2019 Jeep Cherokee

Jeep Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee got a fairly major makeover for the 2019 model year

 

Jeep Cherokee
The infotainment system is now talking to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There are four Jeeps – the ubiquitous body-on-frame Wrangler – and a trio of crossovers – Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Compass. They all are engineered to offer the off-road prowess expected of the brand.

The Jeep Cherokee is a global vehicle. It rolls off assembly lines in Brazil, China, Mexico and India. It is sold in more than 100 countries. Here in North America it competes in the hotly contested compact segment, against the RAV4, CR-V, Escape and many others.

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee has received a fairly major makeover. The front and rear have been redesigned. There are new wheels and a new engine. The interior has been upgraded, as has the infotainment system. There is more cargo room and materials have been upgraded throughout. The infotainment system is now talking to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both are standard across the multitude or trim lines, controlled by a 17-cm touchscreen.

Newly available engine offers more power

The new engine is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder. It produces 270-horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. That is more power than the optional V6, (271-horsepower, 239 lb.-ft. of torque). It is an even greater increase compared to the base 2.4-litre, normally-aspirated four (180 hp, 170 lb.-ft. of torque).

If towing is part of your lifestyle, the V6 is the way to go. I found the turbo four to be fairly harsh sounding under acceleration. Part of the sound may be due to the active noise cancellation system.

Whether you want to cope with a slippery driveway in winter or tackle the trails on weekends, the Cherokee has a drive system to fit.

Click here for the full review as it appears in the Halifax Herald and other Saltwire Network newspapers.

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At the age of five I was already obsessed with all things automotive being able to identify the make and model of car by just the sound of its engine going down the street in front of our house in the small town on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Although I have been covering and writing about the automotive scene for more than 40 years and the light still grows brightly.