New Jeep Cherokee breaks cover

Gwen Vasquez
January 18, 2018

Jeep hopes to change that in 2019. Those moments when just about everyone knows your name.

Also at the event, Marchionne said new SUVs are coming and called the Jeep brand's growth in Europe "shameful". "Now Cherokee is more closely aligned with the rest of the brand".

That's wonderful - for the Wrangler. Make yourself more appealing.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee should be arriving within the next few months. Those numbers pale in comparison to competitors such as the Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4 which each topped 400,000 in sales past year.

The Cherokee Trailhawk can take you far from the pavement.

The polarizing face of the previous Cherokee has gotten a bit of a makeover.

It was the job of Winnie Cheung, chief interior designer, to add a more premium feel and there are two new interior colors: Storm Blue (available on Latitude and Latitude Plus) and a Dark Sienna earthy tone available on the Overland trim.

It will launch at a time when Jeep is struggling to hold onto sales in Britain.

2018 Jeep® Cherokee Overland
The previous Cherokee has a radically different design

The new 2.0-liter engine will join the 2019 Cherokee lineup along with updated versions of the existing powertrains. Both have been tweaked to improve fuel economy. People don't necessarily buy a auto because of the infotainment center. It's similar to the engine in Alfa Romeo sports cars. However, buyers may also the new engine turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four which produces 270 PS and 400 Nm of torque.

In addition to the 271hp 3.2L Pentastar V-6 available across the Cherokee line and 180hp 2.4L MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 that's standard in the 2019 Cherokee, Jeep has released a new 2.0L direct injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with engine stop-sart (ESS). Obviously, this is the engine to get, unless you need the V6's maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.

This powerplant punches out 201kW of power and 400Nm of torque, making it the hardest-pulling Cherokee yet. The new Jeep Cherokee is shod with 19-inch alloy wheels, and the top-spec Trailhawk model gets 17-inch wheels with off-road tyres.

In a move that won't upset anyone, Jeep has ditched the odd front fascia of the current model, including its weird headlights, in favor of a more traditional and appealing design.

The Cherokee's external refresh includes a restyled front fascia, bonnet, LED headlamps, daylight running lamps and fog lamps. It's easier to fill the gas tank, too, thanks to a new push-push fuel door and capless fuel fill system. The Latitude gets a gold interior with higher-end materials for seats and door insets, nicer bezels and a stereo upgrade.

Jeep redesigned the rear cargo area, adding 4 cubic feet of storage space.

Are these the glory days for the Jeep Cherokee?

The current Jeep Cherokee captures about 9% of the worldwide market for mid-sized SUV's, and FCA is hopeful this completely redesigned vehicle will substantially increase that market share.

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