When the current Jeep Cherokee was first introduced, its polarizing styling was a pretty hot topic. Some loved it and saw it as a good example as progressive design, while others felt the narrow seven-slot grille and even narrower LED headlights weren’t very Jeep-like.
The Cherokee is now destined to get more restrained, Jeep-like styling, it seems. Recent spy photos of a slightly facelifted prototype show a prototype with camouflage covering both the front and rear ends of the crossover, indicating a facelift out front and in the rear. It’s hard to tell, but if you squint, you can see the headlights have moved to a more conventional spot next to the seven-slot grille, while the rear looks as though it may adopt a Jeep Grand Cherokee-type look.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Jeep took a more grown-up, Grand Cherokee-esque approach to the Cherokee with this redesign. The mid-size SUV remains one of Jeep’s most popular models and the new Jeep Compass wisely adopted some of its mature styling features. Additionally, restyling the Cherokee as such would give the three Jeep SUVs a unified, corporate look.
Check out the photos over at Autoblog.