In 1998, Jeep made moves to replace the popular CherokeeCountry model with the Classic and Limited. The carmaker also introduced a new2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which ultimately became the base model enginefor the SE trim. It was offered as a three-speed automatic transmission. Thecompany also added new body colors which included: Chili Pepper Red, EmeraldGreen and Deep Amethyst.In 1999, the Cherokee Sport was updated to offer a newfascia in the front and a new grille that was colored the same as the body was.
Jeep also added two new body colors: Forest Green and Desert Sand. The 2000 model of the Cherokee was redesigned andoffered a brand new 4.0-liter PowerTech inline six-cylinder engine with anupdated five-speed manual transmission. Jeep also updated the Limited models toinclude a chrome accent and trim, a brow over the license plate and larger 16wheels. From 2001-2013, the Cherokee was discontinued and the Jeep Liberty was introduced.
In 2014, the Cherokee returned with a brand new designand model. It offered a more curvaceous exterior, a more luxurious andamenity-rich interior and a base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivered184 hp and 171 pound-feet of torque; which could be upgraded to a 3.2-liter V6that produced 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque.