For 2019 Jeep is giving its midsize Cherokee a few enhancements to go along with the new face it showed off last month. The list of changes include the addition of a new turbocharged engine, which should prove a nice option of the revised Jeep.
Jeep has decided to slot in the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that is found in the Wrangler JL, into the 2019 Cherokee. In this application the engine will generate 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which is just shy of the current Cherokee’s 3.2-liter V-6 that offers 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 option is hanging around for 2019, as is the current Tigershark base engine. The base engine has lost a tiny bit of power output, down to 180 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque.
The reduction in power will probably not be noticed. FCA has managed to shed about 200 pounds off the 2019 Cherokee by switching to an aluminum hood and composite tailgate.
Inside, the new Cherokee has been fitted with the latest version of FCA’s UConnect infotainment system to keep those tech savvy buyers satisfied.
So, with a less polarizing face and turbocharged power, the 2019 Cherokee seems like a very respectable offering from a brand that will likely have a good 2018. Expect the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee to arrive in dealerships later this year.