Suddenly it’s 2023 as Jeep Grand Cherokee has surprise changes

Today, Jeep announced a number of changes to the Grand Cherokee lineup, which is now entirely on the WL platform. The heftiest change is making the 4xe plugin hybrid setup standard on the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, a decision many probably did not see coming. The 4xe provides the power of a V8 (375 hp, 470 lb-ft) with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder (56 MPGe, with 25 miles of all-electric range). It has the highest torque of any 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee, especially at low (rock crawling) speeds, which is likely why that powertrain and model were matched up.

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee (and L)

The 4xe setup appears to be limited to the Trailhawk. Grand Cherokee L does not include a Trailhawk model and it does not appear the 4xe is available on the L. The 4xe is also getting gloss black exterior accents, replacing neutral gray accents.

Jeep noted: “The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk 4xe conquered the formidable Rubicon Trail under all-electric power using Electric mode.”

UConnect 5 with navigation and a 10-inch screen will be standard on the Limited and Overland; the nine-speaker Alpine audio setup will be a standalone option on Limited, while the 19-speaker McIntosh audio will be a standalone option on Overland and Summit.  These changes are common to Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L.

Colors are Baltic Gray, white, black, Ember, Hydro Blue, Midnight Sky, Rocky Mountain, Silver Zynith, and Velvet Red. Interiors are black, black with beige, black with gray, and Tupelo (unlike the greenish house paint, Tupelo is brownish, inspired by honey). These colors are common to the regular and long wheelbase versions.

6 thoughts on “Suddenly it’s 2023 as Jeep Grand Cherokee has surprise changes”

  1. Terrible news IMO. Was going to possibly order a ’23 Trailhawk V6 although was somewhat holding out for a Hurricane option. Renter with no garage who takes long road trips. Zero interest in the heavier, smaller-gas-tank 4xe. Hope Overland w/off-road group will be an option, otherwise looking elsewhere.

    Great web site BTW.

  2. The online configuration tool for the 2023 GC does not show an option to add the off road group to any 2023 GC. Only the Trailhawk has this equipment. I want the combination of the towing capability of the Hemi or even better new inline 6, off road group and 3 rows. Seems Jeep will not offer this in 2023.

    • It’s crazy isn’t it. The supply chain mess has persisted for so long now, when will it end? I just hope that’s the only explanation for this unfortunate management choice, and not the whole electrification push for example. Hope ’24 MY doesn’t have this “anti-feature.” For that matter I’d even be open to a HEV version, but not any PHEV.

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