Latest Jeep Cherokee unveiled | New Release

Delia Watkins
January 18, 2018

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Fiat Chrysler has unveiled a new look to its popular Jeep Cherokee, but it's what's under the hood that may be more noteworthy for fans of the popular SUV.

In the auto industry, the word "freshening" refers to updates of an existing vehicle for a coming model year.

Jeep announced further details on its facelifted Cherokee at the Detroit motor show overnight with the mid-size SUV gaining a new engine option, plus a more conventional look revealed last month.

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.

"It was a polarizing design", acknowledged Michael Manley, the head of FCA's Jeep and Ram divisions. Obviously, this is the engine to get, unless you need the V6's maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds. The shape of the new taillights isn't dramatically different, but an LED ribbon and a subtle slatted-grille motif appears in each one, while the clear design ties in more closely with Compass. The engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and a pollution-cutting technology known as exhaust gas recirculation.

Visually, the most immediately apparent update can be seen right up front. There's LED lighting at the rear, too, as well as a new capless fuel filler. The license plate holder has been moved, as well.

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The 2019 Cherokee also offers "next generation" cameras, sensors and radars. And it's now power-operated. A seven-inch instrument cluster is also available in the instrument binnacle. Inside, new design elements include satin chrome and piano black accents. Meanwhile, there are more USB ports and even a 115-volt outlet. The current 2018 Jeep Cherokee has an Environmental Protection Agency rating of 21 mpg in city driving, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg overall.

Cargo space is up with the '19, and there are improvements to the cargo storage space layout.

Besides mega off road ability and an updated cabin, Jeep's also crammed in the usual fleet of anti-crash and self-parking features that buyers are becoming more and more used to. The entry-level mill takes the form of a 2.4-liter Tigershark inline-four with 180 hp. The company says it will release fuel mileage and pricing later. These are connected to a nine-speed automatic.

Registrations of new Jeep models totalled just 6,380 in 2017, less than half the 14,090 total of a year earlier.

The new Cherokee Trailhawk features an improved approach angle, anti-glare hood decal, standard red tow hooks, protective steel skidplates underneath, higher fender flares and higher ride height, plus dedicated off-road tires. A dual-pane sunroof with motorized sunshade is also available.

There's Jeep Active Drive I, which is fully automatic and switches in and out of four-wheel drive at any speed.

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