We’ve managed to catch several testing models of the upcoming facelifted 2018 Jeep Cherokee so far. However, this is the first time we have a spy video. The heavy cladding which the crossover still carries suggest that the refreshed model could host either some dramatic changes at ends or the carmaker doesn’t want to provide any information before the official debut.
As far as we see, the 2018 Cherokee will feature a pair of totally new headlights. Aside it’s going to switch the distinctive split light design the manufacturer will also add full LED running lights. In addition, the SUV will get a bit revised front fenders and slightly aggressive hood, and likely a redesigned grille. The rear hatch might be modified as well, while the rear bumper appears to be larger already. The cab will host a number of changes too. Except it will feature redesigned dashboard and new upholstery, Jeep’s smaller Cherokee will get renew the existing safety and assistance systems, as well as infotainment.
The only certain thing for the refreshed 2018 Jeep Cherokee is a new gearbox. The crossover will switch to a nine-speed automatic transmission which is already offered on the smaller Renegade and Compass. However, aside of the smooth-shifter, the SUV might get one more engine. It’s not confirmed yet, but the latest rumors suggest there will be a new 2.0-liter turbo engine under the hood. This so-called Hurricane mill will make up to 300 horsepower, which makes it a fantastic option for this kind of vehicle and the perfect candidate for the rumored 2018 Cherokee Trackhawk.
The base model will continue to use a 184 hp 2.4-liter inline-4, while you can pick an optional 3.2-liter engine as well. The V6 will reportedly come updated, so in place of today’s 271 hp, the new option might cross 300 ponies.
Even the filmed crossover suggests otherwise, the refreshed 2018 Cherokee is almost ready. We know that because the manufacturer scheduled the official debut for this year’s Los Angeles auto show, which starts this December.