Jeep Cherokee Gets Its Compass On

Janie Parker
December 21, 2017

Like Chevrolet, Jeep surprised us this morning by revealing the facelifted 2019 Cherokee in advance of its expected appearance at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Naturally, the new front end integrates the Cherokee into the current Jeep family, with the design being closely inspired by the new Compass and the facelifted Grand Cherokee.

From the side, the updated 2019 Cherokee appears to differ little aside from new wheel designs on the Limited and Trailhawk trim levels shown in the images the automaker handed out.

At the back, smoked taillights replace the old units while the license plate holder is now placed on the tailgate itself.

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Up front, the Cherokee's grille no longer curves into the hood. Its V-6 engine option produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque.

A rival to SUVs like the Land Rover Discovery Sport and higher-spec versions of the Volkswagen Tiguan, the next Cherokee trades the distinctive design of the outgoing auto for a look that's more similar to its siblings. Could that mean that the 2019 Cherokee could also get the new turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that debuted last month with the debut of the 2018 Wrangler JL? Blue interior backlighting gives way to white on the new model, and the gauges look to have been slightly redesigned as well. And let's delve into the three most important changes on the standard Cherokee SUV. Jeep hasn't released all the details on it, but we can see a number of exterior changes from the official images.

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