Jeep adds extra sparkle to create a new top model for its mid-size SUV and makes some changes to the rest of the range.
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Jeep has introduced a new flagship Cherokee model to crown its medium SUV range, with a new Cherokee S-Limited variant taking the top spot alongside a refreshed line-up.

Largely a visual package atop the already comprehensively-equipped Cherokee Limited, the S-Limited adds ‘granite crystal’ coloured details like badging, grille surrounds, roof rails and S-Limited exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.

Body coloured side mouldings, black window surrounds, and painted wheel arch moulds and lower body and bumper cladding complete the S-Limited look. Inside the S-Limited features a panoramic sunroof black headlining and A-pillar trim and tungsten accent stitching for the seats, door armrests and centre console lid.

Jeep claims the changes amount to $3750 worth of value for a $2700 step-up over the Cherokee Limited. Pricing for continuing models remains unchanged after a late 2019 adjustment that saw the Sport rise by $2000, Limited by $3000 and Trailhawk by $1500.

Features common to both the Limited and S-Limited include premium leather seat trim, eight-way adjustable power front seats, keyless entrya and start with remote start function, 7.0-inch part-digital instrument display, 8.4-inch infotainment, satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control, powered tailgate, and premium Alpine audio with nine speakers and a subwoofer.

As part of a range adjustment the previous mid-spec Cherokee Longitude model has been dropped, while the entry-level Sport moves to special order only.

The 2020 Cherokee range now starts with the Sport, powered by a 130kW/229Nm 2.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Key features include cloth seat trim, manual adjustment for the front seats, manually controlled air conditioning, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, six-speaker audio, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear view camera, ‘premium wrapped’ steering wheel and gear shifter, LED headlights and an electric park brake.

Moving up to the Limited adds the previously mentioned features along with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear park sensors, perpendicular and parallel park assist, fore-aft adjustable rear seat, LED fog lamps, and chrome window trim.

All models from Limited and above feature all-wheel drive, a nine-speed automatic and a 3.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol V6 producing 200kW and 315Nm.

The more off-road capable Cherokee Trailhawk features combination fabric and premium vinyl trim with red accent stitching, all weather floor mats, 17-inch wheels and tyres, raised suspension, multi-mode lockable four-wheel drive with two-speed power transfer unit, additional underbody protection, high-clearance front and rear bumpers, front and rear recovery hooks and an anti-glare bonnet decal.

2020 Jeep Cherokee pricing

  • Cherokee Sport – $37,950
  • Cherokee Limited – $49,950
  • Cherokee Trailhawk – $49,950
  • Cherokee S-Limited – $52,650
  • Panoramic roof (Limited and Trailhawk) $2200
  • Trailhawk premium package $2950 – adds black painted wheels, adjusting 2nd row seat, front seat heating and ventilation, alarm, leather seat trim, driver’s memory package and adaptive cruise control with stop & go

Manufacturer’s list price excluding on-road costs. Cherokee S-Limited shown throughout.