Jeep Bringing Updated 2019 Cherokee To Detroit

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it will unveil a refreshed take on the Jeep Cherokee at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show next month.

The automaker isn’t giving us much in the way of details to go on. But along with these four images, it has confirmed that the 2019 Cherokee will encompass a more athletic yet upscale design and more efficient powertrain options.

Jeep introduced the current KL-generation Cherokee in 2013 as a 2014 model with a far more crossover-like form than the rugged versions that preceded it under the same nameplate. That may have left it out of favor with the most hardcore off-roading enthusiasts, but has resulted in sales figures roughly double those of the more trucklike Liberty it replaced.

From 2014 (when production came fully online) to 2016 (the last full year of sales), Jeep sold an average of 200,000 Cherokees in the United States each year. Over the course of its lifetime from 2001 through 2013, it sold an annual average of under 100,000 Liberty models (which was sold in some markets overseas as the Cherokee).

The manufacturer revealed an earlier round of updates for 2018 just a few months ago. It promises more information and photos upon the 2019 model’s reveal in Detroit on January 16, so watch this space.

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  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks a lot better now

    • :/ Yurr

      Wayyyy better!

  • The Watcher

    Good god, Jeep finally realized headlight was the biggest problem with Cherokee.

  • Craig

    I always get Cherokee/Grand Cherokee news mixed up.

    • donald seymour

      Laugh out Loud…You and me both. I was so excited and then I saw it and I was like oh.

  • Christian

    The best selling “Made in America car” here in Europe. (The Renegade dosen’t count!)

    • Why? Because it’s a Fiat?

      • Christian

        Because its built in Italia” next to the 500X. I believe that the Cheorkee are imported overseas.

        • I see, yeah I couldn’t think of American cars that fare better in Europe.

          • willhaven


          • I forgot sometimes Tesla is an American company, thanks mate.

          • Christian

            that is true..Forgot all about that.

          • Belthronding Tinuviel

            No,jeep is really doing good.

          • Oh no I mean like particular model of American cars. I know Jeep is a big thing in Asia Pacific (Renegade once made it to top 10 Japanese best seller).

        • Michelin

          Jeep never sold so much cars in the world before FIAT sinergies.
          In Europe now you can see Renegades, cherokees and Grand Cherokees on the roads.
          Cherokee is built on Giulietta chassis. It Will be wanderful if four cylinder 2.0 turbo of Alfa Giulia and Stelvio will replace the old 2.4 Tigershark on new cherokee!!!

          • Christian

            i’m sure you can’t get the 2,4 here in Europe…We only have the 2,0 Multijet Diesel. 2,2 MultijetDiesel and 3,2 V6 Petrol for the Chrokee.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Huh. It’s normal now.

  • TheHake

    Those headlights still look awkward… Better though.

  • So they give eye surgery to make Cherokee eyes looks bigger then.

  • Jim Ragland

    I can get with this update.

  • Bash

    Finally they fixed it. Sorta..

  • Comp1

    While not a fan of Jeep I do think the exterior refresh; front, rear and wheels, is a huge improvment. Just hope they do something with the engine choices, which apparently they will announce in Detroit.

  • Ilbirs

    The restyling itself got not as bad as I’d imagine that would be, but I’m still way more fan of the original lines with LED DRLs on the upper part and the headlights themselves a bit lower and being mistaken as foglights. Gone was the very arrow-like (considering the context of this kind of vehicle) front, replaced by a more upright one:

    This raise on the hood line disharmonized the whole of the vehicle shape, even though this disharmonization is discreet. I’d prefer a restyling like the ones we usually see in German brands that we have at most bumper changes and new head and taillights that fit perfectly in the original mounting points and minimum to no changes on sheetmetal, as it was a well solved style. Nevertheless, Jeep brand identity is still one of the best on auto industry precisely due to make possible that designers go very bold ways in the lines of a single model to not looking like another model of the same brand but still having that cohesion needed with the rest of the lineup and the historical heritage. The greatness of this brand identity resides in the few fixed elements, that can be resumed in a very superficial way to the seven slat grille and the trapezoidal fender edges, with all the rest can varying without much problem, as it was done with KL’s original appearance.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Did they also fix the awful nine speed transmission and other FCA reliability issues with this MMC?

    I had a ’16 Cherokee Limited as a rental for a ~1,000 mile road trip, and I can’t see why someone would willingly buy one with their own money.

    • Michelin

      I know a lot of people that bought cherokees with their own money ….

  • willhaven

    I probably stand as the only person who *really* liked the goofy alien looking Cherokee. The refresh looks bland, but maybe the Trailhawk will be a less shitty.

    • Ilbirs

      I’m another one and I’m sure that there’s a lot of people that loved the original reinterpretation of Jeep’s brand identity.

    • Althea Later

      You are not the only one. I think most people aren’t happy unless they blend in with everyone else. They can’t handle things that are different. Like many “refreshes” this new nose doesn’t really fit the rest of the vehicle. Now it looks more like a generic SUV. If not for the grille, I’d have no idea what it is. I also think most people who complain aren’t the ones actually purchasing these.
      It would be funny if they actually sell less after the new and “improved” face.


  • Dennis Scipio

    Well, I never had a problem with the split headlight design before the facelift, but this is okay.

  • Joe E

    It’s too bad that the alien Cherokee was so badly received, because the reaction looks like it freaked out Jeep to the point where they are going super conservative on all their models, to the point where they all look the same. The Renegade is funky and silly, but there is no futuristic interpretation of Jeep design in their line-up today. Being all SUVs, and with overlapping models, they have justification in throwing in a cool futuristic styled model…think something like the RR Velar of Jeep.

    If they didn’t name this gen “Cherokee” and really pounded home on the “future Jeep” messaging when they launched things would have been different.

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  • KE GS

    Looks shitty and cheap now, like the old compass. The new Compass looks waaay better.

  • Kash

    Now that the headlight problem is fixed the overhang and grille problem is all that more prominent

  • Elpatore

    it looks older than the previous one!

  • MarketAndChurch

    I kinda liked the current headlight setup better. It looks different from anything else on the road. This just looks super generic, like what I’d expect from the Compass.

  • Anthony McGowan

    Much better, aesthetically at least…

  • SgtBeavis

    It’s amazing how such a small change can have a massive impact on my impressions of this car’s styling. That is a HUGE improvement.

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