2019 Jeep Cherokee Gets New Engine to Go With New Face

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
2019 jeep cherokee gets new engine to go with new face

We know from spy photos that the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee will (finally) ditch its awkward stacked headlamps, instead adopting a conventional setup that doesn’t make the vehicle look like it’s squinting. The look is more in keeping with the second-generation Compass and Grand Cherokee.

Expect very little outcry over this sensible and long overdue decision.

However, an updated fascia isn’t the only change in store for 2019. The midcycle revamp also brings a new powerplant sourced from the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, documents show.

Thanks to the sleuthing of Bozi Tatarevic, we now know that the Cherokee’s engine family grows by one member for 2019. Joining the lineup, no doubt as an option for uplevel trims, is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the next-generation Wrangler. (That model debuted last week in Los Angeles to buckets of saliva from amassed journos.)

With a 48-volt mild hybrid system aiding both acceleration and fuel economy, the new 2.0-liter stands to sit atop the Cherokee powertrain summit. Its 270 horsepower is only 1 hp less than that of the 3.2-liter V6 found in the top-flight Cherokee Overland, but its 295 lb-ft of torque out-twists the smaller Pentastar by 56 lb-ft.

The same 2019 VIN code guide reveals the ancient 2.4-liter four-cylinder retains its 184 hp rating, presumably with the same 171 lb-ft of torque. When Fiat Chrysler finds a low-cost component that works, any changes are usually few and far between.

The Cherokee remains a strong seller for Jeep, though volume has tapered off some since the reborn model’s peak in 2015. Sales of the compact crossover rose 44.2 percent in November, year-over-year. Over the first 11 months of 2017, however, sales are down 17.9 percent.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Dec 06, 2017

    "We know from spy photos" - and not publish those photos? Puleeeze.

  • Rich Allcorn Rich Allcorn on Dec 06, 2017

    Those of us who actually bought a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk really "like" the squinty look of a hawk ... in keeping with the "trailhawk" design offroad package it is famous for! It gives this vehicle a "bad ass" look to it. Granted it doesn't look like the Grand Cherokee or the Compass, but then those are "Soccer Mom" cars ... The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk was designed for Adventure! Treasure it, embrace it ... love it! There's nothing wrong with the headlights ...

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    • Rich Allcorn Rich Allcorn on Dec 07, 2017

      @cls12vg30 Now that’s what I’m talking about!

  • Fred I don't know about those big screens. Is there a way to minimize the display, so it's not so distracting? Especially at night the glow doesn't make it easy for me.
  • Arthur Dailey Toronto Blue Jays' games are only available on AM radio. As I am 'on the road' quite often when the Jays play that is my only option for listening to the game. So an AM radio is something of a 'must have' for me.
  • JMII My brother tracked one of these for several years... it will embarrass other sports cars. He sold it to someone who still rips it around on track days. Given my previous VW experience I wouldn't touch it but these are surprising quick and handle well for hatchback credit going to a decent AWD system. $16k seems crazy, but Rs aren't that common and this one appears to be in great condition and seems well sorted.
  • Arthur Dailey I meant the grille and the profile along the passenger area. Look closely and it is reminiscent of the Journey.
  • Daniel 16500 pesos
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