2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Everything You Need To Know
Posted on June 13, 2022
How can you continue to improve upon legendary greatness? Not sure? You should consult the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee! The latest edition of the Most Awarded SUV Ever (Jeep® Grand Cherokee has received more awards over its lifetime than any other SUV) is sure to impress - this legend has been re-engineered for the future and we can’t wait to tell you everything you need to know about the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Overview and What’s New
The Jeep Grand Cherokee for 2022 underwent extensive changes in the cabin (including an optional extra row of seating), while maintaining most of its distinct and loved exterior from the previous generation (which is actually still available in 2022 - more on that to come). The Grand Cherokee L - the three row version, is the archetype for the 2022 model platform. This allows the Grand Cherokee to not only compete (and win) against the standard SUV segment, like the Toyota 4Runner, VW Atlas, Ford Edge, GMC Terrain, Hyundai Santa Fe and the like but also against three row crossovers like the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9.
As always, Jeep delivers on the implicit Grand Cherokee promise with on-road comfort, convenience and luxury paired seamlessly with off-road capabilities and we plan to fill you in on all the details of just how they’ve accomplished this for 2022.
To make sure there is a Grand Cherokee that meets everyone’s needs and satisfies their wants, there are 4 types of Grand Cheerokes, up-to 7 available trim levels for each of the 4 versions, 3 different all-wheel drive systems, 3 engine types - including, for the first time ever, a plug-in hybrid option - and the option for a 3rd row!
While most vehicles have some choice of trim level, engine or drive systems, none can compete with the sprawling buffet of Grand Cherokee options.
Allow us to simplify your options with a summary of all things 2022 Grand Cherokee:
The 4 Types of 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokees:
Firstly, it is important for us to explain the general differences between the 4 available Jeep Grand Cherokees for 2022 - here is your initial cheat sheet.
- Grand Cherokee WK - as mentioned above, 2022 is a redesign year for the Grand Cherokee - with the exception of the WK version, which is a continuation of the previous generation of the model and therefore is identical to the 2021 iteration. For everything you need to know about the Grand Cherokee WK version, please check out our article on the 2021 Grand Cherokee here: https://www.carhub.ca/blog/2021-jeep-grand-cherokee-everything-you-should-know/ with the exception that the only available trim levels in 2022 are Laredo, Altitude, Limited and Limited X
- Grand Cherokee - the newly redesigned for 2022 - larger and with additional luxury trim levels - the 5 seater, gas powered mainstay for the next two versions of the Grand Cherokee
- Grand Cherokee L - the 6 / 7 seater option first introduced as a trim in 2021 and used as a basis for the platform of the Grand Cherokee in 2022
- Grand Cherokee 4xe - for the first time, the Grand Cherokee as a plug-in hybrid option!
Note: detailed differences between the Jeep Grand Cherokee WK, All-New Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee 4xe and Grand Cherokee L will be sprinkled throughout each category as we move along.
Power and Performance: Engine, Transmission and 4x4
The Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee WK and Grand Cherokee L come standard with a 3.6L PentastarTM V6 with Engine Stop/ Start (ESS) technology, Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and 8-speed automatic transmission rated at 293 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Overland and higher trim levels on the L model allow for an optional upgrade to the 5.7L HEMI® V8 with FuelSaver Multi-Displacement System (MDS) Technology, VVT and 8-speed automatic transmission rated at 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.
Of course there is also the new 4xe plug-in hybrid with a 2.0L I-4 DOHC Turbo PHEV engine with 8-speed automatic PHEV transmission delivering 375 hp and 470 lb-ft. of torque, offering an estimated 40 km of all-electric range.
The three all-wheel drive options are determined by the trim level that is chosen:
The Quadra-Trac I® 4x4 is always engaged combined with a brake lock differential for all-weather capability and peace of mind.
Quadra-Trac II® 4x4 features a two-speed low transfer case that uses input from a variety of sensors in order to determine tire slip at the earliest possible moment and take corrective action.
When tire slippage is detected, as much as 100% of available torque is instantly routed to the axle with the most traction.
Quadra-Drive® II with rear electronic limited slip differential is a full-time 4x4 system so it’s always active. It is our most advanced 4x4 system and delivers superior all-weather capability by transferring up to 100% of available torque to a single rear wheel if needed.
