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.
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.
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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.
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.
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).