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The Jeep Cherokee: Defining the SUV Segment

Throughout its nearly half-century production cycle, the Jeep Cherokee has provided families, off-road enthusiasts and daily commuters alike with the spacious capacity, dependable performance and unparalleled capability they seek from their next SUV. The most recent generation of the Jeep Cherokee, built on the "KL" platform, offers drivers a comfortable on-road driving experience and an array of advanced technological features through the various available Uconnect® infotainment systems offered. However, while the Trailhawk® trim comes equipped with off-road equipment to enhance its performance when tackling rugged terrain or perilous road conditions, the most recent generation of the Jeep Cherokee doesn't quite match the nearly indestructible nature of perhaps its most iconic predecessor: the Jeep Cherokee XJ.

However, while the legendary Cherokee XJ defined the Jeep model lineup for nearly two decades, its cramped interior and poor on-road ride quality deterred drivers seeking a more refined and spacious driving experience. Looking to enhance the Cherokee's performance and cater to modern drivers, the recent evolution of the Jeep Cherokee sacrifices some of its off-road prowess to deliver more luxurious accommodations - which it does with flying colors.


The Jeep Cherokee: A Legacy of Versatility

Back in 1974, the Jeep Cherokee became the first model to use the term "Sport Utility Vehicle" in its brochure - coining the term "SUV", and prompting what would swiftly grow into one of the fastest growing segments in the automotive industry since its inception. The first two generation of the Jeep Cherokee, the Wagoneer-based SJ and the decade-defining XJ both used a hybrid body design that combined the lightweight "Unibody" construction method used by cars, and the heavy-duty body-on-frame design used by trucks and the Jeep Wrangler for rigidity. Dubbed the "Uniframe", these early models proved the SUV segment's ability to provide the on-road composure drivers and families needed, with the off-road performance they craved.

Drawing on its rich history, the latest iteration of the Jeep Cherokee strives to provide drivers with a more comfortable on-road performance and luxurious interior - departing from its simplistic, utilitarian approach of its previous generations. Built on Fiat's Compact platform, the agile 2019 Jeep Cherokee "KL" (now definitely a crossover SUV due to its unibody construction) offers drivers an unprecedented array of interior options, luxurious appointments and unique trims tailored to suit an array of driving styles. While perhaps less off-road adept as its earlier generations, the newest generation of the legendary Jeep Cherokee offers a vast improvement on the one surface drivers spend the overwhelming majority of their time on: the road.

 

Performance and Capability

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee offers drivers three formidable engines to select from: a 2.4-liter Tigershark® MultiAir® 2 engine exerting 180 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, the tried-and-true 3.2-liter Pentastar® V6 producing 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet of torque, and a new 2.0-liter Turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and available in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive configuration, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee provides drivers with an ideal balance between power and efficiency.

Upholding its off-road legacy, the latest generation of the Jeep Cherokee offers drivers their selection of three 4x4 systems: Jeep® Active Drive I, Jeep® Active Drive II, and Jeep® Active Drive Lock. Harnessed with the available Jeep® Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, drivers receive the ability to choose between five different modes to adjust their Cherokee's handling dynamics to tackle whatever conditions come their way.

Can't decide which 4x4 system is right for you? Here's a brief breakdown:

Jeep® Active Drive I

Straightforward and adaptive, the Jeep® Active Drive I system comes equipped with a rear axle disconnect system that engages and disengages your Cherokee's rear axle as needed - giving you the four-wheel traction when you need it, and boosting fuel efficiency by remaining in two-wheel drive when you don't.

Jeep® Active Drive II

Offering all the features of Jeep® Active Drive I, the Jeep® Active Drive II system offers an additional low range four-wheel drive ability and neutral mode. Familiar to off-road enthusiasts, the ability to switch between high and low-ratio four-wheel drive provides drivers with an additional degree of off-road ability - allowing for low-speed, high-torque output ideal for getting out of mud, snow and sand.

Jeep® Active Drive Lock

Equipped with the Jeep® Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System with Rock mode, the Jeep® Active Drive Lock system features a mechanical rear axle lock that keeps the rear two wheels moving, even when one loses traction. Ideal for off-road enthusiasts or drivers seeking the utmost in capability and control from their new Cherokee, the Jeep® Active Drive Lock system outperforms its more basic iterations when it matters most.


Interior Design

The interior of the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee proves its commitment to providing modern drivers with a more luxurious, refined driving experience. From available Nappa leather-trimmed seating to the available Uconnect® 4C NAV system and its accompanying 8.4-inch touchscreen, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee offers an array of amenities and features poised to exceed even the most exacting drivers' expectations.

Ergonomically bolstered, the Jeep Cherokee's seating comes upholstered with either cloth, premium vinyl, or Nappa leather. Available in various color configurations to satisfy drivers seeking an additional degree of luxury and personalization, the Jeep Cherokee ensures the comfort of all its passengers throughout their travels. Available with heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel and memory features, adjusting your Cherokee's interior to suit your needs is intuitive and easy.

Offering 54.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the first row of seating, easily accessed by the powered liftgate and maximized through the utilization of an in-floor load floor, the Jeep Cherokee provides drivers with plenty of room for everything from groceries to camping equipment.

Additionally available with a CommandView® dual-pane panoramic sunroof, the latest iteration of the Jeep Cherokee accommodates drivers and passengers alike with an alluring interior design ideal for everything from road trips to morning carpools and everything in between.

 

Technology

Offering drivers three Uconnect® infotainment systems (Uconnect® 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen, Uconnect® 4 with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and Uconnect® 4C NAV with an 8.4-inch touchscreen), the 2019 Jeep Cherokee provides Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility alongside an array of additional features like Siri®, Bluetooth® and SiriusXM Guardian™. Seamlessly connecting with your smartphone to provide both convenience and additional safety and security features, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee confidently steps into the latest generation with its impressive array of intuitive and advanced technological systems.

Trim Levels

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee offers drivers eight trim levels to select from - each providing a unique degree of comfort, convenience and affordability. The available models are:

  • Latitude
  • Latitude Plus
  • Altitude
  • Limited
  • High Altitude
  • Trailhawk®
  • Overland
  • Trailhawk® Elite

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee: A Worthy Contender Within The SUV Segment

While perhaps unable to match its predecessors' off-road abilities, the latest generation of the Jeep Cherokee retains a formidable degree of off-road ability while further refining its performance for the modern driver. Spacious, advanced and stylish, the latest iteration of the Jeep Cherokee remains a formidable contender for adventurous drivers and families seeking their next SUV.


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