In early January, Jeep unveiled the Grand Cherokee L, the newest addition to its SUV lineup. A three-row version of the next-generation Grand Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee L wears updated styling and a new interior, all riding on an all-new platform. We expected it would cost more than its two-row siblings and now we know just how much.
The Grand Cherokee L will debut in four trim levels: Laredo, Limited, Overland and Summit, with Altitude and Summit Reserve positioned as packages atop, respectively, the Laredo and Summit. Missing from its current trim lineup are the Grand Cherokee’s off-road Trailhawk trim, plus the very much on-road SRT and Trackhawk. It seems likely that Jeep will add at least one of those to the Grand Cherokee L. All trims are available in either rear- or four-wheel drive. The Laredo and Limited are powered by a 3.6-liter V-6, while the Overland and Summit can get that or a 5.7-liter V-8.
What You Get, and What It Costs
Grand Cherokee L Laredo: $38,690 (all prices include destination)
A two-row, RWD 2021 Grand Cherokee Laredo costs $34,040, making the Grand Cherokee L Laredo $4,650 pricier than its two-row sibling. Standard features include adaptive cruise control, a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, an 8.4-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen, and standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Optional 4WD costs an extra $2,000. The Altitude Package, meanwhile, costs another $3,200. It adds black exterior accents and 20-inch black wheels, plus remote start, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, among other things.
Grand Cherokee L Limited: $45,690
Next up is the Limited, which runs $3,820 more than a two-row Grand Cherokee Limited. Versus the Grand Cherokee L Laredo, the Limited adds Capri leather upholstery, heated seats for the first two rows, a heated steering wheel, remote start and a height-adjustable power liftgate. In place of the 8.4-inch screen, a larger (10.1-inch) touchscreen is also optional.
Grand Cherokee L Overland: $54,690
Priced $6,280 more than a two-row Grand Cherokee Overland, the Grand Cherokee L Overland runs nearly $55,000 for a RWD V-6 model. Four-wheel-drive models add Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension and a Quadra-Trac II 4WD system (Laredo and Limited models with 4WD use the less-advanced Quadra-Trac I system). An even more advanced 4WD system, Quadra-Drive II, adds an electronic limited-slip differential; it’s available as part of an extra off-road package.
Other features in the Overland include the 10.1-inch touchscreen with built-in navigation, Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats with adjustable bottom cushion length, a hands-free foot-activated power liftgate and a dual-pane moonroof. The optional V-8 is only available on 4WD models, where it costs an additional $3,295.
Grand Cherokee L Summit: $58,690
At nearly the, um, peak of the Grand Cherokee L’s lineup, the Summit costs $4,280 more than a two-row Grand Cherokee Summit. Versus the Grand Cherokee L Overland, the Summit adds quilted seat bolsters and perforated inserts, a wood and leather steering wheel, and Berber floormats. Four-zone climate control, which allows each occupant of the first and second row to set individual temperatures and fan speed, is also standard. A floor console with cupholders, armrests and additional storage separates the second-row seats.
Outside, the Summit gets unique 20-inch wheels, LED foglamps, a unique roof rack, and gloss-black side mirrors with power folding. Additional standard safety tech includes a 360-degree camera system with front and rear lens washers, hands-on lane centering, intersection collision assist, driver alertness monitor, traffic-sign recognition and hands-free parking assist.
For the true pinnacle of luxury in the Grand Cherokee L, buyers can opt for the 4WD-only Summit Reserve Package, which costs an extra $3,000 over the 4WD, V-6 Summit (even on the Summit Reserve, the V-8 is optional). The Summit Reserve adds hand-wrapped Palermo leather upholstery, ventilated first- and second-row seats with memory and massage functions up front, open-pore walnut wood trim, a faux suede headliner and a premium 19-speaker McIntosh stereo. Outside, the Summit Reserve also gets a set of 21-inch wheels.
When Can You Buy the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L?
According to Jeep, the 2021 Grand Cherokee L will land in dealerships in the second quarter of 2021. Those waiting for the redesigned two-row Grand Cherokee and electrified 4xe variants can expect them to debut sometime later in the 2021 calendar year.
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