2021 Jeep Cherokee Preview: Rumors and Expectations

Despite the current generation has been around for almost seven years, we don’t expect to see any particular change on the 2021 Jeep Cherokee. The compact crossover is expected to carry on in the same way and features familiar design and features. This means a nice combination of great off-road capabilities, a well-designed 4WD system, attractive styling and powerful engines.

The main reason why we expect no bigger changes for the next year lays in the fact that Jeep is currently too busy with other projects. This particularly refers to the upcoming Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models, as well as to the highly-anticipated next-generation Grand Cherokee. Both models will come with a significant amount of novelties, Jeep engineers simply don’t have enough time and resources to work on this compact crossover. The current generation should remain in production for a couple of more years.

Therefore, we expect to see the 2021 Jeep Cherokee release date scheduled for a typical time of year.

2021 Jeep Cherokee

2021 Jeep Cherokee Design

When it comes to base design characteristics, not many things have changed since the initial launch in 2013. The current model still rides on a familiar Compact US Wide platform and features pretty much the same mechanics. On the other side, we have seen a couple of revisions in terms of styling. The model received a facelift a couple of years ago and we’ve seen a few pretty interesting updates. Of course, the focus was on the front end, where Jeep finally replaced those awkward looking headlights with something more conventional, with headlights and grille that are more typical for models that come from this manufacturer.

As the current generation is getting close to the end of the production cycle, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Jeep Cherokee won’t come with any particular changes. Practically, the best we could see are some new color options added to the offer.


Unlike the exterior design, the interior of this crossover hasn’t changed too much since the initial launch. Therefore, it’s not hard to presume that the current dashboard design looks a little bit outdated.  This particularly refers to the choice of materials, which includes both soft-touch surfaces and hard plastics. The overall impression seems okay, though we have to say that many rivals look better in this aspect.

When it comes to the interior space, the current model looks slightly tighter compared to most rivals. While front seats are massive and supportive, and also offer plenty of legroom, the second row offers less legroom compared to most rivals. The same story goes for the cargo area. You may count on about 25.8 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall cargo volume goes around 55 cubic feet. These numbers are slightly lower compared to the average numbers in the class.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Interoir


It’s always great to see new standard features, but we don’t expect to see many of them in the next year. Also, the trim level organization will probably remain the same, despite some reports suggest new versions in the offer, including the 2021 Jeep Cherokee SRT which definitely won’t happen.

In any case, all models will be well-equipped when it comes to tech features. You may count on things like a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. More expensive options like 2021 Jeep Cherokee Limited will come with goodies like an 8.4-inch touch screen, Nappa leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control.

On the other side, things aren’t that great in terms of safety, as base models come with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors only. However, higher trims come with goodies like lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

2021 Jeep Cherokee Engines

Expect to see three familiar engine options under the hood of next year’s model. Although some reports were suggesting that we could see a performance-oriented 2021 Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk version, which would feature something more powerful, that won’t happen. Base models will continue with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for about 180 horsepower.

The optional 3.2-liter V6 is good for about 271 horsepower and offers notably better dynamics. However, the recently-added 2.0-liter turbo-four is an even better choice, as it offers the same amount of power as the V6, but much more torque. Moreover, it is also superior in terms of fuel economy.

2021 Jeep Cherokee Release Date and Price

The next-year model won’t come with any particular change and that’s a clear indicator that the 2021 Jeep Cherokee release date will be scheduled for a typical time of year, for the last quarter of 2020. Also, we don’t expect to see bigger changes in terms of price, which currently starts at around 26.000 dollars.



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