The 2019 Cherokee, which has been previewed by spy photos for the past few months, will ditch the current crossover's controversial styling in favor of cleaner, crisper lines inspired by the Grand Cherokee.
The Cherokee has come a long way since the Wagoneer days, shrinking in size along the way from a full-size family hauler to a more nimble mid-size SUV off-roader.
It's possible that the V-6 option gets replaced with a 2.0-liter turbo-four-cylinder engine found on the 2018 Wrangler, but we won't know for sure until next month. In that application and bolstered with a mild-hybrid powertrain, the 2.0L I-4 produces 270 hp at 5,250 rpm and 295 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm.
Between the A- and D-pillars, changes appear minor. Among other things, that includes more traditional headlamps framing the classic, keystone-style Jeep seven-slat grille. The license plate, like the Grand Cherokee, has been moved up to the center of the hatchback from the bumper. Jeep repeats the theme in back, where the updated taillights also go the Compass route. This gives the interior a wide and spacious appearance. Some switches and buttons have been relocated, and the 2019 Cherokee will incorporate the latest Uconnect software in its infotainment system.
A rival to SUVs like the Land Rover Discovery Sport and higher-spec versions of the Volkswagen Tiguan, the next Cherokee trades the distinctive design of the outgoing vehicle for a look that's more similar to its siblings.
The automaker has said next to nothing about the SUV, save that it'll be available with more efficient engine options than ever.