2023 Jeep Cherokee shrinks to two trims, Pentastar V6 disappears


For model year 2022, Jeep has swept all nine of the Cherokee’s previous trims from the table to the hat, and when Jeep has done its magic trick, the Base X, sole front driver Latitude Lux, Trailhawk and Limited. The trim eating hat is back for his 2023. The Trailhawk version appeared like the proverbial rabbit, joined by a new Altitude Lux 4×4 model. The latter is like a more rugged version of his Latitude Lux. Both trims come standard with 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment, plus a new kit that includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, parallel and vertical park assist, and ParkSense front/rear park assist with rear stop is included. Neither can get his 3.2-liter Pentastar V6. The old 6-pot faithful engine was available on Trailhawk, but no more. Two of his 4-cylinder engines and his 4-wheel drive are now the only options.

The Altitude Lux 4×4 puts out 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque in a 2.4-liter 4. Standard equipment includes Black Nappa leather seats, Piano Black interior trim, 7-inch TFT screen in gauge cluster, heated steering wheel and heated seats. Outwardly, it comes standard with LED lighting, a gloss black grille surround, gloss black accents and badging, and 17-inch gloss black wheels, with an 18-inch option. This image is not available yet. All the galleries above are Trailhawk.

The Trailhawk is powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft. New model year bonus standard equipment includes automatic high beams, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, security alarm and universal garage door opener (a bundle that copies the standard kit from last year’s Latitude Lux).

The 9-speed ZF transmission remains unchanged, as does the Billet Silver, Bright White, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal, Hydro Blue, Slate Blue, Sting Gray and Velvet Red color palette. However, the optional black and ski gray interiors on the X and Limited models have been discontinued in favor of either black cloth or black leather.

Pricing starts at $39,290 for the Altitude Lux and jumps to $42,890 for the Trailhawk, after an unchanged $1,595 destination fee. That makes the Altitude Lux $2,450 more expensive than last year’s Cherokee X base model, and more than the 2022 Cherokee saves his limited $40,939 price tag. Trailhawk prices increase by $3,750, partly as a result of moving from the Pentastar V6 to the more advanced 2.0-liter.

We’re watching the current Cherokee head to the empty Rubicon Trail.The production facility in Belvidere, Illinois, is set to send out the last unit at the end of next month to finish 10 years of operation for this single generation. Jeep executives are already touting a new Cherokee that’s “bigger and better than ever,” boasting “a lot of electrification,” and could bring Wagoneer luxury trim. Sources on the same rumor about the Belvidere plant say Cherokee’s assembly plant will move to Mexico.

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