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Jeep's controversial SUV gets a new face.

Spy photographers spotted the 2019 Jeep Cherokee testing on public roads this week, showing off lightly-camouflaged front- and rear-end makeovers aimed at bringing the SUV more in line with the aesthetics of Jeep's fresh lineup. The Cherokee's looks have been controversial since its debut for the 2014 model year. When we got our hands on the redesigned Jeep Compass earlier this year, we lamented the fact that it bore styling that we wished Jeep had embraced for the Cherokee.

We won't say Jeep was listening, necessarily, but it appears that great most minds think alike. For 2019, the Cherokee is getting a more conventional front-end look, less the goofy (and very polarizing) inverted headlamp configuration.

There are obvious changes elsewhere too. In the rear, the tail lamps are new, as is the bumper. The reflectors appear to have been moved up just a bit, making room for a less bulbous rear bumper.

Big changes are expected for Jeep's 2019 powertrain lineup, and it's possible we'll see some shake-ups in the Cherokee. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we wouldn't be surprised to see a turbocharged engine (shared with the Wrangler) make its way under the hood for at least one trim. Whether that's at the top or bottom end remains to be seen.

The refreshed Cherokee should debut either in Los Angeles next month (alongside the redesigned Wrangler) or Detroit in January.

Photos by Brian Williams.