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2019 Jeep Cherokee: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 18, 2018
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Model Preview

After a lukewarm reception of its initial wild and futuristic appearance, the Jeep Cherokee will undergo its first visual refresh for 2019. It will also gain a new powertrain, updated features, and some new wheels.

Visually, the 2019 Cherokee will carry over a lot from the current model, but Jeep will update the most controversial part of this crossover: the headlights. Actually, it’s the whole front fascia that’ll get an update, but the more traditional-looking LED headlights with daytime running lamps will be the focal point.

Also new up front will be its lightweight hood and fog lights, while the rear will get a reworked, lightened liftgate. Rounding out the exterior updates will be five new wheel designs including optional 19-inch polished aluminum units on Overland models.

Inside, there will be a few tweaks as well. These will include high-gloss piano black and satin chrome accents, a reworked parking brake switch, and a revised center console with its USB port and 115-volt outlet moved rearward to allow for more storage.


Powering the 2019 Jeep Cherokee will be the same 2.4- and 3.2-liter engines that produce 180 and 271 horsepower, respectively. For 2019, however, a new engine makes its way to the Cherokee: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. Finishing up the powertrain changes is a revised nine-speed automatic transmission.

The current Cherokee struggles in IIHS safety testing, as it has just a “Marginal” rating in the small-overlap test. With no structural changes in the works, we expect the Cherokee’s struggles to continue in 2019.

Pricing & Release Date

Jeep has not yet announced a release date for the 2019 Cherokee, but we expect to see it in the first quarter of the year.

Official pricing also remains unconfirmed, but we expect a small increase over the current model, which ranges from $25,490 to $38,435 (destination fees included).

Notable competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Ford Escape.

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Pictured: 2019 Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee

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