2019 Jeep Cherokee: Midsize SUV loses quirk, goes upscale [First Look]

2019 Jeep Cherokee (Sinclair Broadcast Group / Jill Ciminillo)

The headlights on the Jeep Cherokee were polarizing.

There. I said it.

Jeep even said it during its press briefing for the refreshed 2019 Jeep Cherokee.

So, it should come as no surprise that the biggest changes on the exterior design come from the A-Pillar forward. The front fascia is all-new. The shape of the hood is new.

And, in case you missed it, the headlight design is really new.

The daytime running light “eyebrow” is still present; it’s just now integrated with the actual headlamp in a single casing.

In addition to looking more refined than the previous iteration, this is a functional change as well. Moving the headlamp higher actually lights the road better at night. Go figure.

A lot of the quirk of the Cherokee centered around the weird headlights and pointy nose, but four years into its lifecycle, Jeep decided it was time for the Cherokee to grow up.

Or at the very least go a little more upscale.

So in addition to the blunted nose and standard LED headlights, the interior gets an upgrade as well with more elegant finishing touches, more content and better touch points.