The 2021 Cherokee gets a new face with a more vertical hood made of aluminum, new headlights that incorporate the daytime running lights into a single unit, as well as a new front clip and fascia. There is a new dual-pane sunroof, five new wheel designs, new colors, updated taillights, rear fascia, and dual exhaust. All halogen lights have been replaced by LEDs, even on base models. The new composite liftgate saves 18 pounds by ditching the old aluminum one and is now hands-free; open it with a swift kick of a leg under the sensor.
A new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine gets 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and has start-stop for better fuel economy, although figures were not given. The engine, also in the new 2018 Wrangler, becomes the new premium engine for the 2021 Cherokee.
Carryover engines include the 180-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 170 lb-ft of torque and the 3.2-liter V-6 that gets 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both have been tweaked to improve fuel economy. All are paired to the nine-speed automatic transmission.