New and improved 2019 Jeep Cherokee

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, October 6th, 2018

 

2019 Jeep® Cherokee Trailhawk and Jeep Cherokee Limited

2019 Jeep® Cherokee Limited

BY DAVID GOODSPEED
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

Dear Jeep, I recently tested your new 2019 Cherokee model and I
have two words – Thank You! The redesign has addressed many of the
styling issues folks have not been shy about rendering opinions on,
and that new engine with the turbocharger on it? Fuhgeddaboudit!
While not a complete makeover, Jeep has given the 2019 Cherokee
significant upgrades. New fascia, hood, LED headlamps and more up
front and a new lightweight, handsfree power liftgate at the rear. A
redesign of the rear cargo area offers more storage space, suspension
enhancements, and did I mention a new turbocharged engine?
“A stunning, more premium design and the addition of our new
fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbo engine make the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee
even more desirable in the mid-size SUV segment,” said Mike Manley,
Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “In addition, Cherokee builds on its
benchmark 4×4 capability and on-road dynamics with refinement and
style, a host of new attributes, powertrains, and the latest
technology that is perfectly situated for consumers worldwide.”
The new styling brings this model in line with the rest of the
Jeep family and is no longer polarizing in acceptance. Inside and out,
the 2019 Cherokee looks, well, like nearly every other crossover in
its segment. But with the popularity of those models, Jeep has
positioned itself much better in the marketplace, not only in the U.S.
but in global markets as well. Not once during my week behind the
wheel did I have someone come up to render an opinion on the Cherokee
as they have with the previous generation – and that’s a good thing.
The suspension upgrades offer a more enjoyable ride both on-road
and off and while the chassis feels more solid it never delivers an
unpleasant experience.
The vehicle is easy to drive, almost effortless, and handles quite
well with little roll or bounce. Things are nicely quiet and there is
seating for up to five adults. Our tester included leather interior
but as we were enjoying the last few days of summer (and the summer
heat) I would have preferred cloth or ventilated seating.
This model arrived in 4×4 running gear so was also complete with
Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction control system that allows drivers to
match vehicle performance with driving conditions be it Auto, Snow,
Sport, Sand/Mud, or Rock.
For me, the highlight of the new Cherokee is this new 2.0-liter
direct injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine (but you can
keep the automatic stop/start technology). This powerplant is good for
270hp and 295 lb. ft. of torque. It is silky smooth with almost no
turbo whine and brings new life to the model. It is mated to the
corporate nine-speed automatic gearbox that offers manual shift mode.
Acceleration is outstanding and passing slower vehicles seems
effortless, if not automatic.
Pricing for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee begins at $24,195 for the
Latitude FWD model with our Latitude Plus 4×4 rolling in with a final
window sticker of $34,220.
Fuel economy for the new turbo motor is 21 mpg city and 29 mpg
highway in 4WD running gear.
My hat is off to Jeep for the improvements made to the 2019
Cherokee. Jeep is on a roll for the Fiat Chrysler Automotive group and
sales are higher than ever. It appears they may be learning from their
mistakes and addressing issues that plagued the brand just a few short
years ago. They fixed Compass last year and now it is Cherokee’s turn.
If you are shopping this segment, be sure to check out the 2019
Jeep Cherokee before making any final decisions.

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