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2023 Jeep® Cherokee (KL) Gets Ready To Sail Off Into The Sunset After February

Only Two Models Are Available For 2023...

Scheduled to end production on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023, the Jeep® Cherokee (KL) enters 2023 with a simplified lineup. But with that simplified lineup, comes a number of important option changes. So let’s take one last in-depth look at what was once an integral part of the brand’s growth over the past decade.

2023 Jeep® Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 in Sting-Gray. (Greenway Auto Group).

For 2023, Jeep has ditched the Latitude LUX 4×2, Cherokee X 4×4, and Limited 4×4 models in favor of just two trims. 

2023 Jeep® Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 in Sting-Gray. (Greenway Auto Group).

The entry-level is now made up of the new Altitude LUX 4×4, which adds the popular dark appearance package and four-wheel drive as standard equipment. Other standard features for 2023 include:

  • 2.4-liter TIGERSHARK inline-four cylinder (184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • 9-Speed 948TE Automatic Transmission
  • Gloss Black Accents – 
    • Jeep & 4×4 Badges
    • Unique Cherokee Badge (Matte Black with Gloss Black Tracer)
    • Roof Rails
    • Upper Grille Surrounds
    • Chin & Fog Light Surrounds
    • Day Light Opening (DLO) Moldings
  • 17-Inch x 7-Inch Gloss Black Aluminum Wheels
  • Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-Inch Touch Screen Display
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Parallel & Prependular Park Assist
  • ParkSense™ Front & Rear Assist with Rear Stop
  • Automatic High-Beam Headlamps

Jeep says that they expect 83% of the limited production run to be made up of the Altitude LUX 4×4.

2023 Jeep® Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 in Sting-Gray. (Greenway Auto Group).

For the second model, Jeep will continue to produce the off-road-oriented Cherokee Trailhawk. Thanks to a more aggressive look and stance, it exemplifies the Cherokee’s trail readiness. Loaded with off-road hardware, the Trailhawk includes aggressive approach and departure angles thanks to unique front and rear fascias, an 1-inch factory life, Jeep Active Drive Lock locking rear differential, skid plates, and those signature red tow hooks. The locking rear differential is selectable in any low-range terrain mode to maximize tractive effort at the tire patch that can support it.

2023 Jeep® Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 in Sting-Gray. (Greenway Auto Group).

The 2023 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4×4 includes the following standard features:

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged GME-T4 inline-four-cylinder (270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • 9-Speed 948TE Automatic Transmission
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Parallel & Perpendicular Park Assist
  • ParkSense™ Front Assist
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Security Alarm
  • Universal Garage Door Opener (UGDO)
  • Uconnect® 4C NAV with 8.4-Inch Touch Screen Display
2023 Jeep® Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 in Sting-Gray. (Greenway Auto Group).

Cherokee Trailhawk boasts an approach angle of 29.9°, a departure angle of 32.2°, and a breakover angle of 22.9°. Running ground clearance is 8.7 inches. The “Trail Rated” badge on the Trailhawk indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording.

For those curious about the options list for 2023, Jeep has made it pretty simple. 

Options Altitude LUX 4×4 Trailhawk 4×4
Elite Group (AE1)

  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
  • Alpine Premium Audio
  • Hands-Free Power Liftgate
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Memory Features
X  
Gloss Black 18-Inch Wheels (WDP) X  
Compact Spare Tire (TBC) X  
Premium Leather Package (AYK)

  • Premium Nappa Leather Seats
  • Ventilated Front Seats
  • Memory Features
  • Hands-Free Power Liftgate
  X
Sun & Sound Group (AWX)

  • Dual-Pane Panoramic Sunroof
  • Alpine Premium Audio
  X
Trailer-Tow Group (AHT)

  • Class III Receiver with 7 & 4 Pin Wiring Harness
  X
Gloss Black 17-Inch Wheels (WBG)   X

The 2023 Jeep Cherokee is available in a choice of 8 exterior colors. Those colors include Billet Silver, Bright White, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal, Hydro Blue, Slate Blue, Sting-Gray, and Velvet Red.

Pricing for the 2023 Jeep Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 starts at $39,290, while the off-road-focused Trailhawk 4×4 starts at $42,890 for the U.S. market. That is quite a jump over the 2022 base price of $31,590 for the Latitude LUX 4×2.

2023 Jeep® Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 in Sting-Gray. (Greenway Auto Group).

The 2023 Jeep Cherokee has been in production since December 5th, 2022 at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois. That means with production ending on February 28th, the 2023 model year will only be produced for only 85 days.

2023 Jeep® Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 in Sting-Gray. (Greenway Auto Group).

So if you are interested in getting your hands on one of these limited production-run Cherokees, you have to get over to your local Jeep dealer. New 2023 models are already arriving on dealer lots, but if you are looking to order one to your specifications, you need to place an order NOW!

This particular Altitude LUX 4×4 is currently in inventory at Greenway Auto Group in Rome, Georgia.

2023 Jeep® Cherokee Altitude LUX 4×4 Image Gallery:

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Ending current production does NOT mean Jeep will be abandoning this market segment, one in which historically the current Cherokee has flourished, but simply means a replacement and its manufacturing facility is still under development. The outgoing Cherokee, of which I have owned two over seven years, is a reliable, competent and satisfying SUV, which truthfully and candidly has a few drawbacks that a new generation mid-size Jeep could remedy.
I venture to predict the solution and projected resolutions. The next Cherokee will share a platform and manufacturing facility with the upcoming Wagoner S all electric Jeep. This resolves the minor issues I have with my Cherokee experience, a tad too narrow, a tad too short and not capable enough to match Grand Cherokee levels in demanding uses.Wider, longer, rear wheel and all wheel drive driven and based on the new STLA Large platform, clearly much more capable with a “feel” Jeep owners demand. This next generation Cherokee, unlike its Wagoner S sibling, will offer a four cylinder turbo engine at entry level, moving to Hurricane six power and a possible hybrid six offered in a high level model, perhaps the Overland.
There is no way Jeep abandons the segment, or the well received and popular Cherokee model especially since its replacement foundation building block has already been announced, shown and is close to production.

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Ending current production does NOT mean Jeep will be abandoning this market segment, one in which historically the current Cherokee has flourished, but simply means a replacement and its manufacturing facility is still under development. The outgoing Cherokee, of which I have owned two over seven years, is a reliable, competent and satisfying SUV, which truthfully and candidly has a few drawbacks that a new generation mid-size Jeep could remedy.
I venture to predict the solution and projected resolutions. The next Cherokee will share a platform and manufacturing facility with the upcoming Wagoner S all electric Jeep. This resolves the minor issues I have with my Cherokee experience, a tad too narrow, a tad too short and not capable enough to match Grand Cherokee levels in demanding uses.Wider, longer, rear wheel and all wheel drive driven and based on the new STLA Large platform, clearly much more capable with a “feel” Jeep owners demand. This next generation Cherokee, unlike its Wagoner S sibling, will offer a four cylinder turbo engine at entry level, moving to Hurricane six power and a possible hybrid six offered in a high level model, perhaps the Overland.
There is no way Jeep abandons the segment, or the well received and popular Cherokee model especially since its replacement foundation building block has already been announced, shown and is close to production.

No, new Cherokee is due out in 2025 and should be built in Mexico. According to some of the Chrysler employees who posted stuff on their LinkedIn page it will have an HEV and is codenamed KM.

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2025 model year is next year

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