Could The 2019 Jeep Cherokee Live Up To The Hype?
This year’s unveiling of the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee at the Detroit Motor Show shook news outlet after news outlet with stories of its brand new look. The previous 2014 model has seen a whole new facelift not only in look but in power and drive and so, of course, the hype around this new release has been worthy of the news stories it’s drummed up. The question is, however, have Jeep lived up to the expectations? Is the new model really worth the excitement sweeping across the automotive industry? Let’s take a look.
If there was one thing about the previous Cherokee model that most will agree on is that it was simply odd looking. While most of the car remained fairly average, it was the nose that really shook up motor enthusiasts with its excessive length and strangely pointed shape. The 2019 Cherokee, however, has rid the model of that nose for good. The facelift has given the new Cherokee a much more traditional and conventional design, with a higher and blunter front not too unlike that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
There’s new LED lighting too, bringing it away from its less-than-favourable history and into modern car design. There are new trims and wheel designs to choose from too, but beyond the nose job and modernised extras, the 2019 model isn’t actually that different from its predecessor. Regardless, the changes we can see are ones that were needed and are very much appreciated.
Like with all new cars, the availability of much-improved engines is an obvious plus for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. Potential buyers can choose from a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine which comes with 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque, a 3.2-litre V-6 engine that has the same horsepower and torque but with an ability to tow up to 4,500 pounds, and Jeep’s all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While you’ll need to pay extra for the privilege, this engine will give you 270 horsepower, and 295 pound-feet of torque, not to mention direct injection and engine start-stop. In other words, the new model does come as an ‘upgrade’ in a sense and if any of the first-drive reviews are anything to go by, the extra cost for a better engine could be well worth the investment.
As far as the interior goes, the new Cherokee comes with a host of new features to bring the design into the new model year. With two new interior colour schemes to choose from, they perfectly compliment the new 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment screen that sits proudly in the centre stack. As far as infotainment systems go, it might not be the most intelligent, but with multitouch gesture support and a response time to rival most, there’s no denying the upgrade you’ll get with the new model – that is if you opt for the 8.4-inch. The standard infotainment is actually 7 inches wide and while the smaller screen can make navigation difficult, it still sits as one of the better infotainment systems that Jeep has seen.
All in all, the new model is certainly an improvement on its predecessor, but whether or not it’s a good car in and of itself could be a matter of personal opinion. With plenty of options to add improvements and the new 2-litre turbocharged engine, you can adjust and cater to your needs, but even in its standard form, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is still a well-made model overall and stands a good chance at holding up well against its competitors.