2019 Jeep Cherokee Revealed at Detroit Auto Show
At the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Jeep unveiled all new technology found in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and showed off the new design of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee and its new design cues aren’t the only thing being talked about either.
Back when the Jeep Cherokee was first released in 2014, many got a bit of a jarring experience looking at it. The ol’ Jeep Cherokee didn’t really look like a Jeep. The automaker is known for their heritage and iconic style, but for some reason, they missed the memo when designing the Jeep Cherokee. So when 2019 rolled around, the next-generation Jeep Wrangler JL was paving the road for the automakers new lineup, and the Cherokee also deserved a facelift along with some fine tuning.
Like the Wrangler JL, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee lost 200 pounds to improve performance and fuel efficiency. This can be attested to Jeep using more high-strength steel and aluminum blends in automobile construction. It wasn’t clear where the weight was cut, but if the new Cherokee is anything like the Wrangler JL, we’re guessing the vehicle’s hood, doors, and windshield frame were all made with aluminum versus pure steel, but a polymer tailgate also helps shed a few pounds.
The powertrain lineup has a new addition for 2019. Returning from the 2018 model are the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 engine, capable of generating 271 horsepower, and the 180hp 2.4-liter MultiAir/Tigershark engine. Soon after the release of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL though, a new “future-proof engine” by the FCA Group was announced. It’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 270 horsepower. This same engine also popped up in the 2019 Ram 1500 and can also be found under the hood of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. Seems the FCA is serious about making this new engine the standard for their future vehicles. Their eTorque systems may also continue to pop up in other vehicles.
Some other new features and aesthetics include a new headlight design that is more in tune with Jeep style, including the installation of LED lighting in headlamps and fog lamps, a larger grille, a new hood, and a new fender design. The interior wasn’t changed as much as the Wrangler JL, but it did get a little wider, and the rear cargo area has received an addition of four cubic-feet of space.
“This time around we’re trying to align it more to the rest of the Jeep family … But by far it’s the most futuristic design on purpose because it’s a different audience than typically is attracted to the Jeep.” – Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler’s design chief.
Technology was also upgraded. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude was split into two trims, one with standard equipment and another with new, modern technology. The new 2019 Jeep Cherokee definitely comes with the fourth-generation Uconnect infotainment system paired with either a 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen. So the lineup is a little smaller, but not in a bad way.
For going off-road, there’s the trusty Trail Rated Trailhawk trim for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee, along with three enhanced 4×4 systems. Selec-Terrain traction control is always a welcome feature that returns every model year, capable of handling various driving conditions, including sand, mud, and rock. When it comes to personalizing one’s own Jeep, many Jeep enthusiasts know it just doesn’t end at capability. Exterior styling also plays a big part, and for 2019, the Jeep Cherokee will be getting a new paint job option – Storm Blue “inspired by Iceland with its dark volcanoes and black ash contrasted with blue skies” and Dark Sienna “inspired by the earth’s clay and outdoor freedom.”
Back when discussing the upcoming release of new Jeep® vehicles, one of the larger pieces of info spy shots showed us was design, and now that Jeep has finally released to new models, there is a lot more than just design to be excited about. The new Jeep Wrangler JL will be available at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram soon, but if you are looking for a Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Wrangler to get into now, come by and visit us! We have tons of new Jeep inventory.
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