The 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 Tigershark I-4 engine (standard on the Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims) produces 184 horsepower. The new 271-horsepower 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine (standard on Trailhawk and available on all other trims) is the first derivative of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines three years running. The Cherokee features Chrysler Group's 948TE nine-speed automatic transmission, the first time a nine-speed automatic transmission has been used in the segment and is standard equipment in all trim. A choice of three new 4x4 systems - Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II and Jeep Active Drive Lock - are available. Selec-Terrain, standard on 4x4 models, is a driver interactive system that lets the driver select the on/off-road setting for the optimal experience on all types of terrain; with five customized modes: Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock.
Standard equipment on the Sport trim includes electronic roll mitigation, hill start assist, trailer sway control, ten standard airbags, Uconnect 5.0 color touch-screen radio, and a rear 60/40 folding split recline seat with fore/aft slide adjust. The Latitude trim adds aluminum wheels, driver and passenger one-touch up/down power windows, deep tint, fog lamps, leather steering wheel, 115V power outlet ambient LED interior lighting, and a fold-flat front passenger seat with covered in-seat storage. The Limited trim features polished 18-inch aluminum wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, 7-inch customizable display screen, Uconnect 8.4-inch colour touch-screen radio, ParkView rear camera, heated leather seats, 8-way power driver's seat, Keyless Enter 'n Go, and remote engine start. The Trailhawk includes Jeep Active Drive Lock 4WD System, locking rear differential, off-road suspension with 1-inch raised ride height, skid plates, 17-inch off-road aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, off-road front and rear fascia and wheel flares, red tow hooks, and premium cloth/leather seats with red accent stitching. The available Technology Group includes adaptive cruise control w/Stop & Go, auto high-beam headlamp control, blind spot and cross-path detection, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and Parallel & Perpendicular Park Assist. The 2014 Cherokee offers two industry-exclusive open-air options: the new CommandView panoramic sunroof or the Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof.