Jeep Cherokee Gets a Fresh Mug for the New Year

2018 Jeep Cherokee

2018 Jeep Cherokee

M - Hot off the debut of an all-new Wrangler, Jeep revealed the first images of its updated 2019 Cherokee - a refresh that's a long time coming, given that the current generation debuted back in early 2013.

It may not look like the box it came in like its distinctive namesake did, but the 2019 Jeep Cherokee adopts a more conservative look. In that application and bolstered with a mild-hybrid powertrain, the 2.0L I-4 produces 270 hp at 5,250 rpm and 295 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm.

At this stage, Jeep has only said it will add more fuel-efficient engines to the Cherokee line-up with the 2018 auto. Naturally the bumper was also redesigned with a faux skid plate to fill up the space left by the license plate.

2018 Jeep Cherokee
2018 Jeep Cherokee

The handful of images that Jeep released Tuesday show a 2019 Cherokee with angles baked into its seven-slot grille, headlights and LED running lamps integrated into a single unit, and revised taillights.

It's possible that the V-6 option gets replaced with a 2.0-liter turbo-four-cylinder engine found on the 2018 Wrangler, but we won't know for sure until next month. Some switches and buttons have been relocated, and the 2019 Cherokee will incorporate the latest Uconnect software in its infotainment system. And let's delve into the three most important changes on the standard Cherokee SUV.

Jeep has even graced us with two different front fascias - the red tow hooks poking out of the bumper and the high-mounted fog lights most likely belong to the flagship Trailhawk version on the red example, while the silver example seems to even sport a lower ride height as it doesn't need the extreme off-road credentials of the former.

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