The following-generation Jeep Cherokee shall be “larger and higher than ever”, however don’t count on it to debut this 12 months.
That’s in keeping with Jeep’s North American head Jim Morrison in a report from Motor Development, echoing an earlier report from Automotive Information that mentioned a new Cherokee gained’t arrive till 2025.
The model’s international head, Christian Meunier, has additionally confirmed it’ll function “a whole lot of electrification”, suggesting it might be yet one more Jeep to undertake a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Jeep is rolling out plug-in hybrid fashions throughout its vary underneath the 4xe title. There are already 4xe variations of the Renegade, Compass, Grand Cherokee and Wrangler, with a Gladiator 4xe within the works and plug-in hybrid variations of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer anticipated.
Mopar Insiders stories the KM Cherokee will even spawn a extra upscale variant sporting the Wagoneer nameplate.
This nameplate is at the moment utilized by a full-sized SUV associated to the Ram 1500. There’s additionally the posher Grand Wagoneer, and the extended-length Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L.
Based on sources, this smaller Wagoneer-branded mannequin will debut in 2024 or 2025 and can probably use the STLA Massive structure.
That is understood to be an evolution of the present Giorgio structure underpinning the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio and Jeep Grand Cherokee WL, although it’s been reportedly configured for front-, rear- and all-wheel drive purposes and inner combustion and electrical powertrains.
The KM Cherokee might proceed to supply a alternative of front- or all-wheel drive, although its Wagoneer sibling would reportedly come solely with all-wheel drive.
It’s unclear whether or not the Cherokee and Wagoneer will supply two or three rows of seating. Within the US market, even mid-sized SUVs that supply a 3rd row in Australia just like the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Path and Volkswagen Tiguan don’t supply one there.
Whereas Jeep solely sells the massive Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV in Australia, it just lately launched the Commander/Meridian, a Compass-based three-row SUV, for markets like Latin America and India.
Jeep additionally has been promoting an unrelated, Cherokee-based three-row SUV in China, the Grand Commander, since 2018.
There’s precedent for providing a a lot smaller Wagoneer-badged mannequin.
After the massive SJ Cherokee ended manufacturing in 1983, its upscale Grand Wagoneer relation continued. The smaller XJ Cherokee that entered manufacturing that 12 months was additionally obtainable as a extra upmarket Wagoneer.
The Wagoneer was changed by the short-lived Cherokee Briarwood in 1990, and the Grand Wagoneer ended manufacturing in 1991.
Jeep dusted off the Grand Wagoneer title for a top-spec Grand Cherokee for 1993, but it surely lasted a 12 months and the nameplate was dropped till the launch of the present fashions in 2021.
Although the mid-sized SUV section is among the highest-volume segments in markets just like the US and Australia, Jeep hasn’t up to date its Cherokee since 2018.
Gross sales have trailed off lately in its residence market and have completely cratered right here. For 2022, it misplaced its front-wheel drive four-cylinder base mannequin and is now obtainable solely with all-wheel drive and a V6 engine.
When it will definitely arrives, the brand new Cherokee ought to be part of a revitalised and expanded Jeep vary.
Based on Automotive Information, new generations of Compass and Renegade are additionally due in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
The corporate is growing a trio of electrical SUVs. These embody a Polish-built small SUV, probably sporting the Jeepster title, that’s already been teased and can launch in 2023, plus two SUVs – a rugged “whitespace” off-roader and a household SUV – reportedly due in 2024.
The latter two will even trip the STLA Massive structure, which will even underpin different electrical autos like Dodge’s upcoming e-muscle automotive and the manufacturing Chrysler Airflow.