In the world of SUVs, it is sometimes better to “Keep It Simple” and that is exactly what has happened with the 2024 Jeep Cherokee. Taking the popular nameplate from its previous generation, this model has only undergone minor revisions and a facelift. The result is a premium SUV that is both comfortable and capable. It is one of the most popular models sold by Jeep and it’s easy to see why.
The current generation of the Cherokee has been around since 2013. In the beginning, the model was available with several different engine options. The base model was powered by a 180-horsepower (182 PS; 134 kW) 2.4L Multi-Air inline four-cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, while the top of the line Cherokee Overland had a 271-horsepower (274 PS; 202 kW) 3.2L Pentastar VVT V6 gasoline engine. Both engines mated to a ZF 9HP-948TE nine-speed automatic transmission and were available with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
For the 2022 model year, Chrysler renamed the 2.4L Tigershark I4 as the 2.0L Hurricane turbocharged I4. The Overland now had the optional 2.7L Pentastar V6. Chrysler also added the Trailhawk to the lineup. It was based on the Latitude Plus with Tech Connect Package, and it featured unique styling that set it apart from the rest of the Cherokee lineup. Both the Overland and the Trailhawk included Chrysler’s Selec-Terrain system.
For 2023, the Cherokee lineup was simplified to a Latitude Lux, X, and Trailhawk. The 2.4L Tigershark I4 returned for the Altitude Lux, while the Trailhawk gained the 2.0L Hurricane turbocharged I4. Both of these models were mated to the ZF 9HP-948TE nine-speed auto transmission and were available with either front-wheel or four-wheel drive.
On the interior, Jeep’s U Connect 4C 8.4 systems replaced the previous system. It features an improved User Interface and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also offers SiriusXM Guardian which includes vehicle tracking, roadside assistance, and security services.
The Jeep Cherokee is currently produced at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois. It was previously assembled at the Toledo Complex in Ohio. Production of the Cherokee and the first-generation Jeep Compass MK and Patriot were halted at the end of 2016 to allow the factory to be retooled. The factory reopened in late 2017 and resumed production of the Cherokee and Dodge Dart. The plant is scheduled to shut down in early 2023. Production of the Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler MK will take its place at this location.