2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Interior Spied Looking Very Premium
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will get a very modern interior design if recent spy photos are to be believed. Our source was able to get close enough to the heavily camouflaged test mule to take a fairly clear photo of the cockpit of Jeep’s next midsize SUV, and plenty of tech is on display.
Obviously there’s a huge angled touchscreen mounted high on the dashboard. Mounted horizontally, not vertically, the screen appears to be at least 12 inches in diameter. It also appears to take inspiration from the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class, although we’re sure the resemblance is fortuitous since the companies are no longer related in any way. The tall, wide touchscreen should be easier to use with less distraction than FCA’s Uconnect 12 offering, the very excellent 12.0-inch vertical display found in some versions of the Ram 1500.
On the Grand Cherokee (now thought to be delayed until model year 2022), we can also see clearly marked hard buttons below the infotainment screen, as well as a row of toggle switches at the top. from the dashboard. The presence of physical buttons bodes well for ergonomics. The center console houses FCA’s now-familiar rotary gearshift dial, and we expect to see off-road controls in the same spot on production models.
Stylishly, the interior of the 2022 Grand Cherokee is a rather attractive evolution of the interior of the current SUV. There is still a slight fender shape on the dashboard instrument panel, but the larger touchscreen and new digital instrument cluster modernize the look considerably. The large HVAC outlets on the top of the dash look sophisticated, as do the matte finished wood panels that extend from the infotainment system. In our eyes, there’s a very slight callback to the first-gen Grand Cherokee as well, with a mostly flat dash that gives way to a domed dashboard.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee will use FCA’s Giorgio platform, shared with the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV. However, expect the Grand to boast some significant hardware upgrades to take its off-road performance to a Jeep-worthy level. The permanent four-wheel drive will likely benefit from a low-range transfer case, and there should be some sophisticated traction and suspension technology to help it earn a “Trail Rated” badge.
The Jeep SUV’s launch date is a mystery, but we expect to see it in November, coinciding with the 2020 Los Angeles Auto Show, which has yet to be canceled. Expect the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee to hit dealerships next summer.