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Spy Shots: ’22 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Rumored to Get "Tornado" Inline-Six


With the production of the all-new three-row ’21 Jeep Grand Cherokee L (WL75) getting ready to start at the new Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack plant in Detroit, we now have our first look at the two-row ’22 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe (WL74) testing on public roads. This all-new ’22 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is the second part of a wave of new Grand Cherokee models that will be introduced this year.

The ’22 Jeep Grand Cherokee not only is shorter than the three-row model, but it also has several different design features. The most obvious is the front fascia styling shown on this 4xe trim-level prototype. The Grand Cherokee dumps the more squared-off look of the L model for a sportier and more angular look.

The second is the rear-window styling, while the Grand Cherokee L features a boxier look due to the application of the third row. This means the rear window glass is larger and more of a squared-shape than what these newest photos show for the two-row model. The two-row Grand Cherokee features a sharp-angled rear window with a rear-pillar that looks as if it’s a design throwback to the Grand Cherokee (WK) models that ran from 2005 to 2010.

Powertrain for the 4xe is expected to be borrowed from the Wrangler 4xe, which has a turbocharged 2.0L I4 engine paired with two electric motors and is good for 375 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. There are rumors that an all-new turbocharged “Tornado” inline-six with standard 48v mild-hybrid electrification will eventually find its way under the hood of the Grand Cherokee. We are also told that it’ll be paired to an all new ZF eight-speed that will feature an elective drive.

The two-row ’22 Jeep Grand Cherokee is expected to start production at the company’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant this fall.


Photo credit: Brian Williams