Jeep Cherokee Is Getting A New Engine Option

April 2nd, 2019 by

The Jeep Cherokee delivers off-roading capabilities and impressive towing which makes it one of the more capable SUVs in its segment at the moment. When it has all the bells and whistles it can muster, the Cherokee possesses high-ranking off-road expertise compared to others in this segment. This distinction sets it apart from competitors like the VW Tiguan, Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and GMC Terrain.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee now has upgraded the front end styling that showcases a more premium and authentic Jeep look. FCA has reduced the Cherokee’s weight to be 200 pounds less than the 2018 model, which was an improvement to an existing vehicle.

The operation of the 9-speed automatic transmission has been enhanced. Available is the all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The infotainment system has been improved with new proficiency.


The Cherokee’s restyled new front end puts the model more in line with its premium brethren, according to It abandons the squinty headlights for slimmer ones that house the daytime running lights as all one unit. Jeep also ditches Halogen.

All headlights offer LED lighting now, on every trim level and they are under a new, more verticle, aluminum hood. Available with a hands-free option is the redesigned composite liftgate in the back. Also, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee features a new push-push fuel door and capless fuel fill tank.

Inside there is no major overhaul, but there is a new addition with the new center console. Materials have been upgraded to look more polished. And an available dual-pane sunroof is also new, and there’s more cargo space added, at least that’s what Jeep is saying.

It hosts the fourth-generation Uconnect system that its all-around a big fan amongst drivers and passengers. The touchscreens have pinch and zoom capability. Along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.   

With entertainment, the 2019 Cherokee receives the fourth-generation Uconnect system (standard is a 7-inch and available is an 8.4-inch touchscreen) and Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are included. Driver assistance technologies such as park assist, forward-collision warning, and automatic braking are only available in upper trims. They are not available in Latitude or Latitude Plus trims.

The Jeep Cherokee is accessible in five different trim levels; Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk. Powering the lower trims is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated for 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. As an option is the 3.2-liter V6 engine rated at 271 horsepower and 239 lb-ft of torque on the lower trims, and standard in upper trims.

All models have a 9-speed automatic transmission. Its software has improved to distribute refined drivability and ensure the unit is always in the proper gear. Whichever Cherokee you choose, the surprise you’ll get is seeing how well-mannered its performance on the road and that is also true of the 4×4 versions.

There is something for off-road enthusiasts too on the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. It can come standard with Cherokee’s four-wheel-drive system and specific off-road hardware. Other Cherokee models can have either a front-wheel drive (FWD) or 4WD.

Cherokee’s base on the 4WD system is called Active Drive I. It’s lighter and offers improved fuel efficiency and performance. It features a single-speed automatic Power Transfer Unit (PTU) to direct torque to the rear wheels as needed.

The more capable Active Drive II system (which is not available on the Latitude but it’s available on all the other trims) features a two-speed PTU with a low range for serious off-roading. Also incorporated is a neutral switch to allow Cherokee to be flat-towed behind a motorhome. The Active Drive II includes a rear locking differential for enhanced off-road traction thanks to Trailhawk models that have Active Drive Lock.   

Trailhawk models offer Selec-Speed Control, higher ground clearance, Hill-Ascent Control, all-terrain tires, specific exterior, and interior trim and protective skid plates. All 4WD models include a Selec-Terrain system that features a rotary switch with settings for Snow, Auto, Sand/Mud, and Sport. Cherokee’s interior received an update for 2019 giving it a fresh and more elegant tone and the rear cargo area has expanded slightly and a new hands-free power liftgate is available.

If you’re interested in test-driving Jeep Grand Cherokee near Fort Myers, make sure to check them out at Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.

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