When the Jeep Cherokee hit the market a few years ago, it created a bit of controversy within the Jeep community. The two biggest issues were the styling and the fact that the former rough-and-tumble Cherokee was now a soft, car-based crossover. While there isn’t much that can be done about the latter, it looks like Jeep is planning to address the Cherokee’s love-it-or-hate-it looks.
These spy shots, in typical fashion, don’t reveal as much as we would like. The Cherokee here has a good amount of camouflage covering the front and rear fascias, the two areas that generated controversy. It looks like the headlights have moved up and sit alongside the bumper, not below it. The seven-slot grille remains, but there would likely be fires in Toledo if that disappeared. The rear has been changed as well, and it looks like there is a body-width trim piece similar to that on the Grand Cherokee.
When the refreshed Cherokee debuts, the Jeep lineup will be murkier than ever. More conservative styling would make it look like a baby Grand Cherokee, but that’s exactly what the all-new Compass looks like. It seems the pair might step on each other’s toes, but Jeep must hope it’s better than going to another manufacturer. Look for a full reveal this fall.