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by George Skentzos

The Jeep Cherokee is one of the few 4×4’s to maintain its off road heritage ahead of the growing trend toward the urban SUV.

The all-new 2008 Jeep Cherokee now comes standard with an all-new full-time four-wheel-drive and Jeep-engineered hill descent control systems.

As before, the 2008 Jeep Cherokee will be offered in two models – Jeep Cherokee Sport and Jeep Cherokee Limited.

2008 Jeep Cherokee

Boasting an all-new interior design, the new Cherokee benefits from standard features including automatic temperature control system, power and heated fold-away mirrors and power windows with driver-side one-touch.

The Cherokee Limited adds standard leather trim and brushed stainless-steel door-sill plates.

2008 Jeep Cherokee

Standard safety and security features include:

  • Advanced multi-stage air bags
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Rough Road Detection
  • All-speed Traction Control
  • BeltAlert
  • Brake Assist (Electronic Brake Control)
  • Brake/Park interlock
  • Child seat anchor system (ISOFIX)
  • Child-protection rear door locks
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM)
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Interior head-impact protection
  • Knee bolsters
  • Low-risk deployment front passenger air bag
  • Seat belt pretensioners (front seat belts)
  • Sentry Key Engine Immobiliser
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle theft security alarm

A new option on the Cherokee Limited is the Sky Slider full-length open canvas roof. Similar to the material use in convertibles, it is both weather-resistant and leak-proof offering open-air driving for all occupants.

2008 Jeep Cherokee

Buyers will have a choice between two engines – a 3.7-litre SOHC V6 petrol engine and a 2.8-litre DOHC 16-valve common-rail turbo diesel engine.

The petrol model produces 151kW and 314Nm at 4000rpm, and features refinements in the valve train and combustion chamber to enhance low-speed torque.

2008 Jeep Cherokee

The diesel model features a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) for rapid throttle response, with 130kW and best in class torque of 460Nm from 2100rpm, allowing a braked towing capacity of 2,270 kilograms and a driving range over 700km.

There are two transmissions offered on the Jeep Cherokee – five-speed automatic (diesel) and four-speed automatic (petrol) transmission – depending on the engine choice.

Jeep Cherokee Sport

  • 3.7L V6 Auto $39,990
  • 2.8L CRD Auto $43,990

Jeep Cherokee Limited

  • 3.7L V6 Auto $45,990
  • 2.8L CRD Auto $49,990



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