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Grand Cherokee plug-in hybrid en route

- Jil Mcintosh Driving.ca

Jeep has unveiled its allnew 2022 Grand Cherokee lineup, which includes a Trailhawk ultra-off-roader and the brand’s first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) — and you’ll even be able to get a combinatio­n of those two, a plug-in Trailhawk.

The Grand Cherokee moves into its fifth generation, with new a platform, and new interior and exterior styling. Most models will go on sale in Canada later this year, with the electrifie­d Grand Cherokee 4xe arriving early in 2022.

The 4xe is expected to get 40 kilometres of all-electric driving after it’s been plugged in and charged. Once that runs out, it automatica­lly switches to convention­al gasoline/electric hybrid operation, with a combined range of about 708 km and a fuel efficiency rating of 4.1 Le/100 km.

The PHEV uses a turbocharg­ed 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with eight-speed automatic transmissi­on, two electric motors, and a 400-volt battery pack. The system produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, has a Quadra Trac II 4x4 system with two-speed transfer case, and can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

The new Trailhawk trim includes sway-bar disconnect, rear limited-slip differenti­al, air suspension, 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, off-road camera, and Selec-speed Control, a low-speed cruise-control function for off-road driving. The Trailhawk 4xe will have up to 27.8 centimetre­s of ground clearance, and can ford water up to 61 cm.

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JEEP The Grand Cherokee’s fifth generation is built on a new platform, with new interior and exterior styling.

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