The Jeep® Cherokee (KL) has struggled since its mid-cycle-action (MCA) for the 2019 model year. Despite the toned down and less polarizing look, the midsize sport-utility has not really gained any traction. So for the 2021 model year, the Cherokee returns with a revised model lineup, a new special edition buzz model, and a host of new security and safety equipment throughout the lineup.
The 2021 Jeep Cherokee lineup gains a wide array of new standard features across the lineup. They include the following…
- Latitude – Power front windows (one-touch up/down), exterior mirrors with a heating element, supplemental turn signals, and courtesy lamps
- Latitude Plus – Heated front seats, premium-wrapped heated steering wheel, remote start, and a windshield wiper deicer
- Latitude LUX (new model) – Nappa leather seats, power front seats with power lumbar adjuster, heated front seats, premium-wrapped heated steering wheel, remote start, and a windshield wiper deicer
- Trailhawk – Heated front seats, premium-wrapped heated steering wheel, remote start, and a windshield wiper deicer
- Limited – Dual-pane panoramic sunroof, auto high-beam headlamps, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist with Full Stop, and ParkSense front/rear park assist with rear stop
Under the hood, Cherokee still offers three choices of engines depending on the model you choose. The standard powerplant on Latitude and Latitude Plus is the 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four-cylinder with Engine Stop/Start (ESS) technology and delivering 180 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Optional on Latitude Plus, standard on Latitude LUX, Trailhawk, and Limited is the rugged 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 with ESS. The Pentastar produces 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque and has a towing capability of 4,500 lbs. At the top of the lineup is the 2.0-liter turbocharged (GME-T4) inline-four-cylinder delivering 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque and can get up to 31 mpg on the highway with a 4,000 lb. towing capacity.
All powertrains come standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The off-road-oriented Trailhawk model is the only Cherokee trim, to come with the brand’s “Trail Rated” badge. The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model offers unmatched off-road capability within the segment with a redesigned aggressive front fascia, improved approach angle, anti-glare hood decal, and standard red tow hooks. Trailhawk comes with the Jeep Active Drive Lock 4×4 system. Active Drive Lock features a rear locker for additional traction when off-roading and Rock Mode on the Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System and features a 51.2:1 crawl ratio.
Customers can embrace adventures on rugged terrain as Trailhawk models include protective steel skid plates underneath, which complement its rugged exterior appearance, exemplary departure angles, higher fender flares, and ride height plus dedicated 17-inch off-road tires for class-leading 4×4 capability, resulting in the most capable mid-size SUV in the market.
Helping to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Jeep brand, Jeep is launching an 80th Anniversary Edition of its entire lineup including the Cherokee. The Cherokee 80th Anniversary Edition is based on the Latitude LUX model and includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, 19-inch aluminum wheels with Granite Crystal finish, power front seats with lumbar, dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote start, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen radio, 7-inch full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) display, premium leather seats with Light Tungsten accent stitching, Anodized Gun Metal interior accents, black headliner, Berber floor mats, and commemorative exterior badging.
For 2021, there are 12 exterior colors available for the Jeep Cherokee. They include Billet Silver, Bright White, Diamond Black Crystal, Granite Crystal, Hydro Blue (exclusive to 80th Anniversary model), Light Brownstone, Olive Green, Sangria, Slate Blue, Spitfire Orange, Sting Grey, and Velvet Red.
Production of the 2021 Jeep Cherokee started on Monday, August 31st, and will be arriving in showrooms soon. For more information and availability, you can contact your local Jeep dealer.