NAIAS 2018: Jeep's design goes conservative for updated Cherokee

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2019 Jeep Cherokee revealed with more subtle styling

It was back in 2013 when Jeep first introduced the all-new Cherokee. At the time, it caused quite a stir, and got people talking about it mainly due to the vehicle's front fascia design. Now, at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, the refreshed Jeep Cherokee has been revealed, giving it a new, more 'corporate-look' face.  

Compared to the pre-facelift model, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee now has styling similar to that of the Grand Cherokee and the Compass. Starting with the most significant change, the front grill is no longer as pointy as previous. However it still retains the iconic seven slot grill design which are now flanked by conventionally shaped LED headlights, as compared to the two-tiered units before. Together with that is a new, rounded bumper design.  

At the rear, there are new LED taillights which flank the redesigned liftgate. The license plate has now been relocated to the center of the liftgate together with the opening handle, which were previously located at the lower portion of the rear. The liftgate itself also uses a new composite design, which has shaved off around 8kg.  

The trailhawk version of the Cherokee, pictured here, will continue to be the rugged version. It has a different fascia from the standard model and will come with a 1-inch lift, blackened trim, red tow hooks and a unique set of wheels.

Inside, most of the Cherokee's interior has also been updated. The shifter and console configuration have been redesigned to improve phone storage up front. That is then coupled with new 7-inch and 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment systems that now come with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. Cargo space has also been improved from 24.6 to 28.0 cubic feet with an additional 85mm of width.  

Under the hood, it still retains the same engine options as previous with one new option. Both the 2.4-liter inline four and a 3.2-liter V6 are still available on the 2019 model. However, buyers may also the new engine turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four which produces 270 PS and 400 Nm of torque. All of which are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission  

Apart from the new look both inside and out, the 2019 Cherokee has also undergone a diet. Overall, it now weighs almost 91 kg less than the pre-facelift model. However, the automaker has yet to reveal official figures, which could be released at a later date.

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