Jeep Cherokee drops V6, most trims for 2023 model year

Reducing the range to just two trims is a bit of an odd choice for us, suggesting a bleak future for compact SUVs.

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  • The Jeep Cherokee has been reduced to two trims for model year 2023.
  • This model also ditched the V6 powertrain option, perhaps oddly enough.
  • I wonder if this change might cause Jeep to scale back Cherokee production

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Although the “Cherokee” name is well known among most Canadians, its sales numbers are slightly out of step with other models in the Jeep lineup, with Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee expected in 2022. All Ls outperformed compact SUVs with just 6,371 units. Buyers (approximately 10.5% of brand volume). Now, the brand seems to be slowly scaling back its current model as it plans for an electrified future.

Model range changes for the upcoming 2023 model year include only offering two trims of the Cherokee: Altitude and Lux. In 2022 he had seven trims and in 2021 he had eight choices. Also missing from the option seat is the naturally aspirated V6 engine, a reliable mill that produced 271 low-stress horsepower. On the left is his 2.0L 4-banger with a turbocharger that makes 270 ponies on the Trailhawk. His 2.4L Inline 4 suitable for his 180 horses in elevation. Both as standard gear he continues to use the 9-speed automatic and his four-wheel drive.

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Just in case you forgot, the Trailhawk variant adds the brand’s Active Drive II 4×4 system for additional driving modes. A so-called active drive lock also enhances mud grip at low speeds thanks to a mechanical lock. wrong. It also comes with sturdier 17″ all-terrain tires and a full size spare.

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It’s unclear what the future holds for this model. Jeep parent company Sterantis decided to shut down its Illinois plant next month, potentially leaving the Cherokee out in the cold. It says it will continue, but it is currently unknown about production after that, but there are tweets that production (of the Cherokee or its replacements) will move to Mexico.

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Sales in the US, where sales are much higher than in Canada, are even tougher for the Cherokee. Only 40,322 units were sold in 2022, down 55% from last year. This is the highest number of any Jeep model. In that market, in 2022 he made up less than 6% of the model mix. For comparison, in 2019 he had 191,397 homes found.

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Talking Heads suggests the model will be replaced with some kind of electrified product. This is at least a plan that aligns with company-wide goals. Whether or not the replacement will continue to be called “Cherokee” is a matter of considerable debate.

A “Wrangler-inspired” compact EV called the Recon will hit North America soon. Despite being almost his decade-old product, the existing Cherokee has gained friends around here, including the author of the comparison test above. And this writer who owns a 2020 Trailhawk.

When asked about Cherokee’s future, Magic 8-Ball simply replied, “Ask me again later.”

Check out more detailed specs for the latest Jeep Cherokee.

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Matthew Guy

Whether hauling an off-road rig over rough terrain, towing a trailer in a pickup truck, or driving a sports car, Matthew never strays far from something with four wheels and an engine. He is a member of his AJAC and lives in rural Nova Scotia. Find him on Facebook and his Instagram @DudeDrivesCars.


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