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.
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