FCA is on massive portfolio revamp and expansion spree as it seems from its newest moves. The car giant is revamping its SUV and crossover lineup for 2018 and 2019. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee crossover has also been spruced up. The Cherokee named after the Native American tribe has been unlike other vehicles in the Jeep lineup as it is.
It started life as a spin-off of the Jeep Wagoneer and then it evolved into a compact SUV and crossover over the years. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is derived from it too. The 2018 Jeep Cherokee comes with several moderate but nice enhancements.
2018 Jeep Cherokee Styling and Trims
The styling of 2018 Jeep Cherokee is rugged and enticing. It has a good mix of crossover and true SUV styling. Its thin-slatted grille and sleek headlamps exude an aura of style. Cargo space is quite good and the cabin has ample small item storage options. You can store several smartphones, beverages and gadgets safely. Its cabin is replete with high-quality, matte finish materials. The cargo management system is also nice and it includes a useful hanging grocery bag.
You get plenty of trim choices in the 2018 lineup Latitude, Limited, Latitude Plus, Trailhawk and Overland. However, the base trim Latitude comes with great features like high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights, rear view camera, 17-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning. In latitude trim, you can opt for Tech Connect package.
However, for the infotainment, this trim will offer great 6-speaker audio system, 5-inch display and AM/FM radio, USB/auxiliary inputs and Bluetooth connectivity. However, if one adds around $1900 it can get Latitude Plus trim. This trim will include a bigger 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system and also will offer leather seats with power driver’s seat, SiriusXM satellite radio system.
If one choose Limited one it can get features like dual-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring and many others. However, the Overland trim is one of the favor with the premium Alpine audio system, leather seating, great navigation and also power-adjustable passenger seat.
2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
This trim is highlights of company`s offer. Furthermore, this trim is much more off-road-oriented. It comes with features like Jeep Active Drive II system and with Drive Lock, rock-crawling terrain mode and Selec-Terrain system. Also, it will give one feature like dual-pane sunroof and ventilated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This model also gets more ground clearance, knobbier tires and driver-selectable traction setup.
The cabin of this SUV is absolutely stunning and ergonomically built. However, the back seat passengers may jostle for space especially if they are large and tall ones.
Safety Features and Amenities
The 2018 Jeep Cherokee gets decent amenities and safety features and things improve in top trims as it is natural. There are 10 standard airbags, rearview camera. Most trims get blind-spot monitors, automatic park assistance. Advanced features like automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning are optional in top trims.
The enhanced Uconnect infotainment is excellent and most trims get a bright touch display unit to control it. It now supports Amazon Alexa service.
2018 Jeep Cherokee Engine and Acceleration
In 2018 Jeep Cherokee, you get two engine choices and both are good performers. The base trims get a 2.4-liter inline-4 making an output of 184 HP. It comes with the torque of 171 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm. The best fuel economy score gives model FWD on city/highway 19/25 mpg. However, the others will give 21/28 mpg for the 4WD Active Drive, 21/27 mpg 4WD Active Drive II and 19/25 mpg for the Trailhawk 4WD.
The other option is a more powerful 3.2-liter V6 engine which makes 271 HP. There is a 9-speed automatic gearbox. This one will have EPA consumption of 21/29 mpg FWD, 20/27 mpg 4WD Active Drive I) 18/26 mpg 4WD Active Drive II) and 18/24 mpg for the model 4WD Trailhawk. This SUV is capable to run from 0 to 60 mph in 7,5 sec.
2018 Jeep Cherokee Towing Capacity and Drive Setup
The tow package is available and laden with it the new Jeep Cherokee can tow 4500 pounds. The other engine inline-4 that is less powerful can maximum tow 2000 pounds. Ride quality is good even on bumpy roads. If you want a hardcore off-road centric SUV crossover, nothing can outshine the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
The interesting thing about the 2018 Cherokee lineup is that it gets laden with 3 types of All-wheel drive setup. These are Active Drive I, Active Drive II and Selec-Terrain setup. The latter can crawl through all types of surface-almost.
2018 Jeep Cherokee Price, Availability and Competitors
The base trim pricing of 2018 Jeep Cherokee starts at $25.500 approx. If one need 4WD system it will cost another $1,500. The Latitude Plus is priced more than $27,000, while Trailhawk starts at $32,000. The model will be available for sale next month.
Summing it up
FCA has offered a great crossover in form of 2018 Jeep Cherokee. Its engine, spec and styling all hit the right boxes. Furthermore, it will compete with model Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Toyota RAV4.