The current generation Jeep Grand Cherokee will run for another year as the automaker continues to prepare a pair of successors. The news comes from MoparInsiders, which reports that the automaker will send the large SUV with a single model of the 80th Anniversary Edition. This continues the automaker’s trend established in 2016 with the Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition model. [pictured above].
According to the source of the post, Jeep will build the Anniversary Edition model on top of the Limited version. There are no details on what the package will offer. However, the 75th Anniversary Edition model included upgrades such as a unique front fascia and grille, low-gloss bronze accents, exclusive seats, badges and other upgrades. Jeep could do something similar for the 80th Anniversary Edition model, but don’t expect anything too crazy like a performance boost.
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The new Anniversary Edition model will join other base versions of the Grand Cherokee like the Trailhawk, Overland and Summit, as well as the rest of the lineup. The next model year will also see the SUV benefit from some minor modifications. The entry-level Laredo version will have new 18-inch wheels, for example. The Limited and Limited X models will receive a new Sun & Sound package that includes a double-glazed panoramic sunroof and a nine-speaker Alpine audio system.
When the next-gen Jeep Grand Cherokee arrives, it will ride on a version of the architecture behind the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia. It will also feature two- and three-row interiors, allowing the model to compete with the Ford Explorer and other large SUVs. The powertrain details are yet to be guessed, but customers should expect some hybridization. We thought we would see the new Grand Cherokee for the 2021 model year, although Jeep has canceled the Detroit Auto Show reveal and has yet to announce the postponement date.