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For the first time ever, Jeep is offering a third-row Grand Cherokee to spice things up in the full-size SUV category.
The all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L may be the bridge that Jeep SUV drivers have wanted all along. While it wasn’t until last week that the company also revealed its plans for the all-new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer lineup, Jeep was missing a third-row full-size SUV to compete against other popular SUVs.
Facing an all-new redesign for 2021, the Grand Cherokee L is essentially a Grand Cherokee with a third row and more. It will offer buyers some of the most advanced in-vehicle infotainment and 4×4 technology all-in-one. The premium styling and off-road combo is a match for any adventurer with a family and comes in four trims: Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Summit—starting at $36,995 (plus destination fee).
“For 80 years, the Jeep brand has consistently introduced exceptional vehicles that set the benchmark for capability and authenticity, including the debut of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which set the standard for what is expected of a modern SUV,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America. “The all-new Grand Cherokee L continues to break barriers and push boundaries by ramping up its legendary 4×4 capability, adding a third row of seating for the first time, delivering even more premium on-road manners, and providing the most safety and advanced technology features in its class.”
2021 Grand Cherokee L Laredo
Kicking off the Grand Cherokee L lineup is the Laredo. Coming in as the lowest priced option, this SUV comes well equipped with a very spacious cabin and generous entertainment options such as a standard 10-inch infotainment display, an additional 10.25-inch digital cluster screen that allows the driver or front row passenger to access dozens of customizable features. It is also the first Grand Cherokee trim to include the latest Uconnect 5 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto connectivity.
This ride also provides spacious and class-leading legroom in the second row. Premium seating for up to seven passengers and standard “tip and slide” bucket seats in the second row to allow easy access for the third row also make this a great choice.
Safety is at the forefront with this vehicle, and with it come the following standard features: Rear Cross Path detection, Blind Spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, rear park assist sensors, advanced brake assist, adaptive cruise control, Full Speed Collision Warning with active brake and pedestrian/cycle detection, and much more. The Laredo is powered by the traditional 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that generates 290 horses and 257 lb-ft of torque.
2021 Grand Cherokee L Limited
Following the Grand Cherokee L Laredo is the Limited. The addition of the 4×4 drivetrain and Selec-Terrain traction management system, this SUV is ready for an adventure straight off the production line. Drivers can choose from five terrain modes: Auto, Sport, Rock, Snow, Mud/Sand, and switch between on and off-road conditions. The interior on the Limited is also a step up from the Laredo. Riders can enjoy Capri leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and enhanced power eight-way driver seats with memory and four-way front passenger with memory and lumbar support.
The Limited also comes standard with a universal garage door opener, power liftgate, and remote start. Sound is not an issue. The Limited trim comes with a six-speaker audio system with active noise cancellation for a pleasing listening experience. The vehicle also boasts single-door ambient lighting for all four doors and the instrument panel.
Outside, this trim also comes with redesigned premium LED fog lamps, auto high-beam headlights, power Gloss Black mirrors with heating, and more.
2021 Grand Cherokee L Overland
Adding to the Limited trim is a series of additional features on the Overland. Like the Laredo, this vehicle comes standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, but buyers can opt for a V8 engine that pushes 357 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque with a towing capability of up to 7,200 pounds.
The Overland trim shines thanks to Jeep’s Quadra Trac II system, which adds extra torque distribution and increases handling capability in the event of tire slippage. If the system detects wheel slippage, the Quadra Trac II system is effectively in place to use 100% of all available torque to the axle with most available traction.
Building on the interior of the Limited trim is also a significant change. The Overland features Nappa leather seats with ventilated front seats, an upgraded Uconnect 5 system with standard navigation, leather-stitched instrument panel, and a premium 9-speaker Alpine audio sound system with subwoofer and amplifier.
On the outside, the Overland comes with available 20-inch aluminum wheels with Black Noise pockets, rain-sensing windshield wipers and de-icer, trailer towing, chrome front tow hooks, Gloss Black roof rack, and more. Power-folding third-row seating comes standard, and a cool new electronic remote release in the trunk allows the second row to fold flat. A foot-activated power liftgate and a CommandView dual-pane sunroof with power sunshade is also available with this selection.
2021 Grand Cherokee L Summit
Introducing the Summit. This is the peak of Jeep luxury and capability all rolled in one. Dressed from head to toe in premium leather and accents, the 2021 Grand Cherokee L Summit is a state-of-the-art SUV. Coming with standard Nappa leather quilted seating, Absolute Oak accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel, first-row 16-way power-adjustable seating with memory and lumbar support, everything about this vehicle is luxurious. The front-row seats also feature massaging with five customizable profiles with varying intensities for the first time in a Jeep vehicle.
The Summit also includes a new 360-degree camera, power-folding Gloss black mirrors with Platinum inserts, Summit-only LED fog lamps, illuminated door sills, 20-inch polished cast-aluminum wheels in Mid-Gloss clear, and more.
The safety of this vehicle is amplified to the max and also includes Drowsy Driver Detection, Traffic Sign recognition, Intersection Collision Assist, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, to name a few.
When to expect it
While they haven’t hit the showrooms just yet, take your time and explore the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep just before the Grand Cherokee L hits showrooms. Follow The Jeep Experts on Hollywood Chrysler Jeep social media to stay up to date with the latest Jeep news and offers.
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