Jeep Cherokee Coming Back in 2025, Will Offer Electric Variants: Report

Jeep Cherokee Electric side profile teaser


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On February 28, 2023, the Jeep Cherokee, introduced in 1974, ended production after five model generations. The sixth-generation Jeep Cherokee is expected to arrive in the US next year, along with an electric version.

The Jeep Cherokee Electric could be an alternative to the off-road-focused Jeep Recon, and the performance-focused Wagoneer S, for customers looking for a more urban commuter. In this article, we list all the reported details about the upcoming Jeep SUV.

Design

During his presentation at Stellantis' EV Day 2021 event on July 8, 2021, Chief Design Officer Ralph Gilles teased a boxy electric SUV that could be the Jeep Cherokee Electric. Speaking about the modularity of the STLA Large platform, Gilles showed the silhouette of the “heart of the market SUV” that looked like the Wagoneer S.

The car has a traditional seven-slot grille, a flat line, and a wide and curved glass panel, compared to the Wagoneer S. We wouldn't be surprised if the basic design is shared with the performance SUV, with changes to the front and rear for a 'normal' look.

Details

STLA is a Great Platform

As for the STLA main stage itself, Gilles said it “has outstanding foundations with good batteries and low, EDM motors on the edge, allowing for a variety of wheel sizes, suspension heights, and widths.” “All these parts are out of the way which allows us to do whatever we want on top,” added the team's design manager.

The STLA Large Platform will be suitable for mid- and full-size vehicles with a length of 4.70-5.40 m (185.0-212.6 in.) and a width of 1.90-2.03 m (74.8-79.9 in.), Patrice Lucas, former Cross Car Line & Project Engineering , Stelantis, said. Along with the specs and specs, the Cherokee Electric should offer class-leading boot space, head and knee room, and an airy cabin for a comfortable road trip.

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STLA's main stage will support the Jeep Cherokee Electric. Image Source: YouTube/Stellantis

A multi-power platform

In the latest announcements of March 9, 2023, Stellantis describes STLA Large as a “BEV-centric” platform. According to a MoparInsiders.com report published on March 26, 2023, the Jeep Cherokee (codename: Jeep KM) will be available with a hybrid powertrain and a pure-electric powertrain.

Even though Stellantis might say it outright, the STLA Large is not a dedicated EV platform like the Volkswagen Group's MEB. Instead, it appears to be an EV-first platform. EV-first platforms should be superior to convertible models, but they can't match the space efficiency, cost, or features offered by the best platforms.

Jeep Cherokee EV capabilities

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The Jeep Cherokee EV should benefit from the technology modules powered by Stellantis: STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit, and STLA Autodrive. Image Source: Stellantis

Two motors powering the all-wheel drive system will be standard on the Jeep Cherokee Electric. Customers can choose from multiple power levels of 350-450 hp. The battery pack that powers the Cherokee EV's motors will likely have a storage capacity of 100.5 kWh, although usable storage capacity may be slightly less. With an operating voltage of 400 volts, the battery pack can take about 30 minutes for a 5-80% DC quick charge session.

Being a big, boxy SUV, the Jeep Cherokee Electric may get an EPA-est. range 300-350 miles. Being a Jeep SUV, we expect the top-of-the-line models to have impressive off-road capabilities, with Auto, Sport, Eco, Snow, and Sand modes.

Release date

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It is almost certain that the Jeep Cherokee will return in the second half of next year. Jeep CEO Antonio Filosa called the “new mainstream UV” a key future launch to tap into the mid-size segment of the US market. Photo: Presentation of the Stellantis investor day 2024.

Italian publication Il Sole 24 Ore published a report on May 24, 2023, saying it contacted new Jeep CEO Antonio Filosa to inquire about bringing back the Cherokee nameplate. Although Filosa did not confirm, he reportedly said “it is possible,” adding that the announcement could come in the second half of 2024.

In the SUV segment of 4.6 million units, we will enter with three products: which we introduced two weeks ago, the magnificent Jeep Wagoneer S; by the end of the year we will be launching the Jeep Recon, in the second half of next year, we will have a new standard UV machine.

Antonio Filosa, CEO of the Jeep Brand, talking about Jeep's growth plan in the US, at the Stellantis Investor Day on June 13, 2024.

At the 2024 Stellantis Investor Day, Filosa talked about re-entering the mid-size SUV segment in the US with three models: the Wagoneer S (2024), the Recon (2025), and the “new regular UV” (H2 2025). The third SUV is likely to be the Cherokee which is also being introduced, and it has a range of power.

Price

Expected to be priced from around USD 50,000, the all-electric Jeep Cherokee may qualify for a maximum tax credit of USD 7,500 under the Clean Vehicle Credit program. The company's Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico (which will also make the Recon and Wagoneer S) is expected to be the main production site for the new Cherokee, while Italy's Stellantis plant in Melfi will also appear as a candidate for European Cherokees.

TopElectricSUV says

The Cherokee Electric will likely be a good choice for customers looking for a solid mid-size electric SUV that's more open than say the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y but not as road-focused as the Jeep Recon.

Featured Image Source: YouTube/Stellantis



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