The latest in the line of Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2019 version of Jeep’s most popular mid-sized luxury crossover SUV, is still close to 2 years away. Last we heard from Jeep’s CEO Mike Manley, the SUV would be pushed from 2017, up to early 2019. Even today, Grand Cherokee is still their best-selling models, so expectation is high for Jeep to deliver. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee was initially planned as the 2017 model, as the fifth generation for SUV. No official reason is given to the postponement as of yet, although one might suspect the redesign to tie in with the next Wagoneer, which is also planned for 2019. Another suspect is their confirmed production for the Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat/Trackhawk for July next year, stuffed with Dodge Challenger Hellcat V8 engine for the world’s fastest production SUV. All we can say for now is that the 2019 Grand Cherokee is not ready to be the face of the generation as of yet.
2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Redesign
Based on last year’s information, the 2019 Grand Cherokee in Jeep line of SUV will be based on the same platform as the Wagoneer. The Wagoneer planned to be the most luxurious Jeep SUV by far after its long hiatus from the market. However, the lack of additional information might imply that there are still considering alternative platforms for the new generation of Cherokee.
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Facelift
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is already planned as well. It’s the same fourth generation Grand Cherokee with minor improvements. A light facelift on the over design, a revision on their grille to match the façade of an upmarket luxury machine. The engine could employ Chrysler’s engine Pentastar V6 engine, the improved version fitted under the hood of the 2016 Cherokee. There is not much to tell as of yet, but expect refinement in performance with a familiar look.
Due to the little information from Jeep, we can only speculate what the potential upgrades from the previous generation. The current SUV line employs the Pentastar V6 engine, with the latest modified version on the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The updated version increases the power and efficiency of the existing 3.6 L engine and we could expect a similar engine for the next generation. While the Dodge V8 engine is a possibility due to their upcoming collaboration, the engine might be too unnecessarily powerful. There is also the added cost to the customer if Jeep wish to keep the price range similar to the past model, considering the Cherokee is still the most popular SUV under Jeep.
Price of 2019 Grand Cherokee
One of the major downfall of Grand Cherokee is the fact that it is a five-seater. For a mid-size SUV, the luggage space is surprisingly inadequate. In exchange for the two above flaw, comfortable legroom and wide back seat, although still less than that the like of Toyota Prado. While the next generation could address the issue, the fact still stands that the five seater promotes that luxurious feel by design. There isn’t much to say in terms of future aesthetics. Same as their plan for 2017, probably a touch up on the already competitive design. Price wise, you could expect the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee to start from $65,000.