Next Jeep Grand Cherokee to Switch coming from German to Italian Bones
Today’s Jeep Grand Cherokee was split at birth coming from Mercedes-Benz’s mid-size M-class (currently named GLE-class), the two SUVs having shared a development path years ago during the DaimlerChrysler era. With Daimler long out of the picture in addition to the currently seven-year-old Jeep Grand Cherokee aging—quite gracefully, we might add—Fiat Chrysler must begin work on a replacement. nevertheless what platform to use? At the Detroit auto show, the automaker’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, told us the next Grand Cherokee will borrow components coming from Alfa Romeo.
Specifically, the next Grand Cherokee is actually to be spun off Alfa Romeo rear-drive chassis architecture. Although Marchionne didn’t elaborate much, we’re assuming he was talking about the same bones that will form the basis for the Giulia sedan in addition to the upcoming Stelvio SUV. They also happen to comprise Fiat Chrysler’s freshest rear-drive-based component set, the longitudinal drive format being a virtual requirement for the traditional four-wheel-drive equipment (including a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing) that will the Grand Cherokee is actually guaranteed to offer. The news isn’t a surprise, nevertheless that will is actually illuminating about Fiat Chrysler’s thinking on economies of scale in addition to platform sharing among its numerous brands.
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We expect that will, like the current design, the brand-new Grand Cherokee will feature a fortified unibody (so that will won’t be just a tall Giulia/rebodied Stelvio), a fully independent suspension, in addition to V-6 in addition to V-8 engine choices. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, as that will is actually today, in addition to a range of four-wheel-drive systems will be available. Again, expect the hard-core versions to boast low-range gearing in addition to locking differentials to preserve Jeep’s off-road credibility. Eventually, the Grand Cherokee also will form the basis for a larger three-row Grand Wagoneer SUV, although that will design won’t arrive until 2020 or 2021.