2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe

The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe Tops New Ridge Of Efficiency

Episode 4211
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It’s hard to think of a brand that embraces tradition more than Jeep. But that doesn’t mean they’re stuck in the past. Indeed, Jeep is in the process of electrifying every one of their models; the latest being this Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe. So, let’s see what the 4xe adds to an iconic 4×4!

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe is electric, but not all electric. It’s a plug-in hybrid or PHEV. A very sensible approach to electrification in our view, rather than going all-in and forcing faithful followers to adapt their lifestyle to a revolutionary business strategy.  

Moreover, most of the powertrain specs of this 5-passenger standard wheelbase Grand Cherokee have commonality with the Wrangler 4xe we tested last year. Except the 17.3-kWh battery. It ekes out a little more EV range; 25-miles compared to the Wrangler’s 22.   

The 2.0-liter I4 turbo engine, twin electric motors, and 8-speed automatic work together to deliver the same 375-horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque; 4-wheel-drive is of course standard.

So, it’s no Trackhawk, but that 470 lb-ft. of torque is 80 more than the GC’s optional V8, so off to our Mason Dixon test track to try it out.

We saved some battery power, and the 4xe put it to good use. There is a nice surge of spirit at launch that had us hitting 60 in just 5.3-seconds.

About halfway down the track, you can feel the electric influence lessen, and the turbo engine really takes over, delivering great mid-range power. Shifts from the automatic are very smooth and quick, with our best ¼-mile pass taking 13.9-seconds at 102 miles-per-hour. Once the battery drains, there’s noticeably less umph off the line.

True, the 4xe can’t match the V8’s 7,200-lbs. tow rating, but 6,000-lbs. is still quite good for a midsize utility.

As in the Wrangler, all battery and EV hardware is packaged well out of harm’s way, so there’s no loss of off-road capability. 

Our Overland tester, however, had more of a pampered lifestyle in mind. It came equipped with a panoramic sunroof, Nappa leather seats with both front and rear heat, and heated steering wheel. 

A luxury tech group adds wireless charging, digital rearview mirror, 4 zone climate, rear sunshades, and massaging seats.  

While an advanced protech group delivers active driving assist, night vision, and navigation maps in the driver display.  

And no matter how many times you see it, the available interactive front passenger display looks impressive, and gives the person riding shotgun something to amuse them. 

Now, unlike the Wrangler 4xe, where driving around with no engine noise seemed to amplify other sounds and reinforce its rough edges; here in the Grand Cherokee 4xe, the powertrain silence seems to fit right in with its more refined nature.  

Transitions of power between battery and gasoline engine are very smooth, as is ride quality.  

Given its size, the 4xe Grand Cherokee felt solid and willing through our handling course. Steering was light, but accurate, and there was only moderate body roll.  

The 4xe felt solid and stable in panic braking runs too, but also very heavy. Stops from 60 stretched out to a longish 129-feet.  

There are indicators of the 4xe’s plug-in status, an additional access door in the driver’s side front fender for the charger port and small amounts of blue trim. But otherwise, you’d be hard pressed to tell it’s different from just about every other 5th gen Grand Cherokee.   

18-inch wheels are standard. A black finished roof is optional. Active grille shutters and front fender aero treatments are in place to maximize fuel efficiency.  

Government Fuel Economy Ratings are 56 Combined MPGe for gas and electric, 23-Combined strictly on the gasoline engine. We averaged 22 miles-per-gallon of Regular in Hybrid mode with no charging.   

So, the 4xe rates a very good Energy Impact Score, using just 6.0-barrels of oil yearly, with 2.9-tons of CO2 emissions.  

The 4xe is available in most of the Grand Cherokee’s trim levels including Trailhawk, starting with Limited at $61,660, and working up to Summit Reserve for a lofty $78,870. Our Overland tester resides in the still high middle-ground at $69,675. Right now the 4xe treatment is not available on the 3-Row Grand Cherokee L.

Yes, those prices are steep, but unfortunately aren’t out of line for a luxury-minded off-roader these days. And the 5th generation Grand Cherokee has certainly attained a new level of luxury, sophistication, technology, and practicality. Now, this 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe adds a new level of efficiency, making it an even smarter midsize SUV choice.

