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Jeep Grand Cherokee's current generation is returning for 2021 after all
Jeep is making a handful of changes to the SUV
RONAN GLON
Jul 24th 2020
autonews.com

Jeep is busily putting the final touches on the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee, but the SUV isn't ready yet, so the current-generation model will allegedly return for one final model year. Although it won't receive major changes, a recent report claims the company is planning several minor tweaks to keep its biggest SUV looking fresh.

Introduced at the 2009 edition of the New York Auto Show, the fourth-generation Grand Cherokee is the oldest model in the Jeep line-up by a significant margin. Even Ralph Gilles, the head of design for Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), recently admitted that "it's getting on." Enthusiast website Mopar Insiders learned from anonymous dealers that the SUV will return for 2021 and gain a package named 80th Anniversary Edition that will commemorate the original Jeep's 80th birthday. It will be based on the mid-range Limited trim level.

We don't know what the 80th Anniversary Edition package will consist of, or whether it will also be available on other Jeep models. Mopar Insiders added the Limited and Limited X will also gain an option package named Sun & Sound that will add a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and a 506-watt Alpine stereo with nine speakers.

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Well that sucks...there's been a lot of pushed back until next year from FCA. The Charger/Challenger revamp can wait as they still generate excitement, but the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, Grand Cherokee, and Durango products should be getting way more attention from the mothership than what they're getting. Its frustrating to say the least.
 

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Well that sucks...there's been a lot of pushed back until next year from FCA. The Charger/Challenger revamp can wait as they still generate excitement, but the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, Grand Cherokee, and Durango products should be getting way more attention from the mothership than what they're getting. Its frustrating to say the least.
Well first of all this particular delay is purely because the plant set up for the next-gen GC was delayed due to the pandemic. Development on the vehicle itself is practically finished.

What's interesting is how many times they've changed direction on the next gen GC/Durango/Wagoneer in the last decade. So many platform changes and design changes and the Durango still isn't set in stone.
 

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Next we will hear they're going to do like GM and make both old and new and call the old one "Classic" :001_rolleyes:
 

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Next we will hear they're going to do like GM and make both old and new and call the old one "Classic" :001_rolleyes:
In a way they already did that. The ZJ Grand Cherokee originally was going to be the next generation XJ Cherokee. But the XJ was selling so well they kept it in production and created the Grand Cherokee. Then the XJ was going to stay in production for a couple of years and be sold alongside the KJ Liberty before that plan was canceled. In that case I think they were afraid the basically 18 year old XJ would show up the KJ by outselling it.
 

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Next we will hear they're going to do like GM and make both old and new and call the old one "Classic" :001_rolleyes:
They are doing that with different branded vehicles... Durango will go on to continue its life cycle while the New 3 row GC will be produced.
 

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Well that sucks...there's been a lot of pushed back until next year from FCA. The Charger/Challenger revamp can wait as they still generate excitement, but the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, Grand Cherokee, and Durango products should be getting way more attention from the mothership than what they're getting. Its frustrating to say the least.
I've been disappointed they haven't revealed the next Gen, when it was scheduled for Detroit. Obviously things have changed, but that didn't stop Ford from revealing the Bronco. Give us something for Pete's sake!! Bummed its been pushed back.

A three row GC would be the sweet spot for me, perfect size + blend of luxury & off road chops. The current 2-row is soooo good despite its age, I am very excited to see how/what they improve with the next Gen. Looking forward to seeing the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, but probably a little big for me, unless its just insanely good. Loved the old school Wagoneers.

Well first of all this particular delay is purely because the plant set up for the next-gen GC was delayed due to the pandemic. Development on the vehicle itself is practically finished.

What's interesting is how many times they've changed direction on the next gen GC/Durango/Wagoneer in the last decade. So many platform changes and design changes and the Durango still isn't set in stone.
Figured it was a combo of Pandemic/factory setup for the delay. Its amazing to me that THE SUV brand/company hasn't had a 3-row Ute since '93(?) ? Absolute massive hole in their lineup considering how that market + huge margin have grown. They've missed out on a lot of sales + profitability not having one.
 

