Stylish interiors, ability to navigate through rough terrains and gritty looks have helped in propelling the Cherokee to being Jeep’s most successful automobile in the last half a dozen years. The Cherokee is a smaller, more compact version of the Grand Cherokee. In this latest version called 2018 Jeep Cherokee, a number of changes and updates are expected, as mentioned below.
Features and specs of the 2018 Jeep Cherokee
Engine specification and transmission capabilities. Three different options are available.There will be a 2.4 liters 4 cylinder engine with a torque of 171 lb-ft and a power rating of 184 HP. The second variant will be 3.2 liters six cylinder engine with a torque of 239 lb-ft and a power rating of 271 HP. A third variant may be introduced in the form of a 4 cylinder turbocharged engine with a power rating of 300 HP.
2018 Jeep Cherokee will come with just one transmission option – an automatic 9 speed which is likely to offer reduced glitches during driving.
This new Cherokee is likely to have a greater EPA rating owing to its features like light weight vehicle, improved aerodynamic design and improved efficiency of the drivetrain. 4 cylinder turbo engine promises greater EPA than the tried and tested 6 cylinder engine. Expected EPA ratings are for four cylinder engine – 30/21/25 mpg (highway/city/combined). Six cylinder engine – 29/21/24 mpg (highway/city/ combined).
Closest competitors of this SUV are likely to be the following- the CR-V by Honda, the Escape by Ford, the Sportage by Kia, the Rogue by Nissan. There are also the Tucson by Hyundai, the Mazda CX-5 and the RAV4 by Toyota.
Interior and Exterior design
2018 Jeep Cherokee will be more carlike and less rugged. Off road and trail capabilities will not be compromised upon. Expect a dynamic front design with new grille and lightening cluster. Headlights will be placed below the turn signals in the fender. It will also come with fresh tail lights, reshaped bumper, fresh wheel design. This Jeep compact crossover will continue to focus on passenger comfort. Steering and suspension tweaks are expected to improve handling.
Jeep Cherokee 2018 already hosts a variety of standard as well as add-on features. The seats will sport high-grade Laguna leather. Chrysler’s Uconnect system for infotainment will be provided with a large touch screen. Other features are likely to include front seats equipped with a cooling system, a steering wheel equipped with a heating system, leather upholstery, wireless mobile charging, power folding system in mirrors. Safety should include parallel parking assist, perpendicular parking assist, cruise control, climate control, collision detection based automatic braking, etc.
Expected Price and availability
Base prices will vary according to the trims available. Expect the figures to be as follows Sport- $24,900, Latitude- $26,800, Limited- $30,800, Trailhawk- $32,500, Overland- $37,900. A V6 engine will cost $1,750 more and AWD will cost an additional $2,000. Jeep Cherokee 2018 is likely to be released in the first couple of quarters of 2018.
2018 Jeep Cherokee is expected to build on the reputation of its predecessor and offer a comfortable driving experience with improved design and mileage.