When Jeep reintroduced the Cherokee nameplate back in 2014, the new design language made brand loyalists skeptical. But the 2019 Jeep Trailhawk proves the designers and engineers were on to something. It’s a revised version of the previous model, complete with a more Jeep-like exterior, a new engine option, and fantastic manners both on and off road. Read all about it below.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Exterior
With the 2019 revision comes a new front end that’s less polarizing than its predecessor. The trademark 7-slot grille now sits more upright, yet still flows nicely into a new aluminum hood. New sculpted sealed beam Bi-LED headlamps with daytime running lights are now enclosed in a new housing, while a blacked-out lower front fascia sees recessed driving lamps and twin Trailhawk-specific red tow hooks. A restyled composite rear lift-gate houses space for the license plate, with an updated bumper and a lower treatment with new dual exhaust ports rounding out the rear.
Aside from removing much of the funkiness of the 2014 model, there are also five new wheel options, and 12 different colors for buyers to choose from. All of these visual enhancements bring the 2019 Cherokee from a grocery-getting crossover to a handsome mid-size SUV with a more masculine demeanor.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Interior
Upon entering the cabin Jeep aficionados will be welcomed by a host of new materials and colors along with a center console that’s been completely redesigned. This new console is not only home to the gear selector, but a new rotary knob that allows access to the Trailhawk’s five different drive modes (Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud, Rock). Options such as leather heated and ventilated front seats (monogramed for the Trailhawk) along with a heated steering wheel are now available for a more upscale feel. UConnect infotainment with navigation is also back in its fourth generation, and depending on the model, with a 7.0 traditional or 8.4-inch touchscreen. This allows users access to media channels, climate controls, apps, phone and vehicle settings, along with drive modes, along with a now-standard backup camera.
Cargo space is up over the outgoing model, with a total of 54.9 cubic-feet of storage available once the rear seats are folded down. On the road, we found the cabin to be extremely quiet at speed, regardless of traffic conditions. The instrument cluster is stylish and straightforward, combining both an analog tachometer and speedometer along with a digital center readout and information screen.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Performance
With 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque through a revamped 9-speed automatic transmission, Jeep’s new 2.0-liter turbo I-4 engine has become the Cherokee’s new top choice. If you’re a traditionalist, have no fear, as the base 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 that makes 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, and the 3.2-liter Pentastar V6 with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft are still available. And while the base 2.4-liter is adequate, our recommendation would be to go with the Pentastar V6 or I-4 turbo as they both have the power to properly motivate a vehicle with a minimum curb weight of 3,655-pounds properly. With responsive and predictable road manners, and 295 lb-ft of torque coming from the turbocharged I-4 in our tester, we found the Trailhawk to be a downright blast both on and off-road. The brakes were confidence inspiring, and offered good pedal feel back to the driver, while cornering characteristics were much better than we anticipated.
Keep in mind that the 2019 Cherokee can also be had with three different 4×4 systems (Jeep Active Drive I, II or Jeep Active Drive Lock). Active Drive I is fully automatic and provides seamless integration of the 4×4 system to the driver. Active Drive II utilizes a two-speed power transfer unit with torque management and low range capabilities, while Active Drive Lock has all the features of Active Driver II but also includes a locking rear differential. All 4×4 equipped Cherokee’s come with five different drive modes (Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock).
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Safety
With advanced multistage front airbags, electronic roll mitigation and stability control, blind spot monitoring, panic brake assist, a standard backup camera, and anti-lock brakes, Jeep has gone to great effort to ensure the safety of all those who ride on- and off-road in the new 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.
2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Overall
Since its reintroduction in 2014, the Cherokee has come a long way. The funky design queues and overall “import” vibe of the first-gen model has thankfully been remedied. There are also five different configurations available (Latitude, Latitude Plus, Limited, Overland and Trailhawk), offering consumer a range of trim levels to satisfy their needs. Combine that with three different engine choices, a host of interior and exterior options, and 4×4 capabilities that set the standard for the segment, and you’ll soon realize that this new Jeep is definitely worthy of the “Cherokee” nameplate.
Prices for the 2019 Jeep Cherokee start at $23,995.00 for a front wheel drive Latitude, to $37,775.00 for a loaded 4×4 equipped Overland.
Drop by your local AutoNation Jeep dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $37,775.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.