Grand Cherokee is the best-selling Jeep’s SUV. Next season, it will have more space, since the Durango is leaving the same plants. No, the FCA is not discontinuing Dodge’s SUV. This model is going to use a body-on-frame platform, and its production will move to the same plants where the Ram 1500 truck is assembled. That leaves more room for 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee in many ways. Capacities of the Detroit plant will be used only for this SUV. Also, Durango was one of the competitors to Grand Cherokee. Some buyers don’t like body-on-frame vehicles. So, some of them could opt for the new Grand Cherokee instead of Durango.
Well, with one rival moving to other class doesn’t mean the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will have an easy task. There are many other companies that will compete on the market, so developers in the FCA can’t relax. The new SUV must make some improvements if it wants to achieve the same or even better results. And the plan is almost official. The new 2020 Grand Cherokee will head into a new generation. As its rival Durango, Jeep’s SUV will use a new platform. It will mark the start of the fifth generation, after the most successful period in Grand Cherokee’s history.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee New Platform
While the Dodge Durango is going to change the architecture by moving to the other type, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will stay on unibody platform But, next season the SUV will use the concept from the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. One of the most advanced platforms will serve the Grand Cherokee in its next generation.
Well, it is a big update, but further details are not unveiled. The SUV for 2019 receives only cosmetic changes. The next big update was scheduled for 2022, according to a five-year plan. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee could present some of the features, including a new platform and some equipment.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Autonomous Drive
The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee is going to get a Level 2 of the self-driving feature. This is part of the future plans where we will see more vehicles from FCA having such features. The Grand Cherokee should be the first. The Level 2 includes auto steering, braking, and accelerating. Sensors all around the SUV will measure the distance from other vehicles in traffic, the system will set speed or eventually stop the vehicle. Whatsoever, human attention is still needed.
These systems are everything but cheap. The autonomous drive of the second level will increase the price for about $10,000. In future plans the FCA has Level 3 system. Level 4 and Level 5 are not certain for the next couple of years. These are systems where driver’s assistance is minimal, or gone.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Drivetrains
With the new features and platform, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee might come with new engines as well. Well, a Pentastar V-6 unit is going to be back. This 3.6-liter unit is reliable and it is capable to produce 295 horses. Top of the class trim levels will get FCA’s powerful 5.7-liter V-8 with 360 horses and 390 pound-feet of torque. Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will get the same unit as Durango SRT – a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 with 700-plus horsepower.
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Release Date
More about the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will be known during 2019. Updates about the new platform and autonomous drive are the major factors when the FCA decides to make the price for the SUV. With so many changes, the cost of the 2020 Grand Cherokee could be significantly higher than for the current model. Trachhawk, as the most powerful and the most luxurious version will go over $100k.