Jeep Grand Cherokee WK dead, future uncertain for Jeep Cherokee.
Jeep Compass gets new turbocharged engine.
Regular length Grand Cherokee loses the HEMI V8, Grand Cherokee L still offers it.
Electrification is on the way too Jeep, with the latest announcement of a range of upcoming zero-emission commercial vehicles. Nevertheless, its range of internal combustion engine models remains extremely popular and is currently going nowhere.
Despite this modern twist, Jeep is not straying from its roots as an active lifestyle brand ready for adventure in the Stellantis conglomerate. Here’s what to expect from the Jeep brand in 2023, with models listed in alphabetical order.
2023 Jeep Cherokee has not yet been announced as these lines are being written. The X trim level was added to the lineup in 2022, offering a unique exterior appearance, cloth/vinyl upholstery with exclusive accents, a one-inch suspension lift, and the 3.2L V6 engine as standard. The Latitude LUX trim received a power tailgate, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control and other minor additions. At the same time, the infotainment system Uconnect 4C with 8.4-inch touchscreen became standard price on all equipment levels. The Cherokee offers the choice of a 270-hp turbo 2.0L four or a 271-hp 3.2L V6 engine. Stellantis will soon idle in Belvedere, Illinois which builds the Cherokee, though it’s unclear how long it will be closed and whether or not this spells the end of the compact-to-midsize crossover.
The Jeep compass gets an all-new engine for the 2023 model year. The old 177-horsepower, 2.4L four-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic are replaced with a turbocharged 2.0L four which develops 200 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic. Meanwhile, driver drowsiness detection, rear-seat passenger reminder and a security alarm are now standard across the board, while automatic high beams become standard on all trim levels except the Base Sport, and Sport and Latitude trims get standard 17-inch wheels in the US
USA market Jeep Gladiator gets a new limited edition Freedom special edition package that features a military-style design, an Oscar Mike badge on the rear, LED headlights and fog lights, steel front and rear bumpers, rock rails, black alloy wheels, American flag decals and leather seats with black contrast stitching. In both the US and Canada, a Capability Package for the High Altitude trim adds some of the Freedom edition’s components, such as winch-capable steel bumpers and rock rails, along with a front-mounted off-road camera. The Willys gets a few more features, such as an intelligent key system, a seven-inch digital driver instrument cluster and remote engine start. The High Velocity and Earl colors are also new. The Gladiator can be equipped with a 285 hp 3.6L V6 or a 260 hp 3.0L turbodiesel six.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
The big news for Jeep Grand Cherokee is that the venerable 357-horsepower 5.7L V8 engine has been dumped. As before, the standard powertrain is the 293-horsepower 3.6L V6 in the Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Summit, while the 375-hp 4xe plug-in hybrid setup is standard in the base and Trailhawk, optional in the Overland and Summit. Since the V8 is no longer available, the maximum towing capacity drops to 6,200 pounds, which can be achieved with the V6, while the 4xe powertrain has a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds. Otherwise, the Uconnect 5 with 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen is now standard on the Limited and Overland, while the nine-speaker Alpine audio system is a standalone option on the Limited, and the 19-speaker McIntosh stereo is a standalone option on the Overland. A limited edition 30Th Anniversary packages are available on the Grand Cherokee 4xe, with a blacked-out exterior, a slightly modified front fascia, blue tow hooks, 20-inch black alloy wheels and more. The previous generation Grand Cherokee WK, which was alongside the new model for the 202 model year, is dead.
Jeep Grand Cherokee L
The extended wheelbase, three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L was introduced for the 2021 model year. Unlike the “regular” Grand Cherokee, the longer variant earns the 293-horsepower, 3.6L V6 as standard, but can still be ordered with the 357-hp 5.7L HEMI V8. For the 2023 model year, the Uconnect 5 system with 10.1-inch touchscreen is now standard on Limited and Overland trim levels, while the nine-speaker Alpine sound system is a stand-alone option on Limited, and the 19-speaker McIntosh stereo is a stand-alone option on Overland .
For 2023, the Jeep Renegade gets mostly gear and package conversion. In the US, the Limited now has adaptive cruise control as standard, while the Latitude’s Premium Group adds an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a windshield wiper, roof rails, cornering fog lights and more. Limited trim can be equipped with a High Altitude package that rounds out 19-inch wheels, gloss black badging and gray grille rings. The Limited Elite Group equips the Renegade with LED exterior lighting, automatic high beams, park assist and a windshield wiper. The Trailhawk Elite Group adds leather seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a windshield wiper. The Trailhawk gets an optional Premium Lighting Group with the aforementioned LED lighting. Finally, a new paint color is offered, called Detonator Yellow. The Renegade is equipped with the turbocharged 1.3L four that develops 177 horsepower, matched to the nine-speed automatic transmission. The Canadian market only gets the Trailhawk Elite Group and the yellow color.
The ever popular Jeep Wrangler in two-door and four-door Unlimited configurations soldier on with the same powertrains for the 2023 model year, including the 375-horsepower 4xe plug-in hybrid system reserved for the Unlimited variant. Other engine options include the 285-hp 3.6L V6, 270-hp turbo 2.0L four, 260-hp 3.0L turbo-diesel six, and 470-hp 6.4L V8. The Rubicon gets new 17-inch alloy wheel designs, there are two new paint colors — Earl and Reign — and in the U.S., there’s a new limited-edition Freedom Edition package that rounds out a military-themed exterior and interior, American flag decals, a front bumper in steel and rock rails, among other things. Additionally, the Jeep Wrangler High Tide is back in the US market, as is a limited run of 500 units of Jeep Beach variants based on the High Tide. They come standard with 35-inch tires, lockable tires and a body-color hardtop with a Sunrider fliptop, while Jeep Beach editions benefit from exclusive hood decals, embroidered leather seats and matching badging. The 3.0L EcoDiesel engine is coming soon to be discontinued in Wrangler.
Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer
These full-size SUVs are sold at Jeep dealerships and marketed under their own sub-brand. Look out for their 2023 model year changes.