Jeep revived the Cherokee nameplate back in 2014 with an SUV entry that didn’t look very Jeep-like. The odd styling has often cast a big shadow over an otherwise respectable vehicle, something FCA is addressing with the refreshed 2019 Cherokee. This time, the Cherokee looks more like a Jeep.
It’s fascinating how small changes can make a big difference. Jeep designers have effectively swapped out the front fascia of the 2019 Cherokee with a more Jeep-like graphic. The Cherokee’s thin lamps that separated daytime and driving lights into separate housings are gone. In their place are new larger lamps that look more like the Cherokee’s big brother, the Grand Cherokee.
Aside from the new front face, the changes to the Cherokee design appear very minimal. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing given the rest of the design wasn’t much of an issue prior.
So far Jeep is withholding any detail on the new Cherokee until it is revealed next month at the Detroit Auto Show. What we do know is that the 2019 Cherokee will gain some new engine options, which will likely include the turbocharged 2.0-liter “Hurricane” engine found in the all-new Wrangler JL.
Right now the Cherokee is offered with an 184 horsepower four-cylinder and 271 horsepower V-6 offering.