After releasing images of the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee, the American brand has finally unveiled in metal the world-renowned mid-size sports utility vehicle at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
Serving as an update or a refresh of the fifth generation of the Jeep Cherokee (KL generation), the 2019 iteration of the vehicle features a new, authentic and more premium design that remains faithful to the iconic Jeep styling. As previous images had already shown, the new Jeep Cherokee features an all-new front end that aligns with the mid-size SUV on the premium side of the Jeep family while sporting the iconic Jeep styling.
For instance, the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee now features conventional unified headlights. The new bi-LED projector headlamps have incorporated the signature Cherokee daytime running looks into one fixture, providing a fresh look, allowing the 2019 Cherokee to follow the visual lead of the latest iterations of the Jeep Compass and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The new 2019 Cherokee also features dual LED fog lights on the re-sculpted front fascia. Likewise, the new 2019 Cherokee has retained its signature waterfall hood and is mated to the seven-slot grille – signifying the mid-size SUV as a member of the Jeep family – in a single piece. Clean visual lines separate the sloping lightweight aluminum hood from the front fenders.
On the rear, the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee features a new and redesigned lightweight composite liftgate that includes an integrated light bar with a repositioned release handle. Its rear backlight graphic includes a signature red “Feature Light,” which is essentially a thin homogenous LED light strip wrapping individual stop, turn and reverse tail lamp functions.
Meanwhile, the new Trail Rated 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk model comes with a redesigned front fascia, improved approach angle, anti-glare hood decal as well as standard red tow hooks. It also features protective steel skid plates, higher fender flares and ride height plus as well as 17-inch off-road tires.
The new 2019 Cherokee could be finished in any of the 12 exterior colors: Blue Shade, Billet Silver, Bright White, Diamond Black Crystal, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Hydro Blue, Light Brownstone, Olive Green, Pearl White, Sting-Gray and Velvet Red. Five new wheels are available for the 2019 Cherokee, including a 19-inch premium polished aluminum wheel for Overland models.
On the other hand, the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee sports an updated interior with a re-sculpted center console front media center hub (USB port and 115-volt outlet) repositioned rearward. Ergonomically designed seats are equipped, and could be availed as power adjustable, heated/ventilated seats with memory. Customers may specify the available 60/40 split second-row seats. The new 2019 Cherokee offers a larger rear cargo capacity – wider by more than three inches for a total volume of over 27 cubic feet. Two new color themes are added for the new Cherokee: Storm Blue (Latitude and Latitude Plus models) and Dark Sienna (Overland models). The new mid-size SUV now comes with new Satin Chrome and Piano Black high-gloss accents.
Offered with over 80 available advanced safety and security features, the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee is available in five different trim configurations: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and the rugged Trail Rated Trailhawk.
The new 2019 Jeep Cherokee is powered by any of three engine offerings, all mated to an upgraded TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. One of these is the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark I-4 mill, which is the standard engine for the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee. This engine offers up to 180 hp of output and up to 170 lb.-ft. of torque. The second mill is the all-new 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 270 hp of max output and 295 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The third engine is the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that develops up to 271 hp of output and 239 lb.-ft. of peak torque, offering best-in-class V6 towing capacity of 4,500 lbs.
The new 2019 Jeep Cherokee is underpinned by the proven Compact U.S. Wide (CUS-wide) platform’s modular architecture and features a body structure made from 65-percent high-strength steel. Set to arrive in showrooms in the first quarter of 2018, the new 2019 Cherokee is lighter than the previous model by around 200 lbs.