What is it?
The Jeep Cherokee has come a long way since the first-generation SJ model was launched way back in 1974. The fifth-generation version we have here has lost the boxy, all-American image of that original, instead morphing into an SUV that carries very few features indeed to help distinguish it from its competitors in what is now one of the most crowded segments there is – seven-bar grille aside.
For 2018, Jeep has treated the Cherokee to a facelift. Gone is the squinty-eyed front end of the 2014 model; it has been replaced by a far more classically handsome (if a little forgettable) nose. At the same time, a range of new active safety systems and updated infotainment software have been introduced.
For the UK, the sole engine available is likely to be the same 2.2-litre four-cylinder Multijet II diesel from before, offered in a single 192bhp state of tune. This is paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox that, in our pre-production test car, sent its power to the front wheels. That said, a four-wheel-drive model will also be made available.