The updated Jeep Cherokee has been spotted road-testing, and as expected this will bring cosmetic revisions with it when it comes to market, after almost five years since it made its global debut. The love-it-or-hate-it front fascia will give way to a treatment more alike that on the Jeep Compass for a more conventional look.

The Cherokee gets visual revisions around the back, too, notably the relocation of the license plate higher up to the tailgate (from the bumper previously), along with redesigned tail lights and rear bumper.

Under the hood, details have yet to be finalised although the upcoming revision has been tipped to include a higher-performance Trackhawk model boasting of a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder, possibly complementing the naturally aspirated, 2.4 litre Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine and 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 in the regular models.

Inside, the Cherokee will also gain upgraded infotainment systems and improved cabin materials to help distance it from the Compass, though further details should still be forthcoming. The 2019 model year Jeep Cherokee is expected to make its debut next year, possibly at the Detroit Auto Show.