The New-and-Improved 2019 Jeep Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee is a classic SUV known as one of the more capable in its segment thanks to its towing and off-roading capabilities. When compared to other vehicles in this same segment, the Cherokee can be outfitted for optimal off-road prowess that’s sure to leave other vehicles in the dust. In recent years, Jeep enthusiasts have criticized the Cherokee for its front end styling and its less-than-stellar nine-speed automatic transmission, but the good news is in order for 2019 as the Cherokee just underwent a round of improvements. That slinky front end? Gone. The styling has been updated to reflect a more premium and authentic Jeep look. Additionally, the nine-speed automatic transmission also received some updates for the 2019 model year making it less problematic. In fact, with these changes, the Cherokee is a lot more like the Grand Cherokee and that can’t be bad!
The 2019 Jeep Cherokee also offers an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an upgraded Uconnect infotainment system as well. Assembled at the Belvidere Assembly Plant, the Jeep Cherokee is offered in five different trims – Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and a Trail Rated Trailhawk. The lower trims are powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine capable of generating 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, while the higher-tier trims come standard with a 3.2-liter V6 engine that generates 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque. The new turbocharged engine that we mentioned earlier is rated at 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and is an optional upgrade on all trims except the Latitude base. All engines are paired with the same nine-speed automatic transmission that for the 2019 model year had a software update to ensure the unit is always engaged in the correct gear and to deliver improved drivability.
Regardless of the trim, the Cherokee performs efficiently on the road – a fact that’s especially true of 4×4 models. The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is an off-roader’s dream with its standard four-wheel-drive system and specific off-road hardware. On the other Cherokee trims, prospective buyers can choose from either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. The base four-wheel-drive system on the Cherokee is the Active Drive I system that features a single speed automatic Power Transfer Unit that directs torque to the rear wheels on a need-basis. There’s also the Active Drive II system that’s available on every trim except the Latitude that features not one, but two, Power Transfer Units with a low range apt for serious off-roading. The Trailhawk trim not only features Active Drive II, but also Active Drive Lock complete with a rear locking differential for improved off-road traction.
Additionally, the Trailhawk trim offers high ground clearance, protective skid plates, Hill-Ascent Control, Selec-Speed Control, and all-terrain tires. All Cherokee trims with four-wheel-drive feature the Selec-Terrain system that has a rotary switch so drivers can choose from Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand, and Mud driving modes. Updates for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee aren’t all mechanical or off-road oriented – the interior has been updated as well to reflect a fresh and more elegant vehicle. A new hands-free power liftgate and an increased cargo area are also part of the new perks for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. Advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking, park assist, and forward collision warning are available as upgrades on the high-tier trims, not on the Latitude or Latitude Plus trims.
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