Jeep’s SUV range continues to be part of many headlines lately and most attention grabs the arrival of the new generation Grand Cherokee which was spotted on several occasions in the prototype form. Jeep’s fans are also interested to hear news about the arrival of the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models. We witnessed recently the introduction of the Renegade and Compass plug-in hybrid versions which will hit the market in early 2020. Jeep promised also the Wrangler PHEV around the mid-2020. However, among many updated models, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee should return with no major changes.
The Jeep Cherokee without the Grand in its namable was updated for the 2019 model year when it received a new look, upgraded infotainment system and new optional turbocharged engine. The small Jeep SUV is comfy inside and ready to go off-road while can tow unlike any model in the class. The model is good at efficiency and cargo capacity.
As for the 2021 version, there are no signs that Jeep is readying a new round of upgrades. We don’t have any evidence that the model will get the plug-in hybrid version for the next model year. Most likely, Jeep will electrify the new-generation Cherokee.
2021 Jeep Cherokee: Design
The compact Jeep Cherokee has been in the current generation since 2013 and it is the first Jeep based on the FCA Compact Wide platform. Following the update received for the 2019 season, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee will return in the same form while the all-new version should hit the market as the 2022 version.
Thanks to the recent refresh, the Cherokee has a more conventional front-end styling in line with other models in the brand’s SUV range. It has distinctive, slightly curved seven-slot grille and nicely accentuated headlights.
The rear is defined by the sculpted tailgate and modern taillights with nice graphics. From the profile, the model gets attention with the sharp crease on the door panels and rectangular wheel arches.
The next Cherokee won’t also come with major modifications inside the cabin.
The model has a functional dash design and uses nice materials and accents in upper trims. Every version comes with a modern infotainment system with at least 7-inch touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple Car Play support.
The model switches to the upholstery with simulated leather inserts and adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel in the first trim after the base. The Limited version switches to the leather upholstery while other bonuses include a larger touchscreen, heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation, upgraded information display and more.
Jeep is not Jeep without the off-road prowess and the Trailhawk version adds Active Drive II AWD system, an off-road-tuned suspension, locking differential, skid plates, all-terrain tires, improved ground clearance combined with the unique exterior and interior details.
Jeep will also offer every 2021 Cherokee with active safety equipment including systems such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, active lane control, etc.
2021 Jeep Cherokee: Performance
The 2021 Jeep Cherokee won’t change the power options as the things now stand. The PHEV version hasn’t been confirmed for this model yet.
The model will again offer a 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine as the base power unit. This engine delivers 180 hp and torque of 171 lb-ft. Like other options, it comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
A 3.2-liter V-6 non-turbo engine will be alternative good for 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Buyers will also have a chance to opt for a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Jeep will also offer two- and all-wheel drive options in most trims except the Trailhawk version which gets an all-wheel drive by default.
As for the fuel economy, buyers will get up to 26 mpg combined when the model is equipped with the turbocharged engine and two-wheel drive. The Cherokee can tow as much as 4, 500 pounds.
2021 Jeep Cherokee: Release, Price
The next 2021 Jeep Cherokee will come in late 2020. The price range should again start around $25, 700. The price will close to $40, 000 for the best-equipped version.
The Cherokee competes against some most popular nameplates such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V.