The New 2019 Jeep Cherokee Is Tougher Than Before

Since its introduction in 1974, the Cherokee has been a favorite in the Jeep lineup. But for a few years, the Cherokee saw no changes. Redesigned in 2014, the Cherokee went without any major updates – but 2019 will bring the first new Cherokee to Jeep fans everywhere. Jeep has created a new take on one of its most popular models with a complete redesign for the upcoming model year.

The 2019 redesign makes the new Jeep Cherokee tougher and more capable than ever before. With new engine options and upgraded all-wheel drive and traction systems, this new version of the beloved Cherokee is equipped to handle conditions both on and off road.

Here are some of the best upgrades and features of the all-new 2019 Jeep Cherokee:

New Performance Specs

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee comes with three different engine options for buyers to choose from. The first, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Tigershark engine, produces 180 horsepower and has a towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds. Second is the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, with 270-horsepower and a 4,000-pound towing capacity. Last but not least is the Cherokee’s V-6 engine option, a 3.2-liter Pentastar engine capable of producing 271 horsepower and towing loads up to 4,500 pounds. All of these engines are paired with the same 9-speed automatic transmission for a rugged yet smooth driving experience under any conditions.

In addition to its powerful engine options, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee features three different all-wheel drive options, as well as standard front-wheel drive. Each of the three all-wheel drive systems has its own special features, which are as follows:

  • Jeep Active Drive: Features an automatic rear axle disconnect that will engage under conditions when front-wheel drive is preferable for efficiency and handling
  • Jeep Active Drive II: Offers the same features as Active Drive, but also includes a low-gear mode for better traction under certain conditions
  • Jeep Active Drive Lock: Jeep’s top-line all-wheel drive system, which offers a rear axle locking differential to improve traction under the most extreme of conditions

All together, these features give the 2019 Jeep Cherokee the ability to perform well both on the road and off. A final notable performance feature of the new Cherokee is its Selec-Terrain traction management system. This system adjusts the vehicle’s traction control to optimize it in a range of different conditions, including driving in snow, sand or even over rock. With this feature, drivers can set their traction control systems to deliver the best possible performance on any surface they may encounter.

Improved Fuel Efficiency

With three different engines to choose from and the option of all-wheel or front-wheel drive, the fuel efficiency of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee varies based on the combination of engine and drive system. On the low end of the new Cherokee’s fuel economy range is the 3.2-liter V-6 engine with Jeep’s Active Drive Lock on the Trailhawk trim, which gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. At the upper end of the spectrum is the combination of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with front-wheel drive capability, rated at 23 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.

All New Safety and Entertainment Features

Even though it’s a tough vehicle ready to tackle difficult terrain, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is also equipped with a wide range of safety and entertainment technologies to make it a secure, enjoyable ride. The Cherokee’s safety system begins with its body and frame, which are designed specifically to absorb the force of an impact and direct it away from the driver and passengers. Complementing this system are eight airbags strategically positioned to provide maximum protection in the event of a crash.

Besides mitigating the damage caused by collisions, the 2019 Cherokee offers many technological features that can help prevent accidents. Some of these great available safety features include:

  • Lane departure warnings with automatic correction if the driver fails to adjust in time
  • Rear cross traffic monitoring system
  • Automatic brake assist
  • Frontal collision warning system
  • Rear view backup camera
  • Blind spot monitoring system

Another advanced safety feature offered on the new Cherokee is adaptive cruise control. Unlike a standard cruise control, this system can slow down to maintain a safe distance between the Cherokee and the vehicle in front of it. The adaptive cruise control will even bring the vehicle to a complete stop if it detects an imminent collision threat, even if the driver fails to respond to it.

Beyond safety, entertainment technology also figures prominently in the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee. At the heart of the Cherokee’s infotainment system is an advanced Uconnect touchscreen controller. The Cherokee’s Uconnect system allows multiple devices to connect to the vehicle. Devices can be connected to the Jeep Cherokee via Bluetooth, auxiliary cable, or USB cable through the car’s driver and passenger media hubs. However, you like to use your devices, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee allows you to use them to the fullest.

Rounding out the entertainment features of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is an excellent sound system manufactured by Alpine. With nine speakers and a 506-watt amplifier, this sound system delivers high sound quality for any music.

The 2019 Cherokee Shines Amidst Its Competition

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee is something of a unique vehicle in the compact SUV class. While other compact SUVs are designed with a greater focus on elements like fuel economy and storage space, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a machine designed for performance. As a result, it comes off as a very different vehicle from the majority of its competition.

Yet the Jeep Cherokee is still quite competitive in comparison to other compact SUVs. US News calls the 2019 Cherokee one of the top crossovers. The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that, though the Jeep Cherokee was less popular than competitors like the Honda CR-V, the Cherokee’s off-road handling and general toughness have no equivalent.

Discover the New Cherokee for Yourself

Overall, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is a unique compact SUV that is great for drivers who value durability, toughness and off-roading capability. The Jeep Cherokee’s new incarnation will appeal to drivers who want the highest possible performance out of their SUVs.

And you have so many more options to choose from when buying your new 2019 Cherokee. MSRPs start at $24,690 for the Latitude trim, the most basic version of the new Cherokee. You can opt for a higher trim like the Trailhawk, a trail-rated version best equipped for off-roading, for a price of $33,320. Or, if you want to drive off road with luxury, the Overland is another choice, a luxury trim with premium interior materials that starts at $36,275. Of course, thanks to dealership incentives and always changing discounts and deals, you don’t have to pay much to get behind the wheel of the redesigned 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

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