2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Review: Luxury SUV Impresses Both On And Off-Road.

The venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee soldiers on remarkably well as a  fifth-generation   luxury SUV with an excellent combination of looks, performance and versatility. There are some updates to keep the Grand Cherokee fresh, a few interior changes, improved technology and of course there are two engine options— a 3.6-litre V6 (293 hp; 260 lb-ft of torque) and a 5.7-litre V8 (357 hp; 390 lb-ft of torque).

By Veeno Dewan

The venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee soldiers on remarkably well as a  fifth-generation   luxury SUV with an excellent combination of looks, performance and versatility. There are some updates to keep the Grand Cherokee fresh, a few interior changes, improved technology and of course there are two engine options— a 3.6-litre V6 (293 hp; 260 lb-ft of torque) and a 5.7-litre V8 (357 hp; 390 lb-ft of torque). In terms of tow rating:  the V6  offers – 2,812 kg. V8 – 3,265 kg. Both engines are paired with an  eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 has stop-start technology while the V8 has cylinder deactivation mode to save fuel.

There are seven trims starting with the entry level Laredo at $51,545. The Altitude version starts at $55,040; The Limited, $59,045; the Trailhawk  off-road dedicated trim is, $63,645; the Overland, $68,045. The top line  Summit version as tested is  $73,545 and the Ultimate Reserve model is  $78,040. Plus, delivery fees of  $2,095 and applicable  taxes. If you need three rows of seats you can opt for the longer Grand Cherokee L version.  The 4XE plug-in hybrid version will be available next spring.

There is a slew  of new safety features that are now standard on all Grand Cherokee models, such as active-lane management. Options like driver-assist systems and 360-degree surround view and night vision cameras are available.

The Summit model offers standard premium features such as: quilted Nappa leather seats, wood and leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, 16-way adjustable front-row seats with memory, lumbar and seat back massage, and unique Summit-specific LED fog lamps. Additional safety features include Active Driving Assist, drowsy driver detection and a 360-degree surround view camera. Higher trim models have an optional dedicated 10-inch digital screen for the front-seat passenger to   download movies from Amazon Fire TV, stream videos, play games, and  listen to music. Its angled away from the driver for less distraction. The seats and steering wheel  is heated. and there’s self-parking technology available.

Of course, the highlight of any Jeep is the All-Wheel Drive system, and the Jeep offers the Grand Cherokee with a choice of systems. The base Quadra-Trac I setup has a 50/50 power split and a locking center differential, while the Quadra-Trac II system offers a low-speed transfer case, hill-descent control; and has the ability to distribute almost all its power to the rear wheels.  An electronic rear limited-slip rear differential offers even more traction. In addition, a terrain selection system when teamed with Quadra-Trac II and a Quadra-Drive II system enables driver switchable control traction modes that include Sand, Mud, Snow, Rock, and Auto modes.  The result is excellent off-road performance.

Key interior attributes include a roomy, wide cabin with correspondingly big, comfortable seats for both front and rear cabins.  The interior design is smart, well detailed with plenty of leather and dark wood trim. The dash has the latest generation technology with an already excellent upgraded U Connect 8.4-inch infotainment system that includes navigation. It is an intuitive, very well thought out piece of technology.  A remote start, a twin pane sunroof, heated power-adjustable front seats, heated steering wheel, a 115-volt household outlet, and more features than there is room to describe are all present.

Interior details on the Summit model also include fastidiously finished wood and metal trim together with premium leather upholstery – with an attractive quilted finish on the seats and doors. Head, shoulder, and front legroom is good front and rear, while the rear seats recline up to 12 degrees and offer 38 inches of leg room. The high seating position is delightful with great visibility in all directions. Behind the second row, the vehicle has 1,067 litres of cargo space and that increases to 2,005 litres with the second row of seats down.

On the mild off-road track, we took the Grand Cherokee performed wonderfully, making light work of the mud, light snow, gravel, and slippery surfaces. While tarmac performance delivered a refined, no drama ride befitting a luxury SUV, the suspension is supple, not overtly harsh and the springs and dampers have a  good return rate for  maximum stability and handling.. Fuel economy is rated at; combined 9.1L/100km.

Overall, the grand Jeep Grand Cherokee is a competitive upper-class SUV and has a great interior luxury and offers excellent features. If you can stretch to the Summit model as tested – buyers gain all the equipment and luxury you would ever need. You won’t be disappointed, However, other models in the Jeep Cherokee lineup still offer excellent value for the buck.  Down sides are few and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a recommended buy in this sector.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit base priced from $73,545. Plus, options and taxes.

More info at: jeep.ca

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