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Jeep® Introduces New 2021 Cherokee Freedom Edition!

Military-Themed Package Comes To Cherokee Lineup...

The Jeep® brand has celebrated its military heritage for the past couple of years with a unique Freedom Edition package for its iconic Wrangler lineup. For 2021, Jeep has decided to expand its Freedom Edition offerings to other vehicles in its portfolio, including the 2021 Jeep Cherokee (KL). The Freedom Edition hasn’t appeared on the Cherokee nameplate since 2000 when it was the boxy midsized (XJ).

2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).
2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).

The 2021 version is based on the Cherokee Latitude front-wheel-drive (4×2) and the four-wheel-drive (4×4) offerings, the Freedom Edition adds some unique content to the popular package. 2021 Jeep Cherokee Freedom Edition models come with the following equipment…

Exterior:

  • 18-Inch X 7.0-Inch Matte-Black Aluminum Wheels
  • 225/60R18 BSW Touring Tires
  • Oscar Mike “Military Star” Hood Decal
  • American Flag Front Door Decals
  • Gloss Black Roof Rails
  • Matte Black Grille Surround
  • Black Badging
2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).
2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).

Interior:

  • Black Cloth Seats
  • Oscar Mike Embroidered Front Seat Logos
  • Liquid Titanium Accent Stitching
  • Liquid Titanium Door Trim Appliques

Technology:

2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).
2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).

Under the hood is a 2.4-liter Tigershark® MultiAir®2 four-cylinder engine that delivers 180 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. (234 N•m) of torque. It features 16-valves, Variable Value Timing (VVT), and a flow-control valve intake manifold as well as Engine Stop/Start (ESS) technology. When the vehicle brakes to a stop, fuel flow are cut and the engine shuts off. When the brake pedal is released, the engine automatically restarts and the 9-speed automatic transmission is engaged. 

Customers can choose from 5 exterior colors including Diamond Black, Sting-Gray, Slate Blue, Olive Green, and Bright White. Both Sting-Gray and Bright White are available at no extra charge, the other three colors are a $245 option.

2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).
2021 Jeep® Cherokee Freedom Edition. (Jeep).

The Mopar Interior Package is the only available option you can get on the Cherokee Freedom. The package includes a cargo-area liner and Mopar slush mats. The lone option will set you back $265.

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee Freedom Edition has a starting U.S. Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $27,705 for 4×2 models and $29,205 for those who check the 4×4 option. Those prices do not include destination charges, any other fees, taxes, and/or discounts.

If you are looking to get your hand on one of the special edition buzz models, you better act fast. For more information on ordering or availability, you can contact your local Jeep dealer. You can also now configure your own on the Cherokee’s Build & Price configurator on Jeep.com.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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NO, I'm not going to argue that the next generation Cherokee should be built on a shortened Grand Cherokee platform again and NO I'm not going to laud the current Cherokee as a very good vehicle as a two time lease consumer again. I hear the silence, some chuckles perhaps. Nope, this time I'm going with plan "B" as perhaps more realistic. This time I will call for addressing the few flaws the Cherokee has, remember I have driven them for almost six years, sorry. Please Jeep make it a tad longer, a tad wider, refine the 9 speed automatic even more, especially throttle response and upgrade the interior, especially the door panels and soft touch points and your good to go for a few more years. Those short comings, as well as Cherokee six year boredom syndrome, motivates me on planning on leasing a two row 2022 Grand Cherokee in August. BUT, with these plan B improvements, heck you never know What I do know is that something is needed to give Cherokee a more distinguished personality and more appeal in the marketplace. Of course there is always plan "C"..... do nothing.

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But Bill that is exactly what they want you to do, buy the next model up.

They do need to move the Cherokee up as the Grand has, Your suggestions is correct.

Personally I wanted them to turn the engine the right way and engineer it to still move down the line, similarly to how other new models are coming out with new architecture and still in the same capacity.

Then 9-spd doesn't matter, Articulation goes way up, balance goes way up. 3.0L doesn't have to fit between the fenders.

I would return to a more edgy style that traditionalists complained about, but frankly helped set it apart in a crowded segment.

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But Bill that is exactly what they want you to do, buy the next model up.

They do need to move the Cherokee up as the Grand has, Your suggestions is correct.

Personally I wanted them to turn the engine the right way and engineer it to still move down the line, similarly to how other new models are coming out with new architecture and still in the same capacity.

Then 9-spd doesn't matter, Articulation goes way up, balance goes way up. 3.0L doesn't have to fit between the fenders.

I would return to a more edgy style that traditionalists complained about, but frankly helped set it apart in a crowded segment.

Just concluded a drive from southeastern Florida to LI, NY and my 2019 Cherokee Overland just was a pleasure to drive on my 4,000 adventure back and forth. It is hard for me to find fault with this Jeep and it’s high end features and characteristics. In mixed driving my V-6 averaged 27 mpg and on the highway it is quiet, comfortable and competent, so much to applaud. I’m 5.9 and 175 pounds and the seats, though designed and made to a high level, are just a bit too narrow for my posterior. My luggage was a tight fit, a bit more cargo room is a definite need. I love the looks, Jeep did a great refresh. That said, I’m drawn to the larger Jeep, as I’ve owned three Grand Cherokees and liked them a lot, especially that extra room, but my wife loves the easy to park and navigate size of the Cherokee.
I think I am leaning to a GC Summit, but job one is keeping the boss happy. I think you get it.

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This should be what replaces the Cherokee:
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The sketch implies a much sportier model and RWD layout. It would also emphasize a push for Jeep to go further upmarket. I hope they simplify the line up for the next generation to about 4 main trims--Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit. I think that if they eliminated so many trims the quality would be even higher.

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This should be what replaces the Cherokee:
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The sketch implies a much sportier model and RWD layout. It would also emphasize a push for Jeep to go further upmarket. I hope they simplify the line up for the next generation to about 4 main trims--Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, and Summit. I think that if they eliminated so many trims the quality would be even higher.

You capture, certainly from my perspective, a design direction for Cherokee. Why not one Jeep model that pushes the envelope? Why not free Cherokee from the shadows of Compass and Renegade and the less capable, oh too similar, FWD architecture? Why not make it wider, longer, more traditional Jeep in character and capability by sharing its platform and assembly facilities with the Grand Cherokee? Cost has been argued, overlap has also, but the logic, benefits and opportunity of freeing Cherokee in styling boldness and capability, and away from those lesser FWD shadows makes me ask, WHY NOT ? Man that rendering just makes my point on steroids. Well done Archknight !

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