Jeep's top seller, the Grand Cherokee, comes in a new flavor for 2022 — a plug-in hybrid.
The Grand Cherokee 4xe, exclusive to the two-row model, features the same plug-in-hybrid powertrain as the Wrangler 4xe.
Under the hood is a 270-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 295 pound-feet of torque, assisted by a belt-driven 44-hp motor and a 134-hp electric motor that replaces the eight-speed automatic transmission's torque converter.
The combined output is 375 hp with 470 pound-feet of torque.
Those figures are higher than the 357 hp and 390 pound-feet in the Grand Cherokee's 5.7-liter V-8 engine, but only for as long as the 14.0-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery has enough juice to contribute.
Regenerative braking replenishes the battery on the go.
Jeep says the 4xe is also more efficient than the gasoline-powered V-6 Grand Cherokee and packs more of a performance punch than the V-8 model by besting its 0-to-60-mph time.
It can tow up to 6,000 pounds and gets 56 mpg-e with 470 miles of driving range.
Grand Cherokee 4xe pricing starts at $59,495 including shipping, while the top-of-the-line Summit Reserve starts at $76,095.
After the $7,500 federal tax credit, consumers could find themselves paying less for the 4xe variant than gasoline-powered models, in some cases.
It's one more rung on the ladder to electrification as Jeep prepares to introduce its first battery-electric model next year. We've gathered some early reviews from the automotive media.