After a major freshening for 1997, the Jeep® Cherokee enters 1999 as the unbeatable combination for value and versatility among lower-middle sport-utility vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee lineup for 1999 includes SE and Sport models in both two- and four-door body styles, as well as four-door Classic and Limited models.
Within the line, Cherokee Sport gets a freshened exterior appearance for 1999. The front grille, head lamp surroundings, front and rear bumpers and rear license plate brow are now painted in body color. Cherokee Sport is positioned directly above the SE version, offering a richer specification without a top-of-the-line sticker price. Its new appearance and functional interior, including an instrument cluster with tachometer and four gauges, stereo radio/cassette/clock combination with four speakers, spare tire cover and rear window defroster will appeal to customers who are looking for value along with unmatched versatility and capability.
Other features added throughout the Cherokee line for 1999 include optional heated seats on the Limited version, which come with both driver and front passenger six-way power adjustment and a 124-amp alternator. Across the line, new one-piece weather strips around the front and rear door windows minimize outside noise, water and dust intrusion into the interior.
Also added to the option list for the first time is the Sentry KeyTM immobilizer, a sophisticated vehicle theft-deterrent system that uses the on-board electronics and a small integrated circuit chip in the key to prevent the engine from running without a valid ignition key.
For 1999, Cherokee is offered in two new exterior colors - Forest Green and Desert Sand - and two new interior colors - Camel and Agate. The previous "Cherokee", "Sport" and "Classic" decals are replaced by more upscale, dimensional graphics.