First pictures: 2019 Jeep Cherokee teased

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It's been known for a while that the 2019 Jeep Cherokee is going to get a new, less controversial face.

Today, still in its 5th-generation guise since 2013, Jeep is updating their popular Cherokee for 2019 with an updated exterior design the company feels is more premium.

These are the first official pictures of the comprehensively revised 2019 Jeep Cherokee, due to debut at the Detroit Motor Show on 16 January, less than five months after the release of the updated 2018 range. The facelift sees the narrow-slit lights gone in favour of fuller headlamps with DRLs, joined by the American brand's iconic seven slot grille in-between that features across its line-up. Its V-6 engine option produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque.

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So, I got in the line so I could get rebooked and by the time we got there, there was no way we'd make any of our connections. Mondays and the holiday breaks are the busiest times for Hartsfield-Jackson International, and this just made it worse.

There's a clue to that in the one and only interior shot, where the rev-counter is redlined just above 5500rpm, significantly lower than on the four or six-cylinder engines of the current Cherokee - but exactly the same as for the two-litre turbopetrol hybrid four recently introduced on the new Wrangler.

Until then, we'll bring you all of the latest Jeep news as it unfolds in Detroit next month. Around back the bumper and skid plate get some minor tweaking too. This is why this new Cherokee follows the same design language and displays a much more conservative and rugged look, giving it a family resemblance with its little brother, the Compass. In this case it's the 2019 Jeep Cherokee. And let's delve into the three most important changes on the standard Cherokee SUV.