Photo courtesy of FCA.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA unveiled a refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee at the Detroit Auto, which features an updated design and new 2.0-liter direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee features a new 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine offers 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the automaker has announced. The engine is geared toward fuel economy and reduced fuel emissions with engine stop-start technology.

Other powertrain options include the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6, with 271 horsepower and 239 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 2.4-liter PZEV Multiair2 Tigershark I-4, with 180 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque.

The interior of the 2019 Cherokee comes with increased rear cargo capacity at 27 cubic feet. The new Cherokee maintains fundamental design elements present in previous models with a wide stance, according to FCA.

The refreshed mid-size SUV includes more than 80 available safety features, including a parallel/perpendicular park assist feature, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, and LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus; an SOS button; electronic stability control; electronic roll mitigation; blind-spot monitoring; rear cross path detection; a rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines and eight standard air bags.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee includes the latest  Uconnect systems, which includes an optional 7.0, or 8.4-inch touchscreen. Available features include handsfree phone calls or text; built-in radio options, which allow drivers and passengers to stream internet radio through Bluetooth or plug-in compatible personal devices in to USB or AUX port; Uconnect Navigation with turn-by-turn direction; and a customizable menu bar for the touchscreen, using the drag and drop feature. Jeep Cherokee models for 2019 equipped with the Uconnect 7.0, 8.4 or 8.4 NAV systems include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Meanwhile, the outside of the mid-size SUV includes a new fascia, lightweight hood, LED headlamps, daylight running lamps, and fog lamps to perform both on the road and on the trail, according to the automaker. It also has a lightweight, hands-free power liftgate and dual-pane sunroof. 

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee will be available in five different trim configurations: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland, and Trail Rated Trailhawk. It will be available in the first quarter of 2018.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet