Jeep engineers are preparing big changes for new Cherokee. Latest rumors suggest this. Nevertheless, it will still be a small crossover ready to offer excellent performance in urban area. Although big, modifications are part of mid-cycle refreshment. However, new generation will bring complete redesign. Until then, we are going to see exterior refreshment, interior with more hi-tech features, and introduction of new engine. And on top of all that, price is still similar to current model. With all this changes, 2018 Jeep Cherokee will be more attractive. Company hopes result could be higher sales numbers in future.
2018 Jeep Cherokee engine
Future of 4-cylinder unit was in doubt for 2018 Jeep Cherokee. Nevertheless, this SUV will offer it again, along with V-6 drivetrain. First one is 2.4-l powertrain. Current crossover uses the same engine, but for upcoming edition, output could raise to 200 hp. For these drivers looking for more power, Jeep engineers prepared 3.2-l V-6 engine. This drivetrain is ready to deliver 270 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Some rumors mentioned big 3.6-l engine, but we seriously doubt in such big mill for compact crossover. Front wheel drive and 6-speed manual transmission are standard offer. Also, AWD and automatic gearbox are in offer for some trims.
2018 Jeep Cherokee redesign
If we can describe 2018 Jeep Cherokee in one word, it would be – lighter. New architecture and design are making it more economical. By using aluminum and carbon fiber, designers saved enough, so it could be noticed on mileage. Nevertheless, visual appearance of the Cherokee is also better. Cosmetic changes and facelift are ready, so front end is completely different. Grille and bumper boost aggressive design of the crossover. Inside the cabin, we can find more hi-tech features and equipment. Updates on Uconnect infotainment system and dashboard improve elegance and overall comfort impression. There is also touch-screen display for navigation and other controls.
2018 Jeep Cherokee release date
New 2018 Jeep Cherokee will be out early next year. Then, we could see only entry level model, or entire lineup. Rumors were not precise about that. However, same situation is with price. Only certain thing is competition. Rivals are agile, so we won’t wait too long to see new Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Ford Escape.