Code-named "WL," the 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee will ride on an all-new platform shared with several other vehicles, including the next-gen Dodge Durango and the next-gen Mercedes ML class. Spy photographer Brenda Priddy says the new chassis is flexible enough to accommodate five- or seven-passenger configurations.
Sources tell Priddy that the new Grand, sans camo, looks like the Trailhawk concept with sharper lines, a similar grille and possible door stamping.
Chrysler's new Phoenix V6 motor will be available in the Grand Cherokee in 3.3L and 3.6L displacements. A 4.7L V8 and 5.7L Hemi are also likely in the cards, as well as the GM/Chrysler/BMW hybrid powertrain. As always, expect 2WD and 4WD offerings. There are also rumors of an aluminum front axle and a tow rating of almost 8,000 lbs.
The new Jeep will likely start production at the Jefferson North Assembly plant in January 2010.