The 2019 Jeep Cherokee Overland will have an added bonus: optional skid plates, no longer be restricted to the Trailhawk, off-road king of the Cherokees.

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The Trailhawk Elite provides off-roaders with more gizmos and gadgets, including a hands-free power liftgate, memory mirrors and radio (so two drivers can each have their settings automatically applied), heated steering wheel and front seats, ventilated front seats, garage door opener, remote starter, alarm, and electric wiper de-icer — a feature whose helpfulness on icy mornings is hard to understate.

Reliable source oh2o told us that LED headlamps will be standard on all 2019 Cherokees; and blind spot/rear cross path detection will be optional across the board. (Blind spot detection warns of cars in one’s blind spot, optionally sounding an alert if the driver uses turn signals; rear cross path detection uses rear bumper sensors to detect crossing traffic, e.g. when backing out of a parking space — useful when vision is obstructed by a large SUV).

2019 Jeep Cherokee

Reportedly, the 2019 Cherokee will have more cargo capacity, and there are new wheels; the Overland will get 19-inch wheel options. There are also new interior finishes, and the Overland’s front tow hooks will be chromed.

The changes should give Jeep Cherokee sales a shot in the arm, especially when coupled with the exterior refinishing.