Jeep Cherokee revealed ahead of Detroit motor show
Updated SUV gets face to match its siblings; it’ll be revealed on the 16 January
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 car for a look that’s more similar to its siblings.
Currently the Cherokee, which sells in Britain from £34,400, comes with diesel engines in 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre forms, with front and all-wheel drive available. The range is topped by a Trailhawk variant with a 3.2-litre V6 petrol that outputs 268bhp.
At this stage, Jeep has only said it will add more fuel-efficient engines to the Cherokee line-up with the 2018 car. It is not yet known whether they will be new or updates of the current units.
The brand recently introduced a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that uses a twin-scroll turbocharger and eTorque hybrid technology to its line-up with the new Wrangler. It’s possible this powertrain will be offered with the updated Cherokee range.
No major changes have been applied to the 2018 Cherokee’s interior, which in current form comes with a 8.4in TFT touchscreen, shared with its FCA stablemate, the Maserati Ghibli, and features DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
Following the reveal of the Cherokee facelift, Jeep will launch its recently shown Compass in Britain. That model, which will cost from £22,995, slots between the Cherokee and the entry Jeep model, the Renegade. Jeep will also launch a 697bhp version of its biggest model, called the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, in 2018.
Although it enjoys success elsewhere, particularly in its home market, Jeep has experienced dwindling sales in the UK. Its market share for 2017 is just 0.26%, half of what it was the year before, but it hopes the launch of its new and refreshed models will boost demand. Even its most niche model, the Wrangler, has been approved for higher UK supply.
Source: Autocar Online