Present Jeep Grand Cherokee was split at beginning from Mercedes-Benz’s mid-size M-class (now labelled GLE-class), the two SUVs having overlapped an improvement route years ago during the DaimlerChrysler generation. With Daimler long out of the graphic and the now seven-year-old Jeep Grand Cherokee developing quite gracefully, we might add Fiat Chrysler must commence work on a substitution. At the Detroit auto show, the automaker’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, expressed as the next Grand Cherokee will get elements from Alfa Romeo.
Specifically, the next Grand Cherokee is to be rotated off Alfa Romeo rear-ride bodies architecture. Although Marchionne didn’t clarify much, we’re expecting he was communicating about the same bones that form the foundation for the Giulia sedan and the future Stelvio SUV. They also happen to comprise Fiat Chrysler’s freshest rear-drive-based element set, the longitudinal drive design being a realistic duty for the conventional four-wheel-drive tool (including a two-speed movement case with low-extent gearing) that the Grand Cherokee is pledged to offer.
The information isn’t an astonishment, but it is illuminating about Fiat Chrysler’s evaluating on systems of grade and platform overlapping among its many names. We expect that, like the actual version, the brand-new Grand Cherokee will feature a fortified unibody (so it won’t be just a gangling Giulia/rebodied Stelvio), a fully private mixture, and V-6 and V-8 motor preferences. Rear-wheel drive will be regular, as it is present, and an extent of four-wheel-drive systems will be accessible. Again, expect the hard-core models to boast low-extent adapting and locking calculations to defend Jeep’s off-road quality. Eventually, the Grand Cherokee also will form the foundation for a large three-row Grand Wagoneer SUV, although that version won’t arrive until 2020 or 2021.