Jeep Cherokee going to Detroit with new face

Dora Pope
December 22, 2017

In its place is a more traditional setup without the thin daytime running lights. Jeep will unveil the 2019 Cherokee at the upcoming 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, so we'll have details then.

Although Jeep has revealed the crossover's design nearly a month ahead of its in-the-flesh debut, the company is keeping details about the car's drivetrain and specifications under wraps for now.

Perhaps just as importantly, thanks to the licence plate holder moving up from the bumper to a position just below the crease on the tailgate, Jeep has eliminated the acres of blank space that once dominated the Cherokee's rear end.

The Italian-American automaker on Tuesday released four images of the SUV ahead of the vehicle's formal unveiling next month at the Detroit auto show.

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That doesn't tell us a whole lot, but the pictures included with that short statement tell a far longer story.

The most striking change to be seen in the photos is that the distinctive "split" headlights of the current Cherokee have been replaced by more conventional high mounted one-piece headlight clusters, bringing the front treatment more in line with the rest of the Jeep range, in particular the current Compass and Grand Cherokee.

Fans might notice more wide-open headlights, among other changes. There seem to be revisions to the metallic trim, and a new design around the base of the transmission shifter.

FCA didn't reveal much with the teaser shots of the Cherokee, other than it is expected to arrive with more "fuel-efficient powertrain options" leading to the rumor and innuendo of whether or not this Jeep could be a hybrid.

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