The all-new Jeep Cherokee has launched in Australia priced from $33,500.
The range is offered in four grades - Sport, Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk - and with three different engines including petrol and diesel. There’s also a choice of front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with low range.
All Cherokee models are equipped with a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, which was designed by Jeep but is manufactured by German gearbox specialist ZF.
The entry-level Jeep Cherokee Sport is paired exclusively with the 2.4-litre Tiger Shark Multi Air II four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 130kW of power and 229Nm of torque and drives the front wheels. Combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 8.3 litres per 100km.
Next up is the $39,000 Longitude, which is powered by a 200kW/316Nm 3.2-litre six-cylinder petrol engine and is paired with Jeep’s Active Drive I all-wheel-drive system. Fuel consumption is rated at 10.0L/100km.
Rear parking sensors with emergency brake function ($500) is the only option available on the Sport.
The $44,000 Cherokee Limited is available with the choice of the 3.2-litre six-cylinder and a 125kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that will be available later this year. The petrol variant comes with the Active Drive I system, while the diesel will be paired with Jeep’s Active Drive II (4WD with low range).
The $47,500 trail-rated Trailhawk version is available exclusively with the six-cylinder engine and gets Jeep Active Drive Lock – a proper 4WD system with low range, a locking rear axle and a one-inch increased ride height.
The entire Cherokee range is well specified, with the entry-level Sport equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, power folding heated side mirrors, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill start assist, seven airbags, and a five-inch touchscreen with voice command, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.
The second-tier Longitude adds dual-zone climate control, ambient LED lighting, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, front fog lights and cornering lights, chrome exterior accents, rear parking sensors with stop function and the Selec-Terrain system with Auto, Sport, Snow and Sand/Mud modes. Passenger in-seat cushion storage, auto headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, remote start system, power driver’s seat, and auto tailgate are also standard.
Optional equipment includes keyless entry and start ($900) and the 8.4-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and nine-speaker Alpine sound system ($2500).
The Limited-spec Jeep Cherokee gains a host of extra features including 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tyres, Alpine nine-speaker sound system, heated front seats, leather upholstery, seven-inch colour TFT instrument cluster display, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, and bi-xenon headlamps.
Options include a panoramic glass sunroof ($1900), Nappa upholstery with ventilated front seats ($1500), keyless entry and start ($900) and the Technology package ($3000) that incorporates adaptive cruise control, advanced brake assist, automatic high beam, blind spot and cross path detection, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.
The top-spec Cherokee Trailhawk boasts a more aggressive look and higher ground clearance than models below it including blacked-out grille and badging, red tow hooks (two front, one rear), black bonnet decal, underbody skid plates and flared wheel arches.
It also adds a new Rock mode to Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction control system, as a part of the Jeep Active Drive Lock program.
Options are the same as for the Limited with the exception of Nappa leather upholstery, which is standard on the Cherokee Trailhawk.
The Cherokee also becomes the first vehicle in Australia offered with a wireless phone charging pad, which is available in Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk variants when optioned with the Electronics Convenience Group package.
The 2014 Jeep Cherokee range is available in showrooms now.
2014 Jeep Cherokee range: