Meet The All-New Three-Row 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L:


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Apr 21, 2020
Metro Detroit
Meet The All-New Three-Row 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L:
The Fifth-Generation Grand Cherokee Is Here!

By Robert S. Miller

It was 29 years ago today, that the Jeep® brand shook up the SUV segment with the introduction of the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ). Originally intended to be a replacement for the legendary Jeep Grand Wagoneer (SJ), the all-new ZJ was introduced to the media at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in a stunt that kicked off the most awarded nameplate in the SUV segment.

2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Overland. (Jeep).

Driving a Poppy Red-colored ZJ fresh off the assembly line from the newly built Jefferson Avenue Assembly Plant (JNAP) on Detroit's eastside, Chrysler Corporation President, Bob Lutz was followed by cameras making the 6-mile trip to Detroit's Cobo Hall. Once there, Lutz drove the 4.0-liter inline-six-cylinder-powered Grand Cherokee up the stairs of Cobo Hall, crashing through the windows of the lobby and unveiling the new SUV to the press.

Fast forward to today, the NAIAS show has been pushed to a September date, there is an ongoing pandemic, and Jeep has built a brand-new assembly plant to help manufacture even more of the brand's upcoming fifth-generation Grand Cherokee (WL). The iconic American brand introduces the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the first three-row vehicle to carry the Grand Cherokee nameplate. It also marks the brand's return to the three-row offerings in the SUV E- Segment since the discontinuation of the Jeep Commander (XK) after the 2010 model year.

2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Overland. (Jeep).

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the first part of a trio of new Grand Cherokee offerings from Jeep that will debut this year. Scheduled to start production in early March, a two-row variant following the same formula as the current Grand Cherokee (WK2) models will enter production in August. These two models will be followed by a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version, using the electrified 4xe nameplate starting production in October according to our sources.

The all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L is completely new from the ground up. Starting with an all-new exterior design, the Grand Cherokee L clearly pulls inspiration from the all-new Grand Wagoneer Concept. Slightly boxier than the WK2 model it will ultimately replace, the new Grand Cherokee L features bolder styling pulled together with a character line that runs around the vehicle just below the greenhouse. A longer, more prominent hood features a more upright front end treatment with features standard LED headlamps with similar styling treatments to the midsize 2021 Jeep Cherokee. Pulling from its brand heritage, the Grand Cherokee L also features a slight kink in the iconic seven-slot grille paying homage to the "waterfall" grille design, a design trait that has been returning on many of the recent new or updated Jeep vehicles.

2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve. (Jeep).

From the side, the new Grand Cherokee L is chiseled and well-defined. Chrome trim runs from the A-pillar over the side glass and through the D-pillar before running around and under the rear hatch glass, breaking up the classic slab-sided SUV design.

At the rear of the vehicle, Grand Cherokee L features slim LED taillamps that extended from the center of the hatch to flow to the outside of the vehicle before wrapping around the rear quarter panel.

2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve. (Jeep).

With the addition of the third-row, the Grand Cherokee L is bigger than its WK2 predecessor. With a wheelbase of 121.7-inches and a length of 204.9-inches, the all-new Grand Cherokee L has a 6.9-inch longer wheelbase and is 15.1-inches longer in length. As for the width, the new Grand Cherokee L is 1.4-inches wider than the current model as well.

When compared to the current three-row 2021 Dodge Durango which shares its underpinnings with the current Grand Cherokee WK2, the all-new Grand Cherokee L has just under 2-inches of a longer wheelbase about 4-inches longer in overall length. While it doesn't sound like much, the added wheelbase and length, should give the new Grand Cherokee L a smoother ride and even more usable three-row legroom than the current Dodge Durango.

2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Overland. (Jeep).

With its larger dimensions, the Grand Cherokee L now has more cargo room than ever before. According to Jeep, the Grand Cherokee L features 17.1 cubic-feet of cargo room behind the third-row. That grows to 46.9 cubic-feet with the third-row folded down, and 84.6 cubic-feet when both the second-row and third-row are folded flat.
There will be five core trim-levels available on the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L. This includes the entry-level Laredo, well equipped Limited, stylish Overland, luxurious Summit, and the new ultra-premium Summit Reserve. Many of you might be wondering where the off-road-oriented Trailhawk model is, however, customers will have the ability to add an all-new Off-Road Package to the Overland trim in its place. We will be talking about that in an upcoming article.

2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve. (Jeep).

Inside is where the Grand Cherokee L shines. While the current WK2 interior seems to be a welcoming place for passengers, the new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L revolutionizes the welcoming experience with new materials, handsome design, and the latest technology.

Starting with what makes the Grand Cherokee L unique, is the standard third-row configuration. There is now the ability to carry either 6 or 7 passengers. The second-row of the Grand Cherokee L can feature a bench layout for those looking for 7 passenger capability or pair of captain's chairs allowing more premium seating for 6 passengers.

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Jan 8, 2021
Limerick, Pennsylvania
I have to be honest & say I was starting to lose confidence in the Jeep brand in regards to technology and driver assist features. I was seriously considering the Mustang Mach E due to its upcoming hands free driving, Copilot 360, Sync 4a infotainment, and OTA update capability. However, it’s an electric car & I have concerns about it the battery & charging.

Now that I see that the Grand Cherokee will offer hands free driving, I’m very interested in that. Also, I see it will have a 360 degree camera & foot activated lift gate similar to the Mach E, as well as OTA updates.

I’m hoping some automotive journalists will do a detail review of the hands free driving, infotainment system, and other features. That will help me decide if I’m interested in this Jeep.