New Jeep Cherokee Latitude LUX Is Luxury On A Budget

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It strikes a new sweet spot between base and fully loaded models.

Just as soon as we've finished cleaning up the confetti and wrapping the leftover cake following Jeep's 80th Anniversary celebration in September, the rugged off-road brand already has more to share, releasing an all-new trim for its midsize Cherokee model line.

The 2021 Jeep Cherokee Latitude LUX offers premium trim, standard advanced safety features, and available 4X4 capability at a reasonable price. No, it's not the highest trim level available; that honor belongs to the High Altitude, and there are another two models - the Limited, and the Trailhawk - between them. But it does manage to find a new sweet spot between premium features and an attractive price tag.

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"The new 2021 Cherokee Latitude LUX truly enhances the Jeep lineup and is a direct reflection of what our customers want and value the most in their vehicle - everyday practicality, exceptional comfort, with outstanding ride and handling characteristics," says Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand.

The Latitude LUX comes well-equipped with heated Nappa leather seats heated steering, remote start, a windshield wiper deicer, and a Uconnect infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Customers can also add a panoramic sunroof, premium nine-speaker Alpine sound system, and a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

A Comfort and Convenience Group adds niceties like a security alarm, power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, air dual-zone automatic climate control, universal garage door opener, and 115-volt power outlet. As standard, the Latitude LUX's safety suite comes with forward collision warning, LED lights, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and rain-sensing wipers.

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Power in the Latitude LUX comes from a standard 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 producing 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. The Pentastar is a stalwart workhorse in the FCA engine lineup, and in this application, it delivers 29 mpg on the highway and best-in-class towing capability of up to 4,500 pounds. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is also available, delivering 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Pricing for the 2021 Cherokee Latitude LUX starts at $30,145 for 4x2 and $31,645 for 4x4, and it's already available to order now.

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