Expect better fuel economy figures

The facelifted Jeep Chekoree made its public debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show with a brand-new front fascia that no longer looks like it’s sucking lemons. The best Jeep-related news in a year, because let’s face it, the pre-facelift Cherooke’s design sucked really bad. The rear end was also heavily revised to the point where it no longer looks like a Fiat. Interior updates are small, but it does feature a new center console and new tech. But by far the biggest change lies under the hood, where the Tigershark and Pentastar engines were joined by a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

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Borrowed from the latest Jeep Wrangler, the turbocharged mill cranks out the same 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque

Borrowed from the latest Jeep Wrangler, the turbocharged mill cranks out the same 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. These figures place it just above the existing 3.2-liter V-6, which is rated at 271 horses and 239 pound-feet. The Pentastar unit carried over unchanged, while the 2.4-liter Tigershark gained minor changes that reduced output from 184 horsepower and 172 pound-feet to 180 horses and 170 pound-feet.

The new four-banger mates to the same nine-speed automatic transmission as other engines and it should deliver better fuel economy that the other two options. Actual figures aren’t yet available, but the V-6 returns 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, while the Tigershark gets up to 30 mpg highway. The fact that the revised Cherokee is 200 pounds lighter thanks to a new aluminum hood and composite tailgate should help the new turbo four-cylinder deliver the best ever fuel economy figures for the nameplate.

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