By Dan Scanlan – MyCarData.com
It was the preferred field Jeep ever made, codenamed XJ and lovingly primary from 1984 till 2001. Then the Cherokee was revived in 2014 with Italian roots and one of many oddest faces within the automotive panorama.
Now the 2019 Jeep Cherokee will get a radical facelift to take away a squinting headlight design that some puzzled over, plus a snarly new turbocharged 4. And our Overland version, virtually as luxed out as this compact SUV can get, features FCA’s greatest infotainment and connectivity system up to now.
Let’s open eyes broad to take a look at the newest Cherokee.
• The 2014 reissue, constructed on an Alfa Romeo sedan platform with Fiat and Chrysler engines, had a wierd stacked headlight design round basic 7-slot Jeep grill. Regardless of squinting, skinny daytime operating lights over greater most important beams above the bumper, the Cherokee was a wholesome vendor, with 220,787 its first yr, zooming as much as 239,437 final yr.
The 2019 redesign goes for upward angled bigger LED headlights on prime, flaring off a well-known grill a part of the brand new aluminum hood. They get LED DRL eyebrows, a clean fascia bereft of lighting under. Fog lamps reside in decrease corners, inset in black and framed in chrome. Overland will get chrome tow hooks within the black decrease middle consumption, with adaptive cruise management sensor lifeless middle. There’s a slim pewter grey decrease air dam.
Squared-off fender flares get body-colored accents, framing 10-spoke satin alloy and pewter alloy wheels sporting 19-inch Bridgestone rubber. The lengthy hood flows right into a raked windshield, with twin slim grey roof racks on the roof. There’s a slight mid-waist tuck within the doorways over sculpted decrease sills as decrease window strains rise to satisfy reverse-angle D-pillars.
The tail will get extra sculpted LED taillights, whereas the license plate strikes up from beneath the lip of the tailgate to a extra central spot. The brand new light-weight composite hatchback has a smoother look over redesigned bumper with grey decrease fascia and twin exhaust pipes.
General, the look in Velvet Pink Pearlcoat†is handsomer with out the odd face, a barely lengthy entrance overhang and brief rear, however good stability and large stance. Badging is restricted to “Cherokee” on the entrance doorways, and a neat retro-look “Overland” and “Four×Four” on the tailgate.
• Not a lot modified inside. However Jeep added critical tech to a padded and stitched fake black leather-topped dashboard joined by contrasting tan leather-based seats and door panels. Like a lot of MOPAR’s SUV and truck interiors nowadays, it exudes a basic look with good detailing. Heated and cooled seats have been agency and pretty supportive, with multi-way energy changes. A thick leather-clad steering wheel tilts and telescopes, framing an inset analog/digital gauge package deal.
Actual orange needles accent a 140-mph speedometer and eight,000-rpm tach, with fuel and temperature gauges on the underside. There’s a configurable digital 7-inch middle display with engine and transmission info, turn-by-turn navigation, gasoline financial system, security warnings, stereo info, gauges, four-wheel-drive settings and extra. Stereo controls are behind the higher spokes, whereas buttons for cruise management, gauge show, telephone and one-phrase voice command of audio and navigation stay in entrance.
Prime middle on the dashboard is an eight.Four-inch touchscreen that handles navigation, highly effective AM-FM-SiriusXM audio, Sirius Journey Hyperlink climate/sports activities/visitors, local weather management, heated/cooled seats, heated steering wheel and Bluetooth-linked apps and extra. This technique has up to date Uconnect with a brand new “House” display that exhibits map, plus radio, controls and presets in addition to time, outdoors temperature, local weather management temperature choice and principal menu buttons alongside the underside.
Jeep says the system has enhanced processing with quicker start-up, however we nonetheless needed to wait a number of after beginning the engine for it to awake. And it has the identical situation as different FCA merchandise – needed local weather management features like heated/cooled seats, auto-dim mirror, heated steering wheel and vent place can’t be reached till you faucet the “Controls” or “Apps” touchscreen buttons, then discover what you want and activate it.
That stated, the system has higher-resolution graphics, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Apps screens filled with menu choices that may be moved like a smartphone. Extra tech lives under with automated parallel and perpendicular parking buttons, though it takes too lengthy to discover a area. However two World Struggle II Jeeps seem on the show together with your area in between if you use the auto-park – a basic contact.
Easy dual-zone local weather controls are on the base of the middle stack. The middle console’s multimedia hub presents USB and auxiliary audio inputs and a 12-volt outlet subsequent to a small cubbyhole that hardly match smartphone. It lives subsequent to Jeep’s Selec-Terrain four-wheel-drive management knob. The excessive middle armrest hides one other USB and 12-volt plug inside. Again seat room was enough for 2 adults, leg room a bit tight after I ducked underneath the roof to get in. We simply locked a toddler booster seat and Three-year-old again there, nonetheless room to drop the middle armrest. The rear seats cut up 60/40 and slide fore and aft a bit to broaden rear cargo area.
Jeep says the rear cargo space positive factors 4 cubic ft in area, which got here in useful to suit a folded toddler stroller with ease. There’s slim cargo area beneath the carpeted flooring, and we appreciated the distant open/shut light-weight composite rear hatch, operated by kicking beneath the bumper to open and shut. Plus, shifting the license plate greater made the discharge button greater for simpler use.
