Spy photos show Jeep pushing ahead with testing of next generation Grand Cherokee
25 March 2009

This is the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will go into production in 2010.

The fact it has been spotted running at all is significant, as it underlines that Jeep is continuing with its new model development plans while parent company Chrysler awaits news of whether it will receive a cash bailout from the US government.

The new Grand Cherokee will be based on an all-new, car-based platform and be available in five- and seven-seat configurations.

It will be made with less emphasis on off-road capability than the present Grand Cherokee, and the use of lightweight construction materials, plus more modern engines, are expected to dramatically increase fuel efficiency.

The car, which will be offered in two- and four-wheel-drive, bears some resemblance to the Jeep Trailhawk concept car, including the seven-slat grille and door designs.

Engines are expected to include the company’s new ‘Phoenix’ 3.3- and 3.6-litre unitss, plus a 4.7-litre V8 and 5.7-litre HEMI. A hybrid model is also said to be under development.

Jeep has promised the new Grand Cherokee will have a much improved interior, with its Advanced Interior Design Studio at Chrysler’s Auburn Hills headquarters taking responsibility for raising standards.

Production is scheduled to begin in the US in early to mid 2010, with UK sales beginning six to eight months later.

The US government is expected to announce whether it will provide cash to rescue GM and Chrysler next Tuesday.

Our Verdict

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The current Jeep Grand Cherokee is almost indescribably better than its predecessor

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Ford Mustang
    First Drive
    24 March 2018
    Sixth-generation Mustang gets a leaner face, revised suspension, improved safety equipment and a more power V8. We see how it fares on southern French roads
  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim