The current Jeep Grand Cherokee has been around since 2011, meaning a total redesign is long overdue for Fiat Chrysler’s popular SUV. An all-new Grand Cherokee is almost certainly going to break cover next year, so the 2021 Grand Cherokee is the same old two-row mid-size SUV we’ve known for a decade. Even though it ain’t new, the Jeep in its current iteration is driving toward the sunset with a bit more kit and more options than ever before. Here’s a quick look at the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee’s changes:
A Special Edition, Laredo X, and More
Just like on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator pickup, the 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee will get an 80th Anniversary trim. It’s been 80 years since the original Willys MB Jeep was launched into service in World War II, and to commemorate that milestone, the 80th Anniversary model comes with leather seats, tungsten-colored accents, special exterior badging, and Granite Crystal 18-inch wheels. Buyers will also get Jeep’s ProTech II Package that comes with safety kit such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and full-speed collision warning.
There also is a new Laredo X trim that slots just above the entry-level Laredo E trim. It’ll come with the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, navigation, remote start, a power liftgate, and heated front seats and steering wheel standard. There is a new Sun and Sound package that includes exactly what you’d think: It nets buyers an upgraded, nine-speaker audio system and a dual-pane sunroof. The base Laredo trim gets 18-inch painted aluminum wheels and Limited X models get black-painted exterior accents.
For 2021 the Grand Cherokee lineup has been culled slightly—down from 12 different trims in 2020 to 10 in 2021. There are a few isolated changes, as well—for example, the mid-level Limited trim is no longer available with the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine; it is now only available with the entry-level Pentastar V-6. Practically speaking, customers looking for a V-8 in their Grand Cherokee will now need to step up to the plusher Overland trim. Overall, however, things remain pretty similar, and Jeep hasn’t touched the big-daddy Grand Cherokee Trackhawk or its supercharged V-8 engine. Prices for the 2021 Grand Cherokee start at $35,695 for the Laredo E (a $200 increase from last year) and go all the way up to $89,145 for the Trackhawk. If you’re interested in a 2021 GC, you can pick one up right now, but we’ll be biding our time to see what the 2022 Grand Cherokee brings.