Jeep Cherokee revealed ahead of Detroit motor show

Jeep Cherokee revealed ahead of Detroit motor show

Today, still in its 5th-generation guise since 2013, Jeep is updating their popular Cherokee for 2019 with an updated exterior design the company feels is more premium.

Jeep has revealed its facelifted Cherokee ahead of the car's public debut at the Detroit motor show in January. The result is a more conventional nose that has a closer familial resemblance to other Jeeps such as the Compass and Grand Cherokee. New taillights still mounted high on the tailgate round out the changes outside. 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.

There's a clue to that in the one and only interior shot, where the rev-counter is redlined just above 5500rpm, significantly lower than on the four or six-cylinder engines of the current Cherokee - but exactly the same as for the two-litre turbopetrol hybrid four recently introduced on the new Wrangler.

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Between the A- and D-pillars, changes appear minor.

At this stage, Jeep has only said it will add more fuel-efficient engines to the Cherokee line-up with the 2018 auto. A redesigned rear bumper and what appears to be elongated exhaust pipe finishers complete the revisions at the back of the 2019 Cherokee.

A mild-hybrid, cosmetically updated Jeep Cherokee would be a good fit for most of the compact SUV's customers, with improved fuel economy, healthy electric torque, and decent performance to boot. Beginning with the former, the "dual headlight" design is no more as Jeep gave the 2019 Cherokee a more contemporary look.

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