- Jeep on Wednesday unveiled its first Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid, as it attempts to transform its SUVs from gas gazers to “green” vehicles.
- The new 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe has an estimated 25 miles of all-electric range before switching to a four-cylinder turbocharged engine to power the vehicle.
- Jeep is expected to be a key part of growth and electrification plans for Stelantis, its new parent company that plans to invest $35.5 billion in technology by 2025.
DETROIT – Jeep on Wednesday unveiled its first Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid as it attempts to transform its SUVs from gas gazers to “green” vehicles.
The new 2022 Grand Cherokee 4xe has an estimated 25 miles of all-electric range before switching to a four-cylinder turbocharged engine to power the vehicle. This redesigned Grand Cherokee will complete a new family of SUVs when they hit dealer showrooms early next year.
“The Jeep Grand Cherokee is our global flagship and will lead the Jeep brand into a new era of premium refinement, innovative technology, advanced 4×4 capability and electrification,” said Jeep CEO Christian Meunier in a statement.
A new three-row version of the Grand Cherokee went on sale earlier this year. A traditional two-row model offering the V-6 and V-8 internal combustion engines is expected to hit US showrooms in the fourth quarter. The all-new fifth-generation Grand Cherokee SUV features a redesigned interior and exterior.
Jeep says the Grand Cherokee 4xe combines two electric motors, a 400-volt battery pack, and a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 375 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque. Its total driving range is estimated at over 440 miles, once fully charged and filled with gas, with an EPA-required rating of 57 mpg-equivalent.
The 2022 Grand Cherokee 4Xe will be the second plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for Jeep in the US. This Wrangler will join the plug-in hybrid electric that went on sale earlier this year.
Pricing for the two-row 2022 Grand Cherokee, including the 4xe, was not announced. Pricing for the three-row version ranges from around $39,000 to $65,000.
Jeep development and electrification are expected to be a significant part of plans for its new parent company, the Stelantis, created through the merger of Fiat Chrysler and French automaker Groupe PSA earlier this year. The company is investing at least $35.5 billion (30 billion euros) in electric vehicles and assistive technologies by 2025.
Meunier has said that every new Jeep will offer some form of electrification over the next few years. Those plans are expected to include all-electric vehicles as well as hybrids and PHEVs that combine electrification with internal combustion engines such as the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler 4xe models.
Jeep is expected to introduce its first all-electric vehicle in 2023. Earlier this year, it unveiled an all-electric concept version of its Wrangler SUV called the “Magneto”.