2022 Jeep Cherokee: base engine dropped, FWD in just one model

The sole four-cylinder engine on the 2022 Jeep Cherokee has been upgraded from the 2.4 liter, 186 horsepower powerplant developed during the Daimler years. It is now the 2.0-liter turbocharged GME, which provides 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

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That is superior to the 3.2 liter V6’s output of 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet; and now the V6 is the base engine, and the four-cylinder is optional (but only on Latitude LUX and Limited).

The Cherokee doesn’t lose much fuel economy with the 2.0 liter engine, which was already optional. Though it generates a great deal more power than the old 180-horse 2.4, fuel economy is only 1 mpg lower with front wheel drive, and identical with Active Drive I. What’s more, the turbo engine is also optional with Active Drive II.

mpg 2.0T 3.2 2021 2.4
FWD 23/31 20/29 22/32
Active Drive I 21/29 19/27 21/29
A.D. II 20/27 18/26
A.D. Lock n/a 18/24

The Cherokee still has a standard nine-speed automatic and disconnecting rear axle which improves efficiency on 4×4 models when in two-wheel-drive mode. New for 2022 is standard UConnect 4C, with an 8.4 inch display and satellite radio.

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All but one of the 2022 Cherokee models has standard 4×4. The lineup is now Cherokee X, Latitude LUX, Trailhawk, and Limited; only Latitude LUX comes with front wheel drive.

The new base model, X (late availability), comes with the V6, one-inch-lifted suspension, and upgraded cloth/vinyl seats. The LUX has been upgraded with a power liftgate, 7-inch gauge cluster display, dual-zone automatic temperature control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, alarm, garage door opener, and AC outlet. The power liftgate is made of lightweight composite.

A new front appearance replaces the fascia, hood, and lights; premium bi-LED headlamps are now standard.

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Interior colors are either black or black with gray. Exterior colors are white, silver, black, gray (Granite Crystal and Sting-Gray), red, and blue (Hydro Blue and Slate Blue).

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