The current generation of the legendary SUV has been around since 2013 but the company isn’t rushing with changes. Therefore, we won’t see a full redesign so soon, as Jeep engineers are currently busy with the new versions of Grand Cherokee and Wagoneer. That clearly indicates that the 2022 Jeep Cherokee is about to carry on without more important changes. We are about to see a familiar design, which hasn’t changed significantly in the last eight years but still has a lot of good things to offer to potential buyers.
We are about to see a familiar layout and that means that you may count on familiar design characteristics. This SUV offers pretty impressive off-road performances, but also comes with three engine options in the offer, as well as a pretty intuitive infotainment system. However, there are also few drawbacks, such as below-average interior quality, uninspiring handling etc.
As there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Jeep Cherokee will arrive sometime late in the year.
2022 Jeep Cherokee Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the current generation has been around since 2013. Not many changes happened meanwhile but we have to mention the 2017 update, which was characterized by new styling details, by things like new headlights, grille etc. The 2022 Jeep Cherokee is expected to continue with the same styling, which still looks good, despite the age.
The strongest point of this crossover is off-road capability. All versions come standard with goodies like the company’s famous Selec-Terrain traction management system, which offers different traction modes. Higher trim levels also include hill descent control and low-range gearing, while the Trailhawk also comes with off-road upgrades like Active Drive Lock four-wheel-drive system, all-terrain tires, off-road suspension, and mechanical locking differential.
The inside of this SUV hasn’t changed too much since the initial launch. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the dashboard looks a little bit outdated compared to the younger rivals. Also, the Cherokee doesn’t feature the nicest materials in the class, while the build quality could be better too. Some areas look nice, but there are also areas that feature hard plastics and other low-rent materials.
When it comes to interior practicality, both rows offer decent amounts of space and accommodate adult passengers. The front seats are massive and supportive, while the driving position is good, whether it’s about ergonomics or outward visibility.
When it comes to cargo volume, you may count on up to 27.6 cubic feet behind the second row, while the total volume goes up to nearly 55 cubic feet. That’s not terrible, but most rivals are more generous with cargo space.
One of the most common things about yearly updates is the addition of new standard features. So, the 2022 Jeep Cherokee could also come with some of them. Still, we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same. We presume that the list of standard equipment will be pretty similar to the current model, which comes standard with goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker stereo.
Currently, the list of options includes things like an 8.4-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, an additional front USB port, two rear USB ports, a nine-speaker Alpine premium stereo, proximity keyless entry, remote start, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, a household-style power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener.
The same thing is with safety features. Currently, all models come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.
2022 Jeep Cherokee Engines
Under the hood, the 2022 Jeep Cherokee will continue with three familiar engine options in the offer. Base models will continue with a good-old 2.4-liter inline-four, which puts out around 180 horsepower. This engine is reliable but isn’t too inspiring. So, most buyers will rather choose one of the two optional units. The first one is a 3.3-liter V6, which puts out around 271 horsepower and offers way better driving dynamics.
However, the new 2.0-liter turbo-four is by far the best choice. It is both the most capable and the most efficient engine in the lineup. Despite it offers the same amount of power as the V6, it offers significantly more torque (295lb-ft), so driving dynamics are way better.
All three engines come in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Jeep Cherokee Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 Jeep Cherokee will hit the market sometime late in the year, with a starting price of around 27.000 dollars. Some of the key competitors are models like Ford Bronco Sport, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson etc.