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Jeep Cherokee gets face lift, tail tuck for 2019

Exterior changes front and rear highlight refreshening of compact SUV

Published: December 31, 2017, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 5, 2018, 5:20 AM

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released images of the production 2019 Jeep Cherokee that will be unveiled at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and telling us very little about it.

So, let’s see what we can glean from the images. It looks like the difference between the current and future generations is merely cosmetic, though a release accompanying the images says the powertrains will be more fuel efficient.

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The new Cherokee is relatively the same size and depending on the angle from which you view it, it bears a striking resemblance to the current model. However, when you choose a different angle, you can see the daytime running lights and headlights have been incorporated into single units sitting at the top of the nose. The grille openings are larger, and they still have that crease in the middle, though the grille presentation appears more upright. The larger nose cues give the sport utility a look closer to that of the Grand Cherokee.

The side seems pretty much status quo, with a gently sloping roofline and slightly upsweeping beltline.

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The biggest changes happen at the rear, with larger composite taillights moving away from the red-ringed design of the current generation. Their edges are more rounded, so there aren’t as many sharp corners between body panels and plastic bezels.

The licence plate that currently sits in the bumper, below the hatch door, has been centered in metal portion of the hatch door, below the window. The rear reflectors have been moved to the top of the bumper, beside the door opening, while the bumper itself has a larger body-colour insert with larger, dual hexagonal exhaust tips.

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The interiors are carried over.

Jeep says more images and complete vehicle information will be forthcoming when the wraps are pulled off during the Jeep press conference January 16, 2018. The SUV is expected in showrooms in the first half of 2018.