Did Jeep just kill the Cherokee?

Stellantis just announced that it will idle its Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant, which makes the Jeep Cherokee. That’s a typical move during model changes or reconfiguration plants to build new vehicles. What is not normal is that with this announcement come “indefinite layoffs.” While Jeep won’t reveal its plans, it begs the question: Is this the end of the Cherokee?

What did Jeep say is the reason for stopping the Cherokee plant?

Jeep Cherokees parked outside the Belvidere Assembly Plant | Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty

Stellantis says the reason the plant is idle is due to the costs of electric vehicles. Or rather, “rising cost related to the electrification of the car”. Halting production at Belvidere “will streamline operations,” according to the company statement. It will stop production at the end of February.

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