It’s rare to see a facelift for a successful model coming out with a completely different design, but that’s the case with the refreshed Jeep Cherokee, slated for debut in January during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
And this is not because the designers decided on a radical approach – they instead chose some traditional styling features that are themselves a long way from the predecessor, which was the one actually sporting the radical appearance. So, say goodbye to the polarizing split headlight design that made the Cherokee truly a standout model in the Jeep range – for better or worse – and say welcome to the new face that has a much more conventional look. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has now unveiled the first official images of the facelifted SUV, with the full public introductions scheduled for January 16 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Jeep has even graced us with two different front fascias – the red tow hooks poking out of the bumper and the high-mounted fog lights most likely belong to the flagship Trailhawk version on the red example, while the silver example seems to even sport a lower ride height as it doesn’t need the extreme off-road credentials of the former. Naturally, the new front end integrates the Cherokee into the current Jeep family, with the design being closely inspired by the new Compass and the facelifted Grand Cherokee. In the back the modifications are subtler in nature – the reworked taillights now feature an orange section and there’s also a refreshed bumper with more metallic trimming.