New 2018 Jeep Cherokee SUV revealed ahead of Detroit debut

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it will unveil a refreshed take on the Jeep Cherokee at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show next month.

Our spy photographers caught the new Cherokee on camera earlier this year, wearing heavy masking at the front and rear. Jeep's press release does hint at more efficient powertrain options, so there could be some updates to the transmissions or engines.

Just as it did with the new Wrangler, Jeep is showing off images of a new product before its debut. The gauge cluster betrays an engine with a redline of 5,600 rpm, well below the power peak of either the base 2.4L Tigershark I-4 or the 3.2L Pentastar V-6 found in the current Cherokee.

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Between the A- and D-pillars, changes appear minor. The official pictures reveal a tweaked front end, which moves away from the sharp, pointed nose of the outgoing Cherokee in favour of a rounder, conventional look more in line with the latest Cherokee. A new rear bumper and all-new taillights (that look to be fired by LEDs) complete the updates. Blue interior backlighting gives way to white on the new model, and the gauges look to have been slightly redesigned as well.

Jeep is tight lipped about more details until the Detroit show, but we bet it will still offer a standard 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder that delivers 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque.

Cherokee for me is really important for the brand as well because it enters the biggest SUV segment in the world, and we'll build on the progress that we made with today's Cherokee and we launch that in the first half next year as well, so 2018 will be a very important year for the brand.

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