After 25 years of production, we can definitely consider Grand Cherokee a legend. One of most famous SUV nameplates originally came in 1993, as a replacement of another legend, Jeep Wagoneer. The current model represents the fourth generation, which is on the market since 2011. Considering the current situation in the automotive industry, a complete redesign is expected soon. Latest reports suggest that the new, fifth generation of this mid-size crossover could come already in the next year, as 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
However, the problem with the new generation is that FCA hasn’t developed a new-generation platform, which would provide modern characteristics in terms of driving, efficiency, comfort and other things. So, we can find different reports about the upcoming model, with completely opposite info in terms of base design solutions.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Could Get Stelvio’s Platform
Most experts suggest this scenario. The new 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee would ride on the Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform. This one is currently used for the Giulia and Stelvio. In this case, the new model would come with lots of improvements in terms of driving dynamics, handling, and overall ride quality.
Still, there are few problems with this architecture that would have to be solved, if the company wants to mount 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee on it. First of all, the two models from Alfa Romeo are compact in size, while the Grand Cherokee has always been a mid-size SUV. So, this would require numerous modifications on the chassis, including wheelbase stretching. Also, this platform would have to be adapted to Chrysler’s large V8 engines, considering that Alfa’s units are characterized by significantly smaller displacements.
Also, according to the latest information the upcoming Grand Cherokee could become three-row 7-seater SUV. There is strong possibility that new generation will actually be something like Dodge Durango successor, because plan for the Dodge Company is to discontinue three-row SUV. This three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee will make debut in 2020.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee to Continue on the Same Architecture
Another possibility for 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is to see it redesigned, but not without a complete overhaul. In this case, the model would continue to ride on the same platform, of course with some modifications. The core of the SUV would remain the same. Still, various modifications on chassis would provide better efficiency, riding characteristics etc. The problem with this kind of redesign lays in the fact that the current platform definitely can’t make Grand Cherokee one of the leading models in the class. Even today, a lot of competitors are more refined in all aspects, not to mention how future rivals would look like.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Styling and Interior Design
In any case, the new-generation 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will come with lots of aesthetical improvements. Expect to see a completely new styling, which should improve already pretty attractive visual appeal. The2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will come with a completely new design language, but we doubt in some bigger changes in terms of overall shape, dimensions, proportions, and similar things.
When it comes to the interior design, we will definitely see a completely new cabin layout. Of course, the focus will be on the new dashboard design, as well as on things like better interior materials, newer technologies, and more standard equipment in the offer. When it comes to legroom, cargo capacity and similar things, it largely depends on the platform choice. If the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to ride on the same platform, things definitely won’t be too much different.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engines
Most of the engines that power current generation will carry over. Still, there is one big novelty to come. It is the company’s new 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine, which should provide plenty of efficiencies. This unit debuts in the new-generation Wrangler and comes with plenty of power, around 270 horses.
Despite the similar amount of power, the current base engine, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 will most likely remain in the offer, as a more affordable option. Currently, this engine delivers around 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Still, a slight boost seems possible for the next year. Of course, V8 models will continue as well.
There is a familiar 5.7-liter Hemi engine, which is good for about 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Once again, expect a slight power boot.
A hi-performance SRT model comes with a large 6.4-liter unit, which delivers around 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Finally, there is a monstrous 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, which features a max output of 707 horses and 645 pound-feet of torque.
Of course, expect to see a diesel version in the offer as well. Count on a well-known 3.0-liter six-cylinder unit from VM Motori, which is good for about 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date and Price
Considering that we are expecting a complete redesign, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee should come earlier than usual. Most likely, this will happen in the third quarter of next year or something like that. In terms of price, we don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current-generation model. It goes in a wide range from 31.000 to 86.000 dollars, roughly.