Potential 2014 Jeep Cherokee buyers now have another way to prepare themselves for the crossover's imminent U.S. arrival: playing with the new build-your-own configurator on Jeep's site. The configurator spans the complete 2014 Cherokee lineup, from the base Sport model to the off-road-ready Trailhawk, and from the low $20,000 range to the high $30,000s.
While the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is scheduled to arrive in dealerships this fall, the crossover is currently undergoing tweaks to perfect its powertrain. The $23,990 front-drive Cherokee Sport has a 184-hp 2.4-liter I-4 and a nine-speed automatic, plus 17-inch steel wheels, LED taillights, a five-inch touch screen on the center stack, and Bluetooth streaming audio. Four-wheel drive is a $2000 option on the Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims, and it’s standard on the top-end Trailhawk. Options on the Sport include a $345 rearview camera, $195 for satellite radio and a one-year subscription, and $995 for 17-inch alloy wheels.
If you want body-colored side mirrors and door handles, try the $25,490 Cherokee Latitude model, which also adds 17-inch alloys, silver roof rails, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient LED lighting, a front passenger seat that folds flat and has a storage compartment, and one-touch auto up/down driver and front passenger windows. The 271-hp 3.2-liter V-6 (also with the nine-speed automatic) becomes available on the Latitude, and costs $1495. The 8.4-inch touch screen we’ve seen in everything from a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee to the 2013 Dodge Dart is available on the Cherokee Latitude for $695.
Chrysler’s seven-inch digital instrument cluster is standard on the $28,990 Cherokee Limited, which also throws in the 8.4-inch touch screen, rearview camera, hands-free keyless entry, heated leather front seats, and 18-inch wheels. The 3.2-liter V-6 remains a $1495 option, and the Limited also offers HID headlights, a power liftgate, and “premium” leather bucket seats (ventilated in the front) as part of a $1595 package. For $2155, you can add a package that includes a number of safety systems including adaptive cruise control, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, automatic high beams, as well as blind spot, cross path detection, and forward collision warning systems.
Those who want to maximize the Jeep Cherokee’s off-roading appeal should head to the Trailhawk, which comes with a more advanced four-wheel drive system and starts at $30,490. The Trailhawk is an upgrade over the Latitude trim, not the Limited, and includes skid plates, an off-road suspension with a one-inch lift, a cloth/leather seat, the 8.4-inch touch screen, digital instrument cluster, a full-size spare tire, and a number of visual cues to show others this is no ordinary boulevard-cruising crossover. The V-6 remains a $1495 option. Add every available option package (from adaptive cruise control to a power liftgate and the Trailer Tow Group), and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk V-6 is just a few hundred dollars under $40,000.
Build your own 2014 Jeep Cherokee here.