The Jeep Cherokee returned to the market in 2014, following a 12-year hiatus. When it returned, it arrived with a funky look that stood out in the crowded crossover market with its smooth body lines and slitlike headlights. In 2019, it dropped the thin headlights in favor of more traditional units, and it’s remained unchanged since. We expect the 2021 Jeep Cherokee to be a carryover model.
As a carryover, we expect most of its exterior design to remain the same in the 2021 Cherokee, including its revamped nose and headlights, smooth body lines, and custom look in the Trailhawk variant. Inside, the current Cherokee is a little dated with its dashboard shape, relatively cluttered center stack, and in-dash touchscreen, but it takes a turn for the classy in its higher trim levels to make up for this relative simplicity. We expect the cabin to remain the same in the 2021 Cherokee.
We also expect no changes in the 2021 Cherokee’s powertrain department. If this is the case, it’ll come standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. We also expect the two optional engines, a 271-hp 3.2-liter V6 and a 270-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, to remain. Front-wheel drive will remain standard, and four-wheel drive will be an option.
Buyers looking for more off-road capability will continue to have the Trailhawk option, which will boast an upgraded suspension, higher ride height, knobbier tires, enhanced approach and departure angles, a lockable rear differential, and more. The Overland trim will no longer be available.
The 2020 Jeep Cherokee is a Top Safety Pick with its “Good” crash ratings in all IIHS testing and “Acceptable” LED projector headlights. Optional safety equipment on all Cherokee trims includes lane-departure warnings with active lane control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and rain-sensing wipers on all Cherokee trims. We expect the Cherokee’s safety ratings and features to remain the same in 2021.