These are the first official pictures of the comprehensively revised 2019 Jeep Cherokee, due to debut at the Detroit Motor Show on 16 January, less than five months after the release of the updated 2018 range.
And anoraks will note that the bars of the signature seven slated grille are shorter and chunkier (another nod to the Compass) and that the number plate has migrated from the rear bumper to a restyled tailgate.
Immediately obvious is the all-new front end, which loses the predecessor's bumper-mounted headlights and insectoid parking lamps in favor of a much more conventional lighting array. Today's Cherokee offers a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or 3.2-liter V-6, both paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission; whether such language signals the Wrangler's forthcoming 3.0-liter diesel option remains to be seen.
Between the A- and D-pillars, changes appear minor.
Until then, we'll bring you all of the latest Jeep news as it unfolds in Detroit next month. A redesigned rear bumper and what appears to be elongated exhaust pipe finishers complete the revisions at the back of the 2019 Cherokee.
The Cherokee has come a long way since the Wagoneer days, shrinking in size along the way from a full-size family hauler to a more nimble mid-size SUV off-roader. Beginning with the former, the "dual headlight" design is no more as Jeep gave the 2019 Cherokee a more contemporary look.