• Jeep Grand Cherokee L

New Year brings an All-new Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Tom Venetis By: Tom Venetis January 7, 2021

Building on a 30-years legacy, Jeep plans to shake-up this New Year with the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

This new iteration of the popular full-sized SUV – coming in Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit trim levels – will bring new under-the-hood improvements and interior upgrades that will continue to make this best-selling Jeep popular with Canadian drivers.

It is expected to arrive in Canadian Jeep dealership in the second quarter of 2021, and a Jeep Cherokee two-row and 4xe electric version should make their debut later in 2021. Pricing for the Jeep Grand Cherokee L was not available at press time.

An all-new architecture brings several improvements meant to optimize the driving experience. First off is a the availability of three 4×4 systems – Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive-II – that are meant to improve vehicle traction and control, and are mated to an exclusive Quadra-Lift system that offers five settings for better ride performance. A Select-Terrain traction management system lets drivers choose five terrain modes – Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow and Mud/Sand – while a Hill-Decent control gives greater when going down a steep incline.

Under the hood, drivers will have a choice of two engine configurations: a standard all-aluminium 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 that puts out 290 hp and 257 lb-ft of toque, and a 5.7-litre V8 that delivers some 357 hp and 390 ft-lb of torque.

The exterior gets a refresh by taking its cue from the original Wagoneer, but is given a cleaner and more modern appearance. This new Jeep Grand Cherokee L gets a longer hood and cab that gives the vehicle a smoother look , and a forward-tipped grille and lowered, tapered roof improves the aerodynamic performance without sacrificing cargo space.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep Grand Cherokee L

An eye-catching enhancement is the slim LED headlights and a suite of LED lighting that is to be standard on all Jeep Grand Cherokee trim levels, lighting that the company’s designer say helps shape the identity of the vehicle and making it stand out.

The interior also gets a several touches that will certainly be appreciated by owners. The tailored interior will feature an instrument panel that has been proportioned and angled to enhance the space of the cabin and a metal trim stretches across the length of the panel with an upward sweep to offset the slim HVAC vents. The trim will bring out the natural wood accent that in the Summit trip will be Absolute Oak, Waxed Walnut in the Summit Reserve package. The front seats come with power 16-way seat adjustment with memory and lumbar support available in the Overland and standard on the Summit trim. Heated front seats and steering wheel – much coveted by Canadians – are standard on all Canadian models.

Owners will also be appreciative of the new 10.1-inch infotainment screen with the Uconnect 5 system that uses an Android OS with a customizable home screen, connectivity for two Bluetooth-enabled phones, Alexa “Home to Car” functionality, TomTom Navigation and 4G LTE WiFi hotspot connectivity. For those who place a premium on audio quality, the Jeep Grand Cherokee L comes with a premium McIntosh sound system.

Safety has not been neglected and the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will come with Active Driving Assist, Hands-Free Active Driving Assist, Night Vision Camera, Intersection Collision Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition. Among the safety features standard across all lineup are Rear Cross Path Detection, Active Lane Management, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Blind-Spot Monitoring and ParkView rear back-up camera.