Jeep revealed the updated Cherokee before the compact SUV will make its first appearance at the North American International Auto Show in January. The biggest change is at the front of the vehicle, where the controversial headlight design is ditched in favor of a much cleaner look, inspired by the Grand Cherokee. The sides appear to be unchanged, but at the back there are new light clusters and the redesigned tailgate now houses the license plate that used to be on the rear bumper.
There are no official numbers yet, but Jeep promises ‘even more fuel-efficient powertrain options.’ Expect the mild-hybrid 2.0L I-4 with 270 hp at 5,250 rpm and 295 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm from the new Wrangler JL to join the 2.4L Tigershark I-4 and 3.2L Pentastar V-6.
On the inside the updates appear to be limited to new gauges and the adaptation of the latest Uconnect infotainment system. Some of the switchgear has been moved to a different location.
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