The ever-popular Jeep Cherokee mid-size crossover is due for a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year, and while its official debut isn’t slated to happen until the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is whetting our palates with a few teaser images. You can see all four of the brand-new photos right here.
The most obvious change to the front-end styling for 2019 is that the old six-light look with separate daytime running lights (top-most), headlights (middle) and foglights (bottom) has been replaced by something a bit more conventional. The upper-most pair of lights have grown to incorporate both the DRLs and headlamps, getting rid of the questionable bug-faced appearance, while the sculpture has morphed a bit to accommodate the new configuration. The upper grille appears unchanged, while the lower grille has been given a less orthogonal shape, and the foglight surrounds have been tweaked slightly.
Out back, equally sizable revisions have been made, with the taillights growing in size and sporting brand-new graphics. The rear valance now cuts straight across from left to right, its trapezoidal recession for the license plate now gone. A similar recession, inverted, is now stamped directly into the rear hatch.
In a release, FCA says that beside the “authentic and more premium design,” the newly-revised, 2019 Jeep Cherokee will be given “even more fuel-efficient powertrain options.” We’ll have to wait until January 16th to find out exactly what that entails.