seven-slot grille continues, although the slats appear taller and thinner than the more square ones in the current offering. We can also see the headlights, although they look a lot like those of the 2020 Grand Cherokee. They have the same shape, and both have the turn signal tucked away on the outer edge. The hood is also uncovered, with a high leading edge where we expect the Jeep brand to be seated.
The rest of the SUV remains covered in thick black plastic and coating, although it’s difficult to hide the longer wheelbase. When the Grand Cherokee update arrives, it builds on the Alfa Romeo Giulia platform which also underpins the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The longer footprint will allow Jeep to shoehorn in a third row. The Jeep will arrive with several choices of powertrains such as a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder serving as an entry-level mill. Higher versions will receive the company’s Pentastar V6 with eTorque, and the 3.0-liter diesel V6 will also be available. A plug-in hybrid variant is in preparation for a later launch date.
This will be the most significant update to the Grand Cherokee since the current generation went on sale in 2011. This means there should be a full interior update that will include all kinds of FCA bells and whistles, like its updated Uconnect infotainment system. A plethora of standard and optional security features should also be available. However, we won’t know all the details until Jeep reveals it, and we don’t know when it will be at this time.