Jeep softens the Cherokee, but there is still a low-range option.

Jeep's Cherokee model has returned to the Australian market. The 2015 KL is based on the Fiat/Chrysler wide-compact platform, with petrol and diesel engine choices.

jeep cherokee 2014The new KL model, which follows the XJ, KJ and KK Cherokee models, comes with a choice of 4WD systems with one- or two-speed power transfer units: Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II and Jeep Active Drive Lock. All  feature rear-axle disconnect, which activates when 4WD capability is not required and improves fuel efficiency.

KL Cherokee comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission, in which the top four ratios are all overdrive gears.

A 2WD Sport and 4WD Longitude, Limited and Trailhawk versions are available. All petrol 4WDs are powered by the Jeep 3.2-litre V6 Pentastar petrol engine, with 200kW and 316Nm of torque and a claimed 20-percent improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor.

Jeep’s 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine is available in one model only: the Limited. It delivers 125kW and 350Nm and is equipped with stop/start technology that helps keep fuel consumption to a claimed 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

Standard safety features include seven airbags (front seats multistage air bags, side bags, window bags, driver side knee air bag), ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with ERM (roll-over mitigation) and ABS (anti-lock brake system) with both on-road and off-road calibration.

Jeep’s Selec-Terrain system is fitted to the Cherokee, with up to five modes to provide optimal traction for specific conditions: Auto, Snow, Sand/Mud, Sport and Rock.The Trailhawk and diesel Limited models come with low-range gearing and are listed with more detail and drivng impressions in our Medium Wagons segment..

jeep cherokee 2014The latest Cherokee has a torsionally stiffer body structure, more than 65-percent of which is pressed in high-strength steel. It also has new front and rear independent suspension systems, with frequency-sensitive damping shock absorbers that automatically adjust to input from the road.

Speed-sensitive electronic power steering also automatically adjusts for limited effort during parking or increased steering effort on the open road.

All models come with a Uconnect multimedia touch screen to control the vehicle’s functions and systems: 12.7 centimetre (five-inch) on Sport and Longitude and 21.3 centimetre (8.4-inch) on other models.

A full-colour LED reconfigurable instrument cluster displays fuel economy, driveline information and turn-by-turn navigation. Cherokee features Jeep’s newly-designed corporate steering wheel, which includes Electronic Vehicle Information Centre (EVIC) audio, voice and speed controls.

jeep cherokee 2014KL Cherokee’s optional safety systems include Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Crosspath Detection, Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus, ParkSense Active Park Assist System and reversing camera dynamic grid lines.

Pricing for the 2WD model starts at $ 33,500 and runs to $49,000 for the diesel Limited model.




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