After its resurrection in 2016, the Jeep Cherokee underwent only minor changes. We expect no significant updates when the 2018 Jeep Cherokee rolls around. For those seeking a Jeep with a new look, there is the smaller Compass that has undergone a complete redesign, though it maintains its Grand Cherokee-inspired looks.
As a carryover model, we expect the polarizing appearance of the Cherokee to carry on without any changes. The un-Jeep-like looks of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee have been a matter of some debate for Jeep enthusiasts since its debut, and there doesn’t appear to be any changes on the horizon.
Things should also carry on unchanged inside, including its standard tilt-and-telescoping wheel, cruise control, height-adjustable front seats, sliding rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and six-speaker audio system with a 5-inch touchscreen. For buyers who need more upscale features, we expect the Latitude, Trailhawk, and Overland trims to remain in place.
Under its hood, the new 2018 Jeep Cherokee should continue with its standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. We also expect its optional 3.2-lter V6 with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque to carry on unchanged. Both engines will use a nine-speed auto transmission. Like the current model, the 2018 Cherokee is expected to continue to be available with either front-wheel drive or one of two all-wheel-drive systems.
The current 2018 Jeep Cherokee lags a little in the safety department, as it only received a “Marginal” rating in the small-overlap test from the IIHS. Fortunately, it also received “Good” ratings all other crash tests and a superior rating in front crash prevention, thanks to its optional forward collision mitigation system on the Trailhawk, Limited, and Overland trims. We expect these features and the safety ratings to carry unchanged into the new year.