Jeep introduced the 5th generation of the Cherokee back in 2013 at the New York Auto Show. Unlike its predecessors, the new car had a much more modern design and a car-based platform. This used the same FCA Compact Wide architecture as FCA’s sedans. This meant the Cherokee was no longer all that capable in off-road. However, it also meant the car became much better to drive on the road which allowed Jeep to kick-start the sales for the Cherokee. More than 4 years since they introduced it, an update is likely on its way. FCA will more than likely release this update with the upcoming 2019 Jeep Cherokee. While the details are still scarce, we can expect a new design, slight changes under the skin and possibly a revamped interior. The end result should allow Jeep to better compete with the current class-leaders which are quite far away when it comes to number of vehicles sold.
Just like with the current model, the upcoming Cherokee will more than likely use the same Compact US Wide platform. However, this time around the car should use mostly high strength steel and some aluminum in its construction. This will translate in better rigidity and better safety ratings. On top of that, its weight should go down by a noticeable margin. Thanks to this, the Cherokee should become more economical and with the help of better NVH levels, the car will become a true family hauler. With this model Jeep is also likely going to release more trim levels. We can expect a TrackHawk as well as a more performance-oriented TrailHawk.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Release date and Price
Considering its predecessor, it is safe to assume FCA will release the 2019 Jeep Cherokee in the start of 2018 or 2019. They will then go ahead and release the car into showrooms shortly after that. Its price is likely not going to change all that much. The regular base version of the Cherokee will cost close to $25,000 which remains quite high in comparison to its rivals. However, the higher end models will cost less which should give the car much better value for money than ever before.
2019 Cherokee Redesign
The exterior design
Possibly one of the biggest changes to happen to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee will be the way it looks. From what the photographers managed to shoot, it looks like we are in for a surprise. The ongoing model boasts a rather unusual front end with split headlights and a rather poor-looking bumper. Well, all of this will change with the 2019 model. This will feature a design more similar to that of the Grand Cherokee. The car will feature just two headlights, a larger grille than before as well as a new bumper which seems to be mostly identical to what the Grand Cherokee has to offer.
The interior of new Cherokee
It is safe to assume the cabin of the new Cherokee is not going to change all that much. The car will likely feature the same dashboard layout and a really similar instrument cluster. Some changes will happen though. It looks like Jeep will give it a new steering wheel while the unusual infotainment system will be gone. They will install a brand new wide-screen unit in its place which should elevate the experience inside by a good margin. The rear seats will also see an improvement with slightly different folding mechanisms which should make loading and unloading things out of the back of the car much easier than before.
Under the hood – 2019 Cherokee Specs
So far the car has been available with either a 2.4 or a 3.2 liter naturally aspirated engines. These provided 184 or 271 horsepower and up to 239 lb-ft of torque. This is definitely enough to make the Cherokee one of the fastest in its class. However, it looks like the 2019 Jeep Cherokee may come with an updated set of engines. The rumored Track and TrailHawk would get a new 2.0 liter turbo-four which should provide over 250 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the rest, these two should boast all wheel drive only alongside a 9 speed automatic. The two base engines are likely going to remain available for a while but we do expect Jeep to discontinue both of them in the near future.