We have heard a lot of stories about 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee in past few months and they seem quite opposite. The iconic SUV is about to get a redesign in the near future, though the company keeps all details as secret. You can hardly find any kind of information related to this redesign. Considering such a state, it’s no wonder that there are various kinds of reports about this overhaul.
By reading various articles on the network, we can see that there are actually two groups of predictions. Many people expect to see the new 2020 Grand Cherokee built over sporty Alfa Romeo’s platform, which would be a quite exotic move. On the other side, there is also a chance to see a redesign that won’t include a platform change. Finally, not a small number of experts believe that we won’t see a redesign so soon at all.
Redesigned or not, Company promises a lot in terms of safety and driver’s assist aspect. According to official reports, we should see a Level 2 autonomous driving in about a year or two, as well as Level 3, soon after.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee With a Bit of Italian Flavor?
There’s a lot of expectation from the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As we’ve already mentioned, various reports suggest a redesign for the next year. There are actually two kinds of stories and both promise a lot of interesting changes.
According to the first one, 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee should come with a lot of Italian blood. Various reports claim that the new generation of this iconic SUV will have a lot in common with the recently-launched Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Such a move seems logical, considering that these two models feature similar size. This platform features an RWD layout, which is another great benefit. Of course, AWD will be available as well. The new architecture is highly modular, so we don’t think this would be too much hard. Of course, Stelvio is more luxurious but that shouldn’t be a problem. The more challenging thing about the new 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee would probably be powertrain compatibility. So, we will probably see few tweaks to the chassis, in order to fit large V8 engines, including hi-performance versions.
In terms of styling, we should see a lot of changes. Of course, the new model will adopt the brand’s actual design language, even get few styling additions. Still, the bigger change would probably be in terms of shape. With a platform that offers plenty of sporty potentials, a more athletic approach seems like a natural move.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Could Ride on the Same Architecture
While many believe in the first scenario, there is also a huge number of experts that suggest 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee keep the same platform. This definitely sounds like a more economical choice, since the development expenses will be much lower. Still, a big question about this platform is can it stay competitive for another six to ten years? The current model is present since 2010 and a 10-year old platform doesn’t sound so promising.
Still, we can count on a lot of benefits in this case. This platform is definitely more suitable if we consider the practical aspect of the SUV. We can count on better utility capabilities, as well as on a more spacious interior. Also, it won’t require big modifications in order to fit V8 units.
Finally, many believe that the company will prolong this redesign. According to them, we’ll be seeing the current model for several more years, which would also mean another facelift in the near future.
Redesigned or Not, 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Is Coming with Self-Driving Technology
While the redesign is still questionable for the next year, a huge step forward in terms of tech features is certain. It is now officially confirmed that the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is about to get a Level 2 autonomous driving. This leave includes full control of the vehicle – accelerating, braking, and steering. Still, it requires a constant monitoring. The driver must be prepared to react in situations when the system doesn’t respond properly.
The company claims we are about to see few additions, which will practically make this system a Level 2+. Soon after, probably in 2021, we will see an upgrade to Level 3. This means a fully automated control of the vehicle by the system, which includes dealing with unpredictable situations as well. In practice, this means you will be able to relax more while driving, but still to keep the road on eyes and be ready to take the control. Also, FCA expects to upgrade to Level 4 and 5 in the next decade. The company also detailed that Level 4 would require at least 30 different sensors, two brains etc.
Can 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Finally Get Hybrid Powertrain?
Another aspect where we should see a lot of novelties in the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is powertrain. The current model comes with several gasoline engines in the offer, including a diesel variant as well. For the next-generation model, we should finally see some electrified version of the famous SUV. However, the exact details about the new powertrain are still unknown.
On the other side, most gasoline and diesel units will probably carry over. This includes hi-performance versions as well, which feature large and powerful V8 engines. A familiar 3.0-liter V6 will probably come with few upgrades for better efficiency. In the current version, it delivers around 240 horsepower and powers Ram 1500 as well.
Finally, if the new 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with Stelvio’s platform, we should see a high-efficient 2.0-liter turbo inline-four as well. This engine is good for about 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. On the other side, a 2.9-liter V6 from Ferrari doesn’t seem so likely.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date and Price
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will come sometime in the next year. Most likely, we will see it on some major car shows during 2018, while the serial production should start in the second half of the year. When it comes to price, we don’t expect significant changes compared to the current model, at least when it comes to base trims. So, most basic versions should go around 30.000 dollars.