With all the attention and the spotlight focused on the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, and Wagoneer it can be easy to forget that Jeep also offers the smaller Cherokee and Compass SUVs. While the Compass is off exploring its slice of the beaten path, for now, Jeep revealed some new information on the 2022 Cherokee lineup including revised pricing across the board and an all-new X model.
Cherokee X Serves As New Rugged Value Focused Model
Before we get into some of the pricing news that the brand released today, we might as well focus on the all-new X model. The X is in the lower region of the expansive trim ladder and is supposed to be a rugged albeit more budget-friendly version of the Trailhawk. The X gets a 1-inch suspension lift, standard four-wheel drive with meaty all-terrain tires, as well as black 17-inch wheels. The X is V6 only and the interior has a mixture of vinyl and cloth inserts for easy cleaning.
The X also features a graphics pack and the choice of eight different exterior colors but seven of the colors are extra-cost options with the eighth (white) being the lone exception. The X will also be the new gateway model for Cherokee buyers with the model taking the place of the axed Latitude model. Three other trims (Altitude, Freedom, and the 80th Anniversary) are all gone with the Latitude X serving as the new mid-range offering. Beyond that are only two more trims, the Trailhawk and the luxury-focused Limited model.
Lightened Trim Ladder Still Retains Strong Technology Edge
While the trim ladder received some liposuction for 2022, the Cherokee still has a strong edge when it comes to offering plenty of equipment. All models get the standard Uconnect 8.4-inch infotainment system and virtually all models now have standard all-wheel-drive with the Latitude Lux being the lone front wheel operated exception to the norm.
Performance is still unchanged with the Cherokee lineup still giving buyers the choice of either a 2.0 liter 270 hp turbocharged four-cylinder, or the optional 3.2 liter V6 which makes 271 hp but loses alot of torque to the four-banger. A nine-speed automatic continues to be the lone transmission choice for buyers and is meant to focus on fuel economy.
When Can I Buy One?
Jeep revealed that the 2022 Cherokee X will be available later this year, but Jeep’s online configurator for the 2022 model year already has them listed. The X and the Latitude Luxe both have the same $33,995 sticker prices which represents a massive increase of $5,860 which is partially accounting for the enhanced equipment content.
As for the two range-topping models, the Trailhawk starts at $37,045 while the Limited is slightly higher at $38,745. These prices don’t include the $1,595 destination fee and they also don’t include any potential markups that might be put on them by local dealerships so shopping around (especially these days) will be very important for Cherokee buyers in the foreseeable future.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.