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New Jeep Cherokee unveiled as ‘the most capable mid-size SUV’ at Detroit Auto Show

Written by: Neil

Another day, another new SUV; this time it’s the 2019 Jeep Cherokee vying for the limelight.

The Cherokee isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea when it comes to offroaders, yet it’s far from the worst out there, but why should we care when it finally arrives over here in the latter half of 2018?

Well, Jeep says the new Cherokee is ‘the most capable mid-size sport utility vehicle’, a wild Trump-esque claim that’d certainly draw objection from the Audi Q5 and current holder of the World Car of the Year title, the Jaguar F-Pace.

Extravagant boasts aside, the next-gen Cherokee – which was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show this week – will feature a new premium design, with a major restyling of the front fascia, bonnet, LED headlamps, daylight running lamps and fog lamps.

Inside, you can expect a more comfortable and convenient interior, with everyday practicality and the Fiat Group’s latest Uconnect touchscreens, measuring either 7.0 or 8.4 inches.

The updated interior receives a fresh and elegant touch with new Satin Chrome and Piano Black high-gloss accents, while remaining a practical and comfortable environment.

Occupants shouldn’t be jiggled around too much while the Cherokee is tackling mini mountains, with the SUV’s ride and handling apparently being ‘outstanding’ and its body torsional stiffness ‘world class’, thanks in part to independent front and rear suspension systems.

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It will also come with more than 80 safety and security features, as well as an all-new, advanced two-litre direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine that is said to enhance performance and fuel efficiency, while the engine range will be completed by the 3.2-litre Pentastar V-6 and 2.4-litre PZEV Multiair2 Tigershark I-4. All three engine options will come linked to an enhanced, highly efficient nine-speed transmission.

No word on pricing yet, but it’s reasonable to expect Jeep to slap a few grand on its current £26k entry model and round its starting price up to around £30k.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “It’s very telling that Jeep would choose to unveil the new Cherokee in its native America. The SUV will naturally resonate with car buyers in the US. However, there’s plenty to suggest it’ll do pretty well over here too. We’ll have to wait and see.”

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