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2020 Jeep Cherokee: Preview & Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 22, 2019
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Model Preview

When the Jeep Cherokee returned to the brand’s lineup in 2014, it arrived with a more rounded body than before and a set of razor-thin LED headlights that gave it a polarizing look. In 2019, Jeep toned things down with a revised front end that featured more traditional-looking headlights. With these changes still fresh, we expect the 2020 Jeep Cherokee to carry over with no changes.

On the outside, we expect the 2020 Jeep Cherokee to retain the refreshed look it gained in 2019. These changes included a new front fascia, aluminum hood, LED headlights, daytime running lights, and waterfall grille. Around back, the changes were more subtle and included a lightweight composite liftgate and a repositioned license plate holder. With this look still fresh and far less polarizing than the previous styling, there is no reason for Jeep to change anything.

For buyers looking for a little more ruggedness, we expect Jeep to continue offering the Trailhawk model. This rugged trim will add reshaped black bumpers and wheel flares, a black hood insert, and off-road-ready wheels and tires.

Inside, we expect everything to remain the same in the 2020 Cherokee. In the restyled 2019 Jeep Cherokee, the cabin received a few mild updates, including high-gloss piano-black accents and satin-chrome tracers around the infotainment system, air vents, and gear-shift bezel. It also received the latest in Uconnect infotainment systems that offer faster start-up and response times, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2019 Jeep Cherokee

We expect the 2020 Jeep Cherokee to continue with three available engine options. This will include a standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 180 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. In the middle of the pack will remain a 3.2-liter V6 engine with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Topping the range will be the new-for-2019 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. We expect the nine-speed automatic transmission to remain the only transmission option in the 2020 Jeep Cherokee.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee received “Good” crash-test scores in all IIHS crash tests and a “Superior” rating in the front-crash-prevention test, but it missed being a Top Safety Pick due to its “Marginal” headlight tests. With no changes in store, we expect these ratings to carry over. Keep in mind that to get the “Superior” front crash prevention, you must opt for the Technology Group on the Limited, Overland, or Trailhawk trims, as this is the only way to get the required automatic emergency braking.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official release date for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, but we expect to see it in the first quarter of 2019.

Since we expect no significant changes, we anticipate no big price hikes relative to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, which ranges from $26,985 to $39,740 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee will compete against the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4.

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Pictured: 2019 Cherokee

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