Folks who didn’t love the last Jeep Cherokee redesign (although we did) are bound to be happier with this one. The new 2019 Jeep Cherokee will hit the road this spring with a new front end, LED headlamps, and an all-new engine choice.
2018 Jeep Cherokee Powertrain
Perhaps the biggest news is what’s under the hood. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee will offer an all-new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder. It’ll make 270-horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque and comes equipped with stop-start tech. It’s a version of the engine also used in the upcoming Wrangler. Carryover engine options are both the 3.2L V6 and 2.4-liter I4. All engines pair with a nine-speed automatic.
The Cherokee’s restyled new front end puts the model more in line with its premium brethren. It ditches squinty headlights for slimmer ones that house the daytime running lights as all one unit. Jeep also ditches Halogen. All headlights are LED now, on every trim level. They sit under a new, more vertical, aluminum hood. In the back, there is a redesigned composite liftgate that’s now available with a hands-free option.
Note that the 2019 Jeep Cherokee features a new push-push fuel door and capless fuel fill tank. For pros and cons of capless fuel tanks read our article here.
There’s no major overhaul inside, but there is a new center console. Jeep also upgraded the materials so it’s more polished. An available dual-pane sunroof is also new, plus Jeep says there’s more cargo space.
The base 7.0-inch infotainment screen seems a bit small, given today’s standards. But you can step up to an 8.4-inch display (which doesn’t hold a candle to the 12-inch touchscreen just unveiled in the new Ram 1500.) It hosts the fourth-generation Uconnect system that we’re all-around big fans of. The touchscreens also come with pinch and zoom capability along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Jeep also says it’s enhanced the four-wheel Jeep Active Drive systems. Jeep Drive I is lighter and more fuel efficient for 2019. Jeep’s recalibrated Active Drive II system includes a two-speed Power Transfer Unit (PTU) with torque management and low range. It also comes with a one-inch lift.
Trims and Arrival
Drivers can opt from among five familiar Jeep trims: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and the rugged Trail Rated Trailhawk. The new Cherokee will roll out the first quarter of this year so look for it this spring. No official pricing details yet.
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