The current situation in this company is such that all eyes are on the next-generation Grand Cherokee and the comeback of the legendary Wagoneer. Therefore, it seems pretty clear that Jeep management and engineers currently don’t have too much time to bother with models like 2021 Jeep Cherokee. We expect that this model will remain in production for a couple of more years, probably in the same shape as the current version.
The next year shouldn’t bring any particular novelty. We count on a familiar design, which may look a little bit outdated in some aspects, but still has a lot of great things to offer, despite that most competitors are much younger. Of course, this particularly refers to off-road performances, where Cherokee has no match in this class. Also, you may count on quite powerful optional engines, as well as on FCA’s user-friendly infotainment system. We expect that the 2021 Jeep Cherokee will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2021 Jeep Cherokee Design
In terms of base design characteristics, things are pretty clear with this model. The mechanics are pretty much the same as on the initial model that came seven years ago. The model continues to ride on a familiar Compact US Wide platform, which provides a decent balance between performances and efficiency.
In terms of styling, we have seen one big update during this production cycle. This crossover has been updated a couple of years ago and that was a typical facelift. We saw a couple of interesting changes, particularly at the front end, where the company came up with new headlights and slightly revised grille, so the new version looks much closer to the rest of the company’s lineup. All in all, the 2021 Jeep Cherokee shouldn’t bring any particular novelty in this aspect, though things like new color options are always possible.
While the exterior design was updated, the cabin has remained pretty much untouched through all these years. So, we may expect the same thing with the 2021 Jeep Cherokee as well. That’s not a bad thing at all, considering that the cabin still looks quite good, thanks to classic aesthetics and the fact that there are lots of surfaces with soft-touch materials.
When it comes to comfort and functionality, Cherokee is a little bit of a mixed bag. On one side, it offers a lot of room in the first row, while the front seats are massive and supportive. On the other side, the rear bench isn’t particularly generous in terms of head and legroom, and taller passengers won’t feel comfortable here. The same story goes for the cargo area, which features around 26 cubic feet behind the second row and slightly under 55 cubic feet of the overall cargo space.
This is the aspect where novelties are always possible, so we won’t be surprised to see a couple of them in the 2021 Jeep Cherokee either. Still, we don’t expect to see too many of them, so the list of standard equipment should remain pretty similar to the current model. This means that base models will come with goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Of course, there will be much more in higher trims, where you can also count on things like a panoramic sunroof, an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system etc.
When it comes to safety, base models are equipped with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Higher trims offer much more and you can get things like lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring.
2021 Jeep Cherokee Engines
The powertrain department will definitely remain the same. You may count on three familiar units, so the engine offer is actually pretty wide. Base models are equipped with a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 180 horsepower. If you’re looking for something peppier, there are two pretty capable optional units in the offer. The first one is a 3.2-liter V6, which is good for about 271 horsepower. For even better driving dynamics and overall experience, you can get a newer-generation 2.0-liter turbo-four, which delivers around 270 horsepower and quite impressive 295 pound-feet of torque. Also, this engine offers superior fuel economy compared to the other two.
2021 Jeep Cherokee Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Jeep Cherokee will come in a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter of 2020. When it comes to the price, the current model starts slightly under 26.000 dollars and we don’t expect to see bigger changes in this aspect either.