What’s new for 2023: Jeep

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe was the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the US in the first half of 2022, and no other plug-in hybrid came close. At nearly double the sales of the production-limited Toyota RAV4 Prime, it only accounts for about 20% of new Wrangler sales. Still, its success has a big impact as the brand bridges its internal combustion engine past to its electric future.

For 2023, Jeep is expanding its 4xe lineup with a Grand Cherokee 4xe special edition and a new Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe that offers a more affordable entry into the Wrangler 4xe lineup. Consider the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain the north star of Jeep’s transition to having an all-electric range by 2030 in Europe and in the US, where half of sales come from electric vehicles. Currently, Jeep lives on plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) without a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the lineup. Until further notice.

The first electric Jeeps coming to the US will be a BEV version of the full-size Wagoneer SUV and an electric alternative to the Jeep Wrangler called the Recon. The Wagoneer S will be smaller than its gas sibling, more of a mid-size SUV like the Grand Cherokee, and will likely be the ambitious (read: expensive) model in the Jeep EV family, with specs teased at 600 hp, a 0 -60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a range of 400 miles.

Promising the Wrangler’s off-road capabilities, the Recon features removable doors and a removable top. Both vehicles are slated to debut in 2023 as 2024 models. A third model called the Avenger will be positioned below the Renegade as Jeep’s smallest vehicle, but it’s unknown if it will come to North America after European sales start early next year.

For the 2023 model year, Jeep is carrying its sales momentum forward as parent Stellanti’s best-selling U.S. brand, mostly on the back of its large and larger Grand Cherokee and Wagoneer SUVs. Here’s what’s new for 2023.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe 30th Anniversary Edition with 1993 Grand Cherokee

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L

– Redesigned in 2022, the Grand Cherokee mid-size SUV and the larger Grand Cherokee L three-row SUV carry over with minor updates.

– The Trailhawk SUV comes only as a 4x plug-in hybrid, powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with two electric motors for a total system output of 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. It can tow 6,000 lb or so and offers 25 miles of electric-only range, but only a 23 mpg combined rating when the juice runs out.

– A new 30th Anniversary Edition exclusive to the 4xe adds black body accents, black 20-inch wheels, and body-color-matched lower moldings, rocker panels, and fenders. Finer features include a dual-tip exhaust system, a dual-pane sunroof, Capri leather upholstery, cooled front seats, a 9-speaker Alpine audio system, a wireless charging pad for mobile devices, a digital rearview mirror, a surround-view camera system, and a 10, 1-inch infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. It’s a $4,700 package, but Jeep has yet to reveal model pricing for the 2023 Grand Cherokee.

– Top trims come with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and can be had with a 9-speaker Alpine sound system (Limited trim) or a 19-speaker McIntosh system (Overland and Summit grades).

2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L

2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer L

2023 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer

– Launched new for 2022, the full-size SUVs get even bigger with Wagoneer L and Grand Wagoneer L models that are a foot longer and have a 7.0-inch longer wheelbase than the already large regular models. It’s no coincidence that they measure exactly one inch longer than the 2022 Chevy Suburban. The second and third rows remain the same, with enough head and legroom to fit adults, but cargo space behind row three expands another 15.8 cubic feet to 44.2 cubic feet.

– The base engine remains a 5.7-liter V-8 that makes 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque, but most models including the Wagoneer L get a standard twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 ‚Äč‚Äčthat makes 420 hp and 468 lb -ft torque. The Grand Wagoneer L tops out at 510 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, with three different all-wheel-drive systems available and the same 10,000-pound towing capacity as the V-8.

– Wagoneer Series II models can be equipped with a Carbide package that blackens out the 20-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, badging and grille trim. The black theme carries over inside.

2023 Jeep Wrangler

– New for 2023 is a Freedom special edition that plays to the U.S. military with an American flag decal, an Oscar Mike “on the move” badge and a $250 donation from Jeep for every Wrangler and Gladiator Freedom model purchased. It comes with steel rails and a steel front bumper to equip a winch.

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2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe

– A new entry-level Willys trim costs at least $600 less than last year’s entry-level Sahara 4xe, and it comes well-equipped. Standard running gear includes LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, mud-terrain tires, rock rails, a limited-slip differential, a 9-speaker Alpine sound system, and all-weather floor mats. Popular features like a power retractable roof and 8.4-inch infotainment screen are available.

– It comes standard with a full-time 4-wheel drive system, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles and a lift kit with 10.1 inches of ground clearance. Like other 4xe models, the Wrangler 4xe uses a 2.0-liter turbo-4 and a pair of electric motors to generate up to 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A 17.3 kwh battery feeds the two motors to deliver 21 miles of electric range.

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2023 Jeep Gladiator

– The pickup version of the Wrangler still comes with a 3.6-liter V-6 producing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, and a 6-speed manual transmission or available 8-speed automatic. An available 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 returns, with 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque and an 8-speed automatic. Towing reaches a maximum of 7,700 lb.

– New for 2023 is a Freedom special edition, with similar equipment to that in the same package in the Wrangler.

– All but the base Sport models come with keyless entry, remote start and a 7.0-inch instrument cluster.

2023 Jeep Cherokee

– Jeep launched a new X off-road trim last year on its five-seat crossover, but the 2023 model is expected to carry over.

2023 Jeep Compass

– Expect the compact crossover to carry over after last year’s update.

2023 Jeep Renegade

– Jeep’s smallest crossover SUV remains unchanged.

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