This isn’t something we can guarantee you, but the latest rumors suggest that the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is definitely getting some pretty big changes. The compact SUV will receive a mid-cycle update sometime next year, yet except of the exterior and interior redesign and more tech, the car manufacturer will likely introduce a new engine.
2018 Jeep Cherokee: New Engine Under The Hood
At the moment, the vehicle offers an inline-4 and a V-6 engine, yet the updated version could easily change one option. No, the SUV is not losing the 2.4-liter unit. Moreover, the engine will continue to work under the hood of the refreshed 2017 Cherokee, but it might deliver more that the existing 184 horsepower. On the other hand, in place of the current 3.2-liter mill with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque, the compact off-roader will likely get a 3.6L engine, which will be able to produce around 300 HP. This will surely improve SUV’s towing capacity that is already good and stands at around 4,500 pounds.
More Carlike Design?
As for the new exterior styling, the updated 2018 Jeep Cherokee would lose its distinctive ruggedness a little bit. Let’s be clear, the SUV will keep its off-road abilities, but today’s carlike design is something that the vehicle must seek for, so the carmaker is planning to do some big cosmetic changes, especially in the front end. The front will get more dynamic design, and a completely new grille, as well as the redesigned bumper and new lightening cluster. The new hood will get more aggressive lines, which refers to the complete bodywork. The updated interior will offer more technology, starting from the new Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment with really big touchscreen. The manufacturer will place the stylish LED technology for the fogs, while the upholstery could receive more nice materials inside, possibly the outstanding Laguna leather.
Just like before, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee will continue to fight with such a great names like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, and Toyota RAV4. This means that the carmaker must think of adjusting the starting price to the rival’s. This additionally means, that the base model could cost less than now. Still, these are just the rumors, so we are not sure about that yet.