Uncork Jeep’s Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

Reserve top. Looks like a good pinot noir from some of the boutique wineries in Napa Valley. “Yes, I would love a glass of Summit Reserve if I may.”

Like a fine wine, Jeep’s newest Grand Cherokee delivers and matured well into its richest, most elegant, and most complete offering yet – the Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4×4.

And like some California vintage cars, the price of a jeep can make you gasp. The lavishly fitted version I’ve been tasting sticks at $69,395 and is somewhat difficult to swallow.

2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

But Jeep is currently in the luxury realm, taking the brand to a higher level than the market, infusing interiors in leather, wood and high-tech, and upping its game quality. The flagship Grand Wagoneer LI was recently trialled for over $110,000.

Of course, like Trader Joe’s wine division, there’s no shortage of more budget-friendly offerings at $4.50 a bottle. A restyled 2022 Grand Cherokee lineup with a fully potable Laredo 4×2 starts at $42,515.

Watch it in metal, it’s a sleek looking, big design device from the last generation.

2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

Immediately recognizable is the sleeker, straighter nose, with that trademark seven-bar grille now narrower and surrounded by slimmer, more sophisticated LEDs. The roof is now slightly lower and tapered for a sleeker look, and the waistline has been lowered to allow more glass for better visibility.

The Summit Reserve we drive rocks it all with its black “floating” roof, glossy stainless steel body trim, 21-inch honking wheels, and absolutely stunning Tupelo Red paintwork.

But it’s on the inside where you begin to see the justification for that exorbitant price. Exquisite quilted leather with delicate stitching and rich, rare-looking matte wood with attention to detail never seen before in a Jeep.

All-New Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 2022

Yes, jeeps are about conquering the great outdoors. But it seems crazy to imagine climbing into this cabin even with a speck of mud on your shoes.

Notable features here include an impressive passenger-side screen for streaming online content from Amazon Fire TV. That, and McIntosh’s 19-speaker surround sound bleed from the ear.

Accommodation-wise, two rows of seats mean seating for five – for the third row, you have to board the Grand Wagoneer models. But there’s no shortage of room for the knees and shoulders, and the “stuff” space behind the seats is huge.

All-New Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 2022

In terms of power, take your pick from Jeep’s trusty 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that fits 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

For an extra $3,795, you can, and should, rock a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with 357 horsepower and 390 torque. It transforms the performance of the Grand Cherokee, but it will dent your wallet with a thirsty 14 mpg city/22 highway.

The big news for the Grand Cherokee is the introduction, for now, of the 4×E hybrid powertrain. As with the Wrangler, it combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors.

The all-new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee features two 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screens with an available rear seat entertainment system.

The magic numbers here are 470 lb-ft of torque, 56 megapixels, and 25 miles of pure electric range. and $74,695, which is the starting price for the Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve 4xe.

Our tester was equipped with a Pentastar V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. While it is perfectly acceptable, it would be my third choice behind hybrid and hemi.

The performance is very fast around town, and it cruises smoothly on the highway. But speed up hard and push the revs, and it all feels a little unrefined.

2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve

With torsions, a new, stiffer chassis with air suspension, semi-active dampers, and 275-section wide rubber, it really makes the Jeep feel nimble and nimble. It rides surprisingly smooth too.

Of course, there is a lot of competition in this segment of the luxury SUV market. Especially in the $70 region.

But like a fine wine, this new Grand Cherokee is sure to excite your senses.

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