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2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Preview & Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 18, 2019

Model Preview

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has seen little more than small updates since its redesign in 2011, save for the 2018 introduction of the insane Trackhawk model. We expect the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee to remain a carryover model with no notable updates.

Visually, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will continue with the same looks it’s had since 2011. While it’s still a sharp-looking SUV, it’s quickly losing its freshness next to the recently redesigned GMC Acadia and the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer. Fortunately, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk tosses in a little variety with its racier look, but that comes with a near-$90,000 hit to the pocketbook.

Inside, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will continue to sit a notch or two above the competition with its clean dashboard and center-stack designs and loads of available premium materials. It never hit luxury-SUV levels, but higher trims get their fair share of leather and wood trimming to class things up. For those who prefer performance over posh, the Trackhawk model will add bolstered seats with grippy sueded inserts.

Under its skin, we expect Jeep to continue to offer the 2020 Grand Cherokee with tons of variety. If this proves true, the base powertrain in the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will include a 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 295 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Buyers will also have an optional 5.7-liter V8 with 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Thrifty buyers may prefer the optional 3.0-liter diesel engine that delivers 240 hp, 420 lb-ft of torque, and up to 30 mpg highway (2018 EPA estimates).


2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

We expect the 2020 Grand Cherokee to continue with its hotter side too, including the SRT model with its 6.4-liter V8 powerhouse that will inject 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the big daddy of the lineup will be the Trackhawk model and its supercharged 6.2-liter engine that will punch out 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque.

All five engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the Trackhawk model gets a specially tuned unit.

The current Jeep Grand Cherokee fell short on IIHS crash tests with just a “Marginal” rating in the driver’s side small-overlap test and a “Poor” rating in the passenger-side small-overlap test. The Grand Cherokee received a “Superior” rating with its optional Full Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, which is part of its Jeep Active Safety Group package that’s a $1,495 option on Limited, Trailhawk, and Overland models and standard on the Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk models. We expect this to carry over unchanged in the 2020 Grand Cherokee.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee to arrive in the fall of 2019 with a starting price only a touch higher than the 2019 Grand Cherokee, which ranges from $33,440 to $88,395 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee will compete with the Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, and Dodge Durango.

Learn more about the current Jeep Grand Cherokee on sale now »

Pictured: 2019 Grand Cherokee

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