Specifications

  • Engine: 2.0L I4 Turbo
  • Battery: 17.3-kWh
  • Electric Range: 25 miles
  • Horsepower: 375
  • Torque: 470 lb-ft
  • 0-60 mph: 5.3 seconds
  • 1/4 Mile: 13.9 seconds at 102 mph
  • 60-0 Braking: 129 feet (avg)
  • Towing Capacity: 6,000 lbs
  • EPA: 56 MPGe | 23 Combined
2024 PHEV Roundup 1

2024 PHEV Roundup

You Don’t Have To Go Full EV To Live The EV Lifestyle

Episode 4338
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You’ve heard us say many times that PHEVs– plug-in hybrid electrics– rather than BEVs– pure battery electrics– are a sound choice for many folks thinking about owning an electric vehicle. Well, buyers do seem to have gotten the message, as while recent sales of all-electric BEVs are down, PHEVs are suddenly skyrocketing. So, we thought we’d give you a close look at the range of PHEVs that are available today.

An EV when you want it, a fuel-efficient hybrid when you don’t; that’s the reason that PHEVs are so appealing, and why we feel they’re the perfect starter vehicle for this time of transition from internal combustion to all-electric. So, buckle up for an alphabetical rundown of all the mainstream PHEVs that are currently available.

BMW has many plug-in options, starting around $46,000 with the 2.0-liter I4-based 330e sedan and its 22 miles of EV range. There’s also a 750e sedan with more than 30 miles of EV range, and an xDrive50e X5 utility with closer to 40 miles of EV range, plus a high-performance XM with 738 horsepower. For partner Mini, a small 1.5-liter I4-based setup is available in the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 utility with 18 miles of EV range, going for around $42,000.

Ford has been in the plug-in game for some time, and currently gets a great 37 miles of EV range out of their 2.5-liter I4-based setup which is available in both the Escape for about $36,000, and in its upscale Lincoln Corsair counterpart which goes for around $55,000.

Hyundai offers a pair of plug-in SUVs, the Santa Fe priced at around $43,000 and the Tucson which goes for about $40,000; both use a 1.6-liter I4 turbo engine. It shares with their corporate cousins over at Kia. The Sorento, which starts around $51,000, and the Sportage, beginning at $40,000, along with Kia’s Niro at $35,000. All get more than 30 miles of EV Range.

For the high-rollers, Land Rover has a six-cylinder P550e plug-in option for both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with 51 miles of range, starting around $119,000.

Mazda is very new to the plug-in game, with their inline-six based setup just recently becoming available in the new CX-70 and CX-90 SUVs, both with 26 miles of electric-only range, starting at $41,000.

Mercedes-Benz has offered quite a few PHEVs over the years, though currently their lineup only consists of the $70,000 GLE450e SUV with a 2.0-liter I4 and 48 miles of EV range; and a $128,000 3.0-liter I6 S580e sedan with 46 miles of range. Though a high-performance 671 horsepower AMG C 63 S E Performance will be blasting onto the scene soon.

We’re very familiar with this second-gen Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, having had both generations as part of our long-term fleet. The current Outlander PHEV goes for $41,000 and gets 38 miles of EV range from its 2.4-liter I4-based setup.

Stellantis has a wide array of PHEVs available across their many brands, starting with the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar-packing Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. It arrived way back in 2017 and currently delivers 32 miles of EV range for $40,000.

More recently, they’ve added the technology to the Jeep brand with 4Xe versions of the Jeep Wrangler for $52,000 and the Grand Cherokee at $61,000. And their most recent setup has just arrived in the compact crossover segment with 33 miles of battery in both the $45,000 Alfa Romeo Tonale and the $42,000 Dodge Hornet R/T.

All of this started with the Toyota Prius of course, which you can now get a Prime version of for $34,000 with a 2.0-liter I4 and 40 miles of range. The RAV4 Prime goes for $45,000 getting 42 miles. Plus, there’s a trio of Lexus PHEV’s rolling with bigger batteries on board, the NX450h+, the RX450h+, and the TX550h+, starting around $58,000.

Volkswagen PHEVs stick to their premium brands, starting with the $58,000 2.0-liter I4-based Audi Q5 55TFSI e quattro SUV with 22 miles of battery range.

Bentley adds electric-motor assistance to a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 for both the $206,000 Bentayga SUV, which gets 18 miles of EV range, and the $217,000 Flying Spur sedan, which stretches it to 21 miles. That same setup is available at Porsche in E-hybrid versions of both the $93,000 Cayenne SUV and $110,000 Panamera sedan, getting up to 19 miles on battery power.

Finally, Volvo has had a plug-in version of their turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 since the T8 arrived with the XC90 back in 2016. Now with a Recharge label, an updated version is available in just about every vehicle in their lineup; the S60 and S90 sedans, XC60 and XC90 SUVS, and yes even in the V60 wagon, starting around $53,000 with up to 40 EV miles.

So, there you have it, the Bs-to-Vs of PHEVs. They really are an easy way to live the EV lifestyle today, without going all the way.