Jeep Cherokee going to Detroit with new face

Jeep released a few photos of the 2019 Cherokee ahead of its Detroit auto show debut, and lo and behold, the freaky stacked-headlight design is gone.

The latest version seems to borrow a few styling cues from the sleek Jeep Yuntu Concept-minus the exploratory drone, we saw earlier this year at the Shanghai auto show. The SUV now also comes with a slightly more snooping nose with the Jeep logo at the centre and the signature seven-slat grille with chrome borders.

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Today, still in its 5th-generation guise since 2013, Jeep is updating their popular Cherokee for 2019 with an updated exterior design the company feels is more premium. Jeep says it'll show more fuel-efficient engines for the Cherokee at the NAIAS in January too.

Tech specs aren't known yet, but we expect the current European range of 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesels to get gains in fuel economy and produce less emissions. For example, new taillights feature an orange section outlining their lower section, and a revised bumper has a larger section of metallic trim. Unfortunately, those folks who hated the new look were the loudest, so the 2014 Cherokee was met with a fair amount of negativity based strictly on the front end design. The SUV also comes with a new rear bumper with silver rear diffuser and dual chrome-tipped exhaust.

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Currently, with 8 Cherokee trims available - from the entry-level Latitude with FWD to the more capable Overland - Jeep has only offered a single 2.4L I4 MultiAir engine across the board.

Fans might notice more wide-open headlights, among other changes.

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