Jeep Debuts 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe
Jeep® is known for many things – off-road 4xe adventure, after-market accessories for further customization past half-doors and no roofs, and for sticking to its guns. When Stellantis first formed, there was a lot of debate over the name of two models. Not just putting up their dukes, Jeep also stands by its word. Back in 2018, the automaker shared the five-year roadmap for Jeep, including an electrified lineup. Although the automotive group Stellantis, the parent group of Jeep, has been dragging its heels when it comes to alternative fuel, Jeep already has four models in its lineup making the transition, with the Grand Cherokee 4xe the latest model to join the team.
“The all-new PHEV Grand Cherokee 4xe, along with the first ever three-row Grand Cherokee L and all-new two-row Grand Cherokee, represent the best Grand Cherokee lineup ever…Now with electrified 4xe technology, the Grand Cherokee further strengthens the Jeep brand’s vision of ‘Zero Emission Freedom.’” – Jim Morrison, vice president and head of Jeep brand North America
Although we may never see the Jeep Compass 4xe and Renegade 4xe, having only sold overseas so far, the Jeep Wrangler 4xe is definitely hitting stateside. There are rumors of the former two models being tested on American soil, and the Grand Cherokee 4xe was spotted in the spring of 2021. Recently becoming official, the automaker announced the first-ever electrified Grand Cherokee, a plug-in hybrid variant able to deliver 25 miles of all-electric range and 56 MPGe. Boasting upgrades to the interior, technology, and safety, the starting MSRP for the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is $57,700 (plus destination fee). With five trims in total – base Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, Trailhawk 4xe, Overland 4xe, Summit 4xe, and Summit Reserve 4xe, the MSRP climbs to $74,300 (plus destination fee) for the high-end Summit Reserve model.
Becoming a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) can sometimes make people wary of the performance delivered from a gasoline-powered Jeep, but it’s becoming common knowledge that an electric motor can deliver a lot of torque at 0 RPM, giving off-road lovers a lot of control without having to test the response of the gas pedal on that particular hill –you know the one. Equipped with a Quadra Trac II 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case, the Grand Cherokee 4xe can manage a lot of terrain when the need for adventure calls. Able to offer a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio and a 47.4:1 crawl ratio, consumers will also get plenty of towing capability for those days spent out on the water. The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe can tow as much as 6,000 pounds.
For those curious, this plug-in hybrid SUV can generate up to 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. That power comes from two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Like most Jeep vehicles, the gears switch automatically, equipped with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. That 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine is actually the “future-proof” engine designed by formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) back in 2018, now a part of Stellantis’s Global Medium Engine family.
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