All-New Jeep 2026 Cherokee Confirmed, SUV Launching Next Year

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Jeep discontinued the Cherokee last year, and while some reported that both the model and nameplate would be shelved, it has recently come to our attention that the brand will soon launch a new generation of its crossover.
The official confirmation came directly from Jeep's CEO, Antonio Filosa, quoted by Car&Driver, who spoke about the upcoming Cherokee during the presentation of the Wagoneer S. The brand's head honcho said a new "mainstream" D-segment SUV will launch soon, and while he didn't mention the Cherokee moniker, the added that we "could probably guess what it will be called."

This is where the information ends, and speculation begins, as the automaker, part of Stellantis, hasn't said anything else about it for now. Well, other than the fact that it will debut next year, so it will probably launch as a 2026 model in our market. Thus, details surrounding its platform, powertrain family, and so on are unknown, yet it will be a bit bigger than the current Compess and likely feature an off-road-oriented grade, adding the Trailhawk suffix.

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What else can we tell you about it? Well, we can discuss the pricing, for one. You see, before Jeep increased the MSRP of its models, the Cherokee kicked off at a little over $28,000. This was during the 2021 model year. The 2023 model series had an MSRP of $37,695 in the Altitude Lux base configuration. Picking up the more rugged Trailhawk variant, with its superior four-pot making 270 hp (180 hp for the Altitude Lux), meant coughing out at least $41,295. All prices excluded dealer markups, destination, and options.

The Jeep Cherokee wasn't exactly a best-seller in its final years of assembly. In 2023, the car manufacturer parted ways with 24,610 units, down from 40,322 the year before, according to data published by goodcarbadcar. In 2021, Jeep sold 89,126 copies of this model in the United States, and in 2020, it found new homes for 135,854 examples. In 2019 and 2018, the company is said to have sold 191,397 and 239,437 units of the Compass, respectively. The latter was also the model's best-selling year in our market.

Now, before wrapping it up and calling it a story, let's recap what we know about the all-new sixth-generation Jeep Cherokee. For one, it will launch next year, so it might arrive at dealers stateside as a 2026 model. It will sit above the current Compass in the brand's US lineup, and chances are it will feature gasoline and partially electrified power. We wouldn't hold our breath for a full-blown EV derivative, though one might eventually join the offering. Price-wise, it might kick off at over $40,000. So, are you excited about the resurrection of the Jeep Cherokee?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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