I work in Jeep sales and while I can't comment on the looks of the current Cherokee, you might be interested to know that traded versions of the previous KJ sell almost as soon as we put them on the lot. We can't get enough of them. Read into that what you like! The way I understand it is Jeep got a lot of criticism that the KJ was too "rounded" and over-reacted with the KK. Few KJ customers trade into a KK, they usually go into a Grand Cherokee, a Wrangler or other Chrysler product.
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