As off-road brands go, Jeep, has covered a lot of ground over the decades.
But if there was some white space for one of Stellantis' core brands still to forge, it's the three-row utility that caters to families and weekend warriors alike. It's one of the most competitive yet profitable segments in the industry, led by the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse and newcomers such at the Hyundai Palisade, Subaru Ascent and Kia Telluride.
With the 2022 Grand Cherokee L, Jeep has its first three-row utility since the Jeep Commander was sold from 2005 to 2010. The L will slot between the standard Grand Cherokee and the revived Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer in the Jeep lineup.
The Grand Cherokee L is launching with two familiar engines. The standard 3.6-liter V-6 generates 293 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque and is rated to tow 6,200 pounds. An available 5.7-liter V-8 engine produces 357 hp and 390 pound-feel of torque, with towing capacity of 7,200 pounds.
The V-6 is available with either rear- or four-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard for both engines. The towing stats are fairly impressive when you compare them with most other midsize three-row crossovers that max out at around 5,000 pounds. But how does the L perform and stack up? We've rounded up some early reviews from the automotive press.