Jeep announced this week that its compact SUV will be available in the off-road-specialized Trailhawk trim or the jack-of-all-trades Altitude Lux 4×4 model. The company has not announced pricing. The 2022 Cherokee starts at his $34,895, but we expect the 2023 price to rise slightly.
The Altitude Lux is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and delivers power to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. It comes with heated Nappa leather seats, a heated steering wheel, Piano Black interior trim and an 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen.
Instead, the Trailhawk uses a 270 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Same with equipment list. However, it does add automatic high beam lights, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, a security alarm, and a universal garage door opener.
The venerable 3.2-liter Pentastar V6, which has served Jeep vehicles for over a decade, has disappeared from the Cherokee line-up.
If the number of trim levels seems to be heading towards zero, there’s a reason. Jeep management has begun hinting that a Cherokee successor could appear on his 2024 model year. CEO Christian Meunier told Motor Trend last year that the next-generation Cherokee will have “a lot of electrification.” This could indicate a fully electric vehicle like the European-only Jeep Avenger, or a plug-in he hybrid like the Wrangler 4xe.