Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer hit the market in late 2021 with their own sub-brand.
Old Jeep Grand Cherokee sold alongside new model in 2022.
Jeep Compass gets mid-cycle refresh.
It’s been a fairly busy year for Jeep, with the launch of a few new models marking the brand’s return to segments it had previously deserted. It’s also gearing up to deploy many new electrified vehicles.
And despite this modern-age turnaround, Jeep isn’t straying away from its roots as a go-anywhere, active lifestyle, adventure-ready brand. Here’s what to expect from the Jeep brand in 2022.
The 2022 Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are now on sale, and although they look like Jeeps, and are sold on Jeep’s website, they are marketed under the Wagoneer sub-brand—to the point where you won’t see a Jeep badge anywhere on the vehicles. These full-size SUVs are equipped with either a 5.7L HEMI V8 with eTorque mild hybrid assist, good for 392 horsepower, or a 6.4L HEMI V8 that belts out 471 horsepower. Two four-wheel drive systems are offered as well, and towing capacity is rated at up to 10,000 pounds or 4,536 kilograms. The Wagoneer starts at $70K in the U.S. and just over $80K in Canada.
After a successful launch of the Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid variant, dubbed 4xe (pronounced four-by-eee), the popular off-roader gets other changes and improvements as well. A new 4.88 axle ratio is optional on the Wrangler Rubicon for a 100:1 crawl ratio straight from the factory. Uplevel sound systems trickle down to more affordable trim levels, and there’s a new standard cabin air filter to removes 95% of air particulates. Tuscadero Pink paint was made available in the United States for a limited time, and the latter was extended as more than 30,000 orders poured in with the hot new color. The Canadian market also got the pink hue, but only on orders received through December. In addition to the 375-hp 4xe PHEV, the 270-hp turbo 2.0L four, the 285-hp 3.6L V6 and the 260-hp 3.0L diesel six, there’s also the beastly Rubicon 392 with a 470-hp 6.4L HEMI V8.
For 2022, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator ditches its base sound system with five-inch touchscreen and gets a cabin air filter, while Silver Zynith paint replaces Billet Silver. The midsize off-road pickup is available with a 285-hp 3.6L V6 and a 260-hp 3.0L turbo-diesel six, in a bunch of trim levels including Sport S, Willys, Overland, Mojave, Rubicon and High Altitude.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has become a family of vehicles in itself, at least for the 2022 model year. The previous-generation model lives under the name Grand Cherokee WK, and will be sold alongside the fully redesigned model. The WK is available in lower-end variants and equipped exclusively with the 295-hp 3.6L V6, meaning the Trailhawk, Summit, SRT and SRT Trackhawk editions are dead. Meanwhile, the new-gen Grand Cherokee is offered in seven trim levels, with two or three rows of seats, and can be equipped with a 293-hp V6, a 357-hp 5.7L V8 and a 4xe 375-hp PHEV system integrating a turbo 2.0L four. The extended-wheelbase, three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L, introduced for the 2021 model year, gets an optional passenger-side 10.25-inch display in addition to the centre stack infotainment screen, along with dual 10.1-inch screens with built-in Amazon Fire TV for rear-seat occupants. New option packages and paint colors are added to the 2022 Grand Cherokee L as well, which can be equipped with the 3.6L V6 or the 5.7L V8.
No changes have been announced for the 2022 Jeep Cherokee as these lines are being written, but we’re not expecting any significant for the compact slash midsize crossover. It should still be available in Altitude, Trailhawk and Limited trim levels, among others, just as before, and offer the choice of a 270-hp turbo 2.0L four or a 271-hp 3.2L V6 engine.
The Jeep Compass received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2022 model year, bringing reworked front and rear fascias, a new interior with a 10.25-inch driver instrument panel and an infotainment screen of 8.4 or 10.1 inches, in addition to new paint colors and alloy wheel designs. The Compass is still equipped with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine and a nine-speed automatic, with 177 horsepower on tap.
For 2022, the Jeep Renegade goes 4×4 only in Canada with North, Altitude and Trailhawk trim levels, while the U.S. market gets Sport (4×2 or 4×4), Latitude, Limited and Trailhawk. One engine choice is left, the turbocharged 1.3L four developing 177 horsepower, matched to a nine-speed automatic. Inside the Renegade, an 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and navigation are now standard across the board.