2019 Jeep Cherokee Reverses Polarizing Style, Adopts Turbo Engine

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, Automotive Editor - January 19, 2018

Gone is the Cherokee's funky face.

When Jeep introduced its Cherokee SUV for the 2014 model year, reactions to the styling were polarizing. The front fascia eschewed normal conventions when it came to the headlights, putting the daytime running lights above the headlight, right on the leading edge of the front quarter panels. For 2019, though, Jeep is giving the Cherokee a front fascia where the headlights and daytime running lights are now one element, taking a bit away from the SUV's uniqueness.

Under the hood, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine joins the naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.2 V6 mills from the 2018 model. The new 2.0-liter engine makes 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque while coming equipped with engine stop-start technology and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine produces 180 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque while the 3.2-liter V6 makes 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque.

There are five new wheel designs, an available dual-pane sunroof, improved cargo area, and a new lightweight, hands-free power liftgate. Jeep Selec-Terrain traction control is available with up to five customized driving modes - Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, and Rock.

Inside, the design has changed little. The 2019 Cherokee receives the fourth-generation Uconnect system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while coming with either a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee and its new face go on sale later this year.

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, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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