All-New 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Caught Flexing Its Size at a UAE Gas Station

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Photo: Kurdistan_Automotive_Blog / Instagram
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If you’re still a little confused about the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L, it’s probably because the carmaker chose to launch this extended wheelbase variant ahead of the regular-length one. That sort of makes sense, seeing as how it’s the more imposing of the two, and the nameplate is moving upmarket.
The Grand Cherokee L will be sold in the U.S. alongside the current-generation 5-seat Grand Cherokee until later this year, when the all-new model will also break cover as a 5-seater, thus completing the lineup.

So just how imposing of an SUV is the 2021 Grand Cherokee L? Thanks to the kurdistan_automotive_blog Instagram channel, we can admire this new model in a real-world setting for the very first time (outside of spy images or official press shots). The images were taken at a gas station in the United Arab Emirates, and the vehicle in question seems to be a U.S.-spec Limited or Laredo model, judging by the front bumper design, wheel size, and matte plastic roof rails.

You can easily tell that this is a pretty large vehicle, and the numbers back that up. It measures 204.9 inches (5,204 mm) in length, 77.3 inches (1,963 mm) in width, and 71.5 inches (1,816 mm) in height, while the wheelbase spans 121.7 inches (3,091 mm). It’s about as big as a long-wheelbase Range Rover, but shorter than genuine XL-size SUVs such as the Chevy Suburban or Ford Expedition Max.

In terms of powertrains, two units will be made available initially in the form of an entry-level Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, rated at 290 hp (294 PS) and 257 lb-ft (348 Nm) of torque, plus a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 unit, producing 357 hp (362 PS) and 390 lb-ft (529 Nm) of torque. Both configurations utilize a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, with four-wheel drive available as an option.

The 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L will go on sale in the coming months, with pricing expected to start around the $40,000 mark for the entry-level Laredo trim.

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