Jeep Teases New 2019 Cherokee

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In a brief press announcement Tuesday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) said it would be showing its new 2019 Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Last week the company introduced a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler and most observers expect to see a new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup in Detroit.

With its new of the new Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler included four new photos and a very brief bit of text:

The most capable mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) boasts a new, authentic and more premium design, along with even more fuel-efficient powertrain options. Additional images and complete vehicle information will be available January 16, 2018, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press talked to the head of Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep and Ram divisions, Mike Manley:

Cherokee for me is really important for the brand as well because it enters the biggest SUV segment in the world, and we’ll build on the progress that we made with today’s Cherokee and we launch that in the first half next year as well, so 2018 will be a very important year for the brand.

FCA’s new 2017 Compass has been a good seller for the company everywhere it is sold. Sales are up 34% globally. The nearly identical Patriot is being discontinued in 2018.

The 2018 Cherokee will be introduced into China in the first half of 2018. Jeep sales are up about 40% year over year in China this year and FCA expects solid growth when it introduces a China-specific vehicle next year.