The Jeep Cherokee was filled with security tech. The sensible cruise management introduced us to a cease, then resumed with a faucet of the “Resume” button. There’s blind spot alert. The lane departure system had three settings for its nudge-back-into-lane help, however we discovered it fairly insistent and shut it off typically. The Jeep additionally had distant begin off the important thing fob.
• What’s beneath the aluminum hood us probably the most – a brand new 2-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 270 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a nine-speed automated transmission. Cherokees additionally has a (uncommon on this class) Three.2-liter V-6 engine with 271 hp, 239 lb.-ft. of torque, or the acquainted 2.Four-liter Tigershark inline-four engine commonplace, with 180 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque.
The two-liter engine begins with a bark and settles right into a grumbly chilly idle, however is sort of tractable when heat, with a fantastic Italian exhaust snarl when pushed. We discovered our 10,000-mile-old Jeep completely happy to rev, launching a bit slowly till the turbo spools in “Auto” setting. Faucet on “Sport,” and the 9-speed automated drops a gear and will get snappier in shifts, with extra snarl from the exhaust. That resulted a faster launch with a touch of entrance wheelspin earlier than the rears joined in, en path to 60 mph in a fast 6.9 seconds. We had a little bit of lag once we demanded energy to cross, then it moved shortly.
We loved “Sport” for all-round driving, responsive and faster to shift when wanted. A Four,800-mile-old V-6 Jeep Cherokee we examined in 2016 hit 60-mph in the identical time. Our newest Cherokee Overland shuts its engine off at stoplights to save lots of gasoline, though re-firing typically wasn’t fast sufficient to keep away from a stumble when making an attempt to maneuver off. Our gasoline mileage averaged 22 mpg, barely higher than the 20-mpg we had on the 2016 Jeep.
Beneath the Cherokee’s retooled pores and skin lies a car-based platform with MacPherson strut unbiased suspension up entrance and an unbiased multi-link system within the rear, giving 7.7 inches of floor clearance. The Cherokee rides like a automotive with a cushty really feel that dealt with the street properly, some residual bounce after bumps. There was some lean in turns, however the road-biased rubber held on properly on expressway ramps with a whisper of understeer. Play more durable in sharper curves and extra entrance finish push cropped up earlier than all-wheel-drive shifts energy aft in “Auto.” Including energy did appear to push some aft for a nicer line.
Set in “Sport,” the Jeep had controllable understeer on our skidpad, straightforward to modulate by way of throttle. The Cherokee gripped on all fours within the rain, a little bit of front-wheel-drive wheelspin evident on a fast launch till the all-wheel-drive shifted some energy aft. The disc brakes had a pleasant exact pedal really feel, good chew and strong stops. We did have some fade after three repeated arduous hits from 60-mph. The experience was quiet at freeway velocity, only a little bit of wind noise from the rear, probably the roof rails.
Most Jeeps can declare some off-road capability. With our street-biased rubber and Selec-Terrain solely providing Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud modes, and none for Rock, in addition to a scarcity of hill descent management and low gear, we didn’t push it too far. Change to “Sand/Mud,” Sport,” which loosened up traction management, and we discovered the Cherokee Overland was snug on rutted dust and sand. Traction was superb, the Jeep grabbing and going the place pointed, energy steering tight, with good suggestions and exact pointability. The journey was a bit bouncy, nevertheless it absorbed holes with none harshness or rattle. It did the job.
• A base front-wheel-drive 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude begins at $25,240, whereas a full Path-rated Trailhawk Four×Four begins at $33,695, and our Four×Four Overland begins at $37,775 with a lot of what we had commonplace. The two-liter turbocharged 4 provides $500, changing the V-6. A $995 Know-how Group package deal gave us adaptive cruise, brake help, auto-high beam, †entrance and rear crash warning with auto-brake, lane departure warning, self-parking, rain-sensitive wipers and different gadgets. Last worth was $40,715.
The Cherokee’s competitions are car-based all-wheel-drivers like Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape and Volkswagen Tiguan, virtually all with base costs just like the Cherokee’s. All have four-cylinders, and all are fairly fast – eight to only underneath 10 seconds to 60-mph. The CX-5, Escape, Tiguan and Equinox deal with very nicely. There’s a bit extra room in a few of them too. My selection – Mazda.
• Backside line — Nicely-built, capable of do some respectable off-roading, but fast, cozy and well-outfitted for the every day commute. Good little engine too.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland
Car sort – 5-door four-wheel-drive midsize sport-utility car
Base worth – $33,695 (As pushed – $40,715)
Engine sort – DOHC, variable-valve timing aluminum turbocharged in-line 4
Displacement – 2-liter
Horsepower (internet) – 270 hp at 5,250 rpm
Torque (lb-ft) – 295 at Three,000-Four,500 rpm
Transmission – 9-speed automated
Wheelbase – 106.6 in.
General size – 183.1 in.
General width – 74.9 in.
Peak – 67.Three inches
Entrance headroom – 39.Four in.
Entrance legroom – 41.1 in.
Rear headroom – 38.5 in.
Rear legroom – 40.Three in.
Cargo capability – 25.eight cubic ft/54.7 w/2nd row folded
Towing capability – as much as Four,000 lbs.
Curb weight – Four,000 kilos
Gasoline capability – 10.5 gallons
Mileage score – 21 mpg metropolis/20 mpg freeway