2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee two-row spied testing

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2022-11-24 04:31:24

The 2-row WL-series Jeep Grand Cherokee has been spied on native roads forward of its launch.

Jeep confirmed within the two-row Grand Cherokee would launch regionally within the fourth quarter of 2022, with plug-in hybrid 4xe fashions following within the first quarter of 2023. We’ve contacted Jeep Australia to substantiate if there have been any adjustments to launch timing.

“The 2-row WL is already right here. And it’s already being examined and evaluated, all the information is being fed again,” Jeep Australia managing director Kevin Flynn informed CarExpert in Could.

“We’ve received a full-time worker who’s simply engaged on that challenge, and feeding again the information. And so yeah, it’s taking place. And there’ll be a continued dedication to do this.”

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Mr Flynn stated it was “extra about validation” than creating a bespoke tune for the native market.

“In all equity, while there’s a sure uniqueness concerning the surroundings right here, one of many massive ones is simply the sheer size of filth road-type environments plus the warmth. That’s very, crucial for us,” stated Mr Flynn, noting the WL was developed throughout round 10 international locations.

“So once they then pull the settings collectively after which set the car for us, we validate that that specification is both proper or fallacious or no matter, and feed that again.

“To be trustworthy with you: the automotive we received is spot on.”

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The plug-in hybrid Grand Cherokee 4xe can be being examined regionally, and would be the first PHEV offered by Jeep in Australia. The 4xe is offered solely within the shorter, two-row physique and never the three-row L.

The instance photographed seems to be a base petrol Laredo right here for engineering and analysis functions, with its badges eliminated.

We don’t essentially count on the two-row WL vary to open with a Laredo as Jeep Australia has been shifting away from providing these entry-level trims seen within the North American market.

At present, each member of the native Jeep line-up now opens with a sportier-looking Night time Eagle trim as an alternative, together with the three-row Grand Cherokee L that launched earlier this 12 months.

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CarExpert has beforehand understood the two-row line-up might be provided in Night time Eagle, Restricted and Summit Reserve trims, with the 4xe solely anticipated to be provided within the two increased trims.

The shorter two-row physique can be provided in a extra off-road-ready Trailhawk variant in North America.

Jeep at present advertises its Grand Cherokee L vary with a base value of $83,500 earlier than on-road prices, with the Restricted costing $89,500 and the Summit Reserve costing $116,700. Naturally, we count on the shorter two-row to be extra inexpensive, although it’s unclear by how a lot.

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The 266kW/530Nm 5.7-litre Hemi petrol V8 hasn’t been launched regionally, which implies all Grand Cherokee fashions offered in Australia solely use the naturally aspirated 3.6-litre Pentastar petrol V6.

This produces 210kW of energy and 344Nm of torque. Jeep says it could be “possible” for its new, extra highly effective inline sixes to be put in within the Grand Cherokee, however stopped wanting confirming such an addition.

Within the meantime, essentially the most highly effective Grand Cherokee that might be provided regionally would be the 4xe, which mates a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with an electrical motor and a 17kWh battery, for whole system outputs of 280kW and 637Nm.

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As with the three-row L, don’t count on to see a diesel regardless that a major variety of giant SUVs nonetheless supply an oiler, with the three.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 dying with the earlier WK2 sequence.

“On this section I’m informed diesel… it’s what we want. If we don’t have diesel, we will’t promote,” Jeep international CEO Christian Meunier informed CarExpert in September.

“I don’t consider these things. The market goes to evolve, proper? As a result of diesel goes to go away. Diesel goes to die.

“It’s going to die in Europe. And since the massive quantity was coming from Europe and the European producers had been actually, actually selling diesel.”

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Mr Meunier stated he sees plug-in hybrids as a very good bridge in markets like Australia till there’s infrastructure extra supportive of full electrical autos.

The defunct turbo-diesel V6, which is being phased out by company mother or father Stellantis, accounted for round 57 per cent of WK2 Grand Cherokee gross sales over time, and its absence is keenly felt in part of the market the place diesels stay common.

Jeep Australia is counting on diesel fans to assume lengthy and exhausting about how a lot they want the aptitude of an oiler.

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“No doubt, we may have some diesel clients that are going to should rethink and work out what really do they want,” Mr Flynn informed CarExpert earlier this 12 months.

“And it’s fairly doable that really the car nonetheless with 2800[kg braked towing capacity] remains to be going to be sufficient for them to adequately pull what they should pull.”

Mr Flynn additionally added that issues are “shifting very, very quick away from diesel”.

The brand new WL, in distinction, has a braked towing capability of 2813kg in Night time Eagle and Restricted trims and 2268kg within the Summit Reserve – down on the 3500kg figures provided by the previous WK2 diesel and huge SUVs just like the Isuzu MU-X.

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