When you’re competing in the most demanding segment of the automotive industry, it’s hard to be successful when you are nearly nine years old. That’s the case with the current generation of Jeep Cherokee, which debuted for the 2014 model years. So, it’s no wonder that various reports suggest a complete redesign in the next year, which should bring the all-new 2023 Jeep Cherokee. At this point, the officials are still quiet but most unofficial reports suggest the new model will arrive sometime in the second half of the year.
At this point, there are two possibilities for the 2023 Jeep Cherokee. In both cases, it will become more upscale and get a new platform. However, the exact platform is still a mystery, as there are two ways the new model could go. In any case, we count on a completely new styling, a way more upscale interior and lots of other novelties.
2023 Jeep Cherokee Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, there are two possible directions the new 2023 Jeep Cherokee could go. This particularly refers to the platform, as the current architecture is outdated and will be replaced. The first pick would be Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform. This architecture already underpins the Cherokee’s bigger brother, the Grand Cherokee, so this really makes sense. if the new Cherokee adopts this platform, this would mean a lot of big changes, starting from the layout. The new model would be an RWD car, though we don’t have any doubt that AWD versions would be offered too. Another thing that’s typical for models that ride on this platform is a high level of athleticism. The new model would be notably lighter than its predecessor, with more direct handling and significant improvements in the overall driving experience.
When it comes to the other possible direction for the new 2023 Jeep Cherokee, we should keep in mind that FCA has merged with PSA last year. As a result, a lot of new models will use Peugeot’s platforms and this may refer to this model as well. Some experts believe that the new Cherokee could easily come riding on the same platform as Peugeot 3008. This upscale compact crossover and one of the most successful models in its class, with an excellent balance between comfort, luxury and performance. Without any doubt, it would serve as an excellent basis for the next-generation 2023 Jeep Cherokee.
Of course, some of the biggest changes will be those regarding exterior design. Of course, styling comes to mind first and we don’t expect surprises in this aspect. We are pretty sure that the company won’t experiment like in the case of the pre-facelifted version of the current generation and that the new model will stick closely to Jeep’s unmistakable design language. Of course, most things will be shared with the bigger Grand Cherokee, which debuted last year. This particularly refers to the front end, which will look very similar.
The overall shape shouldn’t change drastically either. Still, we think that the new model could grow in size for a bit. We might see a slightly longer wheelbase, along with bigger overall dimensions, which will certainly provide more space on the inside.
If you look at the current model, it is still great in many ways. It is a capable off-roader with a decent exterior design. However, its interior design definitely shows its age. The dashboard looks old, while most areas feature hard plastics and other low-rent materials. We are pretty sure this will change with the new 2023 Jeep Cherokee. We count on a much more upscale-looking cabin, with nicer materials better build quality and more tech goodies, which also have a big impact on the overall visual appeal.
As we’ve just mentioned, the new model will probably feature bigger dimensions, including wheelbase. This should result in more space on the inside. The second row would offer more legroom, though we have to say that the current model is already pretty good in this aspect. On other hand, the cargo area isn’t that generous in the current model and will definitely expect the 2023 Jeep Cherokee to be more generous in this aspect.
2023 Jeep Cherokee Engines
When it comes to powertrain, a lot of things will depend on the platform that will be used for the new 2023 Jeep Cherokee. If that’s going to be the Giorgio architecture, we presume that the core of the offer would be the well-known 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
On the other hand, the scenario where Cherokee shares parts with Peugeot 3008 opens up a lot of new possibilities regarding powertrain. This would also bring a lot of new possibilities regarding electrification. More precisely, the new 2023 Jeep Cherokee would probably be available, besides other powertrain options, with Peugeot’s new plug-in hybrid system, based on a small 1.6-liter turbo-four engine, which comes in two configurations, with 225 or 300 horsepower.
2023 Jeep Cherokee Release and Price
We believe that the 2023 Jeep Cherokee could arrive already in the second half of the year. It’s still early to talk about the exact price, but we presume that base versions would remain under 30.000 dollars. Key competitors should be models like Ford Bronco Sport, Kia Sportage, VW Tiguan etc.