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.
The signature seven-slot grille remains, as do the foglights embedded in the front bumper, while the lower bumper has been simplified. For this 2019 model, the vehicle was restyled by Vince Gallante, one of Jeep's newest designers who now holds a few hits under its belt at FCA such as the Renegade, the Compass and the all-new Wrangler. New taillights still mounted high on the tailgate round out the changes outside.
Jeep Cherokee adopts more conventional styling
What we don't know is what, if anything, will change under the Cherokee's hood for the 2019 model year. Naturally the bumper was also redesigned with a faux skid plate to fill up the space left by the license plate.
We'll have all the details next month when the 2019 Cherokee debuts on January 16 in Detroit. This is why this new Cherokee follows the same design language and displays a much more conservative and rugged look, giving it a family resemblance with its little brother, the Compass. Today's Cherokee offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.2-liter V-6, both paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission; whether such language signals the Wrangler's forthcoming 3.0-liter diesel option remains to be seen. Some switches and buttons have been relocated, and the 2019 Cherokee will incorporate the latest Uconnect software in its infotainment system.
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