The standard engine option has a combined fuel consumption of 10.9L/100km and the 4xe plug-in hybrid 4.2 L/100km.
What’s on the inside?
Available with 5, 6 or 7 seats, the base Laredo models offer the essentials like heated seats and charging ports, middle range trims like Altitude, Limited and Trailhawk offer leather heated seats, meanwhile the upscale Summit and Overland trims will add luxuries like quilted leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, and high-tech digital displays.
From Laredo to Trailhawk, the UConnect 5 multimedia centre with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio is an 8.4 inch touchscreen - with Overland and above your upgrade will include NAV with GPS and connected travel and traffic services while Summit and Summit Reserve also increase the screen size to 10.1 inch.
Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio/cruise controls and paddle shifters; Soft-touch instrument panel and armrests as well as a 10.25-inch full-colour frameless digital gauge cluster are standard!
Other features will vary with trim choice such as lighting, power/handsfree liftgates and interior accents.
The Grand Cherokee provides you with genuine peace of mind by offering the most available Safety and Security features in its class (Based on WardsAuto Mid-size Sport Utility segmentation) Explore, commute and move people with the freedom that confidence provides.
New available Active Driving Assist keeps you on the right path making subtle adjustments using radar and video sensors helping you remain a set distance from the vehicle directly ahead and help keep you in the centre of your lane on the highway.
New available Hands-Free Active Driving Assist takes the stress out of a commute - equipt with alerts to ensure you stay attentive enough to take back control if needed.
There is also available 360 Surround View Camera, Night Vision, Intersection Collision Assist, Drowsy Driver Detection and Traffic Sign Recognition.
… but wait, there’s more! The 2022 Grand Cherokee also comes standard with Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection, Park-Sense® Rear Park Assist with Active Braking, ParkView® Rear Back-Up Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, Full-Speed Collision Warning with Active Braking and Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and Active Lane Management System.
Summary of Trim Levels
Laredo - when standard features aren’t so “standard”, you get the Laredo trim level. This “base” model includes all the items mentioned above that come standard (including heated seats and steering wheel!)
Altitude - upgraded wheels, (20-inch gloss black), black leather trimmed seats, wireless charging pad, power liftgate and remote start upgrades are some of the key highlights
Limited - enhanced Capri leather 1st and 2nd row seats, upgraded 6-speaker system with noise cancellation and enhanced Selec-Terrain Traction Management system round out this mid-leveltrim option.
Trailhawk - the trim level created for the off-road enthusiast (who still requires the conveniences of a luxury SUV). This trim level upgrades your drive system to include limited slip differential, suspension with semi-active damping, Uconnect with NAV and trailer tow hitch and pin wiring harness.
Overland - the trim level that amps up the luxury with dual pane panoramic sunroof, air suspension system, Nappa leather ventilated front seats and a hands-free foot operated liftgate.
Summit - further adding to the level of luxury, this trim level offers a 10.1 inch infotainment screen, front seatback massage feature and added driver safety measures. Wait?! Did someone say massage feature?!
Summit Reserve - the absolute ultimate in luxury, enhancements include Palermo leather seating and door trim, 19-speaker McIntosh audio system, ventilated rear seats and front passenger interactive display screen.
The Grand Cherokee L is available in all trim levels above except for the Trailhawk.
The 4xe does not offer the first 3 trim levels listed above, but starts instead with the 4xe trim with 10.1 inch infotainment display and the 19-speaker McIntosh audio system is available on the Overland trim (instead of Summit Reserve).
The Grand Cherokee WK trim levels in 2022 are Laredo, Altitude, Limited and Limited X, based on the previous generation set-up (for details on the WK trim levels see: https://www.carhub.ca/blog/2021-jeep-grand-cherokee-everything-you-should-know/)
One thing is for certain with the newly refined 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Jeep focused on providing more choice, amping up luxury options all while maintaining the original ethos of the beloved model. If you came here to learn more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee, you are probably leaving ready to get into one as soon as possible! Check out our inventory of 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokees here.
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Sharon Pinfold has been in the automotive industry since 2005. She has worked in the Service Department, Leasing Department and as a New/Used Car Sales Person for domestic, foreign and luxury brands. Most recently, she worked for an Agency that provided digital advertising and website solutions to the automotive sector.