The flagship model is ready to become a seven-seater! Yes, you heard it well. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting a three-row version. The FCA is making big moves in big SUV segment. Besides this upgrade, the next 2021 Dodge Durango is going into a new generation on a body-on-frame platform. That is not all. Jeep will also introduce another three-row model. The full-size Grand Wagoneer is confirmed. It is just a matter of time when it will debut.
But, let’s go back to the Grand Cherokee. This SUV is also going to benefit from these changes. First of all, Durango is not going to be the competitor anymore. The new architecture will make it a different kind of vehicle, more off-road capable. On the other hand, Grand Wagoneer will definitely ‘steal’ some buyers from 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee. But still, fans will have an extra option in a three-row version.
Besides the redesign, the Grand Cherokee will also offer some changes in its trim level lineup. From what we can hear, the SRT model is getting ready for the last run under the Jeep badge. Well, the mid-size SUV is the only non-Dodge vehicle with such version. In the future, all performance-oriented models will be Trackhawks. At this moment, this is the most powerful vehicle in the segment, with 707 horsepower coming from the famous Hellcat engine.
Will The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Be Redesigned?
The company didn’t say it aloud. But, everything suggests the big redesign is on the way. Some rumors are even mentioning the new generation, which is not impossible. But, we believe the FCA will keep the current platform for a year or two until Grand Wagoneer and all-new Dodge Durango make some impression on the fans.
With the redesign coming next season, we don’t believe the company will launch the new series just a year after it. Jeep Grand Wagoneer is probably a 2021 YM. On the other hand, these two could use similar architecture and styling language. Well, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee length is not so generous, but it still offers enough room for passengers in the cockpit.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Length and Three-Row Version
The new Grand Cherokee keeps its dimensions. The vehicle is 190 inches long, and 76 inches wide. Wheelbase length is 115 inches. The interior is finally getting the third row of seats and the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is becoming a seven-seater. Currently, the FCA’s representative in this segment was Dodge Durango. From now on, the flagship Grand Cherokee is another option for Jeep’s fans.
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is tightening the spacing between seats. Now, total cargo space, with all seats folded down, is 73 cubic feet. Behind the second row, you will find nearly 40 cubic feet. A three-row SUV is offering a limited amount of cargo space behind rear seats.
Drivetrains and Specs
The base engine for the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee remains a 3.6-liter V6 unit. This is a quite good option for a mid-size SUV. But, what makes this model different from others is a potent V8 drivetrain. It upgrades all capabilities, as well as the price.
With a V6, drivers can count on 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The 5.7-liter V8 upgrades the outputs to 360 hp and 390 lb-ft. The first one offers a respectable towing capacity of 6,200 pounds, while the larger unit adds 1,000 lbs more.
SRT is Becoming Trackhawk
This is not all. The most exciting models in the lineup are performance-oriented SUVs. FCA is also well-known for its other V8 engine. A 6.4-liter Hemi displacement is under the hood of the popular 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. For the next edition, this model is going to produce 500 horsepower (currently bursts 475 ponies). It will be good for 0-60 mph sprint, which will take less than 4.5 seconds. On the other hand, towing capacity is not taking any benefits.
The company might rename the SRT version to Trackhawk. Grand Cherokee is the only vehicle not using the Dodge badge to offer this model. All high-performance editions could become 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Currently, this pin is reserved for the most powerful SUV in the production. A 6.2-liter supercharged engine, also known as Hellcat, is crunching 707 horsepower.
Grand Cherokee is a big and heavy SUV. It also uses large engines that consume a lot of fuel. The result is not so great gas mileage. The base V6 is going to be the best in the class with 22 mpg combined. V8 units are not so generous, with 17 mpg coming from a 5.7-liter, 15 mpg by Hemi unit, and Hellcat engine consuming 13 mpg combined.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee redesign is causing a lot of attention. However, the release date of the SUV is still unknown. The company is coming after the quiet 2019 season, where its flagship model arrived unchanged. We are sure the FCA is preparing something special, and that 3-row version is not the biggest update we will see.