Over the past year or so, attention in the Jeep world has mainly focused on the Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee. Both are new, but the non-grand Cherokees are still trolls in the background. This midsize SUV is sure to last for years — its bones date back to 2014 — but that hasn’t stopped Jeep from rocking the 2022 Cherokee lineup. That includes a major overhaul of entry-level pricing, which we’ll cover in a bit.
The big news is the addition of a new trim level called the Cherokee X. Being at the lower end of the spectrum, it adds a bit of Trailhawk flavor in the form of sturdy styling cues with exterior graphics, 1-inch suspension lift, all-terrain tires with 17-inch black alloy wheels, and Standard edition 4WD with V6 power. The interior is a mix of black and vinyl fabric, and while eight exterior colors are offered, the only one that doesn’t cost extra is white.
This is a new entry point in a significantly different Cherokee families. The Altitude, Freedom, and 80th Anniversary trims are missing, as is the base model Latitude. The Latitude Lux gets more of the standard equipment like dual-zone climate control and a power liftgate, which serve as a more luxurious base model for the rugged X. From there, the only other trim levels for 2022 are the Trailhawk and the range-topping Limited.
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All Cherokee trims get the standard 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen with SiriusXM radio. Also, all Cherokee trims now offer standard four-wheel drive, except for the Latitude Lux which offers the option to rotate only the front wheels. Powertrain options are still the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts), or the 3.2-liter V6 with one extra hp and significantly less torque – 239 pound-feet (324 Newton-meters) versus 295 lb-ft (342 Nm) – out of four pots. A nine-speed automatic transmission takes care of shifting tasks.
Jeep says the Cherokee X will be available late 2022. However, all four 2022 Cherokee trims are listed on the Jeep website with prices. The Cherokee X and Latitude Lux share entry-level duties with identical price tags of $33,995. That’s a full $5,860 more than last year’s cheapest Cherokee, but that price also reflects a model with additional equipment. An apple-to-apples comparison of the 2021 and 2022 Latitude Lux shows an increase of $2,195, which is lower but still a noteworthy jump.
The 2022 Cherokee Trailhawk starts at $37,045, with the Cherokee Limited starting at $38,745. Prices do not include a $1,595 destination fee.