New 2019 Jeep Cherokee facelift turns up in Detroit

Facelifted 2019 Jeep Cherokee lands at the Detroit Motor Show with a new look and a more efficient engine

Jeep has unveiled its 2019 facelifted Cherokee SUV at this year’s Detroit Motor Show with a revised front end and a new turbocharged petrol engine. It will be making its way to the UK in 2018.

The new engine is a 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit producing 266bhp and 400Nm of torque. It’s the same unit that debuted on Jeep’s latest Wrangler. Two naturally aspirated petrol engines are also available for the 2019 Cherokee – a 178bhp 2.4-litre four-pot and a 267bhp 3.2-litre V6.

• 2018 Detroit Motor Show news round-up

All three engines are mated to nine-speed automatic transmissions and permanent four-wheel-drive. The Cherokee comes with Jeep’s all-new rear drive module that makes the new Cherokee front-wheel-drive only at certain times. A low-range gearbox and five-way driving mode selector are also fitted.

On the design front, the Cherokee gets a tweaked front end, which moves away from the sharp, pointed nose of the outgoing Cherokee in favour of a rounder, conventional look more in line with the latest Compass.

Changes around the back are evident too – the number plate housing has been moved to the tailgate, as a fresh, chunkier looking rear bumper with a larger scuff plate now sits in its place. Refreshed taillights with new lighting signatures appear as well. All Cherokee models are fitted as standard with 19-inch wheels, with the top spec Trailhawk model fitted with special 17-inch off-road tyres.

The facelifted Jeep Cherokee comes in five trim levels, starting off with Latitude and topping out with the rugged Trailhawk model. The latest Uconnect infotainment system can be specified with either a seven or 8.4-inch screen, the latter being equipped with satellite navigation. The infotainment system is compatible with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and choices of digital instrument clusters are also available, with a 3.5-inch grayscale or seven-inch full-colour instrument cluster on the list. 

According to Jeep, the updated Cherokee features more than 80 safety and security features. These include adaptive cruise control, park assist, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. A Jeep spokesperson confirmed that the facelifted Cherokee will make its way to the UK, although pricing has yet to be confirmed.

What would you change on the Cherokee to help it keep pace with rivals? Tell us in the comments...

Most Popular

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900
Audi RS 3 Sportback - front
Audi RS3

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900

Full exterior and interior reveal for Audi RS 3, with aggressive styling and racy cabin to match strong performance
19 Jul 2021
New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New 2022 Range Rover Sport spotted testing on the road
Range Rover Sport spyshot 1
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

New 2022 Range Rover Sport spotted testing on the road

Land Rover’s replacement for the Range Rover Sport will get racier styling and an all-new electric-ready platform
20 Jul 2021