2018 Jeep Cherokee gets fresh looks, interior tweaks and a new petrol engine

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The refreshed Jeep Cherokee has made its debut at the Detroit Motor Show and features fresh styling, a tweaked interior and a new turbocharged petrol engine.

It will be taking on the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Volkswagen Tiguan when it arrives in the UK, although Jeep is yet to confirm when this will be.

Jeep Cherokee

Externally, its overall shape remains similar to that of the current Cherokee, but a front end refresh gives it a rounder look that’s in line with other new Jeeps such as the Compass. 

That said, it keeps the slanted grille of the current car, although it’s less angular than before and the slats appear to be slightly closer together.

Jeep Cherokee

At the rear, the number plate has been moved from the bumper to the tailgate, and again the taillight clusters benefit from a softer, rounder look than its predecessor.

Changes to the interior are less drastic, with the cabin appearing relatively unchanged minus some reshaped air vents. There’s some new trim, with ‘Satin Chrome’ and ‘Piano Black’ colours available.

There’s a choice between a 7in and 8.4in touchscreen infotainment system depending on spec, with both featuring pinch-and-zoom technology. Info on UK trim levels are to be confirmed.

Jeep Cherokee interior

The engine line-up includes two diesels – a 140bhp 2.0-litre and a 185bhp 2.2-litre – as well as a new turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol featuring Stop/Start tech.

Jeep is yet to confirm whether the larger 2.4- four cylinder and 3.2-litre V6 petrol engines will be available in the UK.

Jeep Cherokee rear

We don’t know when the new Cherokee will land in the UK, but if you can’t wait for it to launch, you might want to consider the all-new Compass which is available to order right now.

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