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New year, new car.
Jeep has long been a fan favorite for its off-road capabilities and rugged appearance. But, they have also dabbled in the luxury conversation via its largest available SUV in the Jeep® Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee, a popular bridge between luxury/everyday/rugged, once featured the most powerful engine in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA;Stelantis) lineup, with a 707hp supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT V8 engine. The engine was only available to Grand Cherokee Trackhawk drivers and needless to say was a monster. Dodge fans recognize the engine because of its relationship with the mighty SRT Hellcat models, before being outdone by its big brother which pushes 807 ponies.
But now, the full-sized SUV market just got a new competitor— the Jeep Grand Cherokee L trim.
The L stands for “Large”, and boy does it live up to that. Welcoming a third-row, previously unseen by its smaller sibling in the Grand Cherokee.
Christian Meunier, Global President of Jeep Brand, FCA had this to say about the Grand Cherokee L, “When you set out to reimagine an SUV as beloved as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, building on its nearly 30-year legacy as an overachiever is paramount to every decision that is made…With that legacy guiding the Jeep team, the new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee is crafted to exceed expectations and do what no other SUV can do: deliver legendary Jeep 4×4 off-road capability blended with superior on-road manners. It is built on an all-new architecture and wrapped in a stunning new design that honors its iconic Jeep design heritage, while also extending to accommodate a third row to meet the growing needs of our Jeep customers who have asked for more space and functionality. The Grand Cherokee L truly stands out in its segment and continues to raise the bar in capability, performance and luxury, while also breaking new ground in versatility and functionality.”
The name of the game is seemingly luxury, but still able to give you that iconic rugged versatility and functionality the brand prides itself on. With the third row, the L trim launches itself into a class of its own.
2021 marks the beginning of the fifth generation of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, codeword “WL”. While the standard two-row version is expected to come out later this year, it could very well be outshadowed by its larger sibling. One thing will remain, the Grand Cherokee L will come with a 4×4 and off-road capability like the rest of the Jeep lineup.
The L trim comes with Quadra-Trac I, Quadra-Trac II, and Quadra-Drive II, along with a Quadra-Lift air suspension and Selec-Terrain traction management system, affording the driver the ability to go off-road and perform at a high-level.
While the star of the show is the third row, the Grand Cherokee L brings far more to the Jeep lineup than capacity. It oozes elegance and hopes to deliver in a popular and crowded category.
If you’d like to check out the Grand Cherokee L when it releases later this year, check out the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L at a local Florida dealer and make sure you bring the whole family with you—cause there’s enough space.
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Terry is an avid Nascar fan who grew up attending races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just down the road from his hometown of China Grove, NC. Terry currently resides in Wellington and has been writing for 15 years. He also enjoys watching the Road Runner Looney Tunes cartoon with his two sons in his spare time.