Even before people has become more familiar with the 2018 iteration of the Jeep Cherokee mid-size sport-utility vehicle, the carmaker has already revealed the looks of the SUV for the 2019 model year. The released images are actually teasers for the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee, which will be unveiled at the upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The 2019 model year marks a refresh or update of the fifth generation of the Jeep Cherokee (KL generation). This is seen as the main reason why Jeep – or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in extension – is already creating some hype for the highly successful crossover. Dubbed by Jeep as the most capable SUV, Cherokee will be unveiled on January 16, 2018 at the Detroit Auto Show. According to the carmaker, the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee will have a new, authentic and more premium design. Furthermore, Jeep said that more fuel-efficient powertrain options will be made available for the updated Cherokee.
Spy images had already indicated that the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee would have a new front end design. Nonetheless, it is always wise to wait for the official confirmation from the carmaker regarding design, specs or feature details. In the case of the 2019 Cherokee, the SUV having a new front end was confirmed by Jeep by releasing official images.
The most glaring of the design updates entails the nose and the headlights of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. The current 2018 Cherokee features dual headlights, while the succeeding model will sport conventional unified headlights. This means that the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is following the visual lead of the latest models of the Jeep Compass and Jeep Grand Cherokee. While the nose of the 2019 model differs from its immediate predecessor, the latest Cherokee still features the seven-slotted grille that identifies the mid-size SUV as a member of the Jeep family.
The released official images show two models of the 2019 Cherokee, one covered in silver paint and the other finished in red color with black accents. While sporting the same headlights, the front ends of these models are totally different from each. The silver model is most likely the standard Cherokee, while the red one is the Cherokee Trailhawk high-end variant as evidenced by the two hooks nudging out of the black bumper. Furthermore, the Cherokee Trailhawk features fog lights on the top section of the black bumper almost immediately below the headlights. Meanwhile, the standard Cherokee model has the fog lights on the lower section, flanking the lower grille.
Interestingly, the designs of the lower grille also differ on each version, while the black claddings surrounding the Trailhawk version are more pronounced than on the standard Cherokee. Black finish can also be found on the Trailhawk’s mirror covers, wheels and on the center section of the large engine bonnet. Likewise, the seven-slotted grille of the Cherokee Tailhawk is framed in black, while the standard version is bordered with chrome.
Inside, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee seems to have the same cabin layout as its predecessor, although it looks more modern and more sophisticated thanks to more metallic trim.