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I've been disappointed they haven't revealed the next Gen, when it was scheduled for Detroit. Obviously things have changed, but that didn't stop Ford from revealing the Bronco. Give us something for Pete's sake!! Bummed its been pushed back.

A three row GC would be the sweet spot for me, perfect size + blend of luxury & off road chops. The current 2-row is soooo good despite its age, I am very excited to see how/what they improve with the next Gen. Looking forward to seeing the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, but probably a little big for me, unless its just insanely good. Loved the old school Wagoneers.



Figured it was a combo of Pandemic/factory setup for the delay. Its amazing to me that THE SUV brand/company hasn't had a 3-row Ute since '93(?) ? Absolute massive hole in their lineup considering how that market + huge margin have grown. They've missed out on a lot of sales + profitability not having one.
You’re forgetting the 2005-2010 Commander. It’s easy to forget- compromises were made because they wanted to make it on the same line as the GC. Too narrow, too short of a wheelbase, and too little a development budget made that car a compromised effort.
 

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You’re forgetting the 2005-2010 Commander. It’s easy to forget- compromises were made because they wanted to make it on the same line as the GC. Too narrow, too short of a wheelbase, and too little a development budget made that car a compromised effort.
Sounds like what went on with the XT6.;)
 

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Sounds like what went on with the XT6.;)
Kinda...but at least the COmmander was built on bones that had some off road capability...the XTsux OTOH came out 20k more expensive than a mechanically similar crossover that was actually bigger in size. So you gained night vision in the gauge cluster but lost 8" of wheelbase and 1-2 passenger capacity and 10 sq/ft cargo space. Most expensive Cadillac badge ever.
 

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You’re forgetting the 2005-2010 Commander. It’s easy to forget- compromises were made because they wanted to make it on the same line as the GC. Too narrow, too short of a wheelbase, and too little a development budget made that car a compromised effort.
You're right. That was such a bad effort, I think my brain deleted it from my memory. Still out of almost 30 years, that's still only five - that's a huge gap in the portfolio. Think how much money GM made off their 3 row SUV's during that time frame?
 

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The current JGC is one of the best driving, refined, efficient, value, etc. packages you can get, and nothing like it in this class of "we crammed a 3rd row in".

We're going on year 2 of a 2018, and oddly good timing, when the lease is up, maybe a late year 2021 could be a great hurrah perfect, before moving to an early Alfa lighter weight platform one. Looking forward to the new one, but the current one is so great, no concern. Literally nothing about it, that's not enjoyable.

Jeep owners are happy, and any that couldn't get a 2020 custom order in, now have more time to do a 2021 "so we can skip the early part of the all new".
 
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Well first of all this particular delay is purely because the plant set up for the next-gen GC was delayed due to the pandemic. Development on the vehicle itself is practically finished.

What's interesting is how many times they've changed direction on the next gen GC/Durango/Wagoneer in the last decade. So many platform changes and design changes and the Durango still isn't set in stone.
Hmh, Grand Cherokee on Giorgio plans are on since sometime in 2016. That's 4 years ago.

Indeed it was much more complicated with Wagoneer. What's not known as a 3 row Grand Cherokee was originally planned as Wagoneer (WS).

For example interior styling which has leaked yesterday was set in stone during 2017.
 

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Hmh, Grand Cherokee on Giorgio plans are on since sometime in 2016. That's 4 years ago.

Indeed it was much more complicated with Wagoneer. What's not known as a 3 row Grand Cherokee was originally planned as Wagoneer (WS).

For example interior styling which has leaked yesterday was set in stone during 2017.
Yep, well aware of the development timeline and design freeze dates. Durango/Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer mess aside, the regular two row GC still had considerable hubris around it. The Giorgio platform implementation, powertrain decisions (I6 obviously didn't make it in time), and production strategy decisions all came about in a manner that I wouldn't call straightforward.

I personally worry about a launch that rivals the Explorer in messiness.
 
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