2019 Jeep Cherokee First Drive

SUVs and Crossovers are very popular and no carmaker can overlook these segments-as it is. FCA is revamping its legendary Jeep lineup for 2019. The model 2019 Jeep Cherokee has also been facelifted for the upcoming year. The changes include revised exterior styling, new engine choices, more amenities and new interior.

Overall, it is still a compelling choice for buyers looking for versatile and well performer compact SUV.

2019 Jeep Cherokee front view

2019 Jeep Cherokee is the great off-roader

The Jeep Cherokee is an important vehicle for FCA as it offers enough versatility and caters to a wide range of buyers. The Detroit auto show was where the upcoming Cherokee was showcased and it received mostly positive response.

The new 2019 Jeep Cherokee sports a revised exterior design. The lighting is Led powered and same is true of rear lamps. Another notable thing about the 2019 model is that it is almost 150 pounds lighter than the previous version. It will be sold in a number of trims and exterior color choices will be aplenty.

Interior Look

The cabin of 2019 Jeep Cherokee also features styling enhancements. The new color themes are there. Now the cabin looks larger and more ergonomically styled. There are plenty of options based on the trim you buy. A dual-pane sunroof can be ordered with motorized sunshade.

The rear cargo capacity of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is now 27 cu. ft. Jeep offers a flexible cargo management system allowing attachment of diverse features, like a storage locker, roadside assistance kit, first aid kit and collapsible cooler. Overall, material quality looks and feels more premium than earlier. Cabin noise is also minimal. Overall, the look is similar to its big sibling aka the Grand Cherokee.

The new model like the current one comes with few trims Latitude is the base one, Latitude Plus trim, Trailhawk and Limited. The base one trim will offer 17-inch aluminum wheels, air conditioning, rear view camera, 5-inch display and mighty 6-speaker audio system and Bluetooth connectivity. The Latitude Plus trim that cost around $2000 more will add bigger 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, SiriusXM satellite radio and leather seats. The middle eqquiped trim Limited will get 18-inch wheels, universal garage remote, dual-zone climate. However, the Overland trim comes with larger 19-inch wheels, Alpine premium audio system and also premium leather seating.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

The Cherokee Trailhawk comes with more aggressive and rugged design. An aggressive front fascia, standard red tow hooks and anti-glare hood decal make it look different. These models also get toughened steel skid plates and 17-in tires. Also, this trim will get Jeep Active Drive II system. This includes Drive Lock and rock-crawling terrain mode. Also, features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, ventilated front seats, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking are included in this trim.

Safety Features

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee gets enough safety tech embedded and amenities are also pretty nice. The new version of Uconnect infotainment is sleek and fast. The top trims get an 8.4-inch screen unit. The safety features include airbags, hill-start assist, a backup camera, electronic stability control. Available features also include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, roll stability control, side impact beams, rear child safety locks and many more.

2019 Jeep Cherokee interior view

2019 Jeep Cherokee Engine Output and Performance

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee comes with enhanced and new engine choices. The base 2.4 cylinder engine makes 180 HP. The Overland and Trailhawk trims get a 3.2 V6 gas engine that makes 271 HP.

As for the acceleration, this off-roader will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 7,5 sec. However, its top speed is limited to 119 mph. Fuel economy will be also better. The base model inline-4 is making fuel economy score on city/highway 21/30 mpg for the model with FWD system, 21/28 mpg for the 4WD Active Drive I, 21/27 mpg for the Active Drive II with 4WD and the last is model Trailhawk with 4WD that gives 19/25 mpg.

The second engine of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a V6 that comes with EPA rating for the front wheel drive 21/29 mpg, 20/27 mpg for the 4WD Active Drive I, 18/26 mpg Active Drive II and 4WD and 18/24 mpg for the Trailhawk 4WD.  All engines coming with a new nine-speed automatic transmission unit.

2019 Jeep Cherokee Towing Capacity and Modes

The newest 2019 Jeep Cherokee is rated to tow 2,000 pounds with the base engine 4-cylinder. However, with the stronger V6, it can maximum tow 4,500 pounds. This is very good numbers for a small SUV. Jeep’s unique Selec-Terrain system is there and it comes with many driving modes such as Auto, Sport, Snow, Sand and Mud and Rock.

2019 Jeep Cherokee side view

2019 Jeep Cherokee Price, Availability and Competitors

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee pricing starts at approx $24.000 and top Overland trim costs approx $37.000 and can easily reach $42,000. However, the price will rise around $1,500 if one add 4WD system.

This model will debut by the end of the year. It will lock horns with the likes of Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Equinox and Mitsubishi Outlander.

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