All this fuss about the arrival of the new generation Wrangler has made us forget on all other vehicles from Jeep’s lineup. As we have found out, the carmaker is also doing some early testing of the Wagoneer and redesigned Grand Cherokee, yet we were wondering what’s up with their compact SUV. Well, judging by the recent spy shots, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee will get certain changes as well. Still, don’t expect all-new bodywork or anything revolutionary at all. The interesting crossover will feature just several small styling tweaks here and there, and what’s more important a new range-topping version.
Yes, there is the 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk in the works. The high-performance model (if we may call it like that) will use just an updated version of the existing 3.2-liter V6. However, instead of the standard version that comes with “just” 271 horsepower, the “cherry on the top” model will get at least 300 ponies. Plus, the carmaker will offer a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. In case you are interested in the base model, it will still use a 2.4-liter inline-4 with 184 hp.
These performance changes won’t be everything from Jeep’s garage. No, the manufacturer will add a few styling details, which will be the most evident in the front. The SUV will switch its current split-unit headlights design with a pair of conventional headlights. In addition, the updated high-riding vehicle will get a tweaked grille styling and perhaps a redesigned bumper. All the way in the back, the 2018 Jeep Cherokee is getting new taillights and more massive bumper.
Unofficial words from Jeep suggest that the small SUV might get a special off-road assistance package as well. This seems pretty logical because the prototype features a number of sensors in the front and rear.
The refreshed 2018 Cherokee will make its debut at the end of the year, likely at 2017 Los Angeles auto show. This means that we should a few more testing models in the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.