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2019 Jeep Cherokee Debuts In Detroit With Fresh Face And Wrangler Engine

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We doubt anyone will miss the squinting face of the outgoing model.

Fans of the Jeep Cherokee SUV will no doubt be relieved to find that the crossover's divisive face has been replaced with a more traditional and appealing front fascia for the new and improved 2019 model. We recently got a preview of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee's revamped design, and now the popular SUV has made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Jeep has revealed technical details for the refreshed SUV, confirming that the 2019 Cherokee is inheriting its more rugged Wrangler sibling's 2.0-liter turbocharged unit.

Its new 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers a punchy 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. As before, the base model packs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 184 hp and 174 lb-ft, while the range-topper features the brand's familiar 271-hp 3.2-liter Pentastar V6. Jeep says that the 2019 Cherokee "stays true to its heritage with a wide and commanding stance and an aggressive wheel-to-body proportion for a distinctive identity." Gone are the infamous squinting headlights, replaced with a sleeker set of LED headlamps. New taillights with LED accents can also be found at the rear, along with a revised tailgate, and a blacked-out bumper.

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To save weight, the refreshed Cherokee features an aluminum hood, lighter suspension components, a new engine cradle cut, and composite liftgate. All-in-all, the 2019 Cherokee is around 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. The pop-open fuel cap now also has a capless fuel filler. Five trim levels are available, including Latitude, Overland, and Trailhawk. The Latitude trim will be the most affordable with prices starting at around $25,000, while the Overland and Trailhawk variants will cost around $40,000 when loaded with optional extras. The Overland model is equipped with chrome tow hooks, while Trailhawk models are fitted with bright red hooks.

Tailhawk models also feature a new front bumper design allowing for greater approach angles, skid plates, flared wheel arches, 17-inch wheels with off-road tires, and an increased ride height. Inside, there's now more storage space in the rear cargo area, which has increased from 24.6 to 28.0 cubic feet with the seats up. Jeep's fourth-generation Uconnect infotainment system pairs with either a 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen. According to Jeep, the 2019 Cherokee comes loaded with 80 available advanced safety and security features, including a parallel and perpendicular parking assist.

The Cherokee is an important vehicle in Jeep's lineup in a competitive segment. Let's hope the 2019 model's refreshed design can win back buyers put off by the outgoing model's divisive design. The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is expected to arrive in US dealerships within the next few months.