Why So Serious? 2019 Jeep Cherokee Gets A Sober New Face And Turbo Option

Jeep’s facelifted Cherokee arrived at NAIAS boasting several improvements over its predecessor, both technical as well as visual.

Starting off with what we can see, easily noticeable is the updated model’s less quirky front fascia. The old car had those controversial dual headlights, whereas now, the design is more conventional and easier on the eye – albeit less special.

In fact, we’ll just say that if you like the Jeep Compass‘ front end, the 2019 Cherokee will likely remind you of the former’s styling, although the Cherokee’s Bi-LED headlights are a little thinner and more stretched out.

At the other end, the taillights include a signature red ‘Feature Light’, while the redesigned liftgate comes with an integrated light bar. The liftgate also has a hands-free feature, where you can open it by making a kicking motion underneath the bumper.

Thanks to its all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the 2019 Cherokee can look forward to some very competitive fuel economy figures. This engine delivers 270 HP and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque and should prove more capable than the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6, with its 271 HP and 239 lb-ft (324 Nm) of torque. The least powerful engine available on the new Cherokee is a 2.4-liter unit 180 HP and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm).

The 2.0-liter turbo also comes with direct injection, stop-start tech and a lightweight construction for improved efficiency.

Inside, the 2019 Cherokee’s Uconnect system is now in its fourth-generation and it includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a choice of 7″ or 8.4″ touchscreen displays with pinch-and-zoom capability. According to Jeep, the Cherokee also has over 80 available advanced safety features.

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  • LJ

    It looks nice, but did lose some character compared to the previous model.

  • kachuks

    I want that 2.0 turbo in my life.

    • Michelin

      Is it the same engine 4 cilynder 2.0 turbo that debuted on Alfa Giulia with 280 cv ?

      • Matt

        I would think so. Spreading the same engine over multiple cars saves on costs and time for the company. good for consumers since more of the same engines =more availability of & cheaper parts + reliability should also go up the more they make.

  • Six Thousand Times

    A big improvement.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Sober? It looks better. A lot.

    • Wolverine350R

      Yeah, small styling changes resulted in a huge improvement to the looks. I bet they sell a few more of these now.

  • TheHake

    FINALLY a Cherokee for Europe!

  • SteersUright

    The grille is the only part of this entire vehicle that says “Jeep”. There rest of the entire design is derivative and could wear any badge. That said, its conservatively handsome and likely a safe play in a crowded segment. I just wish Jeep made all of their SUV’s resemble the Wrangler one way or another. Why not? Audi, BMW, and MB do rather well offering “same sausage, different lengths” for years. And there’s so much brand equity in Jeep and its Wrangler. People clearly love the look of the thing.

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