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We drive the new Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022 | Digital Trends Spanish

It’s a shame that the ultimate off-road feat that the vast majority of new buyers will do. Jeep Grand Cherokee 2022, It will be at most to put two tires on a road by mistake or perhaps fall on a slope on a street in need of resurfacing. If anything impressed me after driving the new version of Jeep’s hugely popular midsize family off-road truck, it’s its extreme off-road capability.

Fortunately for those buyers, the Grand Cherokee is a practical, elegant and above all beautiful truck with an interior that was not only updated and equipped with the latest technological advances to make the driving experience easier and safer, but it is yes very a place of abundant beauty and comfort, which brings unpublished novelties.

After several hours behind the wheel of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, through the winding mountain roads and off-road routes of southeastern Utah, some of them truly terrifying and exciting, the new truck exceeded all my expectations. Let’s see why.

The engines

As I commented on Introducing the new 2022 Grand Cherokee, under-engine options are limited to the proven and reliable 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 generating 293 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and an optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8. It produces 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both machines are mated to the same eight-speed automatic transmission, which is smooth and assertive in its operation in combination with the V6 that was the engine we tested. Equipped with the V6, the new Grand Cherokee can tow up to 6,200 pounds while with the V8 engine the towing capacity increases to 7,200 pounds.

Fuel economy estimated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined for the 3.6-liter, while the V8 yields 14 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined.

Here it is necessary to comment that the competition offers similar power to that of the 5.7-liter V8, with twin-turbo V6 engines offering better fuel economy. Ford Explorer 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine generates up to 400 horsepower and performs 18 miles per gallon in the city, 24 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Summit Reserve and Trailhawk versions that I tested in regular and off-road driving respectively, were both equipped with the V6 engine that never made us feel the need for more power and that, in a beautiful symbiosis with the eight-speed transmission, provided an experience of vigorous and reliable handling, just what you want in this type of car.

We saw the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe but didn’t drive it. It is recognized by its blue tow hooks.

Next year Jeep will offer the long-awaited 4xe plug-in hybrid version, with a powertrain whose internal combustion component will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and which will achieve a combined output of 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. We were able to see this model, but not drive it.

The cabin

The beautiful cabin of the 2025 Grand Cherokee is spacious and luxurious. We initially drove the top version of the Summit Reserve line with room for five, which has a level of luxury that rivals similar trucks from traditional luxury manufacturers with a starting price of $ 63,365 that also matches those of its competitors. highest level. In this cabin we enjoy elegant heated and ventilated seats, lined with padded Palermo leather, massage function also for the driver and front passenger, open-pore waxed walnut insert on the dash, suede on the pillars and the lining of the headlining, four-zone automatic climate control and a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system.

But since Jeep also has to compete with regular vehicle manufacturers, the Gran Cherokee range is extensive, starting with the entry-level Laredo variant with a starting price of $ 37,390, followed by the better-equipped Limited version of $ 43,710, the $ 43,710 version. Trailhawk, standard 4X4 with a two-speed transfer case, skid plates and sway bar disconnect for $ 51,275, the Overland version priced at $ 53,305 adds Nappa leather with teak wood appliqué and ventilated front seats, followed by the Summit trim that adds padded Nappa leather seats, oak wood trim and 16-way power-adjustable front seats for $ 57,365. 4X4 is also standard on the Summit Reserve variant.

The 2022 Grand Cherokee comes with the latest version of Stellantis’ Uconnect infotainment system, easy to use and responsive, with wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and standard Amazon Alexa. The Summit Reserve and Trailhawk versions we tested featured the optional 10.1-inch touchscreen, the standard screen is 8.4-inch, and a front-passenger-facing 10.25-inch touchscreen that offers access to certain functions, including video playback. , but that is impossible to see by the driver. The Summit Reserve version we tested featured a dual-screen rear entertainment system for the kids. Our test model featured a 19-speaker McIntosh high-performance premium sound system, including a 10-inch subwoofer and a 950-watt amplifier.

Behind the wheel

After a short tour of urban roads I found myself on the winding mountain roads with hairpin bends with awe-inspiring scenery for which the Moab area is famous. The Grand Cherokee’s cornering behavior, not trying to mimic a sports car but also no body wobble to report, always showed enough power efficiently managed by the smooth operation of the eight-speed transmission.

The steering, very well balanced and fast in its response, always gave a feeling of total control over a vehicle that never suffered brake wear despite the multiple curves and descents encountered along the way. The engine operation was always quiet, reaffirming the credentials of what in past generations has been one of North America’s favorite family transport vehicles. The next long-distance road trip with the kids will be more enjoyable for everyone when riding the Grand Cherokee.

Serving offroad From the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee test drive, it’s not my first off-road driving experience, but one of the most demanding and difficult. This time aboard a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, which didn’t necessarily feel more ordinary than the super-luxurious Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve, we hit a chilling uphill route full of loose rocks and hairpin turns along which Jeep posted observers to help. a with maneuvers, and where the truck flaunted a tight turning radius.

It must be said that not all versions of the Grand Cherokee would have been able to do this part of the trail like the Trailhawk which features skid plates, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, the Quadra-Drive II all-wheel drive system, and the stabilizer bar disconnect needed to be able to increase the front suspension travel. The Trailhawk also features a standard two-speed electronic transfer case with a low range for more challenging terrain and a Quadra-Lift air suspension system that can increase ground clearance by up to 11.3 inches. All features that we had to use, and a lot, during the unnerving but exciting ride that would not have been possible without the improved approach and departure angles of 35.7 degrees and their and 30.2 degrees respectively of the new design.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee has a generous list of standard safety features for all its versions that includes: automatic emergency braking (which fortunately we did not have a chance to experience), lane loss warning with steering assist, cross traffic alert rear and rear parking sensors. Optional safety features included in our Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve test model include a night vision camera that detects animals and people (which we unfortunately did not have a chance to experience), intersection collision assist, and parallel and perpendicular parking assist. .

With its arrival on the market, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee becomes the benchmark against which all other five-passenger off-road trucks will have to measure themselves. It comes to compete in a lucrative but highly contested market in which Jeep, for more than four decades, has had extraordinary offers that have given it a great reputation, from which not only this new model but also, and more, will benefit. importantly, to your buyers, especially those who decide to use their fifth-generation Grand Cherokee off the comfortable pavement.

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